Posted by RMFG_187
I just use Protein, and a multi vitamin. I hate Creatine with a passion, and im not too fond of meal supplements or any of that crap. I find that the Protein helped me out big time.
This is about my answer. I am like Jackelope and stick to a well balanced diet. with a good quality protein supplement and multivitamin, which I only use on the days that I work out.
In all honesty, I've read some of the studies (the ones that actually exist) on some of these supplements and really the "clinically proven results" are very small with vast number of them. Some people say they feel the difference, but in a lot of cases, the active ingredient is caffeine, of which I am not a proponent. Another thing is, a lot of the people I see popping a boat load of supplements generally do not look healthy and are generally not in amazing shape.
From my personal experience, the protein powder has helped me recover faster from an intense workout (on a side note my hair grows faster too), but it has never helped me gain muscle mass or get ripped. Part of that is also my workout routine and part of it is genetics. However, my goal is not to gain a lot of mass or necessarily be ripped.
For me to get ripped I need to run over 20 miles a week (in two days), in addition to about 4 regular workouts, which is quite a bit. That is a hard routine to keep up when you have other stuff going on in life.
So I would say stick with a good protein supplement. You may have to try a few brands to also see if you are compatible with them. I know most brands out there bother my stomach. Get a good multivitamin. I'm not talking about a cheapo one you get a walmart. Spend the $$$ and get one that is high quality. You'll notice a difference.
Eat good foods. Carbs that are high in fibre (whole grains), which also contain additional protein, oils (EVOO, Canola Oil, Flax Oil), proteins (eggs, fish, lean meats), lots of water, lots of veggies, fruit, garlic, spices
Avoid - alcohol, fried foods, processed carbs (white bread), sugars, fatty meats, salt
Another thing that may sound stupid is BE HAPPY. Your body functions a lot better and more efficiently when you are relaxed and happy. Being stressed contributes negatively to your workouts in a number of mental and physiological ways.