There have been some major fails and some major gains in my progress for my ideal body. For instance, when I first started my healthy life turnaround 10 years ago, supplements weren’t so prevalent. The best advice I’d ever received was to drink lots of water and eat properly. That was it. After many years in the gym, however, I finally realized you have to do more than exercise, eat and repeat.
Initially, I found myself waking up starving every morning and would immediately grab the fastest thing I could make. (Hey, exercising makes a girl hungry, okay?) Of course, that didn’t always set me up for the weight loss I was looking to achieve. Then I read about casein.
Casein is a slow-digesting protein, which provides that long-lasting fullness factor so you aren’t ravenous two hours later. ARO Black Series Casein provides 24 grams of quality protein and a measly 5 grams of carbs per serving, making it ideal post-workout, for lunch on the run or a nutritious afternoon snack to keep my grubby hands out of the cookie jar ““ and my strong, lean legs in skinny jeans!
In trying to get cut, I’ve had to literally cut out a lot of carbs. A low-carb diet definitely promotes weight loss, no matter how you slice the bread. But”¦I noticed my energy slacking a bit. Every so often I need a good kick in the butt. That’s why I began looking for a nice energy supplement that could also aid in blasting troublesome fat. Cellucor Super HD Fat Targeting and Sculpting Agent is amazing and does not make me jittery at all, though my energy levels are notably higher.
My first go with Cellucor Super HD, I followed the instructions explicitly by slowly progressing into 4 pills a day. Only a week in and I felt great! My eating habits hadn’t changed, but I was already down a couple pounds. Naturally, this has become my go-to whenever I’m feeling sluggish or going through a cutting phase (as in recovering from that holiday hangover).
A decade later, I can confidently confirm that proper supplementation has helped take my fitness to a whole new level. Coupled with a healthy diet, I know I’m getting closer and closer to those better-body goals I started with. It may sound like a long ways to go just to recognize the benefits of a few supplements, but ““ like I said ““ it’s a journey. I’m not done exploring. As a personal trainer, I have first-hand experience through my own efforts and my clients’ ups and downs. So I know it can be disheartening and stressful to find what works for your body. But when you do find it, never let it go.
Amy Wilson is the @fittrainermama on Twitter who loves motivating and inspiring others to become the best they can be. She became an ACE CPT to teach others that fitness gives more than physical strength; it gives mental strength, too.