Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Panacea or Placebo

What's the deal with supplements? Do you really need them? Are they worth the money? I'm convinced that my daily vitamins, minerals, protein powder, creatine and recovery formula save the day, every day.

I have devised a simple test to find out if you really need supplements or not.

For ONE week (that's all you'll need to find out) workout 6 days, eat clean and stop taking all supplements. Answer these 13 questions at the start and end of that week.

At the start of the following week start taking your supplements. I recommend Slimming Formula, Protein Powder, Performance Formula and the P90X Recovery Formula. At the end of TWO weeks take the test again. Compare your numbers and you'll know if they make a difference or not.

Answer all questions on a 1 to 10 scale. 1 = Never & 10 = Always

1. I experience sound restful sleep most nights

2. I have plenty of energy throughout the day.

3. I have a healthy and normal appetite with very few cravings.

4. I am happy with my present weight.

5. I'm enthusiastic about my fitness and have plenty of energy during exercise.

6. I'm good at handling stress.

7. I'm satisfied with the state of my libido.

8. My memory, cognition and mental acuity is good.

9. I have pain free joints and good/full range of motion.

10. My muscles are strong and lean and recover quickly after exercise.

11. My heart and lung capacity are strong during cardiovascular exercise.

12. I have no digestion, stomach or intestinal issues.

13. I rarely suffer from sadness, depression or anxiety, and I'm in good mental health.


Anonymous said...

I looked over the questions you posed and can safely answer 10, or close to 10, on pretty much all of them - not necessarily due to supplements (which I do take) but primarily due to P90X. Tony, I'd like to thank you for creating the X as it has proven to be one of the greatest investments in myself I have ever made. My only regret was not discovering the program sooner :)

Thanks again,
PC in Toronto, Canada

nick said...

Hi Tony,

After viewing your list of 13 questions, I've discovered that the reason I can answer between 1 and 3 for all of them is because I take daily supplements in addition to a good, clean nutritious diet. For years I tried to work out without any type of supplements, just mom's good old Italian cooking! And although her cooking was the best (and still is), it just didn't cut it alone. I suffered from all kinds of injuries, lack of energy, bad memory, malaise, grouchiness, constipation, you name it!

However, I must say that since starting your exercise programs, I couldn't imagine life without supplements. Thanks for all you do, buddy.

Maximum reps, forever!