If you had asked me about nutritional supplements when I was brand new to the field, I would have told you that I didn't think they were necessary. My mantra had long been, "just eat well." Five years later my opinion hadn't changed much. I might have told you a little bit more about the favorable evidence for supplementing with whey protein. I would have talked about the benefits of fish oil and explained that supplements are an option if you can't get enough omega-3 in your diet. I didn't, however, have any good recommendations on quality, trustworthy sources for supplements. I believed then, and still believe, that you can end up with a lot of junk that you don't need by going to your local supplement store. No supplements, from your multivitamin to your protein powder, are FDA regulated. This means that the consumer is at the mercy of the manufacturer. There are thousands of products that make wild claims that haven't been substantiated. There are numerous companies that disappear as quickly as they arrived on the market. This has always been my biggest criticism of the supplement industry.
One month ago, I embarked on a personal challenge. After being introduced to AdvoCare products and researching them at length, I decided to take the 24 Day Challenge, a healthy eating and nutritional supplement plan. As my clients know, I never recommend an exercise or give nutritional advice unless it is something that I have done first and agree with. The evidence behind the AdcoCare nutrition challenge was convincing, but I needed to experience it for myself. During my challenge, I didn’t change my exercise routine. I followed the nutritional recommendations that AdcoCare provided but didn’t change my eating habits much. I simply controlled portion sizes, made sure that I ate breakfast daily, and focused on clean eating. Below is a snapshot of the success that I experienced.