I attended a fitness seminar for women organised by Ripped Femme. The keynote speaker at the conference was the world-renowned weight-loss expert, and creator of Ripped Femme and PharmaFreak co-founder, Don Gauvreau. Don is nicknamed ‘the supplement godfather’ because of his in-depth knowledge and ability to continually develop and discover new and exciting dietary ingredients. I cornered him to chat with him about what he is best known for- supplements- and particularly to chat about what supplements we should take daily for bodybuilding, weight loss, and general wellbeing. Read on to hear what the supplement godfather had to say on this vital matter.
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WHICH SUPPLEMENTS SHOULD I TAKE DAILY
1. WHAT SUPPLEMENTS SHOULD I BE TAKING TO LOSE WEIGHT?
Don recommended supplementing with fiber because it helps improve the gut health. Digestive health is very important because an unhealthy gut compromises a lot of things such as weight-loss, intestines, and colon. It is, therefore, vital to keep the gut healthy as it has an effect on the health of one’s immune system. If you are asking yourself ‘what supplements should I take to lose weight?’, well, there you have it, buy some fiber to supplement your diet.
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2. WHAT SUPPLEMENTS SHOULD YOU BE TAKING FOR BODYBUILDING?
Essential oils such as fish oil or flaxseed oil are quite good as Don explained, but he also added that these don’t necessarily need to be supplemented as they can be obtained through food if one’s diet is bang on. However, if your diet is restricted then you must supplement with either flaxseed or fish oil.
“A lot of people such as builders and fitness competitors, have restricted diets because of the very lean meats that they have to eat. They do not really get a lot of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in their diet so they can supplement with these oils”.
Recommended fish oil
3. Multivitamin/ Multimineral Supplement
A multivitamin/multimineral complex is one of the essential supplements that need to be taken daily, Don said. He explained that this is because of how hard it tends to for one to reach the daily vitamin and mineral requirements solely from food, especially if one is exercising intensely. People who fall into this category have higher vitamin/mineral requirements than the average person and must always take multivitamins.
“From there it really depends on whether you have certain conditions or depending on what your goals are then you can fit in other supplements. People who are looking to lose weight and boost the metabolism might want to include something like a thermogenic product as well as a thyroid product. A lot of people might have an underactive thyroid. The thyroid gland is very important in terms of weight-loss and boosting metabolic rate. We have a glucose support which could be beneficial to people that have blood sugar issues or are insulin resistant. Our product can help balance blood sugar levels as it increases insulin sensitivity and that has a huge impact on weight-loss and just health overall,” Don explained.
4. WHAT SUPPLEMENTS SHOULD YOU TAKE TO BUILD MUSCLE?
Meal replacement protein supplement
A protein meal replacement supplement is very effective because it helps reduce sugar cravings. “A meal replacement is a good complex, staple every day supplement that will be beneficial in helping you recover from the exercise, as protein assists with recovery and muscle repair. You can either take it after exercise or use it as a meal replacement, almost like a snack in between breakfast, lunch or dinner. Because of the fiber in it, a protein supplement reduces cravings, helps you feel full and balances blood sugar levels,” Don said.
The supplement godfather also added that because of the highlighted benefits, meal replacement supplements are thus essential in aiding weight-loss.
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5. Concentrated Greens Powder
“A product that I personally use on a daily basis but do not officially recommend to people is the concentrated greens powder supplement. I am not sure if it is popular here in South Africa, but it is in North America where I am based. The greens powder is just a way to supplement your diet to make sure are getting enough vital nutrients from greens and vegetables because most people don’t eat enough vegetables or they are simply not getting enough quality vegetables”.
Recommended Greens Powder
Finally, apart from asking Don Gauvreau what supplements should I take daily, I also asked him about the supplements people are almost abusing.
“A lot of people are taking too much protein. Protein powders and meal replacements are good to use but people are using too much of it. People have 3-4 protein shakes a day and that is just overkill. Eating a lot of whole foods and getting your nutrients from whole foods is the most important thing. The overuse of certain supplements is not a good thing and that is where people go wrong as they think more is better,” Don said.
*Disclaimer: Don Gauvreau did not recommend the products in this article nor does he endorse these products. All product recommendations in this article have been done by the editor of Fitness Chat.