When you skim fitness magazines and gaze upon near-Herculean bros hawking various pills, part of you -- the logical, intelligent consumer -- is, of course, skeptical. You’re too smart to let a snake oil salesman convince you that you’re the next Arnold. You pride yourself in only investing in what works.
And yet, there’s something about those supplement ads, with their perfect models and science-backed claims, that tempts you. Perhaps you’re gullible, or maybe somewhere subconsciously you realize it’s easier to say a supplement failed you, rather than your own willpower, determination, or self-control.
Either way, the sad truth is that most supplements turn out to be nothing more than expensive urine, no matter how convincingly they’re advertised. And while you can get some value out of the right supplements, here are a few things you need to know before you start loading up on tubs of powder and pills with names like "JACKD8000."