I know that this article may create a lot of controversy and awaken different points of view and criticism, but that is the idea, to express ours different points view.
In my opinion, NO SUPPLEMENT IS NECESSARY OR BASIC TO GET RESULTS. They may help you a bit to speed up the process or cause a psychological effect that will help you with the motivational part, it can help but for any result that you are looking for the only supplements that you are going to need are DEDICATION and COMMITMENT.
I know a lot of coaches that on the first day of meet the person they send him a list of powders and pills longer than a child's letter to Santa Claus, and that's not all, they send it to you without even asking if you have any pre-existing medical conditions. , for me that is irresponsible. I can say, with evidence, that the most impressive results from each of my clients has been the result of their commitment to the process, a very strict diet and killer workouts!
But as I said before, if there are any supplements that can help you in your process, mainly in recovery, I recommend them, but it is optional for the person to take them or not. Your body is your temple and you must be very careful of everything you take!
BCAA: they help in muscle recovery and with performance. During workouts, muscles suffer small breaks, so the faster they heal the faster you will be ready for your next session.
Aminoacids: specifically leucine, isoleucine and valine. They assist, like BCAAs, in muscle recovery and growth.
Protein Powder: No, no matter how much they promise to you, YOU SHOULD NOT BASE YOUR DIET ON PROTEIN SHAKES. This is a supplement, and its function, worth the redundancy, is to supplement your diet, not to substitute meals! It is an excellent option to go or when you do not have time to sit down and have lunch for example.
Vitamin C and Multivitamins: Multivitamins are used to provide vitamins that are not taken in through the diet. When you are following a diet is 90% probably that you are not getting all the vitamins that you need through the food, and mostly is you are trying to lose weight and you are on calorie deficit.
There are so much more supplements in the market that promise you miracle results with NO effort, that simply FALSE. Everything valuable in this life requires a commitment and an effort, in this way you will appreciate it more and it will help you to make long time changes!