According to a recent study, a brand-new supplement has taken the Bodybuilding world by storm. Known as a “Magic Pill”, this supplement has been shown to lead to incredible transformations in just six weeks. Men are reporting six pack abs, bulging biceps, and legs like Tom Platz appearing as if by magic.
Yeah, sadly life is not as easy as that. The supplement industry is one of the greatest examples of wishful-thinking out there. Not that supplements can’t be incredibly helpful, it’s just that they aren’t going to transform you overnight. Too many people would rather throw their hard-earned cash at a “magic pill” than concentrate on the two most important aspects of bodybuilding: Diet and training.
Of course, there is actually a magic pill in bodybuilding…anabolic steroids. The performance enhancing drugs that have created the incredible (some would say unnatural) physiques that grace the world of competitive bodybuilding. But the use of steroids, growth hormone, and other banned substances is a debate for another article.
This article is about you, the regular lifter. Looking to transform your body from average to superb by purchasing the next magic pill. This magic pill does not need to be a supplement, in the 90s the magic pill was 6-second abs, or numerous other infomercial products. In the 00s the magic pill was the Atkins diet, in the last decade the magic pill has been hundreds of different extreme diets, extreme training programs, or BS detoxes.
There is nothing wrong with using a short-cut, human beings are designed to always try and find the most efficient way to get the maximum amount of work done.
But trying to find short-cuts in nutrition and training is sadly a waste of time (and money). If you want a physique that stands out from the crowd, you need to be able to work harder than that same crowd. Lift more, eat better, sleep more (yes, that actually helps). Be more consistent.
As Ronnie Coleman famously said, “Everybody wants to be a bodybuilder, but don’t nobody wanna lift no heavy ass weight.”
If there truly was a magic method for getting incredibly fast results in bodybuilding, then EVERYONE would do it. A ketogenic diet is not going to get you magic results, a paleolithic diet is not going to get you magic results, CrossFit is not going to get you magic results. Using chalk is not going to get you magic results.
Some diets may suit you better, but at the end of the day creating a calorie deficit will help you lose weight and creating a calorie surplus will help you gain weight. Pick whatever diet helps you to achieve your goals, but don’t expect miracles.
Some training techniques will help you get better results, but even the worst training program will get you where you need to be if you are prepared to train consistently and to push yourself.
Supplements such as creatine, whey protein, beta-alanine, and caffeine can help improve your performance and recovery, but without careful diet and a good training program they will barely make a difference.
Bodybuilding is all about the balance between diet and training, with supplementation as an added bonus. Being consistent, constantly trying to improve your knowledge, and working hard. That’s as close to a magic pill as you’re going to get!