You want to get results from your nutrition. To get the results you want, nothing works as effectively as food. Food is superior to all-supplement diets. Food provides something that all-supplement diets do not: the raw materials your body needs for growth or for stimulating chemical processes involved in the breakdown, absorption, and assimilation of nutrients.
The digestive process, for example, requires “real” food — complete with its balance of nutrients and fiber — to do the job for which it was designed. The presence of food, acids, and enzymes in the duodenum (the first section of the small intestine) and the jejunum (the second section of the small intestine) stimulates the production of hormones required for the absorption of nutrients. Without food, these processes are interrupted, and the proper assimilation of nutrients is hindered. (1)
If you do not eat the proper foods, lean proteins, starchy carbohydrates, and fibrous carbohydrates, nothing else matters. No supplement can ever provide all the benefits that food supplies. Our bodies were built to process food, proteins, carbohydrates, and fats – not powdered or liquid supplements alone. That’s not to say certain types of supplements are not effective. They are, but only when taken with food and at the proper time and in the proper combinations.(1)
So some good sound advice is to stay away from any fad type of diet that advocates eliminating real food in favor of shakes and pills. You will develop a far harder and leaner and more attractive physique by eating a proper diet that includes real food (lean proteins, starchy carbohydrates, and fibrous carbohydrates).
(1) John Parrillo, Sports Nutrition Guide, www.parrillo.com