There must be an addition of nutrients to go along with your daily nutrition plan. Supplements are essential to developing a healthier you. What do you know about supplements, how to take them and when to take them? Allow me to share with you a brief description of some supplement taking mishaps and their solutions.
#1 Overdoing it:
All too often, I see people who are excited to start a workout and nutrition plan but have little knowledge to build upon. This excitement, while good, can cause problems if not curbed by discretion. Do not over load on the latest fad workout supplements. Follow the KISS rule (keep it simple, stupid). Seek to get the majority of your proteins, vitamins and nutrients from your daily meal plan rather than filling up on supplements. Saves money too!
#2 Under-doing it:
The problem here usually stems from ignorance in the realm of nutrition. If you are not getting enough protein and other nutrients in your everyday nutrition plan then you must add (hence the word "supplement") it to your nutrition intake. A simple Google search can help you find some basic information on the "what" and the "how much" nutrients you need to consume to meet your goals.
Example: a 6'4", 220 lb. athlete who spends 5,000 calories a day would need to consume that same amount of calories to maintain (and more to add mass). A good percentage base when considering the amounts of carbs, protein and fats is a 40:40:20 ratio, respectively. This athlete will not be able to get ALL of his required nutrients from his diet without over eating. Therefore, in this case we would have a classic "under-doing it" scenario if the athlete did not partake in protein shakes, vitamins, meal replacements, etc.
#3 Never doing it:
It is vital that a person consumes a supplement of some sort if that person is involved in activity throughout their day that consists of exertion beyond that of a couch potato.