T-boosters are dietary supplements that work by stimulating the production of testosterone (T), a hormone that affect the growth of your muscles.
These dietary supplements are natural; they mostly consist of various herbal ingredients. So do they actually work for bodybuilders? And how do they work for them? You can find some information about these supplements in this article.
As testosterone level decreases when we hit a certain age (most people experience the decrease in the hormone’s level when they turn 30), the individuals that train to build muscles and strength include food add-ons to boost the T level.
Various research studies show that T enhances one’s performance in a gym. It will make your workouts easier and will boost your stamina.
When it comes to strength, test boosters increase your power so you can lift more weight and easily build your body. It is crucial to be strong during training – you may suffer from overtraining otherwise.
Also, since strength itself affects T levels, you will show an increase of this hormone just by developing more strength during exercises.
Dietary supps that affect organs responsible for production of T hormone consist mostly of herbs, but they include other relevant components such as vitamins, minerals and acids. Here is a list of the most common t-boosters’ ingredients:
- Fenugreek is a plant that has effect on one’s strength. It can significantly increase energy so many people that train buy supplements with fenugreek as an ingredient. In addition, this plant has anabolic properties; it increases proteins in muscles and develops them.
- TT (Tribulus Terrestris) is a plant that enhances libido and production of T in one’s body. Its properties affect the person’s general vitality. Most users state they haven’t experienced any side-effects.
- D-AA (D-aspartic acid) helps in losing weight and gaining strength by converting cholesterol into testosterone.
- ZMA – ZMA is a mix of a few ingredients. More precisely, it includes zinc, magnesium and vitamin B6. Bodybuilders use this dietary supplement mainly to recover their bodies and muscles after heavy weightlifting. As some studies show, ZMA doesn’t actually affect hormonal levels, it aids your body in getting enough sleep and rest. If you don’t rest well during nighttime sleep, both your performance and strength will decrease.
The right combination of a training program and a nutritive supplement will show great results. The more strength you gain, the better your performance will be. Choose a supplement and test it on a bench.
It can be very difficult to change habits and embark upon a healthy lifestyle if you have been stuck in a routine for many years. Healthy eating, just like anything, requires some effort and planning at first until this becomes your new lifestyle and routine. Here are some things that make a healthy lifestyle easier to achieve.
Not just any water bottle but a sturdy, fun one that you enjoy drinking out of. Make sure it does not leak and that it stays cold or staying hydrated is that much harder. Also look for a bigger one that can help you hit your fluid intake goals each day. Sometimes drinking 2 big water bottles is easier than 8 regular size ones. The one I have is from the container store. It’s 32 oz and fits easily into my work bag without leaking.
I’ve waxed poetic about my crockput multiple times but I really cannot say enough good things about crockpot meals. They require little effort and the meals are full of flavor without added fat, sodium, or sugar. Here are some my favorite crockpot recipes.
Being able to make dinners and lunches ahead of time require dependable Tupperware containers. I love this pyrex glass set we received for our wedding shower that comes in all different sizes and can go in the microwave and dishwasher.
Smoothies are one of my favorite breakfast items. They are easy to make and keep me full for hours. I also love something sweet in the AM and it’s a great way to sneak in protein, healthy fats, fruits and even vegetables for your first meal of the day. I got an insulated smoothie cup with a straw for Christmas this year and it has made my portable breakfast even easier!
Fresh vegetables are ideal but not always realistic to keep on hand throughout the weeks. Stocking up on frozen bags ensures that we will always have a vegetable with every dinner.
Protein Bars While I always prefer real food, keeping protein bars in my home, desk, and car make it easy to have something healthy if I get hungry. Some of my favorites are Kind Bars, Think Thin Bars, and Luna Bars.
My phone makes my life easier in many ways, including healthy living. I keep a running grocery list in my phone so if I ever have time to stop at the store I know what I need for the week. I also use my card star app for coupons and discounts. There are also a ton of workout apps and apps for logging your food intake. Here are some of the top rated health apps.
I love my crockpot but never think to cook chicken breasts in it until coming across this recipe on pinterest. I had some leftover taco shells, black beans and salsa from making tacos earlier on so picked up some chicken breasts to make something different.
I layered in the crockpot:
- 4 chicken breasts
- 1 can black beans (rinsed)
- 1/2 jar salsa verde
- 1 onion diced
- 1 packet taco seasoning
I cooked on low for 4 hours and the chicken pulled apart easily with a fork. Served with corn tortilla shells and avocado they were great! I love the taste of slow cooked foods. Lots of flavor without added fat or sodium.
I also used the leftover chicken for salads throughout the week!
It’s time for another monthly round up! Here are the things I am loving this month
I have two fun trips planned one with friends and one with family and hoping to take some day trips in February! I used to go all the time in high school and I cannot wait for this season!
2. Washingtonian Magazine
This was an awesome Christmas gift from a friend and I love reading about fun things to do in the DC, things I may have not heard of otherwise.
3. Laughing cow cheese wedges
I purchased a pack a few weeks ago and loved the endless ways to use them, including my stuffed mushrooms, cauliflower mashed potatoes, and as a snack!
4. DC Hikes
Thanks to this great winter weather I have been able to do some fun hikes in this area. On New Years Day we hiked Roosevelt Island and then the Billy Goat Trail with some friends a few weekends ago. It was more challenging than I thought!
5. Healing Your Hungry Heart
This book is both extremely helpful and inspiring for recovering from an eating disorder. It is very honest and open with great tools and strategies for recovery.
I’ve blogged about crust-less quiches before as dinner recipes but it hit me last week to make one for lunch! I get about 4 servings out of it and it is so easy to make each week. I use a mixture of egg whites and almond milk and whatever mix ins I have. This week it was diced tomatoes, mushrooms, and spinach!
7. PB and Co Natural Peanut Butter
This is by far my favorite peanut butter. They had a sale last week and I bought 5 jars! I love the old-fashioned original and every once in a while I will also get a fun flavor for a sweet treat. This time I tried the chocolate PB and cinnamon raisin. Just one spoonful is a perfect snack!
8. Not Getting the Flu
Tis the season! This has been a very popular post this month in terms of helping keep you healthy and energetic through these winter months: What to Eat When You’re Sick
I’ve never really loved this vegetable but have really ordered it out and made it at home and found myself liking it! I think the key is roasting this vegetable so it is not as tough.
10. Downton Abbey
After hearing about this show from so many people I decided to check it out! It’s different from anything I’ve watched and I love the scenery, costumes, and accents!
Last week when I made the Italian Turkey Meatloaf
I decided to change up my regular green bean side and try a vegetable I never really used before, cauliflower. Besides, what better pair is there than meatloaf and mashed potatoes? I bought a head of cauliflower at Trader Joe’s and worked on chopping it up into bite sized pieces. I boiled the pieces for about 5 minutes before adding to a blender with light laughing cow cheese wedges
, sautéed garlic and rosemary and pulsed until reaching a desired consistency. It was very creamy and comparable to regular mashed potatoes and a fun way to prepare a vegetable.
1 medium head of cauliflower, diced
2 tablespoons rosemary
2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons rosemary
Boil diced cauliflower for 5 minutes
Meanwhile sauté garlic in olive oil over medium heat
Drain cauliflower and add to blender with garlic, rosemary and laughing cow cheese.
Pulse until desired consistency is reached.
I never really loved meatloaf growing up, probably due to all the extra add ins and condiments which I don’t particularly like. But ground turkey is always so cheap at the store and I was looking for another way to use it besides chili and tacos.
I found a recipe online for light Italian turkey meatloaf, using only simple ingredients to compliment the turkey. It was easy to follow and we had fun making it together!
I realized as we started making it that I did not have a pan suitable for a loaf so I decided to go with miniature versions using a muffin pan which are great for portion control and each individual meatloaf had a great crust and a flavorful inside!
I served it along with mashed cauliflower and we loved it! Recipe coming soon 🙂