Why Sports Supplements Stop Working

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Why Your Sports Supplements Aren’t Working Anymore

For as long as I can remember there have been both positive and negative benefits of taking dietary supplements, the positive benefits of many supplements come to a screeching halt once they stop working.

In this article, I will discuss why sometimes sports supplements stop working and what you can do to improve their effectiveness.

I have been using dietary supplements for over a decade, besides getting my regular dose of Vitamins C, D, and E, I also take sports supplements.

If you have taken supplements in the past and found they did not offer and noticeable benefit, you are not alone, sometimes they just don’t work, other times t has more to do with your body’s tolerance.

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Does your body build up a tolerance?

In a way it does, if you have ver used supplements before you may have noticed that when you first began taking a supplement you started to notice changes right away. After a couple of weeks, the effects seemed to have diminished.

It’s not because the supplements stopped working, what has happened is that your brain and body have balanced themselves.

Regardless of the kind of supplements you are taking be it for strength, energy, or fat loss eventually they will stop working, or their effects tend to wear off.

This is not because supplements stop working, it’s because your body tries to strike a balance and eventually does, essentially your body gets used to certain nutrients it gets.

Vitamin supplements are a little different, in that if you take too much of any vitamin the body will do its best to eliminate the excess.

How to prevent your body from building up a tolerance?

The first thing to do is to take a close look at the supplements you are going to buy, many sports supplements contain similar ingredients.

For example, sports supplement brands sell different products but many of them have common ingredients. This is one of the reasons some people feel that one supplement may have worked better than another.

What sometimes is not realized is the bot supplements may have similar ingredients, that is why it’s important to take a close look at the ingredients in your supplements.

CB BannerAs an example, there are many supplements that are used for fat loss, some of them contain things like Garcinia Cambogia, Citrus Aurantium, Green tea extract, and l-Carnitine.

Many supplements bundle similar ingredients for effective fat loss, it would not make sense to buy two different supplements that contain almost the same or similar ingredients.

Before purchasing any supplements it’s important to read the label of ingredients carefully to ensure you are not buying another supplement with the same ingredients.

Take a break after a couple of months

Sports supplements are most effective during the first 6-8 weeks of use. In fact, many supplements like Crazy Bulk recommend taking any supplement for no more than 2 months and then suspending it for at least a couple of weeks. This prevents your body from getting used to it.

I have personally noticed that I get the best results with taking most supplements for 8 weeks suspending for a few weeks and then begin the cycle again.


The next time you feel that your sports supplements have stopped working they may have, especially if you have been taking them for several months.

Sports supplements without a doubt deliver the best results during the first 6-8 weeks, it takes about a week for the benefits to kick in.

After several weeks you may notice the benefit may start to dwindle. When this occurs it’s best to suspend them for a few weeks. This process is called cycling, most people will get the best results when cycling any supplement for four to six weeks, suspending for a few weeks, and then resume the process.