The Placebo Effect has dated back for years, it really became popular in World War II. Supplies ran short due to the lack of supply and the demand on them. They would often run out of medicine, especially painkillers, and had to give the individual peace of mind, they gave the placebo effect.
Soldiers would be shot in the butt with what they thought was morphine. What they weren’t told was that their morphine was just a good dose of saltwater. The amazing this is that when injected with this saltwater, the soldier’s pain would fade, at least for a short time.
What Makes It Work?
The doctors weren’t trying to fool their patients; they were trying to help them by activating the placebo effect. What happens is basically a series of reactions occurs in the brain that change its functioning. Just like the soldiers thinking they were getting painkiller, which they fully expected to ease their pain, it worked even though they were given saline solution. The result was the same, it killed the pain. The reason it works is because your brain controls your body, and your thoughts control your brain.
Supplements and the Placebo Effect
The placebo effect is relied upon by the supplement industry. The fact is, most of the supplements lining the shelves today are just highly marketed, flashy tubs of non working placebo effect in a can. Most don’t have any active ingredients, or have very few that would actually help you gain muscle. Most supplements work because of the supplement placebo effect.
Most people buying supplements do so after they get “educated” on the subject. They usually get expert advice from their friends or supplement, I mean Bodybuilding, magazines. In all cases, someone takes a supplement because it supposedly worked for someone else and they genuinely believe that it will work for them.
The belief that it will work is the main factor here. When someone really believes in something, with no doubt, amazing things can occur, even in the body. By thinking and believing that a supplement will build muscle, it just might. The brain takes your thoughts as instructions and because of your strong belief, it goes about making what you believe happen. It has to.
When someone starts taking a new supplement, they believe it will work, otherwise they wouldn’t take it. Now, with everything staying the same, your belief that the supplement will do what it is supposed to is enough to spark muscle growth. How many people actually don’t change anything when they start a new supplement? Almost all trainees will actually ramp up their training and change their outlook on what is possible when they start a new supplement.
Time To Take Credit
Think about this, if you didn’t take the supplement, but ramped up the training, would you gain muscle? Yes you would, so supplements aren’t necessary for building muscle. Too many people give all of the credit to the supplement, its time to take the credit. The supplement didn’t lift the weight, you did. The chances are high that the supplement didn’t really do anything, except for the placebo effect. Some supplements are worth taking, but if you don’t have the proper foundation, they won’t do you any good.
These are a few examples of what you can do to start easing off of the supplements:
- Reduce your dosage slowly and finally quit the supplement. Stay positive that your results will improve and not fall off.
- Remember that you are the one doing the work, the supplement isn’t. You need to take the credit
- Believe in yourself and your muscle building abilities. A belief in your supplements to build muscle does it, believing in yourself will work even better.