Not everyone has the same fitness goals. So to make blanket statements like :
tends to piss off a lot of us weight lifters who have had good success when using supplements. I’m not completely defending supplements because a lot of them are basically marketing hyped sugar pills, but the tried and tested ones have their place. Many of us weightlifters go through bulking phases where we purposefully eat calories in excess of maintenance level to increase muscle/strength/athletic performance. For a large person like myself who lifts a lot of weights and tears down a large amount of muscle, you do not eat enough protein in your diet alone to make progress. Smaller people with fast metabolisms also have a hard time getting enough protein through their normal diets, which is why thousands of “How to Gain Muscle for Hardgainers” articles have been written.
When bulking, the idea is to build as much muscle as possible without becoming a 300lb blob. If you’re going to be eating extra calories for this purpose it makes sense to increase protein intake more than carbs or fat. Protien builds muscle. As you have stated, unused protein still turns into fat. However, as even the article you quoted shows, protein has a much more roundabout path to becoming fat. Protein is digested more slowly than carbs, and remains in the bloodstream longer thanks to all those processes that it goes through, so your body is more likely to put it to good use before storing it. This leads to the sought after positive nitrogen balance and anabolic state. Eating protein vs carbs also has less impact on raising insulin levels which makes your body less likely to store what it gets as fat. I guess it depends on what your “normal diet” is but for some of us it gets to be a pain to eat another meal, especially when all you want is the protein. It also gets to be unreasonably expensive to eat steak, fish, and chicken all the time. A protein supplement is much less expensive.
There’s no reason to overdo it on the protein shakes. Taking a 50 gram protein shake won’t really help you much more than taking a 25 gram shake. I can’t remember exactly, but I believe the maximum a typical person can absorb at one time is from 15-30 grams of protein depending on the size of the individual and weather you have been physically active before ingesting it. Through many years of training, I have experimented with and documented the effects of many different diets. I have found that if I take in the same amount of calories over the same amount of daily meals and perform the same amount of weekly workload, if I have a high percentage of protein, I gain a lot of muscle and strength, whereas if I have a higher percentage of carbohydrates I gain a much larger percentage of fat and strength gains are minimal.
As far as creatine, I personally don’t find it to be all that amazing. There are people who swear by it, but I always wonder how much of the effectivness comes from suggestibility and the placebo effect. I have used it several times and from my experience it did very little unless I take 3 times the recommended dosage and spread it throughout the day (which is expensive and a giant pain in the ass). I did have good results from using Cell Tech. But I wonder how much of that was because of the “Crea-Edge™ (Hardcore Anabolic Creatine Matrix)”, “Osmodrol™ (Hyperosmotic Cell-Volumizer)”, and “InsuloDrive™ (Accelerated Insulin Maximizer)”, and how much of it was the 75 grams of pure sugar per serving. My guess is that it was the sugar high