New Research: 1 In 3 Gym Users Are Taking Drugs Or Dietary Supplements To Lose Weight

Have you been going beast mode at the gym only to look around and see that you just can't seem to achieve the same body as some of the people around you? This might be because they are hiding a secret. They may be taking psychoactive substances to help them reach their goals. Researchers at the University of Hertfordshire found that 1 in 3 gym goers are using potentially harmful and dangerous pills or supplements to boost their workouts. Half of the people using psychoactive substances are doing so to achieve their fitness goals. 31% of those use them are doing so to lose weight. But the thing is, while they may be providing some results in a physical way, the users are still left struggling to feel good about themselves. The research claims to show a direct correlation between body image anxiety and taking figure defining drugs. Lead author on the study, Ornella Corazza, explains, "the user does not consider himself a drug user as the trend is embedded in society. If you buy supplements or sexual enhancers, you think they're good, you think they're completely licit, but what we're finding out is that it's not always the case." A questionnaire was distributed to 433 regular gym goers and it was found that 80% of them cared a lot about how they looked. Many of these people admitted to feeling a great deal of pressure to maintain their bodies and more than a third of them reported feeling depressed or hopeless about their bodies. drugs When it came to losing weight, 60% admitted to taking protein supplements while a third relied on herbal supplements with caffeine to keep themselves going during a workout. The real shocker came with 17% having admitted to using amphetamines in the past. After using these stimulants, 1 in 3 experienced side effects that included skin problems, mood changes, headaches, diarrhea, digestion problems, increased heart rate, irritability and sweating. Corazza finds these results disturbing given the general attitudes present in gym culture. She said, "there is a concern there about the way they look, the way they perform, so they try to do something, they try to find a quick fix. This is the picture that is coming out. A change in legislation is essential." The study's results have been presented to members of parliament in the United Kingdom ahead of a vote they are to make on a new psychoactive substances (NPS) bill. Do the results of this study surprise you? Do you believe these pills and supplements should be banned or are we all adults who can make our own decisions? Source: Daily Mail  Featured Image: @michelle_lewin Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_115065" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat code @BodyRockTV[/caption]  

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