How many of you make the resolution every year to be more fit? How many have had the post-baby body issues and want to get your body back? How many of you are not happy with what you see in the mirror? TOO MANY!
Unfortunately the fitness industry knows this and preys on your insecurities.
First, you decide to change. Then you have to filter through the plethora of options to meet your goals (gym membership, personal trainers, group classes, videos, start running, etc).
Then, you will be focusing on nutrition and eating "right". This is where i see the biggest difference. Supplement companies market products with different "female focused" packaging and have a spokesmodel that is a goal body type for some of you. Leading you to believe if you take their supplement you will look like her. By preying on this insecurity and your new goal to look different you will pay whatever they want for their products. No matter if they are better than the not "for her" products.
Let's stop and think. Is your local supermarket split down the middle? The left is men's food and the right is women's food! I didn't think so. If we eat the same food we could take the same supplements.
NOW! Let's have an understanding of WHY they are different. Women have different nutritional needs than men and age plays a huge role. In general, women's protein products have less protein and added folic acid and B6.
If you prescribe to the, eat your body weight in grams of protein, way of thinking; on a general basis the women will need less protein in a day than men.
Now if you already track your nutrition and you take a multivitamin with folic acid and B6, then any protein is "made for her".
If you know your needs and you compare prices. If you don't have a stigma about taking a supplement, not in a pink container, then you are fine to take "most" supplements on the market.
I do not know many women looking for the mass gainers or the testosterone boosters on the market so it's easy to say the products you are looking for are just as good for a woman, as a man. The bodies of both genders will treat the supplements different, just like we process food and nutritional needs differently by biological makeup.
I am not a doctor and i am not giving medical or nutritional advice. Please consult a professional before starting any fitness regime or supplementation.