As far as supplements, a lot of the stuff that I take has zero to no performance benefit. I've got shitty familial hypercholesterolemia and am doing my best to keep it under control from an early age.
No fish oil?
Never saw a difference in my bloodwork with it, even at higher (like 20+g/day) dosages. I get a good amount of w3 in from my diet normally so I can't justify spending money on a supplement-especially since the $120 a month Crestor works better than anything else. This isn't typical fat American too-many-cheese-fries high cholesterol, it's a genetic thing where my liver cranks the stuff out like no one's business. My goal with the other supplements (circumin, d3, minerals) is to minimize the other risk factors of CHD as much as possible. My grandmother and mom both have the same thing and take low dose statins and manage the other risk factors and neither have had problems with it.
Trying to keep cost low due to being a poor college student. Trying to think of cheap protein sources. Maybe add a can or two of tuna a day? Thoughts? Trying to keep carbs decently low as well. Maybe chicken quarters? Our local walmart usually has a 10lb bag of them for 7.00 or less. add one a day and get another 30+ grams of protein. Just looking for input or notes of anything I'm missing.
Additional supplements taken: fish oil. creatine. beef aminos. glutamine.
Honestly, and I'll probably get flamed for this but I eat whatever/whenever I want. Being a college student, I've found it very difficult to make/schedule out a food program especially realizing just how expensive food is after leaving the house lol. What I do make sure s that I eat at least 4-5 times a day and am constantly snacking on something. I do drink a shitton of soda and a shitton of beer, so that's probably not good and I eat fast food a good 2-3 times a week. For example, I've had a mcdonalds chocolate shake for the past 4 days in a row now, yet I seem to not be gaining any weight. Plus I'm just too lazy of a person to make food ahead of time and shit. Upon further review, I need to grab a gf to do all these things for me. So take my "Iron Fuel" with a grain of salt but it's getting me by for now.
As far as supplementation goes, I take 100% ON Whey 2x a day at least with 2 servings of creatine a day. I was on DAA Pure for as long as I had the bottle but it's empty now, so creatine and protein are my miracle workers
If you stepped up your nutrition and had at least some semblance of a plan, I GUARANTEE you'd be getting better gains. How much protein are you getting? If it's not AT LEAST 1g/lb BW then you need to get a life coach not a gf lol. I hear you, I'm in college too. Just be smart and make it work. Talk to Mr. Popular, he said that he was living in poverty and still gained a shit ton of weight.