Look, I hate to burst your bubble. In reality, you’re not gonna get exactly what you think you’re gonna get. Like I said before, if you get the right one then you’re pretty well off. One thing every person who lifts out there MUST STOP doing is looking at names. “NO2” is not actually what you’re taking in…forget about any studies on NO2 itself. What tablets you’re taking is NO2 the brand name. NO2 in terms of the real world is basically a chemical which is part of air pollution. Nitric Oxide combines with Oxygen and creates NO2 (Nitric Dioxide), so don't think that you're taking a pill version of actual NO2. They can put “Steroid 5000” on the bottle and that doesn’t change the ingredients. Forget about studies on products, even double blind independent labs really aren’t always what they claim it to be when it comes to the sports nutrition hype.
NO2, depending on who you buy it from may contain approximately these ingredients which vary by brand: KIC, AKG, Niacin, and Glucose…perhaps there’s other ingredients out there in other brands, but the MAIN ingredient is AKG. Your best bet is to go out and buy AKG/OKG tablets and a bottle of KIC. Forget about the niacin, glucose, whatever else is mentioned. Now the amino’s I’m telling you about will not make your heart race, will not give you instant results, and will work VERY slowly. Forget about getting results in the first week of taking them…maybe after a month you might have some gains in terms of muscle composition and endurance. The gains to be expected are minimal and in reality supplements like creatine, androstene, and straight protein stack will yield much much greater results. KIC, AKG, and OKG are something that I never even bother mention to someone starting out because it’s not worth it.
I understand that it’s not easy to swallow (no pun intended) what I’m saying when you’ve been hyped up by magazines and poor studies which always show this brand or this product to work 1000% better than everyone else and to make you the next Arnold. Your gains…I would say that 75% of them are simply because you are new to working out. That’s it…I promise that these are the biggest percentage gains that you will ever see. It’s all down hill from here and no health food store pill is going to change that. The NO2 is working for you because you THINK it’s working for you and that’s all. If you were taking it with a protein shake you were in reality cutting down on the effectiveness on the NO2 to minimal levels, but still claim to have a pump. Your results are probably 90% placebo effect. What’s causing all your gains right now is your diet…meaning your protein shake and meals, your sleeping habbits, and your workout. I’m not saying that AKG and KIC are not effective, however they are not effective on the level which you think they are.
So finish up this bottle of NO2 and just get the basic ingredients next time which I mentioned above and take them as I told you to earlier. Do a month cycle on creatine and there you’ll see some decent results, but don’t forget…any time you take any powder, be it a protein shake, creatine, etc…you MUST also drink more water.