Alissa Carpio's Supplement Reviews!

With so many products out there costing so much money, and so many bodybuilders eager to make the most gains on so small a budget. Hopefully, by reading my reviews, you can save some time and money by going straight to the supplements that I've tried...
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With so many products out there costing so much money, and so many bodybuilders eager to make the most gains on so small a budget, proper supplementation becomes an important decision. Unfortunately, since the FDA doesn't regulate supplement claims, most companies tell you what you want to hear in order to sell their product.

So, they all claim that their products work better than any other brand, whether that's true or not. What is a desperate bodybuilder to do? Hopefully, by reading my reviews, you can save some time and money by going straight to the supplements that I've tried and that I firmly believe are a bang for your buck!


Bang For Your Buck Supplements


MHP's Up Your Mass Meal Replacement Shake - Learn More

    Why It's a Bang:

    Everyone knows how hard it is to find a quality mass-gainer shake that's high in quality protein and carbs, but relatively low in saturated fats and simple sugars. MHP has come up with exactly this - and in two great tasting, highly affordable flavors.

    Nutritional Breakdown:

    Serving Size: 2 scoops
    Calories: 256
    Fat: 6g
    Saturated Fat: <1g
    Protein: 29g
    Carbohydrates: 23g
    Sugars: <1g
    Macronutrient Ratio: C/P/F = 45/35/20

    Taste Tempters:

    Up Your Mass is available in delicious CinnaBun or Fudge Brownie.

    You Should Also Know:

    The carbohydrates in Up Your Mass come from high-quality, low-glycemic food sources, including barley, oats, and oat fiber.

    Damage to Your Wallet:

    You get a FULL 5 POUNDS of high-quality shake for only $32.48 on Bodybuilding.com! How cool is that? Learn More

    Food Ideas:

    Try mixing 1 scoop of MHP with 1 scoop of chocolate or vanilla protein powder, 3 egg whites, cinnamon, and a small amount of Vanilla extract for a delicious protein pancake.


EAS Myoplex Carb Sense - Learn More

    Why It's a Bang:

    If you like the convenience of an RTD but are sick and tired of creamy, milkshake-style drinks, you'll love this fruity drink that tastes a lot like Berry Blast Kool-Aid. You get 100% pure protein isolate with zero fat, zero carbs, and zero sugar, which make it a great choice for meeting your protein requirements while on a strict diet.

    Nutritional Breakdown:

    Serving Size: 1 container
    Calories: 90
    Fat: 0g
    Saturated Fat: 0g
    Protein: 22g
    Carbohydrates: 0g
    Sugars: 0g
    Macronutrient Ratio: C/P/F = 0/100/0

    Taste Tempters:

    Myoplex CS Protein Drink comes in Mixed Berry

    You Should Also Know:

    While many of the Kool-Aid style protein isolate drinks taste chalky, this is the only one I've tasted that leaves just a trace of aftertaste - hardly detectable.

    Damage to Your Wallet:

    You can get 20 servings for $31.59. The RTD's are a lot more and Bodybuilding.com does not carry them due to it costs about 75% of the cost of the product just to ship. You can thank UPS, USPS and FEDex for not giving them a good deal! Learn More

    Food Ideas:

    Although great plain, for a full meal replacement you can mix your traditional powdered MRP with 6 ounces of Myoplex CS Protein Drink instead of plain, boring water, or high-sugar fruit juices.


Chef Jay's Tri-O-Plex Bars - Learn More

    Why It's a Bang:

    With just ONE of these delicious, high-fiber bars made from REAL food, you get 4.2 ounces (118g) of bar providing a hearty meal of 335* calories - a TRUE meal in a bar.

    Nutritional Breakdown:

    Serving Size: 1 Bar (4.2 ounces, 118g) Caramel Apple Flavor
    Calories: 335
    Fat: 7g
    Saturated Fat: 3g
    Protein: 30g
    Carbohydrates: 38g
    Fiber: 6g
    Sugars: 11g
    Macronutrient Ratio: C/P/F = 45/35/20

    Taste Tempters:

    Tri-O-Plex bars are currently available in five mouth-watering flavors - Caramel Apple, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Smores, Peanut Butter Banana, and Chocolate Coconut.

    You Should Also Know:

    These bars are HANDS DOWN the best-tasting bars I have ever chowed down on! Let me tell you - I've tried at least four-dozen bars in my course of training over the last 4 years, so this claim is not to be brushed off. The PB Chocolate Chip bars taste exactly like no-bake cookies. I've even tested this theory on non-bodybuilders and they agree!

    Damage to Your Wallet:

    You can get a box of 12 of these huge bars (I eat them in halves because they're so big.) for only $25.69 on Bodybuilding.com. That comes to a mere $2.14 per bar - cheaper and way better for you than the average McDonald's Value Meal! Learn More

    Food Ideas:

    You can eat these awesome bars as is - they don't need doctored up with anything! Because there are 335 calories in one bar, I cut them in half and eat them as snacks between my regular meals when dieting for a show.

    * Caloric content varies slightly depending on flavor of bar.


Costa Food's Muscle Sandwich - Learn More

    Why It's a Bang:

    Every once in a while, even bodybuilders long for a regular old candy bar. The Muscle Sandwich tastes like you're indulging in just that - but still packs 13g of protein and only 15g of sugar per sandwich. Makes a great treat for that once or twice a week cheat day.

    Nutritional Breakdown:

    Serving Size: 1 bar (57g)
    Calories: 290
    Fat: 16g
    Saturated Fat: 5g
    Protein: 13g
    Carbohydrates: 25g
    Fiber: 2g
    Sugars: 15g
    Macronutrient Ratio: C/P/F = 47/34/17

    Taste Tempters:

    The Muscle Sandwich is available in one flavor consisting of peanut butter and graham crackers layered together underneath a chocolate coating - Mmmm!

    You Should Also Know:

    This appetizing treat is made with real peanuts and delicious graham crackers for a unique taste sensation. It also contains several vitamins and minerals for a truly nutritional indulgence.

    Damage to Your Wallet:

    I've seen this product for sale online as low as $13.95 for a box of 12. That's only a little over a dollar per bar - unbeatable! Learn More

    Food Ideas:

    The Muscle Sandwich is a great food choice for any off-season competitor, or as a cheat meal. Pair it with a glass of ice-cold milk for a homemade taste sensation!