The Power of Placebo

The key ingredient of the supplement industry?

Dylan Dacosta
In Fitness And In Health

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Sparknotes:

  • The placebo effect has been shown to have small to large effects on improving sports performance.
  • The largest effects come from more intense placebos, such as steroids, injections and even sham surgeries.
  • When navigating new supplements and workout fads, knowing the role of the placebo can help you make more informed decisions.
  • Stay curious, but also remain skeptical, especially regarding emerging trends in the fitness and health space.

When it comes to interventions to change human behaviour and even outcomes, one ingredient is overlooked by the average gym-goer. It’s not the force of hard work or discipline. It’s not the magic of the perfect morning routine. And no, it’s not even the *insert some secret THEY don’t want you to know*.

It’s the power of placebo, and its evil twin sibling, nocebo.

Placebo and nocebo refer to positive and negative expectancies’ effects on your behaviour and outcome. This is why in research, you’ll commonly hear of there being a “double-blind placebo-controlled trial.” All this means is that both the researchers and the subjects were unaware of which groups/individuals were receiving the actual treatment…

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Dylan Dacosta
In Fitness And In Health

I am a personal trainer and online coach from Toronto, Ontario. If you like my writing, check out my website! www.five-elements.ca