Thursday, June 9, 2011

Supplements that actually help with weight loss



I found this chart and thought it was pretty interesting. Here in the US we have a real problem with obesity, and the number of children who would be classified as obese is on the rise.

There are a few simple changes we can make that will help, to get us started on never ending journey of health and weight loss.
These are NOT fad diets or drugs, these are supplements that should be a part of your diet anyway.
*Fish Oil
Fish oil improves our body's ability to do darn near everything!!
Including lose fat!
he omega 3 fatty acids found in fish oil have been scientifically proven to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes, lower blood pressure, decrease inflammation and joint stiffness, and treat various mood disorders. Fish oil has also been shown to either help improve or prevent Alzheimer's disease and dementia, depression, heart disease, cancer, arthritis, diabetes, hyperactivity, ADHD and more.
Many people who take it also report an overall improved sense of well being and mental clarity.

How does it help with weight loss?

Well, while it's not some magical pill that will actually cause fat loss itself (there is no such thing), it WILL help your body do everything required of it (lose fat, build & maintain muscle, recover from exercise, etc.) just a little bit better. This includes improved insulin sensitivity and calorie partitioning (meaning calories would be more likely to be used for something useful rather than get stored on your body as fat).

*Protein Powder
Protein is an essential part of every diet no matter what your goals are (weight loss, building muscle, just being healthy in general, etc.), as it plays a key role in muscle, cell and organ function as well as being present in bone, skin and hair.

How does it help with weight loss?

First, protein is satiating (which is a fancy word for "filling"). Studies have been done and all modern research shows that protein is much more filling than either fat or carbs, and this makes it an extremely important factor in controlling your appetite and avoiding hunger cravings. It's one of the main reasons most weight loss diets are high in protein. It will keep you fuller longer, and that will prevent you from eating something you shouldn't or just eating too much in general. But wait, there's more!

The second reason protein powder is on my list of best weight loss supplements is that, in addition to being necessary for building and repairing muscle tissue, protein is also a requirement for maintaining muscle. Your goal might be "weight" loss, but it's really fat that you're looking to lose, not muscle. Ensuring you eat enough protein each day is key in preventing muscle loss.


*Multivitamin

We all know what a multivitamin is. We all know they contain the vitamins and minerals our bodies require to keep us alive, healthy and functioning properly. This is all very obvious information, right? So what is it doing on this list?


How does it help with weight loss?

Simple. In order to lose weight, we need to be alive, healthy and functioning properly. If a multivitamin contains the things our bodies need to help make this happen, then it indirectly helps make weight loss happen. Obviously we were meant to get these important vitamins and minerals through the foods we eat, but unfortunately, the average person these days doesn't eat the way the human body was meant too. This usually leads to most diets being low in many of the good things it shouldn't be low in.

And that's where a multivitamin comes in. It sort of works as your diet's backup plan. That's exactly why I take one. My diet is quite good. I eat better and healthier than most of the population. But, I still love the idea of taking a multivitamin each day to serve as my little nutrition insurance policy making sure my body gets everything it needs everyday.

*If you have any known medical conditions, are pregnant, or nursing, please consult your doctor before starting any new vitamin regiment, or exercise program.

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4 comments:

  1. I'm laughing at that chart because I have a friend that is half Asian and she talked about how her mother is always moving no matter what she's doing. So since she's said that I have noticed all the Asian people that walk by my house every day and one even carries a vitamin water type drink with her to work on her arms while she walks.

    Interesting about the fish oil. My Pediatrician talks about it a lot and the omega three and how kids need it a lot. Another interesting fact is that my nephew has had a hard time with speech then my sister started giving him Fish oil and all of a sudden he started talking after trying so many things. I'm not saying Fish oil is a miracle product but it definitely helps with all sorts of things. I should start taking some.

    Wish you lived in Brigham so I could have you boot camp my butt while I'm there for three weeks. I'll just go with my parents a lot. That will be nice. Second baby weight is liking to stick around on me. Lame!

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  2. so we are just supposed to drink the fish oil by itself? or we subsitute it for olive oil or something?

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  3. Take the fish oil on it's own, if cooked it would probably lose most of it's nutrients

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