The Truth About Weight Loss Supplements
We’ve all heard of weight loss supplements and we’ve all seen the amazing marketing claims – they’re all over social media. But what is the truth behind them, and is there a better way to lose that stubborn weight?
What Are Weight Loss Supplements?
This is a really broad question, and there are two answers:
- Diet pills which may make you lose weight in the short term, but can lead to a host of other issues. These include putting lots of weight back on when you stop taking the pills, and health problems such as digestive issues. They can also make you feel lethargic.
- Vitamin and nutrient supplements which can help you to reach your weight loss goals in a healthy way, alongside other factors such as diet and exercise.
Many people jump for the first option, without fully considering the resulting wellness outcomes. The fact is, if you choose a diet pill without finding out what your body actually needs, you can end up with a huge range of problems.
So Should I Just Avoid Taking A Weight Loss Supplement?
The answer certainly isn’t a simple ‘no’. Supplements can be extremely useful when you’re trying to lose weight. The important thing is to consider what is in your supplement and why you are taking it. You also need to make sure that the supplements you are taking aren’t going to harm your body.
Some of the supplements you might want to consider when you are losing weight are:
This is an essential amino acid which plays a crucial role in the metabolism. This means that it can speed up fat burning, helping you to burn through calories more quickly. Your body can’t produce methionine, which means that it must be supplied by diet or supplements – and so it’s easy to end up with too little.
Methionine starts the process of making new proteins inside your cells, including in your muscles after an exercise session that damages them. This means that it can build up your muscles, improving your performance during your next workout.
- B Vitamins
There are many B vitamins that also play a big part in metabolizing carbohydrates, protein and fat. These include folate, B6 and B12. Low levels of another B vitamin, thiamine, has been linked with a poorly functioning metabolism – so if you are lacking in this vitamin, you will find losing weight to be particularly hard.
B12 isn’t found in any plant products, so those on a vegan diet will need supplements (or eat food which has B12 added) to get enough.
Choline was discovered fairly recently, in 1998, and it has been found that many people are not absorbing enough of this vital nutrient from the food we eat. It is neither a vitamin nor a mineral, but it is important in cell structure, cell messaging and – most importantly for us – fat transport and metabolism.
This nutrient is a powerhouse in terms of fat burning. It is used in metabolism all over the body, but is particularly important for breaking down and transporting fat away from the liver, so that it can be converted into energy.
Inositol is in fact a carbohydrate. It’s key in ensuring that insulin works properly in your body.
Insulin resistance is a condition where your body is less able to respond to insulin, and this can lead to metabolic syndrome (which, in turn, leads to weight gain, particularly around the waist). If you don’t have enough inositol, your body may struggle to react to insulin.
Various studies have shown that inositol may lead to weight loss because of this, particularly in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
Whilst these are some of the most useful nutrients for weight loss, there are others too – such as vitamin D, calcium, iron and magnesium – which can provide a welcome boost for your metabolism.How Can I Find Out Which Nutrients My Body Is Missing?
This is where it gets tricky. If you’re trying to lose weight in a healthy, sustainable way then it doesn’t make sense to simply take as many supplements as possible. Your body needs a unique, individualized balance of nutrients to work in the best way it can. Alongside this, you need to consider vitamin deficiencies.
Some people are deficient in Vitamin D – this can result in muscle weakness, pain and fatigue (sound familiar?). Others are deficient in iron, which leads to weakness, headaches and chest pain. With 92% of the American population having a vitamin deficiency, the likelihood is that you have one too. The symptoms of various vitamin deficiencies can be very similar, but taking additional supplements for a huge number of vitamins can lead to you having too much of some, which can cause other problems!
The best thing to do is get tested to see what your body needs. At BluVida, testing is an integral part of our 12 Week Weight Loss Program. We analyze the results and ascertain exactly which vitamins and nutrients your body needs – both to work optimally and to lose weight – and administer them to you as part of the plan.
This is alongside a comprehensive program following our M3PSONG philosophy. This involves:
- Peptide Therapy
Our program can help you to truly change your life, and your weight loss won’t just last for 12 weeks, but forever. You’ll leave with a new lifestyle, one which will allow you to enjoy yourself, live your life and keep illness at bay.
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