Many women struggle with weight loss and find themselves trying numerous diets. In this blog post, we will discuss different supplements that are beneficial for weight loss. Whether you are just starting out or have been struggling to lose weight for years, these supplements can help you get the results you need!
Diet is an important part of staying healthy and can meet most nutrient needs. However, some supplements are beneficial for meeting particular nutritional needs.
The B vitamins are essential for a fully functioning metabolism. Low levels of any of these vitamins means your metabolism won’t be at its best. Vitamin D is critical to a healthy immune system. The sun is the best source of vitamin D, but you can also get this vitamin from food. Iron helps carry oxygen to all of the cells in your body, including your muscles. Too little iron can lead to iron deficiency anemia, one of the most common nutritional deficiencies.
Vitamins and minerals that boost metabolism
What people eat, including vitamins and minerals, affects their metabolism. A faster metabolism burns calories more quickly than a slower one. Vitamin D may help control blood sugar and improve insulin resistance in people with diabetes. You can get vitamin D from the sun, and good exposure to the sun is the fastest way to get it. Magnesium is essential for energy production. Iron is essential for carrying oxygen in red blood cells.
B vitamins provide the body with energy, which is especially important when you are dieting or exercising. Some people need to take a B-complex supplement for their energy levels.
Vitamin B-12 is crucial for the production of red blood cells that carry oxygen through your body, and you need plenty of it if you want to maintain a healthy metabolism.
Vitamin C is important for skin health and may aid in weight loss as well.
Vitamin D helps regulate appetite so people don’t overeat or eat too much at one sitting.
This vitamin is important for maintaining a healthy heart, and it also helps the body produce energy from food we eat. Vitamin E may aid in weight loss by decreasing inflammation or even by making you feel fuller on smaller portions of food.
When your diet is deficient in zinc, your immune system struggles to cope with bacteria, viruses, and other infections. It can also lead to weight gain because it’s tied closely with regulating how your body processes sugar.
You need iron in order to release energy from food and form new red blood cells. If you don’t get enough iron, your body will take it from other sources such as muscle tissue or the hemoglobin in your brain, which can result in anemia.
Your body needs magnesium to use calcium for bone development and maintain proper muscle function. Magnesium is also believed to suppress appetite and reduce cravings, so it can help if you have a sweet tooth or enjoy drinking sodas loaded with sugar.
Best supplements for…
Your metabolism and thyroid function: selenium
Selenium helps the body use thyroid hormones. It also plays a role in metabolism and protects against oxidative stress that can lead to damage of the nerves, heart, or kidneys.
Your bones: calcium
Calcium is key for preventing osteoporosis and keeping your teeth strong. A lack of calcium may cause brittle nails and hair loss as well as joint pain from decreased bone density causing pain as you age.
Your heart health: omega-three fatty acids
Omega-three fatty acids lower your triglyceride levels and improve the function of good cholesterol in your blood, both of which are key for cardiovascular health that lowers risk for stroke or heart attack.
Weight loss: green coffee bean extract & raspberry ketones
Green coffee bean extract helps in weight loss by boosting your metabolism and breaking down fat cells. Raspberry ketones are a fruit’s natural substance that has been shown in research to help break down fat cells by stimulating the production of adiponectin, which is an important hormone for maintaining healthy blood sugar balance, weight management, and insulin sensitivity.
For UTIs: Cranberry
There is some evidence (though shaky) to suggest that cranberry can stop bacteria adhering to bladder walls. Worth a shot? You can get it as a supplement or just grab some juice.
For energy: Co-enzyme Q10
This is a real energy boosting supplement. The most absorbable and active form of Q10 is fat-soluble ubiquinol (Q10). Take 100g with a meal containing at least one kind of fats like avocado, nuts or oily fish.
For IBS: Probiotics
Five billion bacteria are good for general digestion, but 20 billion are needed to tackle a bad case of IBS. Boost your healthy gut bacteria with a probiotic.
For bloating: Agnus Castus
It can relieve the severity of PMS symptoms such as irritability, bloating and headaches by more than 50%.
For stress: Siberian Ginseng
Take one 150mg tablet daily. Ginseng may relieve the stress response by reducing cortisol levels and blocking its release.
For sleep: Magnesium
One of the best supplements for insomniacs. Magnesium helps maintain healthy sleep patterns by blocking adrenaline which wakes you up.
And for weight loss to work effectively, you really want to get an adequate amount of sleep (most people need seven hours) otherwise you get tired, stressed and lose motivation – then you reach for the comfort foods.
Weight loss supplements
Green tea extract
Green tea extract increases the activity of norepinephrine, a hormone that helps burn fat. A few studies show that green tea extract can promote fat burning and reduce weight gain, especially around the mid section. Green tea is rich in EGCG, which has been found to be effective at burning fat.
Caffeine has several proven benefits for weight loss. Speeding up your metabolism burns calories and promotes the breakdown of fat. It’s also a mood lifter, and it suppresses hunger. A 100mg dose of 100mg (about as much as a regular mug of coffee) can increase your resting metabolic rate by 3-4%. The bonus effect of caffeine is the ability to increase exercise performance by up to 11%, which is an important part of your weight loss plan.
Daily Activity and Exercise
Keeping active is key to helping you burn calories and staying trim. It’s also good for your wellbeing too. Walk close to 10,000 steps a day and move your body as much as possible. Exercise can also improve your mental health as well as burn calories and help you stay trim.
Use a mixture of cardio and resistance/strength training to burn calories. If you’re new to exercise or don’t really have a routine in place at the moment, speak to one of our trainers to see what the best plan would be for you.