Is there a nutritional supplement that will sustain my weight loss? This is the question voiced by nearly everyone lamenting their weight at some point in their lives.
The good news is that the answer is “yes, definitely.”
These are a few of the nutrients which will assist your weight loss efforts. They are not a replacement for diet and exercise of course, but each of these nutrients fight fat in multiple ways and will help overall health and wellbeing.
L’carnitine is an amino acid which occurs naturally in the liver and kidneys. A well balanced diet will provide most the l’carnitine that the body requires, this nutrient is derived from meat, dairy products and avocados. L’carnitine contributes in the transportation of fatty acids into the mitochondria, essentially assisting the body in burning off stored fat, enhances your energy level and suppresses your appetite. L’Carnitine is biologically active, look for l’carniture not d’carnitine.
Recommended Dose – 250 – 500 mg
Chromium is a trace mineral not created by our bodies, it must be obtained from outside sources, such as lettuce, onions and tomatoes. This mineral particularly assists individuals who have problems with yo-yo dieting; you lose weight, and then gain it back often with an additional weight as a bonus. This is caused by loss of muscle mass forcing your body to be less efficient at burning fat thus lowering your metabolism. Chromium works by preserving muscle mass which is vital to burn fat and maintain your loses, it augments your metabolism, it assists in regulating your insulin levels and corrects hunger cravings. Chromium picolinate is the form that is best absorbed by our bodies.
Recommended Dose – 50 to 200 mg
Garcinia cambogia is a small fruit indigenous to India and parts of Asia, the rinds contain hydroxycitric acid, this substance is comparable to the citric acid in oranges, lemons and limes. Hydroxycitric acid reduces fat gain by restricting the metabolic process which our bodies use to turn food to fat. This ancient fruit lowers blood fat levels, helps control appetite and revs up your body heat production. Garciniacambogia actually modifies our fat and carbohydrate metabolism, without imparting the jitters.
Recommended Dose – 300 mg
Citrus aurantium, also known as bitter orange, is a fruit growing in Spain, Italy, Portugal and parts of the West Indies. This nutrient has gained additional popularity, due to the similarity it has to ephedra. Citrus aurantium has the thermogenic effect of ephedra without the side effects, no nervous energy, no insomnia and no increase in heart rate.
Recommended Dose – 300 mg
Chitosan is created from the shells of shellfish and some plants. It is a type of fiber which saturates fat, permitting the fat to pass through the digestive system and then is eliminated without being absorbed in the bloodstream. Do not take this supplement if you are allergic to shellfish. Side effects of chitosan can include constipation or diarrhea.
Recommended Dose – 250 mg
All of the above nutrients are available without a prescription; please check with your physician before adding any supplements to your diet. Here’s to a healthier future!