6 Best Supplements and Vitamins for Weight Loss
If your dietary plans and workout schedule are not bearing significant results, you might just be deficient in one or more vitamins or important nutrition. In this article, we will list out 6 of the most effective supplements and vitamins which help you progress better in your weight-loss goal.
How frustrating it gets when you see no results despite working hard and following a strict diet plan religiously? On top of it, you are not able to figure out where you are going wrong and what you can do to get the situation in control. In this condition, we will advise you not to lose any hope and not to get demotivated. Most likely, it is because your deficiency of right vitamins and nutrients already and haven’t done anything to correct it before beginning with you weight-loss plan.
Now when you know it, none of the fad diets or rigorous exercise programs will help you until you correct this. We would like to let you know the best vitamins and supplements which can turn the game around in your favor when it comes to weight loss and fat loss. So here you go.
1. Vitamin D
When your body lacks in Vitamin D, it converts sugar into fat instead of energy. Vitamin D deficiency is the common cause of obesity and metabolic syndrome. A 2018 study published in the International Journal of Preventive Medicine found that Vitamin D insufficiency was accompanied with higher risk Type 2 Diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, hypertension and obesity. You might be thinking that you are getting your daily dose of Vitamin D from the sun but you might have forgotten that you are, perhaps, not getting enough of sunlight to make sure of it! The best way to be sure it to have your doctor check your blood levels. In case of deficiency, the doctor prescribes Vitamin D3 in most of the cases instead of D2 because D3 is more effective in raising Vitamin D level in the blood.
An underactive thyroid gland can make weight-loss goals almost impossible to attain. This butterfly shaped gland in your throat controls your metabolism along with many other important body processes. Not many people pay attention to iodine, which supports thyroid. Some multivitamins contain the recommended amount of iodine (150mcg daily) while others do not. If you are taking them in your multivitamins, don’t overdose it because that may lead to palpitations and anxiety. The best way is to consult your doctor before deciding to go for iodine supplementation.
You might be knowing about obesity being the major health threat nowadays but Iron-deficiency is as big a problem as obesity. In a 2014 study, iron deficiency and obesity are connected – with weight loss a key factor in combating the deficiency. Women are at higher risk as they lose iron throughout their lives due to menstruation. Hence, iron deficiency makes it difficult for anyone to lose weight and appropriately replenishing iron levels can help with weight loss. Iron should be paired with Vitamin C to aid in absorption. Moreover, iron plays in energy levels – when you feel more energized, you are more inclined to exercise and hence, it will have a positive effect on your weight loss program. Iron rich food like green leafy vegetables or red meat will definitely help you. Know your iron levels today and have them corrected by right supplementation today to get your weight loss routine moving.
It is an important amino acid that carries fatty acids and through the cells of the body and makes your metabolic system synthesize them or use them as energy. It burns fat instead of storing it. A 2013 clinical study published in Food and Nutrition Sciences found that taking 500mg L-carnitine in combination with motivational therapy could lead to increased weight loss in people who were overweight. The recommended dose of L-carnitine supplementation can be between 500mg to 1000mg per day. If you are taking all other supplementation and still not getting results, it is time to make sensible swaps and take weight-loss aiding supplements instead.
If you are not able to exercise for longer duration, this might slow down your process of weight-loss. Bela-alanine is a precursor to a molecule called carnosine, which is concentrated in muscles and brain. It helps buffer the buildup of acids in muscle cells – the reason we feel fatigued after exertion of any kind. A 2015 study published in the journal of International Soceity of Sports Nutrition found that 4 to 6 grams of beta-alanine can boost levels of carnosine in skeletal muscles and can improve exercise in quick burst efforts. So instead of cardio if you sort to high intensity interval training, this supplementation will help you speed up your process of weight loss.
Magnesium is an essential mineral and research states that it can relax our muscles, helps you feel calm and improves your sleep. Yes, these things can help you lose weight! Lack of sleep can be the major reason that you are not losing weight. Sleep deprivation is the major cause of obesity epidemic across the planet. It is a vicious circle, no or less exercise leads to no exhaustion and no exhaustion leads to no sleep for most of the people. So when you decide to lose weight and start exercising, this problem slowly gets corrected and falls back into routine usually but if you are not able to sleep even after being tired, then you this mineral will help you relax better, sleep better and perform better after resting.
- Book, Food Sanity: How to Eat in a World of Fads and Fiction; Author: Dr. David Friedman