It may be hard to imagine a little capsule being filled with tons of real nutrients. But the sooner you believe it, the sooner you’ll get in shape! The contents of these little supplements can play a huge role in fitness and weight loss.
Now, dietary supplements are not meant to replace whole foods in your diet. Nor is taking them a green light to skip the other components of your weight loss program. Supplements are to enhance—or supplement—a nutrition and exercise plan, not to be the plan.
That being said, supplements deliver nutrients in a potent, condensed powder form. This makes them very effective, as well as convenient (for those of us who don’t like chewing on seaweed strands, guzzling apple cider vinegar, or drinking more than four cups of green tea a day). And, in fact, there are some nutrients you can only get in supplement form.
Which Supplement Should You Use?
There are supplements to facilitate fat burn, muscle development, and improved overall health. So what are your goals?
Let’s Say You Want To…
LOSE BODY FAT: Choose a supplement that boosts metabolism, reduces your caloric intake, or both.
A Metabolism-Booster will increase fat burn by helping your body convert fat to energy more efficiently. As a result of frequent overeating, the body begins to think it is OK to hang onto fat instead of using it for energy (a condition called leptin resistance). Resveratrol is a natural ingredient that reactivates the SIRT1 gene, thus allowing the body to start breaking down stored fat cells and increasing energy again. Other supplements that regulate metabolism include green tea extract, caffeine and kelp.
An Appetite Suppressant will also help you curb fat by preventing unhealthy cravings and overeating. Look for a supplement that contains ingredients which naturally make you feel fuller, like green tea, apple cider vinegar, caffeine, grapefruit and fiber. The key is making sure, as you scale back your caloric intake, that you are getting all the nutrients your body needs for health and energy.
BUILD MUSCLE: A protein supplement is your best bet for muscle development. Many contain whey protein powder, soy protein powder, or a powerful combination of the two.
A Supplement That Accelerates Muscle Recovery, such as protein, is your best bet for building muscle. In turn, this will give you maximum calorie burn and increased strength (notice we didn’t say bulk, ladies?). Many rapid weight loss programs result in loss of lean muscle mass, which is counterproductive. Muscle helps you burn excess fat more quickly.
The IdealShape Weight Loss Shake contains 12g of protein in a proprietary blend of whey protein isolate (pure form), whey protein concentrate and soy protein. Have a protein shake after your workout, and before long you’ll be doing squats and deadlifts without breaking a sweat!
GET HEALTHY: This is by far the most important reason to take a supplement. Owing to our poor nutrition habits, Americans are finding our health declining rapidly. It’s nearly impossible to get all the nutrients we need from food alone—and few of us even come close. “One part of the solution,” says IdealShape Managing Partner Skyler Meine, “is dietary supplementation.”
A Multivitamin is a good place to start (choose a higher quality one for best results). This will provide a solid foundation of vitamins and minerals, and help correct imbalances and deficiencies in the body.
Antioxidants are certain nutrients found in many foods, including kelp, green tea, and grapefruit. Antioxidants deliver a special boost to your immune system by fighting free radicals. Free radicals cause harm to the body in hundreds of ways, including damage to the skin, cells, tissues and organs; inflammation, asthma and arthritis; age related diseases; and disease in general.
While everyone should be taking a multivitamin, plenty of antioxidants, and any additional supplements as needed, it’s crucial for those trying to lose weight. That’s why some weight loss supplements actually provide a significant amount of these essential nutrients. On top of losing weight, ResveraShape users report having improved health and increased energy for exercise and daily activities.
As you can see, there are a myriad of supplements that will enhance weight loss. A combination of supplements—or a single supplement that combines multiple benefits—can help you create balance, which is fundamental to achieving your IdealShape. Regardless of your goals, your first criteria for choosing a supplement should be this: find one with proven, healthy, all-natural ingredients.
For more information on how to create a balanced diet geared for weight loss, check out our eBook.
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