supplements and weight management
Updated: Jan 28, 2021
Here is what you need to know, do and not do.
Your Supplement Plan:
With better health, weight loss or a faster metabolism as your goal, you meet several challenges along the way. That is why it is essential to avoid any issues that can easily be avoided. One of those is your nutritional intake. If you leave this to chance, you are at the mercy of the whims of your brain, which may tell you it needs fats when in reality, you need proteins. This is also known as cravings, the feeling that you have to have a bag of chips right now. The result of this process is that most people tend to eat incorrectly. That is, you probably don't have the perfect diet for achieving your goals. Not all of it is down to a lack of willpower or the whims of our cravings, either. Life is complicated, time is often limited, and it can only be impractical to craft the perfect dietary or balanced meal every time you need to eat.
Many books and experts talk about diet in the perfect scenario, where you can source every superfood and vegetable that provides each nutrient that your body needs, and you also have the time to turn them into meals that you can eat. But life isn't like that. Sometimes your Whole Food doesn't have everything you want. Sometimes you can't afford some of the more obscure superfoods, and sometimes, you don't have time to spend a couple of hours creating the perfect meal. It doesn't mean you should forget it and accept anything less than total wellness; it just means you need a slightly different approach. When you create your personalized nutrition plan, be practical. Don't fill it with ingredients and meals you know you can't get or won't make. It's essential not just for the practicality of maintaining the right dietary approach, but because once you have a realistic plan, you can see where you are missing out on some essential nutrients.
That is where the supplement plan comes in. You may not have time to craft the ideal meal every time, but with supplements, you can still make sure your body benefits from all the nutrients it needs. If you have access to a certified or licensed nutritionist, they can help with this process, and if it is at all possible, use one. It is worthwhile.
The key with supplements is to start slowly, let your body adjust to the additional nutrients and minerals over time. Not all supplements are created equal, either. Supplements made from whole food ingredients offer easier absorption by your body, which means it is easier for your body to use the nutrients they provide. As with food, quality supplements deliver quality outcomes.
Through supplements, your body has an insurance policy. If, for any reason, you don't eat correctly or your diet misses some essential nutrients, the supplements will fill those gaps for you. That doesn't mean you can ignore your nutrition plan and rely on supplements entirely. Understand that supplements are there to support your nutrition plan, not the other way around. Your lab results will help out here, too, ensuring you include supplements that you need rather than just buying everything and hoping for the best, which can be a great way to waste a lot of money.
Once you are on a proper regime with a well designed Supplement Plan and Nutrition Plan you are ready to begin your successful journey with Weight Management.
Finding your ideal weight is an essential aspect of total wellness, and there are several things you can do along the way to manage your weight easier. We have already talked about metabolism and how high metabolic rates burn more calories per day without changing anything else. The thing is, if your body is burning 1700 calories per day while resting, and you consume 1200, then your body will seek that calorie deficit from your fat reserves.
In effect, by boosting metabolism, you can lose weight without doing anything else. As easy as it sounds, that is not the way to go through. Yes, boosting metabolism is a part of it. But by changing your daily routine and diet, including more movement in your day; quality water, lean protein, fiber, and vegetables, while at the same time avoiding; bad fats, dairy, gluten, low-quality food, fast food, calories, sitting, alcohol, and carbohydrates as much as possible, in turn, will aid weight management. How you eat is as important as what you eat when it comes to boosting metabolism. If you stick to a couple of large meals per day, it will slow your metabolic rate as your body works to absorb all those nutrients in one go. However, numerous small meals with clean, healthy food throughout the day keep the body working and boost metabolism, which is what you should want if you want to be healthy.
One of the biggest challenges for weight loss is that diets tend to leave you feeling hungry and never full. It's precisely why they never seem to work for you. By loading up on lean protein, the body will feel fuller for longer, avoiding the hunger and cravings that lead to compulsive eating of harmful foods and a failed diet.
If you reduce your carbohydrate intake at the same time, you will not only eat less but surprisingly quickly. You will begin to notice the difference as you feel healthier all day. One downside to losing weight that often surprises and concerns people is that your metabolism may initially decrease as the weight disappears. However, this is your body's natural reaction to a decrease in calorie intake and can be associated with tissue loss, including both fat and muscle. However, because you want to focus on fat rather than muscle loss, this is an excellent time to maintain an effective exercise regime, which can help keep muscle and focus tissue loss on fat.
It is also essential to recognize that weight loss is not a comfortable journey. Losing the first few excess pounds may go quickly. However, after that, it can become much more challenging. There may come a time where you will feel stagnant, as if you are making no progress at all. Always remember that your metabolic rate may be changing too. Adjust your calorie intake and add exercise to your daily routine to increase your calorie burn. Once you reach the desired weight and stabilize, it is normal for your metabolism to increase again.
But whatever happens, it is worth tracking your metabolic rate throughout the weight loss to ensure you have the right calorific intake at all times. Take things steady. There are no instant fixes. Once you understand that, you can reach your ideal weight safely and then maintain that weight for as long as you wish.