It can be a pretty big mine field when it comes to this, it can be a question of, do I really need to be spending money on these supplements? Or before I start spending my money what are the best supplements for weight loss and what will I need in order to help me lose weight.
The answer is really, no. Supplements should never replace a healthy balanced diet and you should aim to be getting the majority of your nutrition from whole foods. However, supplementation is there to bridge that gap. Especially of you are looking to lose weight you will inevitably be doing more exercise, which will mean your body will be in need of even better nutrition. This will mean the need to get a little addition I feel is even more essential.
Over this article I will go over what I feel are the best supplement for weight loss and what I feel are essential to help achieve your goal.
I have gone over this in a previous article, however, I do feel having a Multi-Vitamin is one of the most essential supplements not only for weight loss, I feel it essential for any fitness goal. When trying to achieve a weight loss goal you will likely be putting your body through its paces, which means you will be doing more exercise so your body will be crying out for the essential vitamins and minerals it need to keep going. Whilst we do get this from the food that we eat, we may not be able to get all these vitamins. So having a good quality Multi-Vitamin in the morning is a perfect way of bridging that gap.
Perfect if you are trying to lose weight It has been shown that this particular protein can help lessen your appetite whilst maintaining muscle mass. So if you are trying to shift a few pounds then this is definitely something I would suggest adding to your plan. This is one of the most popular protein powders on the market and quite readily available. This is a milk based protein and is perfect as a meal replacement on the go. As also whey protein is easily absorbed by the body it is often used to help muscle recovery straight after exercise.
Fish Oil – Omega 3
One of the most common supplements currently on the market. While it is rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids is can also offer some health benefits including heart and brain health. If you are following a weight loss/fat loss program then Omega-3 Fish Oil may also help keep you fuller for longer. Fish Oil may also increase your metabolism which in turn will help burn more fat and also help burn more fat during exercise.
Green Tea Extracts
You may not believe this however, green tea is one of the most commonly drunk teas around the world. Whilst it has some incredible health benefits and is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients. The benefits of this not only include brain function, it can also help with your weight loss/fat loss goals. Whilst drinking Green Tea is very beneficial to aid weight loss you would need to consume an awful lot of tea. Which is why I would suggest a Green Tea Extract instead as well as it is a concentrated dose and can help increase the number of calories your body burns through thermogenesis.
When it comes to getting into shape, so many people think about weight loss however, we should be focusing less on weight loss and more on fat loss. The reason for this is whilst trying to get into shape we will be increasing the level of exercise, while we are doing this we are likely to be increasing muscle mass. Muscle mass is denser than fat so while we are losing fat/size we are gaining muscle, which means whilst you look slimmer the scales may not tell you the whole picture.
So just a little tip if your are following a weight loss/fat loss program it is worth taking before and after picture and measurements, as this will give you help see your progress a little more accurately.
I hope this helps and if you have any questions the drop me a comment.