Summer is upon us! And with it, the beautiful weather, picnics, swimming pools – and seaside! Some of us want to get rid of excess weight before we hit the beaches, but – which vitamins might be best help for our weight loss efforts?
If you’re already on your way to a more toned body, and you’ve got the diet and exercise regime nailed down but still aren’t entirely satisfied with the results – maybe it’s time to check on your vitamins.
Restrictive diets and vigorous exercise have this nasty habit of depleting the vitamins essential for fat burning and can be counterproductive to your weight loss efforts (yo-yo dieting, anyone?).
But fear not – continue reading to find out about all the vitamins your body needs as your waist gets smaller and some advanced tactics to make your weight loss efforts pay dividends faster (in sweat and fat, of course).
Best vitamins and minerals for weight loss
Vitamin B – Gimme all
Here is the king of metabolic processes – the B vitamins are responsible for metabolizing fats, proteins and carbs. They rev up the metabolism and control the energy production in the body.
Speaking of carbs, a quote from “Friends” comes to mind: “A moment on your lips, forever on your hips!” But, if you are already having a slice of pizza, make sure you also have B vitamins nearby. Any good set of B vitamins will include the following: B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (panthotenic acid), folate, biotin, B12.
B vitamins are essential if you are on a vegan or vegetarian diet – B12 is non-existent in plant foods. It can be found however in products fortified with B12.
Calcium – Secret ally for weight loss
When it comes to calcium and weight loss, think of it as hotly debated as Madonna’s newest album. Many support it; many say it has no relevance whatsoever (the calcium, of course, not Madonna’s album – we love it).
Other studies claim there is no correlation between these two whatsoever.
The jury is still out, but that doesn’t mean that calcium is irrelevant: it is crucial for healthy bones and muscles, which support that flab we love so much.
Until you kiss it goodbye, it’s better to watch your calcium intake as well.
Iron – The oxygen highway
We think of iron as a highway – for oxygen.
Namely, iron is the chief element for transporting oxygen throughout the body – and especially to the muscles.
Now, oxygen is the fuel that burns fat. What happens if the furnace, i.e. the muscles, don’t get enough of it? They can’t get started up, and no fat is burned. Meaning, you might spend much time exercising, but if there’s no iron and oxygen in your muscles, they can’t use up the fat you are trying to shed.
This leads to all the well-known dieting and exercise fatigue – and we don’t want that.
Pro-tip: Bear in mind that too much iron is not good either – it is toxic to the body.
Vitamin D – Fat melts under the sun
This is where it gets exciting – with vitamin D, a.k.a. the sunny vitamin, studies are much more persistent: a 2011 study says that obese people lack this little pack of sunshine. Moreover, when weight loss enthusiasts took more vitamin D during their diet regime, their weight dropped faster.
Luckily, vitamin D isn’t hard to come by – just get some sun exposure. Until you are ready to strut-what-you-got on some exotic beach, though, think about getting a high-quality vitamin D supplement (especially if you are working long office hours).
Magnesium – Potent underdog
Here’s a pro tip: if you are already upping the vitamin D intake, you have to consider your magnesium levels. Why? It has been shown, over and over, that vitamin D tends to deplete magnesium levels, so watch out for that. Great doses of vitamin D can severely deplete magnesium levels.
Magnesium is one of the vitamins that not enough people talk about, yet it’s essential for many processes.
Magnesium will boost your metabolism, calm your nerves, regulate blood pressure and blood glucose, and give you the energy to dance like a ballerina in her first major role.
Pro tip: When choosing a magnesium supplement, choose Mg made from organic salts, because the body absorbs it better.
Beyond vitamins for weight loss
You thought that was it? Get ready because the best is yet to come.
Alongside your vitamins, successful weight loss efforts include fibres, water and sleep.
Yes, we know – you’ve heard it all before. The reason we are repeating this is – those are that important.
Fibre is vital for the health of the digestive tract; water supports many body processes, and sleep… Well, not only is it nice – it also helps the body restore itself.
Now for the real juicy part: consider taking digestive enzymes. Have you heard of these?
Digestive enzymes break down various food groups in your gut. Aside from weight loss, they are important for other conditions, like IBS, dyspepsia, and Crohn’s disease.
Not all digestive enzymes are made the same, so you have to be careful when choosing them. You only want the best quality for your tummy.
Pro tip: Check out Goodwill Pharma’s Enzimax and Enzimax Forte – two superior sets of digestive enzymes, with twice as many enzymes compared to industry standard, thoroughly researched and with a proven track record.
Get me that sun umbrella, I’m going to the beach
So now that you are ready to embark on the road to a whole new you, let’s recap the steps you need to take for that sizzling hot body you want:
- Have your diet and exercise regime in place.
- Make sure you are covered with the adequate vitamins we mentioned in this article.
- Don’t slack on fibre, sleep, and hydration.
- For extra results, get your high-quality combo of digestive enzymes.
You’ll be picking out an excellent bathing suit in no time!
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