Losing weight is no child’s play. It requires the right combination of exercise (physical activity) and dietary regulation (diet control, supplementation). Losing weight not only improves your physical well-being, it highly enhances your emotional state and mental balance.
Many use dietary supplements to aid in their weight loss process. Dietary supplements should be used as they are instructed to be used: supplements, and not as the diet itself. These supplements boost the weight loss by decreasing appetite and cravings, blocking fat absorption and increasing metabolism.
Even though most weight loss experts do not advise to the use of supplements for weight loss, there are supplements in the market that have proven to get results without any adverse side effects. Make sure the supplement you’re choosing to follow does not have Ephedra, which was banned by FDA in 2004 for a possible cause for major side effects such as heart attack and stroke. Do your research and make sure the supplement you select does not have any other side effects except helping you lose weight of course.
Check with you health and wellness coach, or your doctor before you start any supplements. There may be products that may interfere with your continuing medication. Supplements should always be clubbed with the right diet plan and regular exercise schedule for continued, gradual and long lasting weight loss.
Often dietary supplements can be classified into 4 categories:
- Products which block absorption of fat or carbs, such as chitosan
- Products that stimulate metabolism, such as caffeine
- Products that help modify body composition, such as conjugated linoleic acid, and
- Products that suppress appetite, such as soluble fibers
Dietary supplements can help cut down on the calorie intake every day. You can easily keep the calories in check and monitor your meals around the calories. Here are also a few tips to help plan your weight loss routine:
- Avoid binge and spontaneous meals. Planning your meals will help monitor calories and keep away any unwanted and extra calories.
- While eating out, always start with a big salad serving. A low calorie dressing is optional. You can alternatively opt for a soup with a broth base. This will fill you up with fewer calories and control your main meal portions.
- Keep moving at all times. With most of our work and family time spent in a sedentary lifestyle it is important to be on the move at all times. Sneak in small workout sessions at your work desk or during your lunches, or jog back home from work.
- Eat a lot of vegetables. Vegetables are packed with fiber and are low calorie. Stir fry you favorite vegetable to make a low calorie delicacy. Vegetables will fill you up, energize you and aid greatly in weight loss
Increase the fiber content in your diet. Fiber in fruits and vegetables help improve bowel movement and will aid in regularizing your digestion. This will lead to lower chances of bloating and water retention,