11 Miracle Supplements And Vitamins For Weight Loss

I’ve never liked the idea of taking pills ever since I was little. Whenever I had a headache and my mom tried to give me some Tylenol I told her I didn’t want that. I could get better all on my own.

This attitude carried on through my adult years. It wasn’t until I started to actively watch my health that I realized that I was going to need some help getting the right vitamins and minerals into my body.




Losing weight isn’t simply about exercising and no longer eating Twinkies. It involves getting the right things into your system so that it functions properly. The human body isn’t programmed to get fat. However, many of us re-wire it to add the weight that we don’t want.

These supplements are presented in this post because they help to get your system back on track.

Protein Powder

Protein is a must in the weight loss process. When your body has more protein, it is going to burn calories faster. It metabolizes proteins faster than it does carbs or fats. It’s true that your body uses carbs and fats for energy, but when you aren’t active, your body stores the excess carbs and fats causing you to gain more weight.

Powders help you gain muscle mass and maintain lean muscle. When you can maintain your muscle, you are making it so that your body doesn’t have room for the fat. Building muscle eliminates fat.

The reason protein powder is so popular is because it helps you reach your daily protein needs. A lot of us may not get the daily recommended amount of protein through our regular diet (about 56 grams). Protein powder gives us that extra little bit of protein we may need and possibly a little extra for those that are very active.

Whey protein, in particular, is gaining more and more popularity and will continue to gain popularity because of its weight loss benefits. It has a lot of amino acids that are able to absorb quickly in your body so you can reap the benefits of the powder faster.

Taking this protein should come hand in hand with working out. When whey protein is combined with working out, you will be able to drop weight and shed fat while building lean muscle.

Glutamine

This is an amino acid that plays a crucial role weight loss. Glutamine helps your body build proteins. When it does this, you are able to maintain more muscle mass. It is possible that having a lack of glutamine when you are trying to lose weight, can prevent you from losing weight.

When your body doesn’t have enough glutamine, it starts to break down muscle to get the necessary amino acids it needs. The breaking down of the muscle leads to a loss of muscle mass.

Glutamine is able to contribute to your energy supply while at the same time being able to bypass the body’s insulin-induced fat storage. This means that glutamine isn’t going to add to your fat storage, but your body can still use it for energy.

On top of all this, glutamine also counteracts the storage of dietary fats. Instead of your body trying to store fat from certain sources that you put into your body, the glutamine helps your body get rid of it.




Matcha Green Tea

Matcha green tea may be the next best green drink to be sweeping the nation. I’ve had it before and personally didn’t like it very much, but that may be because it was mixed with some alcohol. Lesson learned!

Matcha contains an antioxidant, EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), that has been known to boost your metabolism and stop the growth of fat cells.

This tea is great because it can act as a great alternative to coffee. Coffee can fluctuate and play with your blood sugar which has an effect on weight gain. Matcha gives you the caffeine you are looking for as well. It is just a flat out, healthier alternative to coffee in almost every way.

The reason you are able to get so many benefits from the matcha is because unlike most teas that are in bags or leaves, matcha comes in powder form. You get everything the matcha has to offer. There is nothing in the tea that gets filtered out from the process of it being made.

While matcha green tea does speed up your metabolism and aids in fat loss, you aren’t going to lose the weight you want by just drinking it. You have to add in some sort of physical fitness to allow your body to absorb and benefit from everything the tea has to offer.

Fish Oil

Be ready for some Omega-3 fatty acids. It doesn’t sound like this will be able to help you in weight loss, but it has great benefits. These fatty acids found in fish oil aid in weight loss, cholesterol balance, and heart health. As you can see, there are multiple benefits to having fish oil in your life.

With your weight loss, the Omega-3’s help start the sequence in cells that allow them to burn fat. Your cells with start attacking the fat on your body. Because of this, unlike matcha green tea, you may be able to get away with not working out.

Fish oil has been known to help decrease your appetite and minimize fat storage. It helps you have that satiated feeling for a longer time. When this happens, you aren’t going to want to eat as much as you usually do. Not saying that you will feel like you want to skip your next meal, but you are definitely going to eat a smaller portion.

Your insulin sensitivity will increase with fish oil. Not all of the fat you eat will be stored as fat in your body. This keeps your weight around the same without having to do much at all.

There aren’t a lot of foods out there that are rich in fish oil and omega3’s so it is recommended that you take fish oil supplements if you are really looking to boost your intake of it.




Vitamin D

A body that is low in vitamin D will start to convert sugar to fat instead of energy right away so that it can be stored and used as energy later on.

You can get your daily dosage of vitamin D by just standing out in the sun for a little bit, but sometimes that isn’t enough for people. That is why people need to take vitamin D supplements. Vitamin D is associated with obesity and about 40% of Americans are vitamin D deficient. This doesn’t mean they don’t go outside enough, but they just don’t get enough of the vitamin in their regular diets.

Having enough vitamin D in your system also helps your body absorb calcium. Calcium plays a role in weight loss as well.

Although you may not need to take vitamin D supplements to help you with your weight loss goal, they definitely help. If you choose not to take these supplements, you need to make sure you have the right foods that are rich in vitamin D so you don’t have to worry about your body converting sugars into fat.

Calcium

We all remember our parents telling us to drink milk so that we can grow up and have strong bones. Well, this is because of the calcium that milk has.

As adults, calcium can play a role that’s just as important to our bodies as it was when we were children. Although the calcium isn’t going to have much effect on our bones after we are fully developed, it will play a role in weight loss.

A diet rich in calcium can lead to your body burning more calories in a typical day that it normally would. When combined with the necessary proteins, you could burn up to about 350 more calories a day.

Calcium combined with a lower calorie diet will help you lead to more weight loss. Your body will burn about 1750 calories on a regular day without any exercise. So, if you are the type that can’t fit in a workout all the time, have a diet rich in calcium and you won’t have to worry about your weight as much.




Probiotics

For those of you that don’t know, probiotics are live microorganisms that provide health benefits when eaten. They are mostly found in supplements. You can easily buy them.

You already have a bunch of microorganisms living inside your stomach. Most of them are friendly and help produce other vital nutrients that your body needs.

When you compare the microorganisms in normal-weight people and obese people, you will see a difference. In our stomachs, we have two main types of microorganisms that play a role when it comes to our weight, bacteroidetes and firmicutes.

Normal weight people have more bacteroidetes and obese people have more firmicutes. There have been studies done with animals that placed more firmicutes in the ones that are lean. Over a short period of time, these same animals became obese.

It is clear to see the association between firmicutes and more weight.

Taking probiotics will help most people when it comes to trying to get back to a normal weight. For those of you that are already at a normal weight, you will be able to maintain this weight much easier.

Carnitine

Carnitine is an amino acid that gets synthesized from lysine and methionine.

This amino acid transfers fats in your body to cells so that they can be converted into energy. During this process, carnitine can also suppress some of your appetite. So, while your body is starting to burn fat, you aren’t getting any hungrier.

If your body is lacking carnitine, it will start storing fat instead of burning it. This is the exact opposite of what you want to happen. Taking this sort of supplement is a must in your weight loss journey.

Make sure that you have the proper amount of carnitine in your system.




Olive Leaf Extract

Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like. The olive leaf is something that helps give the olive all of its health benefits.

Olive leaf extract has been known to treat the common cold, the flu, and infections of the respiratory system. For purposes of this article, we’ll just talk about how it helps you when it comes to weight loss.

The extract stimulates a compound in your thyroid that helps you shed weight and fat much faster. It can be mixed with teas to get the benefits of both.

Apple Cider Vinegar

This is great in helping your body absorb minerals and helping with your digestive system.

One of the main reasons as to why apple cider vinegar is so great when it comes to weight loss is because it may block some of your body’s digestion of starch. This means that it’s just going to pass straight through your body. You won’t be absorbing anything the starch has to offer, which in most cases will just be fat to your body.

The best way to take apple cider vinegar is to drink it. Be careful, it is very much an acquired taste. Having it by itself will probably be tough to swallow. Mix it with a cup of water so the acidity of the vinegar will be much easier to handle. No promises the taste will be any better, but it will be easier to handle.

The effect of having this vinegar are more for a long term solution than having immediate results.

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 plays a crucial role in your body’s red blood cell production. Being B12 deficient, you could become anemic (severe blood thinning due to lack of red blood cells).

Having the right amount of B12 is going to keep your blood pressure regulated. Your blood pressure cold be extremely low when you have B12-deficiency. This is what happens when you have thin blood.

B12 itself isn’t going to drop the pounds for you. It just helps the way your body absorbs certain nutrients. Instead of turning these nutrients into fat, vitamin B12 helps turn them into energy for your body to use.

This vitamin can be taken a number of different ways. You can take it in a pill, have it as a regular liquid, or take it through syringe.

Make It a Habit

With over 11 recommended vitamins and supplements that is a lot to take in all at once. Nobody wants to turn into a 120-year old retiree walking around with their pill box.

Thankfully there are ways to combine a lot of these vitamins and supplements together so you aren’t doing them one at a time. One of the best methods is by simply mixing them together in an awesome and delicious smoothie.

Another way is to use an enhanced powerfood cocktail.




 

The Foods & Supplements To Eat To Treat Candida

When it’s at proper levels in the body, candida is a fungus that aids with nutrient absorption and digestion. But when candida overproduces, watch out! It can then become a serious concern that causes a wide variety of negative and serious health problems and may force you to search for a candida diet.

A yeast-free candida diet is one of the best ways to reduce and eliminate candida symptoms, but what exactly do you need to eliminate from your diet? Read on and I’ll tell you exactly what to take out of your diet and what to add in to get rid of candida for good!





The Candida Diet

Candidiasis, commonly referred to as “candida,” is a fungal infection that can affect men and women of all ages in various parts of the body. It most commonly occurs in the mouth, ears, nose, toenails, fingernails, gastrointestinal tract and vagina. Possible symptoms are comprise a true laundry list ranging from bad breath to persistent heartburn to arthritis. Due to its many and varied symptoms, candida is often ignored, undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.

If you have candida or know someone who does, the good news is that there are many candida natural treatments. The main natural treatment is a change in your diet to discourage the overgrowth of yeast. Before embarking on your new diet, though, it’s a good idea to start with a candida cleanse to help rid the body of excess candida through the flushing of the digestive tract.

You have two options for a cleanse: a liquids-only cleanse or a more gentle cleanse with food. You can also start with the step one cleanse and then move to the step two cleanse.

Cleansing Step 1: Liquids-Only Candida Cleanse (Duration 1–2 Days)

Start by making a vegetable broth from organic onions, garlic, celery, kale, sea salt and pure water. Let simmer and strain. Discard the vegetables and refrigerate the broth.

Throughout the day, sip on warm broth. It’s imperative that you drink lots of water to help your body expel all the toxins in your system. While this is not a long-term cleanse, it can be repeated as needed every few weeks. It can also be used as a jump-start to the food cleanse below.

Cleansing Step 2: Steamed Vegetables (Duration 3–5 Days)

By eliminating grains, sugars, fruits, starches and alcohol from your diet for three to five days, you can make great headway in your fight against candida overgrowth.

You should mostly eat fresh, organic vegetables that have been steamed. For this cleanse stage, keep away from any starchy vegetables like carrots, radishes, beets, sweet potatoes and white potatoes, which may contribute to sugar levels and feed the candida. Continue to drink plenty of pure water, a minimum of 72 ounces per day, to help flush the candida and byproducts from your system.

During this time, no more than once a day, you can eat salads made from leafy greens (like romaine) or bitter greens (like chard) and topped with just a bit of coconut oil and apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice).

During either of the candida cleanses above, you can use bentonite clay to help surround the toxins and efficiently remove them from your system.

Once you’re done with the cleansing stage, you can then move on to an antifungal diet that doesn’t just discourage candida — it helps your body get rid of candida for good! Here are the dietary steps I recommend to have you on the path to being candida-free:




Diet Step 1: Remove the Problem Foods

First and foremost, you need to continue to remove the foods from your diet that literally feed the candida and encourage it to flourish in your body. The top offenders include sugar, white flour, yeast and alcohol. These items are believed to promote candida overgrowth. If you avoid eating sugar and white flour, then you will easily cut out most processed foods, which tend to be higher in calories and unhealthy ingredients and low in nutrition.

Avoiding sugar in all of its various forms is truly key to fighting candida. The candida yeast cells need sugar to build their cell walls, expand their colonies and switch into their more virulent, fungal form. This is why a low-sugar diet is such a necessary part of your candida treatment. If you need some help, here’s how to kick your sugar addiction.

Going forward, you want your diet to be centered on vegetables, high-quality protein foods, and gluten-free grains like brown rice and millet. Avoiding fruit at this time is also commonly recommended because even though fruit is very healthy, it does get turned into sugar in the body.

In terms of vegetables, you also want to avoid these somewhat sweet, starchy varieties: potatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, yams, beets, peas and parsnips. These vegetables are banned from a strict anti-candida diet because of their high carbohydrate content, but they’re certainly nutrient-dense and can be reintroduced later on in your treatment.

Diet Step 2: Up the Intake of Candida Killers & Boost Your Immune System

You want to make sure you include the items from my top 10 list below on a daily basis, including apple cider vinegar, sauerkraut and other fermented vegetables, green veggies and green drinks, coconut oil, Manuka honey, garlic, ground chia and flaxseeds, unsweetened cranberry juice, cultured dairy, as well as spices like turmeric and cinnamon.

How long do I need to eat like this? 

In order to have success with the candida diet, it will take anywhere from a few weeks to several months. It really depends on the individual and a few key variables:

  • how strictly you follow this diet
  • the intake and effectiveness of probiotics and antifungals
  • the severity of your candida

Diet Step 3: Reintroducing Off-Limit Foods

Once you’re free of your candida symptoms and the candida itself, then what? As I’m sure you guessed, going back to your old habits and ways of eating will likely just bring the candida back all over again. However, you can gradually reintroduce certain foods into your new candida diet.

Low-sugar fruits like green apples are a great example of a smart choice. If the reintroduced foods don’t cause flare-ups of candida symptoms, you can move on to reintroducing more foods that you have been avoiding. I recommend doing this reintroduction slowly and one item at a time.





Top Candida Diet Foods

Here are some of the foods you should eat on the candida diet.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

The acid and enzymes in apple cider vinegar help to kill and get rid of excess yeast in the body.

2. Sauerkraut & Fermented Foods

Fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi contain microflora that help protect the intestines. Regular consumption can help improve the immune system, making the body less hospitable for candida.

3. Green Veggies & Green Drinks

Leafy green vegetables help alkalize the body, which fights against the acidic nature of yeast overgrowth. Greens contain no sugars but high amounts of magnesium that naturally detox the body, vitamin C to build the immune system, chlorophyll to cleanse the body, B vitamins to energize the body and iron to give the body full support.

4. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has antimicrobial properties and the combination of lauric acid and caprylic acid found in coconut oil kills off harmful candida through ingestion and topical application.

5. Stevia

We know that sugar feeds candida. That’s why it’s important to use different sweeteners, and stevia is the perfect choice for those on a candida diet. Not only is stevia an antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antibiotic agent, but also helps balance the pancreas, which is often comprised when someone has candida.

6. Garlic

Garlic contains a large number of sulphur-containing compounds that have extremely potent, broad-spectrum antifungal properties. Raw garlic benefits the fight against candida specifically.

7. Ground Flaxseeds & Chia Seeds

Polyphenols found in flaxseeds and chia seeds support the growth of probiotics in the gut and may also help eliminate yeast and candida in the body.

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8. Unsweetened Cranberry Juice

Cranberry juice without added sugar helps to correct the pH levels of urine, helping to prevent the overgrowth of fungi like candida.

9. Cultured Dairy

Having cultured dairy, preferably goat milk kefir, for healthy probiotic foods can effectively kill the candida in your system and increase your healthy flora.

10. Spices like Turmeric & Cinnamon

Turmeric contains an active component called curcumin that has been shown to completely inhibit the growth of Candida Albicans (as well as lots of other fungal strains).  Cinnamon can heal oral thrush because studies have shown that people who supplement with cinnamon generally suffer from less candida overgrowth than those who don’t.

11. Cooked Vegetables

Non-starchy, cooked vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and asparagus provide valuable nutrients that fight candida.

12. Organic Meat

Protein plays a key role in candida. If you get your protein from factory farmed meats, you could actually feed candida, while foods high in healthy fats and protein protect against candida.  That’s why it’s so important to consume only organic, free-range meat.

13. Bone Broth

Bone broth benefits so many different aspects of our health, and you can add treating candida to the list. In fact it’s one of the best food sources to destroy candida due to its positive effects on gut health.

14. Pau D’arco Tea

Pau d’arco tea is probably the No. 1 thing to add to your candida diet. It helps the body fight candida the natural way. That’s because it has antifungal compounds like lapachol, which has been shown to combat candida.





Foods to Avoid on the Candida Diet

Here are the foods to avoid on the candida diet.

1. Sugar & Sugar Alternatives

These sweet items feed yeast, so you should avoid them at all costs.

2. Fruit & Fruit Juice

Even though fruit is generally healthy, it’s high in sugar and can make candida worse.

3. Alcohol

Most alcohol contains yeast so it’s not surprising that it produces more of it when consumed and should be avoided.

4. Grains

Grains break down into sugar and can feed candida, yeast and bad bacteria.

5. Vinegar

All types of vinegar should be avoided with candida overgrowth, except for apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is the only vinegar that provides an alkalizing benefit for the body and actually causes candida to die.

6. Peanuts

Peanuts can often carry mold, which only encourages the growth of candida. Plus, the peanut allergy is one of the most common food allergies on the planet, providing another reason to avoid peanuts.

7. Dairy

Unless it’s fermented, you ideally want to avoid dairy at least in the early stages of your cleansing. Milk contains lactose, which is a sugar.

8. Food Intolerances

Some yeast infections are due to food allergies. Try to avoid foods that cause negative reactions of any kind. If you think you have a food allergy or sensitivity, try an elimination diet to figure out what foods are causing intolerances.

Other foods to avoid include:

  • Dried Fruits
  • Bananas
  • Ice Drinks





Best Essential Oils for Candida

Some of the best oils to fight candida are:

  • oregano oil
  • myrrh oil
  • lavender oil

These five all help to kill a variety of parasites and fungi, including candida, in the body. Lavender oil also inhibits the growth of candida and is effective at preventing the spread of the infection.

By mixing a couple of drops of clove oil or lavender oil with coconut oil during your cleanse, you can help to kill off the offending candida. However, since these essential oils are powerful, they should only be taken internally for 10 days or less. For oral thrush, you can use three drops of clove oil with one tablespoon of coconut oil and swish the mixture in your mouth for 20 minutes. This oil pulling is excellent for killing candida and overall detoxification of the body.


Top 5 Candida Supplements

  1. Probiotics (50 billion units daily): Will give your body healthy bacteria, which can help reduce the presence of yeast.
  2. Oregano oil (2 drops 3 times daily for 7 days then stop): Oregano oil is naturally antibacterial and antifungal.
  3. Garlic (2 caps or cloves daily): Helps fight fungal infections and boost the immune system.
  4. Vitamin C (1,000 milligrams, 3 time daily): Boosts immune function and helps fight off infections.
  5. Grapefruit seed extract (200 milligrams, 2–3 times per day): This herb has specific properties to fight candida.

In addition, you can use the following herbs to treat candida:

  • astragalus
  • olive leaf

A 2003 study out of Israel proved that olive leaf extracts have an antimicrobial effect against bacteria and fungi. Olive leaf extracts killed almost all bacteria tested, including dermatophytes (causing infections on the skin, hair and nails), candida albicans (an agent of oral and genital infections) and Escherichia coli cells (bacteria found in the lower intestine).





Candida Diet Recipes

You definitely want to eat a mix of raw, fermented and cooked vegetables while on the candida diet. When it comes to recipes, you of course want ones that leave out all of the candida-promoting foods above while including as many of the candida killers as possible.

One recipe that I absolutely love is for kimchi, a traditional fermented probiotic food that is a staple Korean side dish.

Another great recipe to try includes three candida busters: garlic, coconut oil and kale.


Candida Risk Factors, Causes & Symptoms

Candidiasis is a fungal infection caused by yeasts that belong to the genus Candida. There are over 20 species of candida yeasts that can cause infection in humans. The most common one is Candida albicans, a single-celled fungus that’s always present in the genital and intestinal tracts. Candida yeasts normally live on the skin and mucous membranes without causing infection, but overgrowth of these organisms can cause problematic symptoms to develop in the body.

Some candida risk factors include having diabetes, undergoing conventional cancer treatments and treating asthma with corticosteroid inhalants. Some women find that birth control pills seam to instigate yeast infections — and even long after the initial infection is gone, once they start taking the birth control pills again, candida can take root.

According to the National Candida Center, there are are about a dozen recognized causes of intestinal dysbiosis (or dysfunction of the microbiome or inner ecology) and candida overgrowth, including (18):

  • Poor diet
  • Prescription drugs, especially antibiotics
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Tap water
  • Digestive problems
  • Stress
  • Environmental molds and chemicals
  • Toxic metals and food chemicals
  • Immune deficiency (like having AIDS or cancer)

Do you ever experience any of these health issues?

  • Exhaustion
  • Cravings for sweets
  • Bad breath
  • White coat on tongue
  • Brain fog
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Joint pain
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Chronic sinus and allergy issues
  • Digestive problems (gas and bloating)
  • Weak immune system
  • UTI

If so, these are just some of the signs that you may have candida. Symptoms can worsen in damp or moldy environments or after consumption of food containing sugar or yeast. If left untreated, candida will weaken the immune system, allowing more serious disease to take hold.





Precautions: Possible Candida Die-Off Symptoms

Rapidly killing off candida in your body creates a metabolic reaction that releases over 70 different toxins into your body. Sounds pretty intense, right? Well before you get scared off, what you may or may not have to deal with as a result of candida die-off is definitely preferable to what you have to deal with if you let the candida continue to internally flourish.

Symptoms that show the candida cleanse and the candida diet are working include:

  • Impaired brain function
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Intestinal distress, including bloating, gas, constipation and nausea
  • Sweating and fever
  • Sinus infection
  • Skin breakouts (not limited to face)
  • Typical flu-like symptoms

These symptoms usually clear up in seven to 10 days. The candida is leaving your body, and within just a few weeks, you will notice an increase in energy and focus, as well as relief from other symptoms you have experienced. So when you start to experience candida die-off symptoms, it’s time to celebrate because you are on your way to better health!

After your symptoms have subsided and you have completed the cleanse and the candida diet, you should continue eating a diet that’s high in protein and high-fiber vegetables, and limit grains, fruits, sugar and high-starch vegetables like white potatoes. Continue to consume fermented vegetables and kefir to help your body stay in balance and keep the candida at bay.

If you have chronic or unusually persistent candida infections, you should consult your health care provider. This could be a sign of an underlying illness, such as diabetes or immune system dysfunction, which makes for an environment more conducive to the growth of candida.





Final Thoughts on the Candida Diet

I really hope my suggestions help you to be candida-free in the very near future. With discipline and perseverance, you can rid your body of fungus and lead a much healthier life.  Just remember:

  • Candida is unfortunately a very common problem for many people.
  • Symptoms of candida are often ignored, undiag
  • nosed or misdiagnosed.
  • An antifungal diet can reduce and eliminate candida and its unpleasant symptoms.
  • Some of the diet changes might end up needing to be long term if reintroduction of certain foods isn’t successful.
  • Your improved health and energy levels will be well worth any food or drink that you might miss.
  • In general, it will always be best for your overall health to avoid sugary and processed foods. Real, whole, living foods are your best bet, always!




The Foods & Supplements To Eat To Treat Candida

11 Miracle Supplements And Vitamins For Weight Loss

I’ve never liked the idea of taking pills ever since I was little. Whenever I had a headache and my mom tried to give me some Tylenol I told her I didn’t want that. I could get better all on my own.

This attitude carried on through my adult years. It wasn’t until I started to actively watch my health that I realized that I was going to need some help getting the right vitamins and minerals into my body.

Losing weight isn’t simply about exercising and no longer eating Twinkies. It involves getting the right things into your system so that it functions properly. The human body isn’t programmed to get fat. However, many of us re-wire it to add the weight that we don’t want.

These supplements are presented in this post because they help to get your system back on track.

Protein Powder

Protein is a must in the weight loss process. When your body has more protein, it is going to burn calories faster. It metabolizes proteins faster than it does carbs or fats. It’s true that your body uses carbs and fats for energy, but when you aren’t active, your body stores the excess carbs and fats causing you to gain more weight.

Powders help you gain muscle mass and maintain lean muscle. When you can maintain your muscle, you are making it so that your body doesn’t have room for the fat. Building muscle eliminates fat.

The reason protein powder is so popular is because it helps you reach your daily protein needs. A lot of us may not get the daily recommended amount of protein through our regular diet (about 56 grams). Protein powder gives us that extra little bit of protein we may need and possibly a little extra for those that are very active.

Whey protein, in particular, is gaining more and more popularity and will continue to gain popularity because of its weight loss benefits. It has a lot of amino acids that are able to absorb quickly in your body so you can reap the benefits of the powder faster.

Taking this protein should come hand in hand with working out. When whey protein is combined with working out, you will be able to drop weight and shed fat while building lean muscle.

Glutamine

This is an amino acid that plays a crucial role weight loss. Glutamine helps your body build proteins. When it does this, you are able to maintain more muscle mass. It is possible that having a lack of glutamine when you are trying to lose weight, can prevent you from losing weight.

When your body doesn’t have enough glutamine, it starts to break down muscle to get the necessary amino acids it needs. The breaking down of the muscle leads to a loss of muscle mass.

Glutamine is able to contribute to your energy supply while at the same time being able to bypass the body’s insulin-induced fat storage. This means that glutamine isn’t going to add to your fat storage, but your body can still use it for energy.

On top of all this, glutamine also counteracts the storage of dietary fats. Instead of your body trying to store fat from certain sources that you put into your body, the glutamine helps your body get rid of it.

Matcha Green Tea

Matcha green tea may be the next best green drink to be sweeping the nation. I’ve had it before and personally didn’t like it very much, but that may be because it was mixed with some alcohol. Lesson learned!

Matcha contains an antioxidant, EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), that has been known to boost your metabolism and stop the growth of fat cells.

This tea is great because it can act as a great alternative to coffee. Coffee can fluctuate and play with your blood sugar which has an effect on weight gain. Matcha gives you the caffeine you are looking for as well. It is just a flat out, healthier alternative to coffee in almost every way.

The reason you are able to get so many benefits from the matcha is because unlike most teas that are in bags or leaves, matcha comes in powder form. You get everything the matcha has to offer. There is nothing in the tea that gets filtered out from the process of it being made.

While matcha green tea does speed up your metabolism and aids in fat loss, you aren’t going to lose the weight you want by just drinking it. You have to add in some sort of physical fitness to allow your body to absorb and benefit from everything the tea has to offer.

Fish Oil

Be ready for some Omega-3 fatty acids. It doesn’t sound like this will be able to help you in weight loss, but it has great benefits. These fatty acids found in fish oil aid in weight loss, cholesterol balance, and heart health. As you can see, there are multiple benefits to having fish oil in your life.

With your weight loss, the Omega-3’s help start the sequence in cells that allow them to burn fat. Your cells with start attacking the fat on your body. Because of this, unlike matcha green tea, you may be able to get away with not working out.

Fish oil has been known to help decrease your appetite and minimize fat storage. It helps you have that satiated feeling for a longer time. When this happens, you aren’t going to want to eat as much as you usually do. Not saying that you will feel like you want to skip your next meal, but you are definitely going to eat a smaller portion.

Your insulin sensitivity will increase with fish oil. Not all of the fat you eat will be stored as fat in your body. This keeps your weight around the same without having to do much at all.

There aren’t a lot of foods out there that are rich in fish oil and omega3’s so it is recommended that you take fish oil supplements if you are really looking to boost your intake of it.

Vitamin D

A body that is low in vitamin D will start to convert sugar to fat instead of energy right away so that it can be stored and used as energy later on.

You can get your daily dosage of vitamin D by just standing out in the sun for a little bit, but sometimes that isn’t enough for people. That is why people need to take vitamin D supplements. Vitamin D is associated with obesity and about 40% of Americans are vitamin D deficient. This doesn’t mean they don’t go outside enough, but they just don’t get enough of the vitamin in their regular diets.

Having enough vitamin D in your system also helps your body absorb calcium. Calcium plays a role in weight loss as well.

Although you may not need to take vitamin D supplements to help you with your weight loss goal, they definitely help. If you choose not to take these supplements, you need to make sure you have the right foods that are rich in vitamin D so you don’t have to worry about your body converting sugars into fat.

Calcium

We all remember our parents telling us to drink milk so that we can grow up and have strong bones. Well, this is because of the calcium that milk has.

As adults, calcium can play a role that’s just as important to our bodies as it was when we were children. Although the calcium isn’t going to have much effect on our bones after we are fully developed, it will play a role in weight loss.

A diet rich in calcium can lead to your body burning more calories in a typical day that it normally would. When combined with the necessary proteins, you could burn up to about 350 more calories a day.

Calcium combined with a lower calorie diet will help you lead to more weight loss. Your body will burn about 1750 calories on a regular day without any exercise. So, if you are the type that can’t fit in a workout all the time, have a diet rich in calcium and you won’t have to worry about your weight as much.

Probiotics

For those of you that don’t know, probiotics are live microorganisms that provide health benefits when eaten. They are mostly found in supplements. You can easily buy them.

You already have a bunch of microorganisms living inside your stomach. Most of them are friendly and help produce other vital nutrients that your body needs.

When you compare the microorganisms in normal-weight people and obese people, you will see a difference. In our stomachs, we have two main types of microorganisms that play a role when it comes to our weight, bacteroidetes and firmicutes.

Normal weight people have more bacteroidetes and obese people have more firmicutes. There have been studies done with animals that placed more firmicutes in the ones that are lean. Over a short period of time, these same animals became obese.

It is clear to see the association between firmicutes and more weight.

Taking probiotics will help most people when it comes to trying to get back to a normal weight. For those of you that are already at a normal weight, you will be able to maintain this weight much easier.

Carnitine

Carnitine is an amino acid that gets synthesized from lysine and methionine.

This amino acid transfers fats in your body to cells so that they can be converted into energy. During this process, carnitine can also suppress some of your appetite. So, while your body is starting to burn fat, you aren’t getting any hungrier.

If your body is lacking carnitine, it will start storing fat instead of burning it. This is the exact opposite of what you want to happen. Taking this sort of supplement is a must in your weight loss journey.

Make sure that you have the proper amount of carnitine in your system.

Olive Leaf Extract

Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like. The olive leaf is something that helps give the olive all of its health benefits.

Olive leaf extract has been known to treat the common cold, the flu, and infections of the respiratory system. For purposes of this article, we’ll just talk about how it helps you when it comes to weight loss.

The extract stimulates a compound in your thyroid that helps you shed weight and fat much faster. It can be mixed with teas to get the benefits of both.

Apple Cider Vinegar

This is great in helping your body absorb minerals and helping with your digestive system.

One of the main reasons as to why apple cider vinegar is so great when it comes to weight loss is because it may block some of your body’s digestion of starch. This means that it’s just going to pass straight through your body. You won’t be absorbing anything the starch has to offer, which in most cases will just be fat to your body.

The best way to take apple cider vinegar is to drink it. Be careful, it is very much an acquired taste. Having it by itself will probably be tough to swallow. Mix it with a cup of water so the acidity of the vinegar will be much easier to handle. No promises the taste will be any better, but it will be easier to handle.

The effect of having this vinegar are more for a long term solution than having immediate results.

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 plays a crucial role in your body’s red blood cell production. Being B12 deficient, you could become anemic (severe blood thinning due to lack of red blood cells).

Having the right amount of B12 is going to keep your blood pressure regulated. Your blood pressure cold be extremely low when you have B12-deficiency. This is what happens when you have thin blood.

B12 itself isn’t going to drop the pounds for you. It just helps the way your body absorbs certain nutrients. Instead of turning these nutrients into fat, vitamin B12 helps turn them into energy for your body to use.

This vitamin can be taken a number of different ways. You can take it in a pill, have it as a regular liquid, or take it through syringe.

Make It a Habit

With over 11 recommended vitamins and supplements that is a lot to take in all at once. Nobody wants to turn into a 120-year old retiree walking around with their pill box.

Thankfully there are ways to combine a lot of these vitamins and supplements together so you aren’t doing them one at a time. One of the best methods is by simply mixing them together in an awesome and delicious smoothie.

Another way is to use an enhanced powerfood cocktail.



Best Supplements And Vitamins For Weight Loss

If you’ve been eating low-cal and low-fat, and working out regularly, but still haven’t seen the scale budge, your body is telling you that it’s missing something.

This can be especially helpful if you have hit a plateau in your weight loss journey.  One or more of the following vitamins and supplements could make the difference and help you shed those last 10 lbs!

Even a diet heavy in fruits, veggies, and lean proteins can lack the specific nutrients that aid weight loss.

Supplementing your daily meals and snacks with these nutrients can lead to short-term weight loss and keeping the weight off long-term.

Check out this list of the 11 best supplements and vitamins that can help you lose weight.

You can try one, or combine a couple, to improve your overall health and get the scale moving in the right direction.

Protein Powder

Protein plays a couple of major roles in weight loss. First, your body burns more calories metabolizing proteins than it does processing carbs or fat.

Second, protein helps you build and maintain muscle tissue.

Since muscle tissue burns more calories than body fat (even when you’re just sitting around), building and maintaining muscle is key for weight loss.

For more information and tips about how to lose weight with protein powder, check out our video on our Youtube Channel, The Health Nerd, on Whey Protein for Weight Loss:

Most of us don’t consume enough protein from our daily diet to get the true weight loss benefits, which is why a protein powder can provide an added boost. Protein powder provides a highly concentrated amount of protein in one easy step.

Whey protein, in particular, seems to be the go-to for weight loss. A study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition concluded that taking whey protein may lead to loss of weight and body fat, and help to increase lean muscle mass.

A good and relatively inexpensive whey protein to start out with is Gold Standard Whey.

2. Glutamine

Glutamine is an amino acid that is essential for your body to build protein, which in turn helps it maintain muscle mass. Since muscle plays an important role in burning calories (see above), a lack of glutamine can keep you from losing weight.

In a study published in 2014, women who took glutamine supplements for four weeks–without changing their diets or exercise routines–lost more weight than women who took only a protein supplement for four weeks. The scientists concluded that glutamine was “safe and effective” for weight loss.

Glutamine is in foods like beans, spinach, and cabbage, but since most of us don’t eat enough of these foods on a daily basis, a supplement is probably the best way to increase your glutamine intake.

One of our favorite brands for this supplement is Optimum Nutrition.

 3. Matcha Green Tea 

matcha green tea powderGreen tea is a popular dietary supplement for weight loss because of the antioxidant EGCG, which can boost your metabolism during exercise. Matcha green tea has even more EGCG than regular green tea, so you’re more likely to lose or maintain weight with it.

Matcha green tea comes in a powder form as opposed to loose or bagged tea leaves. Grinding the tea leaves into a powder is what allows you to get more nutrients from matcha than from regular green tea. 

Remember that exercise remains essential when taking matcha green tea. Continue to jog, run, lift weights, or do another type of moderately strenuous exercise routine once you’ve introduced matcha to your diet.

While the Japanese culinary grade matcha is quite expensive, there are plenty of other organic brands that are produced in China that have just as many health benefits.  Our favorite brand is this one from Amazon.

4. Fish Oil

Fish oil is made up of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are well-known for their health benefits, including lowering cholesterol and improving overall heart health.

The words “fatty acid” don’t exactly scream “weight loss”, but omega-3s may help you lose weight by stimulating enzymes that initiate the fat-burning process in cells.

Omega-3s are found naturally in foods like salmon and nuts, but most people don’t eat enough of these foods to get the recommended dose. You can get an omega-3 boost through easy-to-swallow fish oil capsules.

One of the best and most affordable brands is a bestseller on Amazon by Dr. Tobias.

5. Vitamin D

sunshine for vitamin dDid you know that Vitamin D plays a role in helping your body determine whether or not to burn fat or store it?

When your body doesn’t have enough Vitamin D, its levels of parathyroid hormone (or PTH) increase, which can lead to your cells converting sugars into fat instead of energy.

A study from 2009 suggests that if you increase your levels of Vitamin D when starting a low-calorie diet, you’ll lose more weight, including in that stubborn belly region.

To get the daily recommended dose of Vitamin D, spend a few minutes outside in the sun or take a supplement.  We recommend this brand by Viva Labs (or check out the one below that also contains calcium).

Vitamin D also helps your body absorb and use calcium, which has its own weight-loss benefits (see below.)

6. Calcium

Scientists have been working overtime in the past several years to prove that calcium does much more than maintain healthy bones. Many studies (including this one) show that a low-calorie diet that is high in calcium can increase weight loss.

According to another study, African Americans, in particular, may benefit from diets high in calcium. 

A couple glasses of milk aren’t enough to get weight loss benefits. Get yourself a calcium supplement that also has Vitamin D.

7. Probiotics

yogurt with probioticsDid you know that overweight people have complete different gut bacteria than those at a normal weight?

Certain probiotics may be better for you than you may have realized. Lactobacillus rhamnosus (LPR), for instance, has been shown to help obese women achieve sustainable weight loss.

Even up to 50% more weight loss in some cases.

Probiotics can be easily added into a standard or low-calorie diet. Try eating more Greek yogurt (low sugar!) and pickled veggies like sauerkraut or kimchi.  If you aren’t a fan of these foods, you can also take a probiotic supplement.  Dr Ohhira’s brand is one of the best and was recommended to us by a nutritionist.

8. Carnitine 

Carnitine is an amino acid that is found in the bodies of plants and animals. In humans, it helps in regulating how the body metabolizes fats and carbs.

Without enough carnitine, your body may store fat instead of burning it. Carnitine is found in many supplements taken by weight lifters.

Here is a link to the bestseller Carnitine supplement on Amazon.

9. Olive Leaf Extract

You’ve heard that olive oil is a “good fat” that can help you lose weight. Now, olive leaf extract–the key substance that gives olive oil its health benefits–may do the same.

Olive leaf extract can help manage blood glucose levels, which is important for weight loss. When blood sugar levels spike, or are erratic, the body tends to store fat instead of burning it.

Stable blood sugar also means fewer food cravings, so you won’t be grabbing foods that ruin your weight loss progress.

Nature’s Way makes one of the best olive leaf extract supplements.

10. Apple Cider Vinegar 

Bragg's Apple Cider VinegarApple cider vinegar (ACV) contains acetic acid, which helps to keep your body pH balanced. Properly balanced pH helps your body function properly, aiding in long-term weight loss.

In this video, Dr. Eric Berg explains how apple cider vinegar helps your body absorb minerals, mobilize calcium, digest proteins, and stimulate the thyroid; all functions that are important for weight loss. Be sure to watch all the way through; at minute 10, he shows you how to make an ACV “cocktail”.

 Apple cider vinegar on its own is an acquired taste, so mixing it into a drink is definitely the way to introduce ACV to your diet. We like to sip it through a straw, which makes it even more palatable.

Apple cider vinegar won’t cause you to drop a ton of weight immediately. Add it into your long-term routine to keep weight loss consistent and long-term.

It can be found in most local grocery stores these days.  Just make sure to get the organic, unfiltered kind with “the mother” (aka healthy enzymes).  Bragg’s is the best brand on the market!

11. Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 itself won’t cause your body to burn more fat or calories, but having more of it will help you to convert food into energy instead of fat. If you lack energy to do even light exercise, B12 could help get you moving.

B12 is in many multi-vitamins, but can also be taken as a stand-alone supplement.

Bonus! 12. Take a strong dose of our 21-Day Fat Loss Challenge  

21-Day Fat Loss Challenge BookSure, our challenge isn’t a supplement, but if we could bottle the results people are getting and sell it as one, we’d be rich!

1,000’s of people have already taken the challenge and are seeing an average of 10-21 pounds lost in 21 days.

It’s the best program around for overcoming any plateaus you may have hit and getting your butt MOTIVATED to be healthy again!