Choline – It’s possible to have a choline deficiency, so this is one nutrient that you want to make sure you’re getting enough of. Natural sources of choline include cauliflower and other veggies in the cruciferous family. Eggs and lean meats are also good sources.
You can also get it in supplement form, although it’s always best to get it through food so that your body processes it naturally and can easily get rid of what it doesn’t need. There are other side benefits like brain and memory function that make this worth seeking out.
Chromium Picolinate – The theory behind this compound is that it helps to stabilize blood sugar levels, which in turn reduces cravings, and should lead to weight loss. Stabilized blood sugar levels means more energy throughout the day, and fewer crashes. And reduced cravings mean that you’ll feel less deprived when on a diet, and more satisfied overall with the foods you’re eating.
Be cautious of companies making claims that sound too good to be true with this supplement, it’s meant to act as an aid in weight loss, not to cause you to drop pounds on its own.
Coconut Oil – Nothing stirs debate better than bringing up the good fat/bad fat discussion. Coconut oil falls into that talk because it has higher amounts of saturated fat. Proponents of using it for weight loss say that the saturated fat it does contain is not your run of the mill saturated fat that fast food is laced with.
So who to believe? You’ll have to do some research into it and decide for yourself, as there is plenty of scientific studies and sound points on both sides of the debate. But compared to some oils it does appear to have healthy properties that could lead to weight loss.
Coenzyme Q10 – This has so many positive benefits listed that you’ll want to make sure you’re not running low on it. They say it keeps your energy levels up, and helps you burn more fat than you otherwise would without it. It’s also supposed to help with the immune system, help with the heart, migraines, and is even been looked into as a possible cancer treatment.
Fish is the most easily accessible food that contains Coenzyme Q10, as many aren’t willing to add more organ meats to the menu. It’s also available as a supplement which makes it easy to take.
Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) – In addition to being touted for it’s fat loss properties, this is actually a fat itself. It’s a healthy fat that you can find in dairy products, but in order to get the amount needed to assist in weight loss you’ll want to go with the supplement form.
But before you start taking it you may want to talk to your doctor. Several studies have shown that it may not have the weight loss properties it once was thought to, and it may not be essential to your diet and reaching your weight loss goals.
Diatomaceous Earth (Food Grade) – This is a fine powder made from fossilized algae. Proponents say that the silica it contains allows it to detoxify the body, and weight loss occurs as a natural and effortless side effect. They also say that there are no reported side effects to it, and that daily supplementation is not only possible, but recommended.
Silica is sold separately as a supplement, but the reported benefits of a daily intake of diatomaceous earth include healthier hair, teeth, and gums, lower cholesterol, and lower blood pressure. Make sure you get the food grade version, and not the kind for cleaning pools.
Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE) – DMAE is a supplement to consider taking because it not only assists with weight loss but can improve the appearance of your skin, increase your muscle tone, and acts as an anti-inflammatory. You can buy it as a supplement, or you can increase your intake of cold water fish in order to get it into your system.
Other side benefits include a possible improvement in your focus, as well as it being able to help elevate moods. This is a supplement you’d want to check in with your doctor on first to make sure it’s right for you.
Ephedra – Even with all of the proven side effects, warnings, and controversy surrounding ephedra, it’s still being used by the supplement industry in various weight loss products. Apparently it’s just too effective at what it does, and it has been proven to provide some short-term results, but the risks don’t seem to outweigh the benefits.
The problem with trying to use ephedra is that it comes in such a wide array of doses, and there is very limited information about how much is the right amount to take, and for how long. It’s also unclear whether the weight lost is kept off, or regained after you stop taking it.
Fucoxanthin – This is an algae-based supplement that has shown promising results from research trials in Japan. The good news, it specifically attacks the fat so it’s not just overall weight loss that is experienced, but fat loss. It was first discovered in animal test subjects, but a human trial showed obese women were able to lose weight with it..
For best results while using this you’ll want to get more active. Start doing cardiovascular exercises and weight training if you aren’t already, as it helps with the effectiveness of the fucoxanthin. It doesn’t have to be intense, just try not to be sedentary.
Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA) – Dr. Oz and Dr. Perricone both recommend GLA as a way to help with weight loss, but they both have different reasons for why they say it works. Oz says that it helps to reduce stress, and therefore helps switch the body from fat-storing mode. Perricone says that it speeds up your metabolism, allowing you to burn more calories with the same effort.
Regardless of why it works, it also has plenty of side benefits including anti-inflammatory properties. We don’t produce it, so you’ll either have to supplement it or increase your intake of foods that contain it.
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