I was talking with a client last week who got involved in a discussion about supplements.
It was an across the desk debate about weight loss and everyone had their own opinion.
-Diet pills to reduce appetite
-Protein powder to increase satiety
-Caffeine and green tea to boost metabolism
-greens pills to get all the nutrients
My client decided that he wouldn’t wade in without getting my take on it first.
So here it is:
Carrying excess fat is a result of eating more calories than you burn. Eating excess calories is a result of many possible factors. Most people look at the problem as if excess consumption is based only on poor decision making. Or worse, deliberate over consumption.
If thise are true then perhaps the above supplements will help. The trouble is we over consume for all sorts of reasons:
-Not enough sleep seems to promote over consumption
-Macro nutrient deficiency
-Micro nutrient deficiency
-All sorts of different emotional and hormonal issues are potentially at work. The trouble is that if we don’t treat the reason for the over consumption then it still remains and the body fat will enevitably return.
The health and fitness industry prides itself on treating the cause and not the symptom. More often than not, consuming excess food is the symptom.
The question cannot be answered because there is no one answer. So how do I get around this?
Well I recommend supplementing things that we are all commonly low on and ones that aid sleep and reduce stress.
Magnesium citrate – the second most common nutrient deficiency. Deficiency in magnesium causes neural excitation, increases blood pressure, and reduces glucose tolerance.
Omega 3 fish oil for its anti-inflammatory effects.
Zinc – known for immune boosting
Vitamin D- the most common nutrient deficiency (preferably through
Ashwagandha- contains chemicals that might help calm the brain, reduce swelling (inflammation), lower blood pressure, and alter the immune system.
I should add the caviat that there is little point in adding supplements without first getting to grips with sleep and diet.