What Are Different Types of Weight Loss Products?

 

fruit smoothie

smoothie (cream optional) :D

Weight loss supplements have been around for years. From diet pills to sugar-free desserts and meal replacements, these products come in all shapes and sizes. Some are better than others. When combined with a healthy diet and exercise, they can boost your metabolism and melt away fat. The most effective weight loss products will increase your energy, suppress your appetite, and reduce cravings. Dieters can buy weight loss supplements online or from any health store.

Protein Bars

Packed with vitamins and minerals, protein bars have a high nutritional value and fit into most diets. These products are sugar free and boast a delicious taste. Some contain no fat or no carbs. Most protein bars can successfully replace a meal. They are made with whey protein isolate, whey protein concentrate, milk protein, soy protein, casein, cocoa powder and other natural ingredients. If you want to lose weight, replace one or two meals with protein bars.

Diet Pills

Diet pills are the most popular weight loss products available today. They usually contain herbal extracts, antioxidants, and fat burning ingredients. Some reduce hunger and cravings, while others cause your body to burn more calories. In general, these products help control your appetite and block fat absorption. Most diet pills have strong diuretic effects and reduce fluid retention. They may also boost your metabolism and stimulate fat loss. For optimal results, you should stick to a balanced diet when using these products.

Low-Calorie Foods

Are you having sugar cravings? Do you love sweets and sugary foods? Now you can lose weight without giving up your favorite desserts. Many companies offer low-calorie foods that will satisfy your sweet tooth, including sugar free chocolate, vanilla protein bars, blueberry pancake mixes, low-calorie marshmallows, chocolate cake mixes, natural peanut butter and other delicious treats. These products are low in calories and contain little or no sugar. Some are fat-free. Most diet foods contain large amounts of protein, calcium, vitamins, and dietary fiber.

High-Protein Shakes and Smoothies

Protein shakes and smoothies are a popular choice among fitness enthusiasts. Due to their high content of protein, these products keep you full longer and promote fat loss. They also support muscle growth and repair, reduce food cravings, and increase your metabolic rate. Protein shakes make a perfect snack or dessert. You can use these products before, during and after working out. They are ideal between meals or before bedtime. Most protein shakes mix easily and have delicious flavors.

 

Dietary Supplements For Optimum Health

 

Eating a healthy and balanced diet can be a tough challenge for many individuals. Most people simply cannot eat the right type of food to maintain proper health and fitness. Modern life makes it nearly impossible to obtain all essential nutrients that are needed for the human body to function normally. The fast paced lifestyle often leads to poor decision making involving the consumption of food and drinks. Fast food restaurants are loaded with unhealthy food such as burgers, french fries and soda drinks. Such items are high in calories, fat, cholesterol, sodium and carbohydrates. Such nutrients should be minimized and regulated and not maximized on a daily basis. Additionally, fast food provides a lot of empty calories that are full of sugars and lack any real nutrients.

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To make up for poor eating habits, many people take dietary supplements. Such tablets or capsules are loaded with vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients. Before taking any supplements, it’s a good idea to know the results of a comprehensive blood test. Such a test can actually reveal the content of all the vitamins in the bloodstream. Therefore, a physician can make recommendations regarding the types of nutrients that should be taken in supplement form. Vitamins A, C and E are relatively abundant in common food such as fruits and vegetables. However, the water soluble vitamins such as D, E and K are not as easily absorbed from a common diet. Similarly, people may need to take dietary supplements for minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc.

There are also herbal supplements available to help people receive additional benefits that some vitamins and minerals don’t provide in large concentrations. Herbal remedies have been used in ancient medicine throughout various civilizations worldwide. Taking herbal supplements for immune support is an example of using all natural ingredients for health benefits. Ginseng root and Gingko Balboa are some common herbal based supplements. Fucoidan is another common herbal extract that’s used in supplements.

Fish oil supplements also tend to be very popular for people that lack a proper source of essential fatty acids. Such supplement bottles often advertise the content of DHA and omega fatty acids that play important roles for heart health as well as the immune system. All dietary supplements need to be taken in moderation according to instructions on the label. Not all dietary supplements that are sold are actually FDA approved.

 

Food to Eat to Boost Your Metabolism

Eating well and being fit have become a trend that every one out of five women (perhaps of men too)  is devoting time working out. But like every long time goal, it takes a lot of effort and other factors to get the best and lasting result. I am one of those women, trying to be fit as I go about enjoying good food, sweating it out when I can. Along the way, I have found inspiration from many other fitness buffs and I’ve picked some of their tips to include in my own routine. Here’s some of the good stuff I have included in a day’s meal – just because they help in boosting metabolism, being low in fat and containing lots or protein. As you know, enzymes that are found in proteins are the catalysts of metabolism, promoting repair, growth and maintenance of cells throughout the body, and they also provide the amino acids that our bodies can’t naturally make.

innocent smoothie

for when you go out

1. Fruits. Coming from a tropical country, fruits are an abundance everyday and are a regular fare. Talk about Papaya, mangoes, watermelons, pineapples and even coconut, they come in handy.  The fact that it goes up to 33° means sweating is not a problem at all. Now, in a region which is colder and fruits are of a different kind than what I used to have, I tend to go for smoothies. Blending strawberries, raspberries and blueberries with yogurt has become a habit. There are also organic smoothies in a bottle that you can readily buy. Makes it easier to have them when you’re on the go.

2. Fish. Fish has been my meat so adding more is not really a problem. Tuna and salmon top my picks, both also contains the essential fatty acid Omega 3 which contributes to the external health of your hair, skin and nails.

3. Broccoli. Broccoli is a power veggie, it is rich in both calcium and vitamin C. These two work well to help you burn calories faster and more effectively.

4. Honey. As a substitute for sugar, honey works also in helping boost your metabolism. Mix honey and lemon in a glass of hot water and drink every morning for a potent detoxifying drink.

5. Yogurt.  It is well-known that yogurt is very effective in keeping fit. It is full of calcium and protein, giving you the energy your body needs to keep going all day (like the energizer bunny) and it also helps you build lean muscle mass. The healthy bacteria in yogurt also help regulate your digestive tract.

There are a lot more good food that you can include in your diet to help you speed up your metabolism, this is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. Low-fat, high-protein yummies that I’m sure our readers will love, mind to share? Comment below.

 

 

Can Women Drink Protein Shakes?

If you want the short answer, it’s YES, however if you would like to know why then read on.

I hear it all the time, “protein shakes are to bulk up, right?” This myth of protein being used to “bulk up” really gets on my nerves. Protein is just a macro nutrient which can come from chicken, tuna, eggs, milk etc. It is true that high protein diets aid in muscle growth and recovery but it is also true that protein is important when dieting or going through a “fat loss” phase.

Benefits

Personally, I recommend whey protein to everyone, this is because whey protein powder is just that – protein powder, none of the added simple carbohydrates and filler ingredients which are found in meal replacement shakes are in it. Secondly, mixing up your whey protein with different fruit (fresh or frozen) makes it taste amazing and also has the added benefits of iron, zinc, B and E vitamins. Adding the fruits to shakes will also add more dietary fibre which supports weight management.

When I asked Puneet of Reflexions Of A Personal Trainer, he had the following to say:

As women get older they become prone to osteoporosis and weight gain around the stomach area. Adding in a regular protein drink can help reduce the chances of this affecting them. Shakes by themselves cannot help you build muscle or lose fat but when combining this with a good workout regime it can help you reach your end goal.”

He also suggested that as long as there’s a sufficient amount of protein in your diet, from quality sources like lean meat, fatty fish and eggs, there isn’t a need to supplement with whey protein. If however, you struggle to fit in varied sources of protein in your diet, a shake will do just fine!

 Try This!

 

1 Scoop Whey Protein (flavour of your choice)

200-300ml of Almond Milk (or water)

1 Tablespoon Greek Yoghurt

Handful of Spinach

½ Teaspoon of Peanut Butter

Handful of Blueberries

½ Frozen Banana

You will not be disappointed!

    

Omega-3: the good oil!

 

Omega-3 fatty acids hit the headlines in the 1970s, when studies were taken on the Inuit Eskimos of Greenland. The Inuit had very low incidences of heart disease, despite a high-fat diet, and it was discovered that the fat from fish contained a lot of long-chain omega-3 fats (eicosapentanoic acid or EPA) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA).

While these nutrients are essential for peoples wellbeing, we are unable to produce them and must get them through our diet. The ‘good fat’, Omega-3, is found in seafood and some plants. Flaxseed and walnuts are good sources, and there are many high quality supplements available.

caviar

caviar, omega 3-rich (good source of vitamins A and D too)

Omega-3 is used by every cell in our bodies, and the essential fatty acid (EFA) is (thought) to have beneficial (somethings) in a huge range of conditions, including:

Heart disease: Research supports the findings from the Innuit studies.

Arthritis and joint mobility: Omega-3s are a potent anti-inflammatoryand may support joint comfort, mobility and flexibility. Supplements are often used by arthritis sufferers.

Depression and mental health: Some studies have found that people who took omega-3 fatty acids in addition to prescription antidepressants had a greater improvement in symptoms than those who took antidepressants alone, and that omega-3 fatty acid intake helps protect against postpartom depression, among other benefits. Depression is a serious illness and you should not try to treat it on your own. See a doctor for help.

Vision and eye care: Omega-3s are important in the development of brain and visual function in infants, and are also associated with retaining those functions throughout life. People with a healthy dietary balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and more fish in their diets were less likely to have macular degeneration.

Omega-3 fatty acids may also assist in reducing cholesterol, stabilising blood pressure, stroke prevention, diabetes, osteoporosis, ADHD, cancer prevention, particularly colon, prostate and breast cancer, menopause and menstrual discomfort – results vary between women, however many women report definite improvement, and brain function.

You should not take more than 3 grams daily of omega-3 fatty acids from capsules without the supervision of a health care provider, as more than this may increase bleeding. 

This article is provided by healthchemist.co.nz , providing you with up-to-date health and nutritional advice and products.  

 

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