Supplements Support Healthy Weight Loss


Spoonful of Supplements with Salad

For optimal balance, getting the right nutrients is important, and supplements can help balance your body and promote weight loss. While taking supplements can help you get essential nutrients, it’s a better option to get as many nutrients as possible from the foods you’re eating. Why? Getting nutrition from foods instead of a supplement can reduce side effects and they’re more easily digestible. You’ll also get enzymes and micronutrients from actual foods that supplements just can’t replicate.

What nutrients can help you to lose weight? Here’s a look at several nutrients that are known to help with weight loss. 

  • Vitamin D – Vitamin D affects the way your body’s cells use insulin and low vitamin D can result in your body’s cells turning sugar into fat. Lack of vitamin D may also interfere with leptin production, which means your body may not know when it’s time to stop eating.
  • Calcium – Calcium works with vitamin D to help melt away pounds. Not only does calcium help fat cells release fat for burning, experts believe that calcium also helps to bind fat in the GI tract, preventing your body from absorbing some of that fat.
  • Polyphenols – Polyphenols are antioxidants that help boost metabolism, which can help your body burn off more fat.

Of course, many vitamins and minerals are best absorbed if they are taken together, which makes foods that contain multiple nutrients, like strawberries, great options to add to your diet. For example, vitamin D and calcium work together and impact the absorption of each other. Eating foods that have diverse nutrients is the best way to make sure your body is getting the nutrition it needs to burn fat.

Certain nutrients help your body burn more fat, and if you don’t get these essential nutrients, your body can begin holding onto fat. While it’s essential to watch your portion sizes and get plenty of exercises, eating foods with the right nutrients can really help you see great weight loss results. At the Metabolic Research Center, our weight loss professionals come up with a personalized menu plan that will feed your body and boost your weight loss efforts.

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