A friendship has blossomed. Once they were strangers, now they make the perfect partnership. BFF’s for life. Weight-loss and supplements now walk hand-in-hand.
But you ask – “Aren’t supplements only for body builders?” WRONG. Most definately not! That is an outdated view of the past. You my friend, need to get with the times.
First of all, what is a supplement? The definition of a supplement is;
‘Something added to complete a thing, make up for a deficiency, or extend or strengthen the whole.’
When we create dietary deficiencies by restricting our food intake in an attempt to lose weight and increasing physical demand on the body through training, our bodies can suffer in the following ways:
- Muscle wastage
- Reduced metabolism
- Low energy levels
- Poor immunity
- Reduced ability to burn fat
All of the above effects can have a huge impact on weight-loss results.
Muscle wastage; the less muscle you have, the lower your metabolism, and also, the less toned you will also be.
Reduced metabolism; Many of your bodily functions can slow down when your body senses a deficit in energy meaning you will burn less calories, leading you to reach a weight-loss plateau, or re-find all the weight you’ve lost plus more once you start eating ‘normally’ again.
Low energy levels; Due to nutrient deficiencies and an increased energy output you can sometimes find energy levels droop when trying to lose weight, which can lead to poor quality or missed workouts, or your body craving sugary, carbohydrate rich foods.
Poor immunity; when you get sick the last thing on your mind is working out and eating healthy, so your fitness and nutrition regime can often take a back-seat when you’re not feeling 100%.
Reduced ability to burn fat; When you workout, do you want your body to use muscle stores for energy instead of fat? I think not.
Through dietary supplementation you can help reduce the occurance of the above effects. Why wouldn’t you want to give yourself the best chance possible to compliment all the hard work and effort you are putting into your fitness and weight-loss journey?
My three favourite weight-loss supplements are the following; BCAA’s (Branched Chain Amino Acids), Glutamine, and WPI (Whey Protein Isolate).
In part 2, I will tell you a little more about why these supplements are at the top of my list, and how I use and recommend them.
About the Author
Kim is a Personal Trainer at NAFC whose areas of expertise & interest include; strength training, (with an emphasis on the lower body and Glutes), core, Kettlebell, running, & triathlon training.