These days it seems like you can't turn on the television or radio without some ad advertising a weight loss supplement that allows you to eat anything you want while you melt away the pounds simply by taking their new magic pill. Common sense tells you it won't work, but many people still fall for this type of scheme and ultimately donate their money to a company without benefiting themselves in the least. Have you ever known someone who has bought in to this? Or maybe you have. Either way, never fear, hopefully you won't be making that mistake again.
Even though you realize that quick fixes and magic pills don't work, the reality is that like most people, you'd still like to lose weight, see your waistline shrink and feel your body getting leaner, firmer and more fit.
If this describes the situation you'd like to see happening in your life then this article is for you. Weight loss is a great big issue that we could spend a lifetime discussing but most of the aspects that govern weight loss pertain to how many calories you are eating, what type of calories those are, when those calories are ingested and how many calories your use (or burn) carrying out your daily activities. Beyond that we could narrow our scope and look at meal frequency, meal nutrient proportions, nutrient cycling and an endless variety of principles and methods pertaining to caloric expenditure through exercise.
The purpose of this article lies somewhere in between these things. This article will discuss nutrition supplements that I recommend to assist in your weight loss efforts. The fact of the matter is that I often recommend these same supplements to people wanting to build muscle and grow larger too. You see, these supplements work in various ways depending on how they are used. We will discuss how I would recommend you use these important supplements to support your weight loss efforts.
L-Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the human body. It is vital to cellular metabolism and is a key component in cellular recovery and repair. Because of these things it can also help to reduce muscle soreness. When you workout hard (which you should), your body's L-Glutamine levels drop reducing your body's ability to repair damaged muscle cells as it tries to recover from your workouts. Exercise recovery is vital to losing weight because your body needs to be moving forward with your effort to increase metabolic activity by producing strong, lean and vibrant muscle tissue.
L-Glutamine will assist your body in making a speedy recovery following your intense workouts and will make sure your goal of losing body fat and boosting metabolism remain firmly within your grasp. Keep moving toward your weight loss goals by allowing your body to recover and repair itself quickly and completely by making L-Glutamine a regular part of your daily supplement regimen.
Remember, L-Glutamine can be found in powder form which I recommend you use. It can be placed in water, any protein shake or drink and mixes easily. Also, L-Glutamine powder has almost no calories so it's a great addition to you low-calorie diet.
Branched-chain Amino Acids (BCAA)
The term Branched-chain Amino Acids is used to describe a group of three essential amino acids. Essential amino acids cannot be made by your body and must be derived from food sources. The three branched-chain amino acids are:Leucine Isoleucine Valine
These three are the most important of the nine essential amino acids your body needs to get from eating. Like L-Glutamine, BCAA's assist with muscle tissue recovery. They can also be used to fuel your body at times when other fuel sources run low. I recommend you sip on a quality BCAA drink mix during your workouts especially those tough resistance training sessions.
Another benefit to BCAA drink mixes has nothing to do with the amino acids themselves and everything to do with the fact that they tend to taste really good. The taste alone makes these drinks something you can use to fit more water into your diet, stop your sweet tooth from getting out of control or satisfy a momentary need for something with some real taste.
Anyone on a restricted diet: vegetarians, athletes, dieters etc. can benefit from this quality supplement. Remember that faster recovery means you can achieve results faster too.
So no matter how you cut it, BCAA's work for you as you attempt to eat right and train hard to achieve your weight loss goals. Use them during and after your workouts for best results.
Like L-Glutamine, BCAA powders have almost no calories and mix well in water, any protein drink or flavored beverage.
Whey protein is a complete protein that is derived from cow's milk. Whey protein is absorbed by your body much more quickly and to a higher degree than most other proteins. This assists your body with the recovery process as your move through your day but especially after you workout. Whey protein helps your body produce strong, vibrant muscle tissue and hormones that will propel your body toward more weight loss as they work together to act as a fat melting furnace.
Whey protein is amazingly versatile and absolutely appropriate for people wanting to lose weight, achieve a higher level of health, build muscle or improve athletic performance. Because whey protein is so common and easily accessible it is practically assumed that it will be used as a tool to assist your fitness goals.
Because whey protein comes primarily in powder form, it is easy to carry with you so that you have instant access to quality result-producing nutrients at any time of the day regardless of where you may be.
The three supplements discussed above are mainstays in many of the weight loss programs I design and have helped me to produce amazing results in literally thousands of personal training clients. Used properly as part of a quality diet and exercise program, these supplements will do the same thing for you.
In the end it's all very simple. These supplements help fuel and nourish your body with quality low-calorie nutrients so that you can train hard and maintain a high metabolism all day long. They act in a manner that allows your body to recover quickly from all of your daily activities and help to ensure that your body's metabolism is always prepared to melt your body fat away as you progress with your weight loss goals.