What Roles Do Nutritional Supplements Play in Weight Loss?

Weight loss is one of the most common goals patients report when seeking help from a doctor. Nearly 50% of overweight individuals are actively trying to lose weight right now, and it’s not always easy to convince your body to shed the pounds when it’s designed to help you survive through a famine by saving every resource it can. Balancing your general health with the right nutritional supplements is a great first step to losing weight because a healthy system more readily burns fat rather than trying to save it for a future calamity. Find out which supplements from Metagenics will do the most to help you achieve your weight loss goals.

The B Vitamin Family

First, a lack of any of the crucial B vitamins can result in stubborn weight gain that refuses to be lost again. Every one of them, from B1 to B12, plays at least a small role in your body’s metabolism. This doesn’t mean that a deficiency will automatically cause you to gain weight, but it can start an entire cycle of low energy levels and food cravings that definitely add up to a gain. Thankfully the B vitamin family is one of the easiest to supplement safely with a doctor’s supervision.

Caffeine

Your morning coffee or tea may help you lose weight instead of impeding it. This is only without added sugar and creamers, or at least with a limited amount of them. Caffeine has recently shown a host of health benefits, among them a modest increase in weight loss among people taking it as a supplement. There’s a relatively low safe daily intake level regardless of whether you take it as a supplement or a drink, so it’s possible to get enough caffeine from coffee or tea to get a beneficial effect. However, you may prefer supplements to avoid the taste of black coffee and unsweetened tea.

Carnitene

Most people have heard of L-carnitene if they’ve heard of any of the carnitene supplements, but there’s actually a range of different amino acid compounds under this name that have all shown a clinical ability to assist in weight loss. Your mitochondria rely on these amino acids to help them pull in and break down the fatty acids needed for cellular function. This is the mechanism proposed for assisting in losing weight, and more research is currently being carried out to see exactly how much help this supplement can offer.

Probiotics

A healthy digestive process helps you feel full faster and can eliminate many of those intense food cravings that lead you to eat high calorie foods. Probiotics are one of the best ways to support your microbiome, the complex world of microbes, bacteria, and other tiny organisms that live in your digestive tract and help you thrive. Along with a healthy diet rich in both soluble and insoluble fiber, probiotics can help eliminate indigestion and make it easier for you to follow a diet plan without giving in to cravings or urges to overeat. UltraFlora Control contains the exact strains of Bifidobacterium linked to a healthier weight. If you’re still experiencing cravings or urges after taking probiotics, consider having a dietary panel test done to catch any unknown vitamin and nutrient deficiencies. Our Spectracell nutrient deficiency test reveals everything you need to know to balance your dietary needs.  A hidden deficiency is often behind the most unusual and overpowering cravings for very specific foods.

Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)

It’s a long and technical sounding name, but CLA is a type of fatty acid that is naturally found in both beef and most dairy products. You only get a small dose of this compound when eating and drinking these foods, but taking it in a concentrated form as a supplement may help you achieve your weight loss goals. Clinical trials found a modest but noticeable effect on weight loss that was attributed to increased fat burning. Metagensis offers the Ultra CLA supplement, which comes in the stable triglyceride form so your body can make the most out of it.

Interested in learning more about the role that supplements can play in a weight loss plan? Instead of turning to online sources that may not be reliable, come see Dr. Austin and the rest of the team here at Prime Wellness in person. We love working with our patients to help them achieve all of their health goals, including weight loss. You’d be surprised at how often a little extra weight is linked to another condition. Improving your health as a whole is always beneficial before targeting a specific goal like losing weight, and we’re standing by to make the process as positive as possible for you.