All the supplements that are being marketed to you can make it difficult to pick and choose when they all claim to be your one stop solution to burning excess fat and toning up your muscles, or building muscle up. Experts always prefer to take the holistic approach to attaining ideal bodyweight and composition. Rather than looking at the supplements and deciding what you'll need, start with looking at what you, specifically need in your diet to reach your goals.
If you're lacking or overloading something important in your diet, all the supplements in the world won't fix the problem. Its for this reason that the best way to start finding out what supplements you need by working first on your actual diet. Even though we all have a lazy side that would rather take a pill than put in the effort to burn fat, there has yet to be a pill that actually does just that. If such a thing were successfully invented, there would be no overweight or obese people! So put that curiosity aside and get ready to work hard at changing your habits.
Firstly, you'll need a balanced diet with fibre. Fibre cleans and clears your stomach and intestines, by flushing out all the extra waste that can get caught up during digestion. Next, you'll need foods rich in vitamins and minerals. This means eating a variety of vegetables and fruits. Choose different coloured vegetables and many different kinds. Each of them will provide specific nutrients that are essential for functioning, digestion, brain function, and much much more.
Next, make sure you're getting enough of all the food groups. Each of your meals should include meats/proteins, fat, vegetables, some grains, and lots of water. Each of these plays an integral role and crash diets which recommend taking extreme measures are unhealthy and set you up for failure in the near future.
Finally, once you are settled in a healthy and steady diet, consult a doctor to find out if you are lacking or deficient in any vitamin or essential nutrient. You can also consult a nutritionist or dietitian and go over your eating habits to find out if you lack protein, healthy fats, etc. Diet is 90% responsible for weight gain and loss, so knowing just what to put in is integral.
After consulting some experts its time to make your choices. Perhaps you find out you lack iron, potassium, vitamin B or require more protein. All of these have specific supplements available, all of various grades and prices. Here are a few tips to choosing them.
- Higher prices don't always denote a better product
- Getting liquid forms are usually more expensive, but are also better absorbed
- Always read the label
- Take note of how many mg's are in each serving
- Choose a product which you will be able to stay on schedule with
Knowing what to take and how to change is not always easy, but educating ourselves and consulting professionals can be a huge help. Taking care of your dietary intake can take you a long way when trying to reach your ideal bodyweight.