Sunday, September 5, 2010

Key Weight Loss Nutrients

(Article first published as Top Nutrients Drive Weight Loss, Burn Fat on Technorati.)
Excess weight and obesity are part of a silent epidemic, as two-thirds of adults surveyed indicate they are carrying too much weight, yet are unable to make the necessary diet and lifestyle changes to achieve their ideal weight goal. The results of a survey conducted by National Public Radio show that 52% of overweight people have tried to lose weight in the past year, while the number topped 75% for those falling into the obese classification.

Avoiding Artificial Diet Pills and Medications
Interestingly, only 15% of those surveyed indicated they had resorted to a prescription weight loss medicine, over the counter diet pill or natural supplement. Some of this is good news, as dietary medications and metabolism boosting pills are known to precipitate many health conditions including heart attack, stroke and neurologic dysfunction.

The Right Keys to Weight Loss
Survey respondents were opposed to using natural nutrients because of cost, and a misunderstanding of how these critical supplements can be used to promote fat metabolism and natural weight loss. Nutrients assist the body to function optimally, reducing systemic inflammation and triglycerides which promote the release of fat from storage.

Supplements should be used as a compliment to a well balanced, reduced calorie diet packed with fresh vegetables, leafy greens, nuts, seeds, white meats and monounsaturated fats. A minimum of 30 minutes each day should be dedicated to aerobic or resistance type exercise, but be careful not to overeat in an attempt to compensate for your physical activity. Adding these targeted nutrients to your weight loss arsenal will help you to reach your weight loss goal.

Resveratrol, Nature’s Natural Defense
Resveratrol is a natural bioactive chemical which is found in the skins of red grapes, peanuts and cocoa. Resveratrol works directly at the cellular level, influencing the fitness of your fat. Research shows that this amazing nutrient controls genes which are responsible for human ageing, and inhibits the formation of baby fat cells which go on to become mature tissue capable of storing fat. Less fat cells means the body has a lowered capacity to store fat and is more conditioned to burn those calories as energy.

Omega-3 Fats and DHA
Omega-3 fats and especially the crucial DHA component are essential to our health. DHA from fish and fish oil sources moderates triglyceride levels in the blood, resulting in improved blood flow and lowered risk of fat storage. DHA also reduces levels of inflammation in the body which is known to be a key factor behind obesity.

Alpha Lipoic Acid and Acetyl-L-Carnitine
Alpha Lipoic Acid and Acetyl-L-Carnitine are two powerful antioxidant nutrients which play an important role in blood sugar regulation and cellular metabolism. By improving the genetic efficiency of cellular mitochondria (the cell’s energy power plant), these two nutrients increase the calorie burning capacity of each cell, naturally and safely increasing metabolic rate and fat burning capacity.

Many people have the desire and need to lose weight, but are confused about how to accomplish their goal. Most are unwilling to take prescription drugs or resort to synthetic diet pills which can result in deteriorating health. Fortunately there are targeted nutrients which assist weight loss, and work effectively when combined with proper diet and exercise to deliver natural weight loss results.

1 comment:

C. Carlton said...

Good info! In addition to the omega-3 fats, healthy protein should be included in one's diet also.

There are "land meats" that contains as much, or even higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids which is grass-fed beef (bison, buffalo, lamb).

When animals are healthy and eat the diet they were meant to eat naturally, the meat is actually healthy for us. Not only are grass-fed meats a super-high quality source of muscle-building proteins, but they are also a great source of healthy fats.