I’m frequently asked by clients what my top recommended supplements are for weight loss. While I tend to be more of a “whole food nutrition” proponent, there is however a short list of supplements I’ll recommend.
My “Big Three” that I believe most everyone can benefit from includes a fiber supplement, omega-3′s, and whey protein powder.
Invariably the question comes up, “But Shane what about vitamins?” Let me preface this discussion by saying the practice of taking a single daily multivitamin, say like Centrum for example, has arguably done very little to improve any individual’s overall level of health.
A daily multivitamin in an otherwise poor diet is like putting octane booster in the gas tank of a Ford Pinto. She won’t run any faster my friend.
But seriously, a single multivitamin can never make up for a supportive nutrition diet of whole foods. This isn’t to say that your daily Centrum multivitamin is harming your health. However, on the other hand I don’t know if it’s doing all that much to help you either.
I realize the whole subject of vitamin supplementation is a controversial one and there’s valid arguments on both sides. Instead of trying to be zealot on either side of the argument, I tend to look at supplementation as a way to enhance or aid an otherwise supportive nutrition diet.
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In my opinion, vitamin supplementation is a matter unique to each individual.
There are a lot of factors that would contribute towards the specific vitamins and minerals that may be of benefit. Making up for a poor diet certainly isn’t one of them.
However, many individuals would benefit from taking additional vitamins and minerals to make up for what they’re not getting in their diet. Omega-3 fatty acids are a perfect example. Yes, you should look to consume several servings of cold water fish each week and look to incorporate things like flaxseed meal and olive oil into your diet.
But let’s be honest, not everyone is going to do this. So it makes sense that a high quality fish oil or krill oil supplement would be of benefit as a daily supplement.
We could make the same argument for things like Vitamin D, calcium, etc, depending on the individual and their unique needs. The matter of deficiencies or additional needs is simply to individual specific for blanket recommendations ever to make much sense.
However, having said all of that, there are times when it does make sense to categorize certain individuals as being likely to benefit from a specific form of supplementation.
Individuals who are overweight and need to lose excess body fat tend to share some common traits. More than likely there are core issues with metabolic functions.
Nutrient assimilation is probably diminished due to gastrointestinal imbalances and cellular function in general compromised due to some degree of insulin sensitivity issues, cortisol imbalances, etc.
In short, metabolic function, cellular health, and hormonal balances are compromised to some degree in overweight individuals…
While a daily multivitamin won’t do much of anything to improve these issues, a supplement that supports metabolic function taken in addition with a whole food diet can make a difference.
One such supplement is the Advocare MNS Max 3 Metabolic Nutrition System. I’ve done extensive research and tested dozens of products and this is by far one of the most effective and complete metabolic support supplements I’ve found.
The Advocare MNS system is more than just a multivitamin and mineral supplement. It contains a broad base of ingredients that work synergistically to improve metabolic function at the cellular level.
If you’re overweight and show signs of diminished metabolic function, the Advocare MNS system would be a top recommendation in my book. I’ve seen very impressive results with my weight loss clients who consistently use this products in conjunction with a supportive nutrition diet.
I can only speculate the increased weight loss is the result of improved metabolic function from the over 50 vitamins, minerals, herbal extracts, antioxidants, and other nutrients.
The reason I’m such a proponent is that it’s not a quick fix weight loss product that serves only to synthetically increase metabolism, diminish appetite, or provide some form of metabolic trickery.
It’s addresses metabolic function at the cellular level which is where the long-term battle is won or lost anyways. I could go on and on about the benefits, but I’ll cut to the chase and just say I highly recommend it for individuals who are overweight and suffering from metabolic issues.
Here’s a link to the Advocare MNS Max 3 Metabolic Nutrition System where you can learn more about the product ingredients, benefits, and how to purchase.
In full disclosure I am an Advocare distributor and have promoted their products for several years now. Just know that this decision was made after extensive research and investigation on a product line I felt assured recommending to my clients.
I’m not your typical distributor however in that I don’t blindly recommend all their products. To be completely honest, there are some Advocare products I don’t carry in my Charleston personal training studio because I’ve found other supplements to be of better formulation.
If you see me make a recommendation of an Advocare product it’s because I’ve done my homework and fully assessed the effectiveness, safety, and overall value as a high quality supplement.
The Advocare MNS Max 3 Metabolic Nutrition System meets and exceeds all the above requirements in my book. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
Shane Doll is a certified Charleston personal trainer, fat loss expert, speaker, and founder of Shaping Concepts. With a staff of over 10 certified fitness professionals, Shaping Concepts provides fitness consulting in Charleston with a specialty on weight loss and body transformation. See our success stories from numerous Lowcountry residents then sign up for a no-obligations consultation today.