First of all let’s start off on the right foot. This is an article to inform you about diet supplements. It’s not here to sell you some supposed miracle cure to control your weight, make you lose a few inches off your waistline or even to bulk out ready for some extra gym sessions. The information you’ll read here is about the sort of diet supplements that you should consider taking if you are for any reason on a diet.
A general comment about dieting.
People are invariably motivated to go on a diet to control their weight. For the vast majority of people this means to maintain or lose weight; but it can also be to gain weight in the case of some athletes or those recovering form a serious illness. Whatever the reason for being on the diet, especially for one advised by a medical practitioner or nutritionist – it will be accompanied with a pattern of regular exercise. Your success with your diet really depends on eating the types and amounts of food recommended and following your exercise regime. If you do those two things – your diet supplements can help you to feel good about yourself, enjoy your diet and stay on it.
A warning about bad diet supplements.
Always remember that diet weight-loss supplements work with your diet – they aren’t the diet or there to replace your diet. Also, some diet supplements may well be quite natural ones whereas others may well be in the form of a pill for you to take. For any diet supplement you’re advised to take you should always carefully read the information and labels for it. Even the most natural of diet supplements, such as probiotic drinks, aren’t always suitable for everyone; so do check that they don’t contain anything you’re allergic to or might disagree with you. However, the vast majority of diet supplements are basically vitamins, minerals and other naturally occurring substances. A diet supplement that independently claims to make you lose weight is probably best avoided. There are some products marketed as diet supplements that will, by raising your metabolism, make you lose weight. However, these typically simply raise your metabolic rate to make you perspire, even if sitting down, so that by ‘losing’ water – you appear to lose weight. As soon as you drink or eat all the weight goes back on, unless you seriously dehydrate yourself – something not to be recommended.
Be safe – use good diet supplements.
Fortunately there are websites that will only market diet supplements known to work alongside a diet, rather than claiming to be the diet product itself. At least when starting a diet a lot of people can inadvertently have a temporary imbalance of vitamins and minerals in their bodies; usually because they’re eating different foods and/or different portions of food. Quite simply because of this change in your diet – your daily intake of vitamins and minerals changes too. So beyond doubt the safest and some of the best diet supplements you can take are simply vitamins and minerals. A simple example of this is the mineral common table salt, Sodium Chloride.
As mentioned above, modern diets are usually a combination of what foods to eat and what exercise to take. However, not all of them will explain to you some of the possible effects that your body might experience due changing from the foods you used to eat to the foods you start eating in your diet. A simple example here would be reducing the amount of salt in your food. Salt is so bad for you in so many different ways that by and large any diet these days will advocate not adding salt to your food. However, everyone’s body needs salt to function properly. Most of the time and for most of the population – the salt we get from the fresh/natural foods we eat is enough for us. However, some people when starting out on a diet can show withdrawal symptom signs – just because their bodies aren’t getting the high levels of salt they were before. Think about it – adding salt to the new diet would defeat the whole object of it. The alternative, and solution, is to take a salt supplement of gradually decreasing dosages. That way – you don’t eat salty foods or artificially add salt to your food; but your body doesn’t have the ‘shock’ of what it thinks of as being suddenly deprived of high amounts of salt.
Diet fiber supplements.
If you’re on a medically prescribed high fiber diet then this section probably doesn’t apply to you. However, some diets do advocate eating very low amounts of carbohydrates which can include vegetables from which we get a lot of our natural fiber from. Having the right amount of fiber is essential to having a healthy intestine and ‘good’ digestive functions. You should accurately measure the amount of natural fiber in your diet and, if it is below 25 or 30 grams a day – then you should consider having a diet fiber supplement. Fiber supplements are available as pills or powders; that are often mixed with a breakfast drink, or can be eaten as a snack between your main meals.
Natural diet supplements.
If man cannot eat by bread alone – then neither can he live by super-foods alone. However, some super-foods, and their diet super-supplement derivatives, can be very beneficial as diet supplements. A classic example of this would be Acai Berries. Long renowned for their anti-oxidant properties they are an ideal diet supplement to help super charge your immune system, keeping you in the peak of health on your diet.
Fatty acid diet supplements.
The idea of actually taking a diet supplement that includes the term ‘fatty’ in it might well seem counter-intuitive. However, fatty acids are essential in any diet to help us maintain good overall health. Two sources of fatty acids that are classed as diet supplements are Evening Primrose Oil and Cod Liver Oil. Both deliver doses of fatty acids that are known to have many health benefits ranging from helping to keep our blood free from thickening too much and clotting to helping with mental health, cancer prevention and the onset of rheumatoid arthritis. The Omega-3 form of fatty acids is closely associated with oily fish, so a diet with fresh oily fish in it three times a week might not need this diet supplement.