You’ve heard the saying, ‘You are what you eat.’ This is also true when it comes to weight loss. In fact, if you’re trying to reach optimal health and even lose weight, what you eat is even more important than exercising.
Not all foods are created equal with some foods being especially effective at boosting our metabolism while others bring it to a halt. This is especially important to know for women whose metabolism slows as we age.
We all know that sugars, processed foods, and fats aren’t helping us lose any extra weight. But what is going to get your body running at peak performance? Here are some nutrients you might not be familiar with that can support your weight loss goals.
ECEG is a mouthful so we couldn’t blame you if you’d never heard of it. It’s an antioxidant and phenol that has shown to support cardiovascular and metabolic health. EGCG is found in most abundantly in green tea, as if you needed another reason to drink more of it!
Calcium has been promoted as a safe and effective way to boost your metabolism and lower your chances of obesity or being overweight. Women with higher intake of calcium have also shown to gain less weight as they age. For those of you who don’t drink dairy, you can get high amounts of calcium as a supplement or from eating dark leafy green vegetables.
We already know that omega-3 amino acids are vital to any diet and have been promoted for everything from shiny hair and strong nails to relief from depression and arthritis. But it’s also been proven to be an effective weight loss aid by balancing your blood sugar levels and reducing inflammation, thereby regulating your metabolism. You can find Omega-3 amino acids in more than just fish oil, try it in flax seed oil, walnuts, or fortified foods.
Protein is essential to our DNA production and to our muscle development. Adding a bit more protein to your diet can be effective in boosting your metabolism enabling you to burn fat faster and more efficiently. It makes sense since protein helps you build muscle and muscle burns more calories on your body compared to fat. Additionally, if you’ve increased your workout schedule it might make sense to increase your protein intake to support muscle growth.
An iodine deficiency can be linked to a hyperactive thyroid which more than 12% of Americans suffer from today. While a hyperactive thyroid can trigger dramatic weight loss it can also mean a slowed metabolism for others. If you feel your body isn’t responding to exercise and healthy eating the way it should then consult your health practitioner, an iodine supplement could be a viable solution to help you reach your health goals.
As always when you’re embarking on lifestyle changes, take extra care to adjust to the needs of your body and speak to your health professional when something seems off. If you want to learn more about reaching your optimal health then check out our posting on Signs You May Need a Multivitamin.