Weight Loss Supplements
Weight loss supplements are designed to assist and improve the body’s physical and metabolic systems. This function of increased efficiency encourages the use of undesirable fat reserves for energy and subsequently results in weight loss and a leaner physique.
A balanced healthy diet and regular exercise is the ideal solution for those looking to lose weight and burn body fat. However, there are additional supplements that can aid this process.
There is a substantial array of weight loss products available to consumers each with varying ingredients and nutritional content.
Aside from conventional products, supplements containing ingredients such as Sida Cordifilia, commonly known as bala, have been subjected to scientific research studies regarding their fat burning qualities and their positive effect on the central nervous system and the heart.
Sida Cordifolia contains small amounts of both ephedrine and pseudoephedrine with many nutritional companies including it as a weight loss product.
Research studies have shown that Sida Cordifolia possesses a significant blood-sugar lowering activity and therefore may help to reduce the storage of fat within fat cells.
The Key To Reducing Body Fat
The key to reducing body fat is to ensure that your energy intake is lower than your energy expenditure. Energy is measured in calories, and whilst the body is in a negative energy balance, weight loss will occur. So to lose weight in the quickest possible manner, energy intake should be reduced, and energy expenditure should be increased. This is achieved in practice by eating a balanced, low calorie diet, and exercising regularly.
Obtaining the right amount of calories can be achieved more easily with the use of sports supplements, giving you greater control of your total calorie intake. Using supplements, you also have more control over the macronutrient profile of your diet. E.g. you can use whey protein powder do give your diet a greater shift towards protein.
The Importance Of Fat
Fat provides the highest concentration of energy of all the essential nutrients the body requires and are found in three categories- Trans Fat, Saturated Fats and Unsaturated Fats.
There is an optimal level of body fat which needs to be carefully monitored but is an important source of fuel for those involved in endurance events. If this dietary fat level is exceeded, then adverse health effects are likely to occur.
Fat is also needed to help the body during high intensity exercise, where carbohydrates are predominately used as fuel, to access glycogen stores. Fat also helps with the efficient distribution of vitamins A,D,E and K around the body.
Consuming dietary fats alongside protein and carbohydrates all in the required ratios is an important part of sports nutrition with which it provides additional health and performance benefits.