Dr Susan Baxter
What are the supplements I should take to help me to lose Weight?
Updated: Mar 1
The following article discusses supplements and helps you to understand the purpose of each. Supplements are just that, a supplement and they cannot replace a complete diet. Food, sleep, exercise, and stress management should be considered before supplementing, however, the one caveat is that if you are on a calorie-restrictive diet, you might want to consider a supplement since your chances of eating ALL of the vitamins and minerals you require will be greatly reduced and since more food would equal more calories some people might supplement with what their diet is missing.
Another example is Omegas if you are vegan, it can be very hard to get enough through vegan sources without supplementation, or potentially you live in a part of the world that has poor soil quality (e.g. New Zealand has less selenium in the soil), so it might be beneficial to supplement. Read on to find out why someone might consider taking particular supplements for weight loss...
Multi-Vitamins can help to bolster gaps in your diet. When you are in a calorie deficit, there is less chance that you will reach all of the minerals and trace elements that the body might need to be in optimal health. Supplements shouldn’t replace food, but they are a great way of supplementing your best effort. For more information, click this link.
When on a calorie-restricted diet, using casein is a great option for snacks and prior to bedtime. The product could be taken every 6 hours during the day. Note: 1-2 hours right after resistance training, whey is best.
Carnitine: Assists with the use of fat as a fuel.
BCAAs: This help to promote the use of fat for energy, reduce fatigue, reduce muscle soreness, and accelerate recovery. I have a supplement spotlight post about this here.
Amino Acids: In a calorie deficit you will require more amino (as you are eating less food, so less protein to be used for circulating amino). Aminos do not spike blood sugar so they are great for between meals when trying to shift more body fat. Read more about it in this post.
Pre-workouts: With less available energy from a lower intake of food, a pre-workout can help you get more from your session.
Lean 5: (A combination of Raspberry Ketones; decaffeinated Green Tea extract; CLA; L-carnitine; garcinia cambogia extract). This fantastic caffeine-free combination of ingredients works in unison to aid fat loss.