Weight loss supplements Part 1

If you are new to the dieting thing you may want to look into supplements. I think they can be really helpful for working out, but you have to be careful because there is a lot of junk out there. I have tried quite a few and their are few that really stand out. One thing I try to avoid are the “weight loss” pills or anything that says it can help you lose some pounds. Most of these pills are absolutely loaded with cheap caffeine and other garbage that you don’t need your body.

But not every supplement is bad. I am a huge fan of green tea. I find it helps me with my workouts because of the energy boost i get when i drink it. I have heard that green tea can lower cholesterol so that is an added bonus for me. Yeah, i know tea isn’t necessarily a supplement, but i’m including it anyway because its not really a food either.

Another supplement I take copious amounts of is fish oil. This stuff is great.  My doctor recommended i take fish oil and i have defiantly noticed it helps me in many ways. It has a laundry list of health benefits and really helps to lower the bad cholesterol in your body. It is chocked full of omega3 which contains “good cholesterol.” Supposedly the more good cholesterol you ingest the less likely your body is to accumulate bad cholesterol. I have noticed that this stuff helps me concentrate a lot better. This is good since my work is very intellectually intensive. Yay for added bonuses! Note: if you decide to try fish oil, be careful with which brand you go with. Some have bad contamination like mercury. Here is a great shopping list to get you started.

And my last major supplement is protein powder. I use this in place of snack meals because it is much healthier for you. 20 ounces of protein drink has lower calories than a candy bar! This is great because i use it to fill my stomach up so i wont have room for the junky food later on! Less calories+fuller= weight loss in my book. I recommend a whey based powder. Whey powder is basically dried de-fatted milk with most of the cholesterol removed. If you are lactose intolerant than stick with a soy based powder. Soy is supposed to be much healthier for you but i find it gives me terrible indigestion. It doesn’t seem to matter which brand i try either, as they all give me the same indigestion. Go figure.

Well that’s all for today folks. PS: Its almost time for another weigh in! See you next time.

My Favorite Diets: Part 1

I have tried a lot of diets on my weight loss journey. Here are a few of my favorite ones.

Vegan diet

This diet is basically all vegetables and no animal product, not even milk or cheese. I haven’t tried this one yet, but it is supposed to be really good for your heart health. I have tried vegetarianism, and i really liked it. I didn’t have as much energy and i never felt like i was getting enough to eat, so I wound up eating a lot of eggs and cheese. My body doesn’t tolerate dairy very well, which was the only bad part. Studies indicate that vegetarians tend to live a little longer than us meat lovers. Go figure.

Atkins

The Atkins diet is just the opposite. Basically you get to eat as much fat and cholesterol as you want, but no carbs. The concept behind this is that when you eat nothing but fats and protein your body goes into “keotosis”. Ketosis basically reverses the concept of fat burning. Basically it makes your body burn fat for energy instead of carbs. That’s why you can eat as much fat as you want when your on this diet. This is one of my favorite diets and the easiest for me to follow since i am a big meat eater. The only caveat is the no carbs rule. What i notice when i try it is that i feel great the first few weeks and then i start getting carb cravings real bad. I think if you are going to try this diet it is best to maybe eat a little carbs every now and then. This will help a lot with the cravings.

Weight Watchers

This diet follows standard diet rules but has the added benefit of a support network of other dieters to help cheer you on. This diet is great when you are just starting out because it is so hard to stay on track at first. When you develop your own routine, this diet loses some of its usefulness. I still have many friends that I have made in the weight watchers program. The long term friendships you make in this program are probably one of its greatest benefits.

Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean diet is all about plant oils, nuts, beans, yogurt, fish, chicken, and seeds with a healthy dose of vegetables thrown in for good measure. Oh yeah, and you also get to drink red wine. I am not a wine drinker, but this may be great for some people. As for effect, I have used this diet to great success. It is a diet that focuses on balance, which is great. You don’t have to worry about eating too much of the same foods and getting bored. One day you can eat yogurt and cheese, the next fish, the next chicken etc. This diet is an easy one to stay on long term provided you watch your calorie intake.

Until Next Time

Well that’s all for today, just a quick post. I hope to make this into a series since there are so many diets that i have experience with.