Losing weight can be a tough hurdle to overcome. There is so much information out there about how to lose weight, some of which is not based on science, so it is always best to bear that in mind.
If you want to lose weight safely, there are several ways that you can do that, including adopting healthy eating habits and using natural supplements. Remember, it is not always easy and long-term success requires perseverance, but also remember that sometimes the simplest ways are the best.
Holland & Barrett has a selection of natural products that can assist you on your weight loss journey, but there are some things you can do to help kick-start your way to losing those inches. One of these is making sure you get enough sleep, because studies have shown that well-rested people burn more calories while asleep than those who are tired. Taking Holland & Barrett Calcium Magnesium & Zinc Caplets may help with muscle relaxation at bedtime.
Your diet is obviously important and including certain ‘good fats’ as part of your reduced-calorie eating plan is essential, and the bonus is that they can help you feel more satisfied. For example, coconut oil contains fatty acids called medium-chain triglycerides, which the body metabolises much faster than the long-chain triglycerides contained in other fats. Perfectly Pure Extra Virgin Pure Coconut Oil can be used in roasting, frying or just add a few teaspoons to a salad, but remember that coconut oil is high in calories so always use in moderation.
Protein is often talked about as being the king of nutrients. Don’t think that protein is just for bodybuilders though. When your body is burning calories, adding protein to your diet can help maintain muscle mass while leaving you feeling fuller for longer and helping to reduce your appetite. Diet Whey is a high protein, low sugar, diet and slimming formula for weight control that comes in several different flavours. It is easy to include in your diet. Just add 1 or 2 scoops to 350ml of ice-cold water and shake for 10 seconds for that high-protein kick-start to your metabolism.
Green tea has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine to treat various health conditions and studies have suggested that it can help you to lose weight. It’s packed full of nutrients and antioxidants that can boost your immune system and the flavonoids and caffeine in green tea can help elevate metabolic rate, increase fat oxidation and even improve insulin activity. Try Pukka Organic Supreme Matcha Green Tea or Bloom’s Absolute Matcha (100% organic Japanese Matcha*) green tea powder to supplement your weight loss plan – just 2 to 3 cups a day can make a difference.
Have you heard about Glucomannan? It is a natural, water-soluble dietary fibre extracted from the roots of the elephant yam, also known as konjac. Approved by the European Food Standards Agency (EFSA), glucomannan expands in the stomach and makes you feel full so you’re less likely to graze throughout the day. SlimBiome® Original contains glucomannan and chromium to help your body metabolise macronutrients, maintain normal blood glucose levels and support overall weight management. It’s also said to reduce fat absorption from the stomach and small intestines. It can stave off hunger pangs and help you reach your ideal weight quicker when taken as part of a calorie-controlled diet.
Our gut health is key to our overall health, and some information suggests that poor gut health has links to obesity. Your gut contains millions of bacteria, and it is the ‘friendly bacteria’ that helps to ensure our digestive system is working properly. Studies suggest there is a crucial link between taking bacterial cultures such as acidophilus – a type of ‘friendly’ bacteria that lives in the gut, mouth and vagina – and weight loss, with factors including how much fat is absorbed from food, not to mention indirect effects such as regulating mood and energy levels, so you’re less likely to stress eat or binge due to a sugar crash. You can boost your friendly bacteria by eating fermented veg such as sauerkraut and kimchi, fermented dairy such as kefir and yoghurt, or taking one to two acidophilus capsules each day. Try Holland & Barrett‘s Gut Powered Ultimate 50-Billion Capsules which contains over 50 billion live friendly bacteria, including Lactobacillus Acidophilus, to boost your healthy gut.
Food supplements must not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, taking any medications or are under medical supervision, please consult a doctor or healthcare professional and always read the label before use.