In Part 1, I talked about the negative effects of weight-loss without the correct nutritional supplementation.
In this post, I will be talking about my top 3 supplements that help to offset these effects to give us the best results possible.
#1 BCAA’s (Branched Chain Amino Acids)
So by now, surely you must’ve heard about the muscle loss that commonly accompanies weight loss, which can lead to skinny-fat syndrome, especially with people who chronically yo-yo diet. Muscle loss causes; a sluggish metabolism, more wobbly bits (as your muscle tone decreases), and lessened strength which will mean you can’t train like a boss and your overall fitness may not improve.
The role of BCAA is to minimise muscle wastage by providing readily absorbed amino acids (which are the building blocks of your muscles) during your workout so that a) your body is less likely to break down your muscle tissue for energy, and b) it helps to repair and rebuild muscle immediately after a workout.
Click here if you wish to find out a bit more about BCAA’s.
#2 Whey Protein Isolate
So it’s important to meet your daily protein requirements, and sometimes this can be a little difficult in certain situations, such as those with a busy lifestyle, and at certain times of the day. supplementing WPI can help you get enough protein into your diet, and is great for mixing up in shakes, and adding it into recipes without adding flavour. Check out this yummy breakfast recipe!
#3 L- GlutamineGlutamine is the most abundant non-essential amino acid in the human body, and is vital for normal immune and gut function. In normal conditions, our bodies produce enough on it’s own, but when our bodies are put under stress – whether it be emotional or physical – a hormone called cortisol is released (click here to read more about the effects of cortisol), which can have negative effects on our bodies. Excess cortisol depletes our supply of Glutamine which could be why you frequently get sick just when you feel like you are exercising consistently. I know when I get sick, my exercise routine takes a back seat, and I feel like I’m back to square one.
So if you; regularly workout at a high intensity, are restricitng calories/carbs, not sleeping enough, and drinking too much caffeine, it is more than likely that you would benefit from taking L-Glutamine
So there you have it! My top 3 supplements for weight-loss (and better health, improved performance, and muscle growth for that matter)
Kim is a Personal Trainer at NAFC whose areas of expertise & interest include; strength training, (with an emphasis on the lower body and Glutes), core, Kettlebell, running, & triathlon training.