Many dieters trying to shed unwanted weight usually hope and pray to find a “magic bullet”, a wonder pill that will aid them in their journey. Unfortunately, to date, there isn’t a stand-alone single pill solution that has stood the test of time.
While there isn’t a single magical pill, there are supplements available that can dramatically change your diet outcome. Using the synergy from multiple products, may not be an elegant solution but the results are hard to argue with.
If you’re only going to add one supplement to your cabinet while dieting it should always be fiber. It’s such a simple solution to many problems, but doesn’t get as much media love as it deserves.
Fiber isn’t a sexy supplement because it doesn’t directly burn fat. It won’t raise your heart rate, or burn calories for you. What it will do, however, is help suppress your appetite and reduce the amount of calories you want to eat.
You’ll feel full longer, and crave smaller meals. You can either increase the amount of natural fiber from the food you eat, or add fiber to your meal plan through supplementation.
Just remember to drink lots of water if using fiber pills.
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Protein powder can serve as two distinct functions while dieting. You can use it to help aid muscle recovery after a workout or use it as a meal replacement.
If you could just replace one meal per day, with a high protein low carb smoothie you’d likely reach your calorie restriction goals without any other dramatic changes to your eating habits.
It’s important to note, there are good protein drinks and there are bad protein drinks. You’ll want to choose a powder that strikes a well balance between taste and low carb and low sugar content.
Sugar will make the powder taste really good, but negates the benefits of using the powder in the first place.
Most don’t think they need it, and pass it off as just another marketing gimmick. If you’ve got an extra $20 in your budget, the money will be well spent on a good pre-workout drink.
It can be difficult to maintain discipline, and drag yourself to the gym especially at the end of a long day. On those days, all you have to do is “drink the drink”. Just get that energy drink in your system and you’ll be bouncing off the walls ready to do stuff.
I’ve also noticed a more vigorous and rewarding workout when using pre-workouts compared to when I run out.
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Caffeine does more than just perk you up in the morning. Studies have shown up to a 15% increase in metabolism while taking caffeine supplements. If you aren’t a coffee or tea drinker you should definitely start adding caffeine pills to your daily routine.
Diet Tip: Try drinking black coffee, no sugar, first thing in the morning every once in awhile. The taste takes a bit of getting used to but it can absolutely kill your appetite for several hours.
Creatine (Muscle Recovery)
Creatine is more about muscle recovery and developing new muscle tissue, which puts it at the bottom of the recommended list but it does have value to dieters. If you’re planning to exercise often, you’re going to be sore. The more sore you become the more likely you are to skip your next workout.
That’s where creatine pays dividends. It will help you recover faster, reduce the soreness and help build lean muscle tissue which is a good thing. The more lean muscle tissue you have the more calories your metabolism burns.
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