1. Vitamin D. Study after study has shown that vitamin D helps the body respond to insulin. One of its jobs is to help glucose get into body cells, which burn glucose for energy. How well insulin pushes glucose into cells is called “insulin sensitivity.” The more sensitive your cells are to insulin, the better. The less sensitive they are to insulin, the more likely the calories you eat will end up in your fat cells.
A lack of vitamin D may also interfere with leptin, a hormone that signals your brain to stop eating. Your body doesn’t know when it’s full, so you continue to eat.
2. Calcium. Calcium is a mineral that works with D to help you shed fat. Calcium is stored in fat cells, and researchers think that the more calcium a fat cell has, the more fat that cell will release to be burned. Calcium also promotes weight loss by binding to fat in your GI tract, preventing some of it from getting absorbed into your bloodstream.
3. Protein. This isn’t a pill, but SO important! In addition to keeping hunger in check, eating protein at every meal helps to keep body composition–the amount of fat relative to muscle–in better proportion. Along with calcium and D, protein helps you to preserve muscle mass as you drop pounds. A recent study out of the University of Illinois found that women who consumed protein twice daily lost 3.9 percent more weight than women who consumed less of it on a diet. They not only lost more weight, they also got stronger as they did so, with their thigh muscles alone ending up with 5.8 percent more protein at the end of the diet than before.
4. Omega 3’s. They enable weight loss by switching on enzymes that trigger fat-burning in cells. They also help to boost mood, which may help reduce emotional eating. You can either eat foods that are igh in omega 3’s, or just take some pills. (I recommend taking them before bed. It’s no fun burping up fish)
5. Good fats. Good fats eat bad fats, Some good fats include nuts, avocado, olive oil. It also helps maintain steady blood sugar. This makes it so you don’t have spikes and drops. This really helps with sugar cravings!
6. Polyphenols. They are the antioxidants that give green tea its health-and metabolism-boosting punch. Research shows they boost resting metabolic rate by up to a whopping 17 percent, helping the body to burn more fat. One recent study done on rats found that EGCG, the polyphenol in green tea, blocked weight gain and prevented metabolic syndrome when rats were fed a high-fat diet.
7. Multi-vitamin. This is a good way to get your vitamin B’s, and everything else you need. Our food is lacking so many of the nutrients that we need, so we really need to be supplementing our diet every day!