Oh, the beginning of summer. You know what that means right?
It’s like a mini-New Years. Every gym is super packed, every diet book is flying off the shelves, and every supplement company is trying to push their latest “fat loss pill.”
Because losing weight and exercising is one of the top New Year’s resolutions…every year…and those goals still haven’t been met. Now it’s swimsuit time and it’s real now!
I absolutely love seeing people make the decision to make a positive change in their weight and their health and love seeing people adopt a new healthy eating and exercise plan.
Here’s what I don’t love.
I don’t love, or shall I say hate, diet pill companies that promote their “magic” potions and pills as the easiest and best way to lose weight and keep it off. I know hate is a strong word, but what upsets me the most is many of these companies take advantage of well-meaning people who want to make a positive difference in their health and sell them products that may not work or (even worse) do more harm than good by damaging their metabolism.
I am going to make a bold statement here and say that if a “diet” program requires you to purchase their pills and shakes to make the diet work, you should be very, very cautious (and probably look for a different program).
I can tell you with 100% certainty that all you need in order to successfully lose weight and keep it off is wholesome, natural food…and that’s it! Oh, and water, of course. But you don’t need any magic pills or shakes to drop the excess fat off your body and keep it off for good.
That is why I teach my clients and my readers exactly how to use REAL, delicious and wholesome foods in order to boost metabolism, feel energized, and lose tons of fat at the same time.
If you’re just getting to know me, you’ll quickly see that I am not a fan of pills and keep my supplement recommendations to an absolute minimum. Real food is always BEST.
But there are a few supplements (just a few) that I do take myself each day.
I would say that, by far, one of the most important supplements I take each and every day is a high quality Omega 3 supplement.
“Isabel, if you’re not a fan of pills, why is this one so important?”
Let’s put it this way….
If you have excess fat on your body you want to lose
If your joints ache in any way
If you feel fatigued during the day
If you have a family history of Diabetes or heart disease
You MUST take in a sufficient amount of Omega 3’s every single day.
Our bodies cannot survive or function properly if they don’t get enough essential fatty acids (EFAs) each day. Our bodies need EFAs but cannot make them on their own so we must get them from the foods we eat.
The two kinds of EFAs are Omega-3 and Omega-6.
Foods that are high in Omega-6 fats are grains; commercially raised meats; oils used in processed foods; and many commonly used cooking oils, including corn, safflower, and sunflower. Foods high in Omega-3 fats are leafy green vegetables, oily fish (like salmon and sardines), walnuts, organic eggs, and naturally raised meats.
Now, you tell me. After quickly reading the foods listed above, which ones do you think people are consuming the most?
Yes, Omega-6 foods, which drastically affects the ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 fats in the body. The ideal ratio of Omega-3:Omega-6 should be between 1:2 and 1:4 and since most people are eating so many processed foods, grains and unhealthy oils, the ratio has been calculated in some people as high as 1:50…Yikes…NOT good!
First, I highly recommend you make organic eggs, salmon and sardines, and walnuts a regular part of your healthy weight loss plan.
Second, I highly encourage you to supplement your eating plan with a high quality fish oil supplement.
One of my very favorite fish oil products is Vital Choice’s Sockeye Salmon Oil, not only for its quality and purity, but also for its antioxidant properties not present in many other fish oil products.
If you were going to take just one supplement each and every day, this is your best bet. Not only will it help your body naturally burn off unwanted fat, it will enhance your heart health, balance your blood sugar and minimize joint pain.