Hey Angels and Alphas,
When it comes to finding new ways to boost your metabolism, pretty much every grocery or drug store can come up with plenty of weight-loss supplements that make exceptional claims but deliver zero results… that’s why there is a far better place you can redirect your shopping cart, the produce section.
When you focus on whole foods such as fruits and veggies, foods that can actually provide the types of micronutrients, vitamins, and minerals that your body needs to facilitate weight loss (with the added benefits of getting antioxidants and satiating fiber,) that’s when you’ll see real results.
When deciding what nutrients you should be investing more time and effort in, and making them a bigger part of your diet, here are some of the most effective recommendations for weight loss…
These metabolism-boosting micronutrients have the potential to be your secret weapon in your journey to weight loss:
Every single mineral plays an integral role in your body… but magnesium is the unmatched overachiever of the micronutrient world. Not only does extra magnesium help you get better muscle recovery, improved heart health, higher bone density, and optimized kidney function, but it’s also linked to proper sleep and better digestion.
And when it comes to weight loss… a study in Nutrition basically reported that higher magnesium levels will help your body control the insulin and glucose blood levels… which can reduce bloating and water retention and help you lose weight.
This process ultimately improves the functioning of your metabolism because when insulin and glucose are not managed and controlled, the results are always more fat storage.
If you’re looking for healthy and delicious options that are rich in magnesium, you should go for nuts, whole grains, lentils, quinoa, and dark chocolate. When thinking about weight loss, you can try avocados and fish such as salmon – both are rich in magnesium and have a high healthy fat content. Not to mention, they’ll help you stay fuller for longer. You’ll get both the benefit of magnesium and all the healthy fat that comes inside them.
Choline is a part of the vitamin B family, and its main purpose in the body is to help use fats more efficiently by essentially breaking them down into smaller pieces so they can be easily burned for energy.
When it comes to this nutrient, eggs are a top pick. Another one is mangoes!
Even though people who are trying to lose weight usually shy away from mangoes because of their high sugar contents, they’re such a great source of choline (despite being a high-carb fruit.)
Not only are they absolutely delicious, but they also help your metabolism function more optimally. Furthermore, choline is vital to the functioning of the central nervous system… so it’s definitely one nutrient you want to make sure you get enough of.
Vitamin D has been in the spotlight for a variety of reasons in today’s day and age, mostly for its (very well-deserved) reputation to boost immune system function. Not to mention, substantial amounts of research point to the fact that low levels of vitamin D in the body can lead to very bad outcomes with the novel coronavirus.
Before it was touted as the best antiviral treatment out there by virtually everyone, vitamin D was showcased for its other documented health benefits… and its role in weight loss.
This is because several studies have found correlations between lower vitamin D levels and higher body fat percentages.
One study looked at 218 overweight women who, over a period of one year, had to control their calories and train in a gym – half of them took vitamin D, and the other didn’t. The group that did ended up experiencing more weight loss than the group that wasn’t supplementing with the vitamin.
If you’re looking to get more vitamin D in your day… here’s another occasion to have salmon! (Like we mentioned above.) Salmon is super high in vitamin D. And if you’re not a fan of fish, you can also find abundances of vitamin D in fortified milk and egg yolks.
And of course, don’t forget sunshine. Catching your daily dose of sunlight is the single best way to boost your vitamin D levels… and it only takes about 10-20 minutes of sun a day to get your vitamin D levels high enough to reap all the health and performance benefits it has.