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Sunday, June 7, 2009

Do Vitamins Help You Lose Weight?

Everyone knows vitamins are good for you, but do vitamins help you lose weight? The answer is yes, some of them can help you lose weight. Vitamins also help take away that haggard wore out look people get when they're on a diet or not eating properly. The bad news is that in our fast paced, fast food society it's pretty easy to get that look. How many times have you looked in the mirror and saw a tired, wore out face starring back at you?

The good news is there's something you can do about it. Vitamins can make a huge difference in your overall health and appearance, if you know which ones to take. Of course, you get vitamins naturally in your food, but these days the over processed food we eat usually isn't up to par. Therefore, most people opt to take a multivitamin at least.

However, if you're overweight on top of being tired and stressed out, you need extra help. Keep in mind that vitamins can't do their job properly if you aren't making an effort to eat a somewhat balanced diet and do some form of exercise, whether it's a sport, a workout at home or fitness routine in a Health Club.

As you know, if you do nothing you'll get nothing you can't expect vitamins to do it all. When you have the right type and amount of vitamins your body's weight related functions such as appetite, metabolism and calorie burning can operate more efficiently this is how they help you lose weight. It's not one specific vitamin, but a combination of them working together.

The core vitamins that help you lose weight are: vitamin C, several of the B complex vitamins such as B2, B3, B5 and B6. There are a couple of minerals worthy of mention that are part of the B complex vitamins, and they are: Choline (also good for the brain) and Inositol (helps lower cholesterol), both assist with fat metabolism.

Vitamin E is another great vitamin to add to the list for it helps prevent aging and keeps skin healthy. It's also good for the heart and circulation. Moreover, it's one of the most widely taken supplements on the market. However, before you buy any vitamin or supplement you should do research to find the recommended dosage for your gender and age.

Now, when someone asks you, "Do vitamins help you lose weight?" You'll know what to tell them.


OK after reading this, I am proud of myself for picking up a wide variety of vitamins to add to my anti-epileptic/fiber/allergy meds routine. I am taking daily: vitamin C, vitamin D-3, vitamin B-12, vitamin B-6, vitamin E, vitamin D, plus calcium.

I have written a shopping list of what to buy next: B-2, B-3, B-5, Choline, and Inositol.

Does anyone know any other vitamins that can help with metabolism, weight loss, and energy?

This is because....

I never posted about how cute my new haircut is.
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Weight Loss...

It has been a little frustrating that I am not making my goals for weight loss. I know, though, that I could be working harder... I had a lot of personal "stuff" going on that I'd rather not blog about, but it's mostly over now and I think I will be in a better place this week to center myself and get a workout routine going.

I feel like I am in a little bit of a slump. What do we do when we're in a slump? We reflect on our accomplishments. I would like to show you a chart of my weight loss over the last year. After seeing this, I feel a little less like a failure and a little more like saying "OH HELL YEAH".

Sunday Weigh-In

Weigh-in = 264.4
DOWN 1.6 pound since last week.
Down 67.6 since I started my weight-loss journey.

This week I seem to have lost an inch from my waist and an inch-plus from my hips. I refuse to celebrate that until I get the same measurements a second week!

For the second week in a row, I am not on track to make my goal of 249lbs by 7/25. I want my goals to be realistic, so I am going to alter my goal just a tiny bit. 255lbs by 7/19. A little less weight to lose, but a slightly closer goal date. That's actually a better date for me, anyway. The date I had chosen is a date I will be traveling on and unable to weigh-in on!

#1 Continue with the water goal. -- Unachieved
#2 Continue with the new calorie goal. -- Achieved except one day where I went over. I didn't go over by much.
#3 Get at least one good workout in. -- Shamefully unachieved
#4 Eat a fruit and a vegetable every day. -- Unachieved

#1 Water and vitamins.
#2 Keep up with my calorie goal, allowing for a "spike" day every three days. Try to follow spike days with a lower-calorie day. No spike days if there was a cheat within the day or two before. This is to keep my metabolism guessing.
#3 Use the Wii Fit at least twice.