When beginning a weight loss journey, it only makes sense to set yourself up for success. This means goals, motivation, an exercise plan, a food plan and proper nutritional support. While, unfortunately, there are no magic pills that will lose the weight for you, there certainly are vitamins for weight loss – nutrients which are helpful to balance blood sugar to prevent food cravings and also to support energy and proper fat metabolism.
1. Stabilize blood sugar and insulin balance:
Sugar cravings are the curse of many dieters. To help cut those calories, increasing nutrients like chromium, cinnamon, gymnema sylvestre, fenugreek, bitter melon, berberine, alpha lipoic acid, and calcium can help quiet your sweet tooth and restore insulin balance. Fiber is valuable — but I would advocate that this should come more from foods than from a supplement.
2. Boost your energy
Having more energy makes you feel better and can help you find the time and motivation to exercise. These nutrients can play a role in increasing your energy throughout the day:
- B vitamins, especially niacin, riboflavin, B6, B12, folic acid
- vitamin C
- vitamin D
- Green Tea extract/ECGC
3. Burn fat better
To support healthy fat metabolism, make sure you’re getting:
- pantothenic acid
- omega 3 fatty acids
- plant sterols
- vitamin D
- vitamin E
4. Bonus: Steer clear of untested supplements
If you are looking to lose weight, make sure that your current diet and supplement program features good sources of the vitamins and nutrients mentioned above. There are products marketed specifically as vitamins for weight loss, such as: raspberry ketone, yohimbe, diuretics, 7-keto, caffiene, coleus, many “proprietory blends” etc. These often are new and have little research to support their use (or their expense). Ultimately, they may be helpful, but it is just as likely that they are ineffective (and perhaps even harmful) and thus, I cannot specifically endorse their use.
With the right vitamins for weight loss integrated into your broader program, reaching your weight loss goals is possible.
Reference: Fidanza A, Audisio M. “Vitamins and lipid metabolism.” Acta Vitaminol Enzymol.