Another reason the pounds might be clinging to your hips instead of leaving as directed?  Maybe you are missing something.  In your food, that is.

I just heard a lecture by Dr. Gil Kaats, a presenter for Proevity, a company which supplies continuing education on nutrition to doctors and other healthcare practitioners  (to keep up my Weight Loss Advisor certification). He talked at length about the important of vitamin D3 for weight loss.  “Five years ago I would have said there was no ‘magic bullet’ pill for weight loss,” he said in the lecture. “Now I’m not so sure that’s true. If there is a magic bullet, it would be vitamin D3.”

He told of several studies that showed the connection between D3 and loss of belly fat.

Other “missing” ingredients?  Our forefathers used to get lots of plant sterols from the fresh-picked foods from their gardens.  Now, not many of us can go out and gather food for dinner like they did. Because of depleted soil and hybridized plants with fewer nutrients, those of us who can pick from our gardens don’t get the same benefits.   Plant sterols support the endocrine system, which directly affects how your body metabolizes fat.

Omega 3 has also been shown to affect weight loss.

All three of these supplements directly affect your thyroid function, which is a major factor in weight control. Lots more  can be said about vitamins and other supplements and I’ll keep you posted on new studies as I hear of them.  For now, though, we are just presenting this as a reason your weight loss might have slowed to a stop.

What can you do?  Do your best to eat healthy, low glycemic foods and check into supplements.  Be aware, though, that all supplements are not created equal!  Some have the ingredients they boast of on their labels, but they are from sources that your body doesn’t recognize and can’t absorb and use.  Most vitamins on the shelves are synthetic and are made from petroleum byproducts and/or coal tar.  No wonder a study on vitamin supplements showed that they were basically unusable by the body.  They used synthetic vitamins in the study!

The best plan is to research the supplement supplier and find a reputable company.  A quick way to tell? Sad to say, but the cheaper they are, the less likely they are to be standardized and made of quality materials.  Good ones are expensive, but you are worth the investment!

Eating to live and living for Christ,
Susan Jordan Brown

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