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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Clean Eat Education :: Weight Loss Supplements

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We get emails everyday from our readers asking questions about supplements so here is Part 2 of our Supplement series (you can also view our post on Basic Supplements & Sport & Energy Supplements).  Before I begin, I want to clear up one thing before I introduce you to our favorite weight loss/weight management supplements.  There is no magic pill for weight loss!  You have to eat clean and exercise!  However, we do use certain supplements to help reach our goals and fill in any gaps that we may have in our diet.

The supplements that we like are high quality and are nutrients like fatty acids, vitamins, minerals as well as herbs that your body needs to prevent the storage of excess fat...these nutrients can be consumed via a healthy diet, but it's difficult to do so with the ever decreasing amount of nutrients in today's food supply and the prominence of convenience foods (see our Basic Supplements post).

So, here are some of our favorite types of supplements to help you get your weight under control:
  1. Digestive Support Supplements
  2. Hormone Support Supplements
  3. Nutrient Boosting Supplements
  4. Meal Replacement Supplements
Please note that if you are interested in ordering any of these products, you can contact us at whitneycarlsonfitness@gmail.com for more details.  By contacting us directly, we can offer you special DISCOUNTS and PROMOTIONS that are available to our readers.  We can also answer any questions that you may have regarding these products and other supplements. If you purchase using the links provided it will ask "were you referred by a friend", please enter whitneycarlsonfitness@gmail.com.

1. Digestive Support Supplements:

One of the key areas of effective weight loss/control is proper digestion.  Without a healthy digestive tract, your body's metabolism becomes very weak as the intestinal flora is disrupted and your digestive tract tries to keep up with inflammatory stress.  This causes a hormonal imbalance that forces your body to hold on to everything you eat.  The good news is, this can be fixed by exercising and following a healthy and balanced diet (lean proteins, low glycemic index carbs, TONS of veggies, and fiber-packed fruits).  The bad news is that this takes quite a bit of time, but this is where supplements come into play.  Here are some of my favorite digestive support supplements:

Digestive Health Kit

This kit comes with digestive enzymes, probiotics, and aloe juice.  

Isotonix Digestive Enzymes
Digestive enzymes will assist in the breakdown, absorption, and utilization of food.  Overweight individuals and those with metabolic disorders may be unable to produce the necessary digestive enzymes to properly absorb the nutrients that are vital to a healthy mind and body.  Those on prescription medications or individuals addicted to diet sodas are also at a very high risk as those products can essentially halt enzyme production in the body.  The digestive enzymes in this kit are in isotonic form, so this ensures they are completely absorbed and utilized by your digestive tract.

NutriClean Probiotics

Probiotics are used to balance the bacterial content within the digestive tract...so, they basically ensure your body is equipped with the good bacteria needed to promote regular bowel movements, relieve bloating and constipation, support a healthy immune system, and combat inflammation which will set you up for success when trying to lose weight.  The probiotics in this kit offer 10 billion CFUs from 10 different bacterial strains using patented technologies to help keep the products viable.  

Ultimate Aloe
Aloe juice is another great supplement to help improve digestion and metabolism.  Aloe is loaded with micronutrients that are vital to improving metabolism and this product will enhance the effects of the enzymes and probiotics.  Aloe is also very effective at detoxification of the liver and digestive tract...this will help the body fight disease by boosting your immune system.  This is also a great natural laxative...constipation can have a very negative impact on digestive health and metabolism.



You can buy each product separately by clicking the respective images above, but these three products all complement each other and purchasing the kit will save you 24%.

NutriClean 7 Day Cleanse

I'll be honest...a detox/cleanse is not for everyone.  If you're already in pretty good shape and you've been eating clean, whole foods for quite some time, this product won't help you too much.  

If you've been eating the very unhealthy foods of the standard American diet and you are overweight, this product will be a great way to jump start your weight loss journey and get your digestive system cleansed and renewed.  The diet you've followed for years has thrown your digestive system out of whack, so a cleanse is necessary to make sure the cleaner lifestyle you're ready to follow is producing the results you desire.

Think of it as an oil change with a new air filter plus a fuel system and exhaust cleaning.  This 3-step process will safely detoxify, cleanse, and purify the GI tract and liver/hepatic system.  The diet for the cleanse is just fruits and vegetables with limited protein, so if you want the optimal results from the cleanse then you must be very strict about your diet.  As the body detoxifies, you may feel the effects after a couple days with light nausea and headaches.

There is also a TLS Detox Kit available that comes with CORE (details below), Multivitamin, NutriClean® 7-Day Cleansing System, and Isotonix OPC-3®.


TLS Detox Kit
2. Hormone Support Supplements:

Another negative side effect of the high glycemic index/load, refined starch, and manufactured food diet most Americans have followed for years is a HUGE hormonal imbalance that makes it almost impossible to lose weight.  Ever wonder why every time you go on a diet you lose weight quickly, but you plateau at a certain point, give up and regain all the weight you lost?  It's because you never took the necessary steps to balance your hormones.  I don't want to get too technical, but there are two specific hormones that either decrease hunger (leptin) or increase hunger (ghrelin).  The more fat you have on your body, the greater the leptin production you have and eventually you become leptin resistant.  Thus, you are always hungry and this causes the leptin resistance to spiral out of control (this is especially true for women whereas men are typically insulin resistant when they are overweight).  

Clean eating and exercise will eventually normalize the hormonal imbalance in your body.


TLS CORE Fat & Carb Inhibitor
TLS® CORE is an excellent product to help correct leptin resistance to assist you in managing hunger and it will also increase fat burning within your body (lipolysis).  It helps manage hunger by promoting appetite suppression...one study using a key ingredient in CORE (LeptiCore) showed significant reductions in body weight, triglycerides, blood glucose, and C-reactive proteins (marker for high inflammation) as well as increased serotonin levels (read the study here).  CORE will also inhibit the storage of carbohydrates and fat in the body which will promote normal insulin activity (another hormone involved in fat storage).


Our world today is different than the one our early ancestors faced thousands of years ago.  Our bodies have developed certain systems of dealing with the stresses faced by our ancestors and those systems are on constant overload these days with all of our responsibilities, distractions, and commitments we face.  We have stressful morning and evening commutes, jobs, family events, social functions, bills, debts, and, what's worse, we're always connected because everyone has a smart phone or mobile device that forces them to constantly be "on alert" when someone calls, texts, or emails them.  We weren't designed for this and we definitely weren't designed for the modern diet most of us follow...we are so far removed from what our body thinks we should be doing that it doesn't know how to cope with all of these stresses, distractions, and manufactured foods.  It's no wonder that America is facing an obesity epidemic and it's only getting worse.

I could do an entire post dedicated to stress and the impact it has on our hormones, but I'll save that for a later date.  The good news is that there is a product on the market that can help your body deal with these stresses and support healthy adrenal gland and thyroid function along with improved cortisol levels.

TLS ACTS Adrenal, Cortisol, Thyroid and Stress Support Formula
These areas are important to weight loss because they impact how much energy we have, how well we metabolize the foods we eat and how are body uses what we put into our bodies.  Individuals with adrenal fatigue are constantly tired and typically crave high-fat sweets (cake, brownies, etc.) and salty foods (pretzels, potato chips, french fries, etc.).  Adrenal stress was less frequent and inconsistent in our early days...now it's constant and it's suppressing our thyroid function and causing us to store fat (especially in our abdominal region).  As I said above, ACTS will help your body adapt to stress, improve adrenal and thyroid function, and promote healthy cortisol (stress hormone) levels which may help minimize the impacts of stress like weight gain, constant cravings, inadequate sleep, etc.

This product doesn't simply cover up the true reasons for weight gain like other products on the market, it will attack the root of the problem which is your body's ability to adapt to and handle stress.

3. Nutrient Boosting Supplements:

There are some great supplements on the market to help you get the proper nutrients you need which I covered in my Basic Supplements post, so you may want to check out those products as well.  

TLS Tonalin CLA
Another great supplement to help you get the right "fat-burning" nutrients you need is the TLS® Tonalin® CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid).  CLA is a fatty acid that is naturally-occurring in meat and dairy sources, but is found in much lower quantities with modern day agricultural practices.  CLA has been found to reduce body fat by utilizing it as an energy source and another research study done in 2012 found CLA to have a significant improvement in the Chron's disease activity index in patients supplement with 6 grams per day of CLA.  CLA can also preserve muscle tissue to help you improve your overall body composition.

4. Meal Replacement Supplements:

Clean meal replacement supplements like Quest Bars are a great item to keep handy at all times to prevent you from succumbing to the physique-killing visit to your local fast food joint when you're short on time and don't have any prepped food.  Quest Bars are loaded with clean whey protein (just over 20 grams) as well nearly half of your targeted intake of dietary fiber.  
Quest Protein Bars

Keep these bars along with a snack bag of almonds around and you won't have to feel worry about feeling guilty for eating that 10 PM cheeseburger and fries on your way home from a late night at the office.  We love almost every flavor, but our favorites are the Lemon Cream Pie and Cinnamon Roll.  Plus, if you buy the pack of 12 they work out to about $2.50 per bar...that's cheaper than the greasy cheeseburger and fries!



Protein shakes are another great meal replacement for when you are crunched for time or you run out of your clean food (because lets be honest, it happens!).  You can check out our Clean Protein Powder post and also our Basic Supplements post for more information.  We also have great protein shake recipes on the blog!

Please note that if you are interested in ordering any of these products, you can contact us at whitneycarlsonfitness@gmail.com for more details.  By contacting us directly, we can offer you special DISCOUNTS and PROMOTIONS that are available to our readers.  We can also answer any questions that you may have regarding these products and other supplements. If you purchase using the links provided it will ask "were you referred by a friend", please enter whitneycarlsonfitness@gmail.com.

Also, check out our Basic Supplements Post & Sport & Energy Supplements Post for more information!

Good luck on your weight loss journey!  As always, we're here to help!

- Scott

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product(s) is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

** As always, check with your doctor or healthcare professional prior to taking on a supplement regimen or testing products to treat medical conditions.  We are not health care professionals - this is for informational purposes only and does not override professional medical advice.

7 comments:

  1. I posted on facebook but figured I'd also ask you directly...any thoughts on the Xyngular product line (or any knowledge for that matter?)? I'm always skeptical when it comes to supplements and would love to hear what y'all have to say. Thanks so much and I just added you to my favorite blogs on my own blog. Keep inspiring people to be healthy :)
    Ashley
    maybeahippie.blogspot.com

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  2. Isn't it common for bloggers to say whether they are compensated (by money or free products) to recommend certain products? Are you guys compensated in any way by these companies?

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    1. McKay, this is not a sponsored post. If you follow our blog, you will notice that if we do a sponsored post we state that. Most times when bloggers post links to stores like Amazon, etc they get a very small percentage of the sale but it does not cost the consumer anymore. We would never recommend something we do not believe in ourselves. We spend too much time on the blog for that and we respect for our followers.

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  5. Great article-thank you for sharing such valid info with all of us! My question for you is about the TLS Core,ACTS & Tonalin products. Do they offer all three in some sort of a package deal? I looked on the website but with no luck. Are you aware of any package deals for those 3 supplements?
    Thank you guys!
    Mandy

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    1. Hi Mandy! Email me at whitneycarlsonfitness@gmail.com and I will look for you!

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