With summer right around the corner, many of us are thinking about warmer weather, getting outside and enjoying backyard BBQs, water sports, and fireworks. We often associate summer with getting in shape and working on our fitness and health.
However, looking good for summer might not be the only motivation we need to get in shape. The CDC reports that 71.6% of adults over the age of 20 are considered overweight (2), there are a lot of reasons to avoid carrying excess weight any time of year. Carrying excess weight can increase your risk for a number of health conditions like (3) :
- Type 2 diabetes
- High blood pressure
- Heart Disease
- Fatty Liver Disease
- Certain types of cancer
- Increased complications during pregnancy such as high blood pressure and increased risk for a c-section delivery.
We all know by now that following a diet of primarily whole foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, nuts, and dairy products can help support a healthy weight, but a study by the National Center for Health Statistics found that at least 31% of adults consumed fast food on a daily basis (4) Incorporating physical activity most days can also help support a healthy weight, the Office for Disease Prevention and Health Promotion recommends adults get at LEAST 150 minutes per week of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity. (1) Prioritizing sleep, drinking lots of water, and managing stress can all help keep the extra pounds off as well.
What if you’re already doing all these things and still need a bit of extra help? There are a couple of supplements that can help give you that little push. Let’s take a look.
Appetite Support – Our Appetite Support supplement contains proprietary ingredients that have been shown to help lower cravings for sugary foods as well as decrease carbohydrate absorption. If your diet is already pretty solid but you just need a bit of help resisting those donuts in the conference room, this supplement might be able to take your progress to the next level.
Blood Sugar Balance – When the blood sugar spikes as a result of a high carbohydrate or sugary meal, the body wants to balance this as quickly as possible and to get extra glucose out of the blood, excess sugar gets stored as fat. The benfotiamine and alpha lipoic acid in this blend can work together to help balance and support normal glucose metabolism to help support a healthy weight.
Chromium Picolinate – Chromium can help assist with cravings as well as balancing blood sugar. A study found that those who supplemented with chromium were able to reduce food intake, saw a decrease in hunger, and decreased body weight.
Ashwagandha – When the body experiences stress, it releases cortisol, which in the short term can be a good thing. When we experience chronic stress, chronically elevated cortisol can lead to health issues including weight gain. Our Sensoril® Ashwagandha contains the highest levels of bioactive on the market and has been shown to help reduce cortisol levels by up to 30%. To learn more about stress and ashwagandha, check out our post on stress.
Whether you’re already working on prioritizing your weight and health or looking for a little extra push, Persona can help you achieve your goals. If you want a quick option, check out our Healthy Weight Prepack or take our questionnaire here to get your personalized recommendations.
- Executive Summary: Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition. Physical Activity Guidelines. https://health.gov/paguidelines/second-edition/pdf/PAG_ExecutiveSummary.pdf.
- FastStats – Overweight Prevalence. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/obesity-overweight.htm. Accessed May 7, 2019.
- Health Risks of Being Overweight. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/weight-management/health-risks-overweight. Published February 1, 2015. Accessed May 7, 2019.
- National Center for Health Statistics. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/databriefs/db322.htm. Published October 30, 2018. Accessed May 7, 2019.
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