Polysaccharides and Weight Loss
When attempting to lose weight you must take into account three factors, and they are as follows.
Quite simply, if you do not eat correctly, you can take all weight loss supplements you want, but you will not maximize your weight loss efforts. For starters, cut out 500 calories of your daily diet. Over the course of a week, that equals exactly a one pound weight loss. Low carbohydrate diets are extremely popular right now, and for good reason -they work. The downside is they are very difficult to follow, and only the most strict of dieters can manage to follow it successfully. What I suggest is a more practical approach, yet still very effective. Attempt to eat the large majority of your carbohydrates in the morning and early afternoon. This will give your body the energy it needs to sustain you through the rest of the day. The reason you want minimize your carbohydrate consumption in the evening is you will build up all that energy, and you will not put it to use. You will go to to sleep with all this stored up energy (carbohydrates) and it will not be put to use. What this means is that those carbohydrates (essentially sugar) will be converted to fat - not what you desire, obviously. When choosing your carbohydrates, be sure they are complex carbohydrates - not simple. Examples of complex carbohydrates are fruits, whole wheat bread & vegetables. Things like soda, candy, & cookies are simple carbohydrates. The difference is complex carbohydrates will fuel you for a longer, more sustainable length of time. Simple carbohydrates will give you a sudden burst of energy that lasts only for a very short time. You will quickly feel tired and out of energy. Keep your protein intake high, and your fat intake moderate. A great protein powder to take before bed is 100% Soy Protein. This protein is ideal for those wanting to lose weight. Break your meals into five small meals a day. Each meal should contain one good protein, one complex carb and as many veggies as you can eat. If you view life this way, you will eat 35 times a week. Focus on making 30 of those meals good and healthy and allow yourself the freedom to cheat a little on the other 5 meals.
I think it goes without saying, but I will say it anyways - you must exercise! I suggest walking or running, and/or resistance training. Try and fit in some sort of exercise 4 times a week when on a weight loss program. One suggestion I might make is interval training. Running steadily is often to difficult for a lot of folks, yet continuous walking does not provide a challenge great enough to feel like you've really put in a good workout. This is when I instruct people to incorporate interval training, which is simply walking and running in the same exercise session. The way I suggest starting is using a walking to running ratio of 3:1. Walk for 60 seconds, then run for 20 seconds. Doing 15 of these cycles will give you 20 minutes of fairly intense exercise which will allow you to work up a good sweat.
I am often asked what type of supplements should I take to help me lose weight. A good multi-vitamin is essential. Our Real Food multi-vitamin is a great start. You can also add Protein Shakes and Meal Replacement bars to your regime because they provide quick/easy meals when you are on the go.
If you want to continue your weight loss program you should consider adding Polysaccharides to your wellness program. They will help curb your appetite and provide your body the raw fuel it needs to recover from working out. Polysaccharides are just one piece of the puzzle; but should be included in any wellness regime.