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Summertime: Healthy Weight Management

Sunglasses, tank tops, bikinis – oh my! Yes ladies and gents, we are in the midst of bikini season. Please don’t cry. While only you truly know what you've been hiding underneath all those layers that are keeping you from putting on that swimsuit, you’re not the only one who feels the crunch this time of year to get a fab body you are proud to show off.

 Although, you can safely lose only about 1 to 2 pounds of body fat a week, you can feel more confident and get into your swimsuit NOW for bikini season if you begin making these changes today for healthy weight management:

·       Eliminating added sugars

·       Watching overall caloric intake

·       Balancing fat and carbohydrate consumption

·       Increasing consumption of whole foods, such as lean meats, fruits, vegetables and whole grains

·       Adequate water intake

·       Regular exercise

·       Portion control

·       Eliminating processed foods

                                           

Along with proper diet and exercise, the weight management supplement categories below may aid in your journey to optimal health and feeling fabulous for summer!

 

Reducing Fat Production and Curbing Your Appetite:

 

Recent research has shown that supplementing the diet with whole food nutrients, like hydroxycitric acid (HCA) from the South Asian fruit known as Garcinia cambogia, may be important in successful weight management.  This super fruit extract is a natural, caffeine-free, non-stimulant to help support a healthy weight.  Garcinia has been used in Southeastern Asia for centuries as a condiment to make food more filling and satisfying.  Clinical studies show that Garcinia cambogia can aid in weight management when combined with proper diet and exercise by helping to:

·       Reduce body weight ♦ 

·       Maintain healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels that are already within normal range ♦ 

·       Increase circulating serotonin levels to curb appetite ♦ 

·       Inhibit lipogenesis, the biological pathway for converting dietary carbohydrates into fat (reducing fat production + burning fat) ♦

                                                                

Adding a supplement such as Bluebonnet’s Diet Chrome-Care® that supplies the body with the right nutrients, including 1250 mg/serving of Garcinia cambogia, can be beneficial for healthy weight management.  Bluebonnet’s Diet Chrome-Care® Vcaps also provide:

·       Chromium picolinate (200 mcg/serving), an essential nutrient required for normal sugar and fat metabolism ♦ 

·       L-carnitine (500 mg/serving), an amino acid and B-vitamin derivative, which is essential for the production of energy from fat  ♦ 

·       B vitamin derivatives choline and inositol (each at 50 mg/serving), which enhance the mitochondria’s longevity so it will be able to maintain its production of ATP, which fuels the body with the energy it needs for exercise and daily activities ♦ 

·       The electrolytes, potassium and magnesium at 50 mg each per serving to offset electrolyte imbalances that may occur during a weight loss program that incorporates routine exercise ♦ 

Burning Fat:

Thermogenesis is a natural process in which fat is burned to produce body heat.  Calories from excess fat and carbohydrates are stored and can increase your girth (waistline) if not burned. Thermogenic dietary supplements (such as green tea) help to counteract the body's fat storage mechanisms by causing the body to maintain a higher metabolic rate turning the internal thermostat up to burn fat faster.

Bluebonnet’s Standardized EGCG Green Tea Leaf Extract Capsules provide a standardized extract of polyphenols, catechins and EGCG (332 mg, 262 mg and 157 mg/serving, respectively); the most researched active constituents found in green tea leaf extract.  Research has shown that green tea leaf extract:

·       Acts as a powerful antioxidant, supporting immune and heart health ♦

·       Stimulates thermogenesis, which when combined with proper diet and exercise, may contribute to healthy weight management ♦

                                                                        

Get-Up-And-Go:

Vitamin B12 is needed for the maintenance of the nervous system, the production of energy, the synthesis of molecules such as RNA and DNA, and the production of red blood cells.  Without adequate intake of B12, proper red blood cell formation, neurological function and DNA synthesis cannot occur.  Bluebonnet’s EarthSweet® Chewables CellularActive® Methylcobalamin Vitamin B12 1000 and 5000 mcg Tablets as well as Bluebonnet’s Liquid CellularActive® Methylcobalamin Vitamin B12 1000 and 5000 mcg provide 100% pure, active coenzyme form of vitamin B12, methylcobalamin, which is better utilized and retained in the body.  Supplementing with vitamin B12 may help to:

·       Reduce the symptoms of fatigue by providing oxygenated red blood cells throughout the body so you can push through that workout again and again! ♦

·       Elevate mood by addressing B12 deficiencies that deplete the levels of S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe), a nutrient that has powerful mood-lifting properties, to help motivate you to make it happen! ♦

Extreme Edge® Pre Workout is a triple-turbo super-charged formula that helps prep the body before an intense workout by generating high energy, sharpening mental concentration, and increasing nitric oxide (NO) levels for greater blood flow and intense muscle pumps. And it does so without the use of artificially-derived sweeteners, flavors or colors.  This muscle recharging stack also provides caffeine from natural sources like green tea leaf and cocoa bean extract. Each scoop gives you the boost to get to the gym and muscle through your workout – use it once and you will never train without it again. Specifically, this muscle recharging formula:

·       Ignites explosive energy ♦

·       Intensifies muscle pump & blood flow ♦

·       Amplifies mental focus ♦

Faster Recovery/Leaner Muscle:

Extreme Edge® 100% Pure Whey Protein Isolate Powderprovides 26 grams of fast-acting whey protein, which means that its naturally occurring immunoglobulins and essential amino acids, such as BCAAs and glutamic acid, are easily and readily available to the body for immediate use – an especially important consideration after exercising to optimize the recovery phase by supporting the immune system and quickly replenishing the body’s amino acid pool. This muscle rebuilder and fast-acting amino acid replenisher aids in:

·       Optimizing muscle growth ♦

·       Inhibiting muscle breakdown ♦

·       Supporting immune function ♦

Proper diet in combination with regular exercise along with taking the right diet and fitness supplements as previously mentioned that help to address your specific weight-loss needs is the ticket to a slim and trim figure this swimsuit season.

Jennifer Bradley Weinhardt
Research Specialist
Bluebonnet Nutrition Corporation

Jennifer Bradley Weinhardt holds a Master of Science in Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University and also a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition from Texas A&M University. Mrs. Weinhardt is currently a Research Specialist at Bluebonnet Nutrition where she provides lead support on product information calls, delivers educational training to the sales staff, assists in the launch of new products, and aids in the collaborative writing of marketing pieces and technical papers. Jennifer is an advocate for healthy living and the responsible use of supplements.

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