Supplement guide: Which to take, if any.
In today’s lesson, I’m going to make the world of supplements very simple: I’ll tell you exactly what supplements we have OUR clients use, and why. (Hint: there are only 4 of them.)
In all the research we’ve looked at, there are really just 4 supplements we recommend – supplements that can reliably help with a fat loss program – while still being safe to use on a regular basis.
Here they are:
First, there’s fish oil. You may have heard a lot about Omega-3’s – and fish oil is the key source. There’s tons of research, fish oil’s great for fat loss, and it’s even been shown to improve mood and motivation.
Secondly, there are multivitamins. As you’ve probably heard, the modern diet often leads to small deficiencies of certain vitamins and minerals. These deficiencies can slow your metabolism and impair your ability to burn fat – among other things. And a good multivitamin can help fix that.
Third, there’s protein powder. Protein powder’s not entirely necessary if you get enough protein from the foods you eat, like lean meats, chicken and fish. But since most people are crunched for time, they find themselves eating too little high quality protein. That’s why adding some quick protein can be really, really helpful.
And finally, there are greens supplements. If you get enough veggies, a greens supplement might not be entirely necessary. But most people simply don’t eat enough vegetables, and are missing out on the micro-nutrients they contain — many of which help you lose fat either directly or indirectly. And a greens supplement can come in handy here.
So there you have it, 4 supplements for fat loss. That’s it.
A lot of thought and a lot of research have gone into these recommendations – these supplements are what I use personally – and they’re also what I have our clients use. Nothing more.
Now, rather than go into details about how much to take of each, and all that stuff, I’ve put together a really useful Supplement Cheat Sheet, which you can download on this page and print out for yourself. In it, I explain exactly how we use each supplement we recommend.
Your supplement cheat sheet.
In the sidebar on the right, you’ll find a really useful Supplement Recommendations cheat sheet, which you can download and print out.
In it, I explain exactly how we use each of the 4 supplements we recommend.
If it’s not one of those 4, it didn’t make the cut, either because it’s not proven useful, or it’s not proven safe — and that means I don’t use it, and neither do our clients.
If there were a magic pill, would you take it?
One final note on supplements. Everyone wants the magic pill. So let me pose a question: if there was a such a pill, a pill that you could take every day to be in the best shape of your life, would you take it?
Of course, right?
Well if we look at the statistics on how often people take life-saving medication, for things like cancer, we see something startling:
On average, people will take a pill that will literally save their life only 55% of the time.
What does that mean? It means that in reality, you WOULDN’T take the magic pill, even if there was one!
How consistent are you?
What you may not know is that compliance — people’s willingness to do what they know they should — is a critical problem even for doctors prescribing miracle drugs.
And in fact, this is predominantly what we do as coaches, here at SoulTrain. For example, the compliance rate in our coaching program is over 75% — way higher than normal.
That’s because we work extremely hard at solving one really obvious but really challenging problem: how to help people do what they already want to to do.
And that’s what we’ll talk about tomorrow, in our last lesson.
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