If you are wondering if figure competitors should take vitamins and minerals for weight loss, the answer is yes. In fact, everyone should take a high-quality vitamin mineral supplement every day regardless of his or her fitness goal.
Oh, but there’s the debate that you get all the nutrients you need in your daily meals. I’m going to say, NEGATIVE! Vitamins and minerals are nutrients that your body NEEDS to grow, develop, and maintain overall health.
Our friends over at www.FDA.gov clearly state, “Your body uses vitamins for a variety of biological processes, including growth, digestion, and nerve function. There are 13 vitamins that the body absolutely needs: vitamins A, C, D, E, K, and the B vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, vitamin B-6, vitamin B-12 and folate).” It’s a fact that vitamins and minerals are necessary for EVERY function in the human body.
Okay, first and foremost, yes, of course eat a healthy and balanced figure diet to lose fat, build muscle and achieve your fitness goals. However, your food intake is probably lacking in nutrients, oh, about 95%.
Vitamins And Minerals Are Nutrients That Your Body Needs To Grow, Develop, And Maintain Overall Health
Why You Need A Multi (Shocking, But True)
The food you eat is lacking nutrients because our soil is depleted of minerals due to the years of farming. Our soil has been stripped of about 90% of the essential nutrients vital to health.
Another cause of soil depletion is the build-up of chemicals dumped on crops these days which inhibit crop growth. A sick amount of herbicides, fertilizers, pesticides, etc. have completely destroyed the nutrient value of crops.
Top that off with the heavy processing our food goes through, well, your body doesn’t really receive THAT many real nutrients to benefit you health-wise. We are farming from diminished soil, and then the processing of food removes even more nutrients (or what little was left).
Then the food companies try to inject synthetic vitamins and minerals into the food product and call it “fortified”. This is why processed food is often referred to as frankenfood, because they kill the food, pull it’s soul out, then try to bring it back to life by fortification. Most people are walking around over-fed and under-nourished. When you lack nutrients, you become susceptible to various forms of illnesses and diseases.
Powerful Factors (Something So Simple)
While this all sounds damming, there is hope and it is in the all mighty and powerful multiple vitamin and mineral supplement. Yes, something as simple as taking a multi can make all the difference in the world.
The simple act of taking a high-quality multi every day can have a dramatic impact on your muscle repair and development, rate of fat loss due to normalizing your metabolism and your basic health.
I mean, without vitamins and minerals you may as well be a zombie on the Walking Dead. Do they look healthy?? They probably eat people for the vitamins and minerals. 😉
How To Choose (You Gotta Be Careful)
There is an enormous selection of supplements hitting the market all the time. It’s a never ending thing. You have to be very careful in choosing what’s of quality and what is just, well plain garbage.
Okay, here is the secret to buying vitamins… You get what you pay for, plain and simple. If you spend $2.50 on a bottle of 500 vitamins, that’s what you get, pretty much nothing. You are basically playing Russian roulette with you health.
The inexpensive vitamins generally don’t even meet the outdated Recommend Daily Allowance (RDA). Not only that, they are made with fillers and ground-up rock that aren’t even absorbed by the body. It’s a waste of money, but hang with me and I’ll give you the 411 on how to buy good supplements.
What To Get (Certain Factors To Pay Attention To)
What you need to do is invest in a high-quality vitamin. You won’t typically find a premium vitamin mineral combo in your local drug store or discount store. You might get lucky and find a good name brand like NOW or Twin Lab sometimes.
You need to choose a vitamin from a well-established company, fairly large, and one that’s a little higher in price. You don’t have to spend $100, but $20-$25 for 60 servings is reasonable. Also, pay attention to the label and how many capsules or tables equals a serving. Typically, 2-3 caps or tablets is a serving, but it will vary from company to company.
To Ensure You Get Quality (Look For These)
To guarantee that you do get a high-quality multi-vitamin at a decent price, you really should check out bodybuilding.com’s selection. They have Optimum Nutrition (Opti-Men and Opti-Women) which is a good name brand to choose, as well as NOW, and even MetRx Active Woman. I believe these to be some of the purest forms which you can trust. Remember, quality over quantity when it comes to your health.
Karen Sessions – Figure Coach
(Article, Vitamins and Minerals for Weight Loss, Written by Karen Sessions)