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FAQ - Weight loss temptations

By Kelly Rose, Dip ION FdSC VN

Expert nutritionists share their frequently asked questions…

Q  - "I am on a weight loss programme and have been doing very well with diet and exercise but am concerned that the festive season is on the way and I won’t be able to keep it up. I am aiming to try hard to avoid too much of the things I shouldn’t have but it is inevitable that I will lapse at parties and ‘get-togethers’.  How can I get through this period and keep up my weight loss?"

A - It sounds as though you are tackling your weight loss task head on. It’s good that you are combining a healthy diet and exercise. The party season does bring lots of temptation and it can be hard to stick to your guns and say no to the extra, rich mince pie or additional glass of bubbly! Alongside your willpower, there may be several supplements that can help support you through this tricky time.

Keeping your appetite in check prior to attending the latest bash can go a long way to preventing overeating.

A supplement with a PI2 inhibitor may help to keep you satisfied and the size of portions you eat under control. PI2 inhibitors can be found naturally in potato extract and have been shown in research to keep appetite at bay and help you to feel fuller for longer.

Chromium is an important mineral that assists with keeping blood sugar on an even keel and many people report that they have less sweet cravings when taking a chromium supplement.

Party food can be rich in carbohydrates and a white kidney bean extract in supplement form may help to reduce the amount of starch that you break down and absorb as calories, again completely naturally.

Maintaining exercise throughout the party season will keep your metabolism up and help you to burn calories. Two supplements that may be of particular use if you are undertaking exercise are CLA and HCA. CLA, or conjugated linoleic acid, and HCA, hydroxycitric acid, have been shown to help move fat from stores and assist the body in using it as energy during exercise.

There should be no reason why you can’t keep your weight loss up this festive season – so all that remains is to wish you a good time!

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