According to the National Institutes of Health, 78 million Americans are considered obese. Obesity has been linked to a number of health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and certain cancers. Your weight is linked to a number of factors – genetics, your metabolism, your environment and your lifestyle choices. Obesity does not happen overnight; it happens over time. If the energy taken in by eating is not balanced with the energy burned from exercise, weight gain occurs.
A number of vitamins and minerals have been shown to be beneficial to help with weight loss. Zinc helps regulate hormones that control appetite. Vitamins D and K are essential for carbohydrate and sugar metabolism respectively. Vitamins E, A, and calcium reduce the size of fat cells, as well as inhibit their formation. Niacin and chromium both assist the body with building lean muscle mass. Magnesium, biotin, glutamine and lipoic acid all improve glucose uptake into the muscles – which reduces fat mass and increases lean muscle mass.
Dr. Anne Hermann, a holistic internal medicine physician, maintains offices in Tampa and Saint Petersburg Beach, Florida. Dr. Hermann is also board certified in nutrition. Please contact the office at (813) 902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.