What Vitamins Help Burn Fat Increase Metabolism?
Vitamins in leafy greens help your body burn fat.
Walking through the weight-loss section of your favorite big box store you’ll find a number of supplements that promise to speed up your metabolism and burn the fat away. While certain vitamins and nutrients play a role in metabolizing fat and calories, taking more in supplement form isn’t going to speed up the process and melt the fat away. Before wasting your money on these supplements, talk to a dietitian about how to reshape your diet to improve weight loss with food and exercise.
The Powerful B vitamins
Reading the label of these weight-loss supplements, you might find that many of them contain B vitamins. This group of 8 water-soluble vitamins turns the carbs, protein and fat you eat into energy for your body. However, supplementing your diet, or even eating foods rich in B vitamins, won’t enhance energy production, metabolic rate or fat burning. As water-soluble vitamins, any additional B vitamins above what you need will be flushed down the toilet.
Minerals and Metabolism
Like the B vitamins, certain minerals also play a role in breaking down nutrients into energy, including iron, copper and chromium. Both iron and copper play an essential role in metabolism, working in your cells turning food into energy. While you may feel tired if you lack either one of these nutrients, getting what you need or more won’t speed up calorie or fat-burning. Chromium is a trace mineral found in a number of weight-loss supplements. This minerals improves insulin activity and also metabolizes fat, protein and carbs. As a supplement, it’s touted to have the ability to improve fat loss and increase muscle mass. However, its shown to have very little effect on body fat or weight, according to the Office of Dietary Supplements.
How to Speed Up Your Metabolism
Despite what many may have you believe, you don’t have a whole lot of control over your metabolic rate. The factors that determine how many calories your body burns in a day includes body size, gender, genetics and activity, with activity being the only one you can influence. Instead of popping a vitamin, improve your metabolism by adding activity to your day, such as taking the stairs, standing while you work, pacing when on the phone and parking far from the entrance. Planned exercise also helps. Aerobic activity, such as running or step-class, gets your heart rate up and burns calories. But don’t forget about strength-training. Muscle is a more efficient calorie-burner than fat, and adding muscle to your frame gives your resting metabolism a slight boost.