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Tackling weight loss

Design a program that works for you

Oh my, it’s January again, that month when everyone’s talking about needing to lose a few pounds. Sad to say, even The New York Times has recently proclaimed that there’s no one-size-fits-all weight loss program.  We all know that exercise is beneficial, both aerobic and muscle-building types; we know we should eat less sugar, and maybe even cut our serving sizes some. But after that, it’s up to us to figure out – often through trial and error – what strategies can help us most.

It’s generally accepted that cutting carbs, especially refined carbs, while increasing protein is a good idea. An easy way to do that is to start the day with a protein shake. Whey protein has the best reputation for building muscle, but many people can’t do dairy. Because of that, Ruth’s also carries many vegan protein powders made with rice, chia, pea and other non-dairy proteins. We’ve got a large variety of blends and flavors to choose from.

While there are no magic bullets, sometimes supplements can help you with a specific problem. Maybe you eat more than you should when you’re anxious, then a product like Pure Encapsulations’ CarbCrave might help. It’s designed to be calming and to improve your serotonin levels. It can be taken before meals or between meals, depending on your common times of overeating.

Natural Factors’ PGX is a formula containing konjac root, a fiber that swells far more than most. That means it makes you feel full faster and longer, and it even helps regulate blood sugar. It also contains digestive enzymes so the fiber doesn’t act like beans in your digestive tract. Like CarbCrave, you can take it before or between meals, depending on your eating habits.

Other popular weight loss supplements are green or oolong tea (both have studies supporting their use), along with Garcinia Cambogia, Raspberry Ketones and even Apple Cider Vinegar, in liquid or tablet form.

Whatever program or supplements you choose, if you need a little motivation to stay on your plan, click here.