Anyone who has tried a diet will know this feeling of frustration: months and months of sacrifice and struggle, with temptation seeming to abound everywhere. Hour after hour of torturous exercise all in the name of looking and feeling better about yourself.
But you’ve stuck to your guns and can see the results. Then, suddenly, you reach a weight loss or muscle gain plateau. The things you were doing are no longer working. The way you see it, however, you can’t eat any less or exercise any more than you already are.
It is normal to reach a weight loss or muscle gain plateau at some stage of a diet. And the answer isn’t to eat any less than you are. It’s to start looking at exactly what you’re putting into your body and examining those foods to see if they contain the secret ingredient that will get your weight loss or muscle gain program out of hibernation and back on track.
“A secret ingredient?” you may ask. Well, it’s a secret ingredient because everyone tends to overlook it. “Tell us,” you beg in anticipation of some huge revelation. Well, no drum roll needed here because the secret ingredient is…micronutrients.
What are micronutrients?
Before you rush off to get to the bottom of this new term, let me assure you: You already know what micronutrients are. Micronutrient is a term used to describe the vitamins and minerals we get from food that help our bodies function.
What benefits do micronutrients offer you?
The benefits of micronutrients in your diet are boundless. Not only do they ensure proper body functioning, they are also critical to the immune system. They stimulate cell regeneration and growth and can stimulate your body’s metabolism. Micronutrients ensure healthy bones, teeth and muscles and also keep the brain in peak condition. The body needs to access as many micronutrients as possible.
Which micronutrients are essential for effective weight loss or muscle gain?
All micronutrients are important, but these particular ones play a specific role in losing weight:
- Zinc – Acts as a natural appetite suppressor and stops you from overindulging.
- Vitamin D – Plays a vital role in the metabolism of carbohydrates, which increases energy and burns fat.
- Vitamin K – When the body does not get enough Vitamin K, it starts storing fat instead of burning it.
- Magnesium – A magnesium deficiency can affect how optimally cells use glucose for energy generation, which can affect your metabolic rate and fat storage.
- Chromium – Has an effect on insulin sensitivity, which helps the body process blood sugar.
Where can I get them?
Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables when you can to make sure that you access the full spectrum of micronutrients, especially those that will help you lose weight.