The definition of a dietary supplement is as follows: “A product intended to supplement the diets that bears or contains one or more of the following dietary ingredients: a vitamin, a mineral, an herb or other botanical, an amino acid, a dietary substance for use by man to supplement the diet by increasing the total dietary intake.” [The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), 1994]
Most individuals do not realize how vital supplementation is to daily nutrition. In many, many situations, we would not need prescription medications. Our body is a magnificent machine and can take care of itself if treated properly. Of course, always check with your healthcare provider before changing medications.
When the goal is to achieve an optimal weight, certain blends of ingredients help specifically for making weight loss unbelievably easier to attain. Aside from weight loss, our bodies need dietary supplements to provide the appropriate nutrients it requires so that it works effectively and efficiently. There is no one perfect food and we cannot possibly consume the amount of food that is necessary to give us the adequate nutrients our bodies need.
Dietary Supplements are designed to:
- Maximize weight loss, well-being, and overall health
- Suppress the appetite so that one is not hungry
- Decrease cravings for sweets, fats, salts, starches, alcohol, and crunchy foods.
- Alleviate the emotional desire to eat / drink
- Make one feel full faster and thus able to stop eating / drinking in a much timelier way
- Make it possible for the metabolism to function in the most effective and efficient way possible which will lead to greater weight loss more quickly
Increase protein intake in the form of shakes, bars, cereals, and snacks. Dietary supplements are not drugs or over-the-counter medications; however, they are regulated. Dietary supplements are treated as a category of food, and are therefore, regulated in a manner similar to conventional foods. (DSHEA, 1994).