Weight Loss Tools: Your Ultimate List for Best Results
Your essential weight loss tools, gadgets, supplements, books, foods and more. After working in health and weight loss for over 15 years, and testing for results at our centers and studios, we have a solid list of weight loss tools that actually work. Plus, they are helpful, simple to use, and clear in their function. If you are looking for our free weight loss program, please click here.
Here is what we cover. If you want to skip ahead, please click on a section link to be directed to its place on the page.
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Best Weight Loss Supplements
We all want a magic pill included with our weight loss tools. That would be great, but it doesn’t exist.
Here is what we do have: lifestyle changes, healthy eating habits and stress management. These are the most important aspects of your journey.
After that, there are a few things that science as told us that have correlations or supporting roles in keeping us healthy and even losing weight. Remember, these are all supports. They are supplementary to your hard work. (Hence, supplements.)
We will look at two kinds of supplements. Standard health and Ayurvedic supplements. So first, what works in our standard lexicon.
Remember, weight loss supplements are not regulated by the FDA, so make sure you that you choose carefully and research the manufactures that you use. Also, be sure to ask your doctor about your plans and do not use our recommendations as medical advice.
Fiber (+ Probiotics)
To start, fiber keeps your digestive system running smoothly, and it keeps you full longer. We should focus on eating foods that have lots of fiber in them. However, if you are looking for a way to increase your fiber intake, then adding a powder version to water or a smoothie does the trick. According to webmd, “A recent study found that overweight and obese people who took a fiber diet supplement each day reported less hunger after meals than people taking a placebo, and there was a trend for those using a fiber supplement to lose more weight.”
We are recommending a fiber product that also has probiotics – another hero of your digestive system. Make achieving gut health a priority for not just weight loss, but for life.
|Probiotics 60 Billion CFU – Dr. Approved Probiotics for Women, Probiotics for Men and Adults, Natural, Shelf Stable Probiotic Supplement with Organic Prebiotic, Acidophilus Probiotic, 30 Capsules|
Green Tea Extract
There are many reasons to drink green tea. To start, it has antioxidants! In addition, green tea contains catechins, moderate caffeine and theanine. Note, that more research is needed on the relationship between Green tea and weight loss. However, the research we do have has shown a positive connection between the two.
- Green tea has been said to help with weight loss metabolism and digestion support, boosting brain function, and even curbing cravings.
- We recommend drinking good quality green tea to make sure you get the best benefits. However, if you do not like the taste, you can also try a green tea extract supplement. Here are the two we recommend.
Ayurveda is the sister science to yoga. It has been around for thousands of years. It’s main focus is to bring our bodies into balance. According to Ayurveda, if we are overweight, it is due to an imbalance in our body. These Ayurvedic herbs have been used for centuries in helping to balance our elements and achieve our best health.
Not all Ayurvedic Herb Brands are alike. We have trusted and used Banyan Botanicals at our weight loss centers and yoga studios since 2007. They have a dedication to using pure ingredients and taking care of the earth in their growing process.
For weight loss, here are the Ayurvedic herbs we suggest:
What you need to go ZERO SUGAR
If you are embarking on a zero sugar weight loss (or just get healthy) journey, then these tools will help you be successful.
Stop Eating Sugar Books
To begin, there are two books I recommend to help you stop eating sugar and entertain you along the way. The first, Year of No Sugar, is a memoir by Even Schuab that details her family’s sugarless adventure. There are lots of inspirational and relatable stories woven along with helpful advice and statistics.
The second, I Quit Sugar, is more of a guide with steps, recipes and tools for quitting sugar and eating healthier in general. These two books compliment each other. I read both, and got different tools and information from both books. (In addition, we have a free sugar detox guide on our website here!)
|THE BOOKS: Year of No Sugar: A Memoir Paperback – April 8, 2014 by Eve Schaub (Author) – CLICK TO CHECK PRICE|
|I Quit Sugar: Your Complete 8-Week Detox Program and Cookbook Paperback – April 8, 2014 by Sarah Wilson (Author)- CLICK TO CHECK PRICE|
Zero Sugar Cooking/Eating Supplies
There is one area you really need to be careful with when it comes to reducing sugar: artificial sweeteners. Many of these sweeteners have weird chemical make-ups, or even if they are “natural” your body may still treat them the same as sugar. If the sweetener makes your blood sugar rise or stimulates insulin production, then there is not a whole lot of benefit to using it.
Science is still studying how foods affect our insulin levels. However, we do know that insulin is a determining hormone in how we store or burn fat. So, we want to keep it down as much as we can.
If you are looking for a protein powder that tastes okay but doesn’t have sweeteners, we suggest starting with an unflavored protein powder. Then, you can add pure, powdered vanilla to it in your drink or smoothie if you like that vanilla protein powder taste.
|Cook’s Premium Quality Pure Vanilla Powder, 4.5 oz. – Check Price|
|NOW Sports Grass-Fed Whey Protein Isolate Unflavored Powder – Check Price|
If you are just trying to go sugar free, but are not concerned as much about carbs, then here is a bar suggestion. We like the Larabars that have just a few ingredients and no added sugars. There are lots of different flavors to try, but stay away from anything with “juice concentrate” it it. It’s just added sugar. Maybe start with Applepie or Banana Bread. (Blueberry has juice concentrate in it, which we count as added sugar).
What you need to go Lose Weight and go LOW CARB
Going low carb isn’t just a fad, it is a lifestyle choice that some people choose full-time and some choose seasonally. It is a healthy way to lose weight for most people and it pairs easily with cutting out sugar from your diet.
Here are the tools that will make a low carb diet easier for you.
Best Low Carb and Weight Loss Books
First, take a look at the recommended “how to eliminate sugar” books if you have not already. Then, here are a few for you to add in for weight loss and succeeding at a low carb lifestyle.
|CHECK PRICE HERE||This book really helps. It was my first introduction to the “why” behind how we get fat and how we can lose weight. Together, my husband and I lost over 140 lbs after our second child. That was three years ago, and we are still healthy and fit. It is a statistical anomaly to be able to keep the weight off, 3 years after losing it. However, it doesn’t have to be. I am confident that Gary Taubes book, Why We Get Fat and What to Do About it can help you too.|
If you are someone who needs to understand the science behind why things work, then this is your book. I have read this book at least twice. It is fascinating. It will teach you not just how to lose weight, but how to use your biology to your advantage to keep it off.
The Obesity Code introduces the concept of your body having a “set point.” If you want to keep the weight you lose off, you must first reset your weight’s set point. Otherwise, your body will just try to go back to its previous weight. You know what? The title is right. After reading this book, you will understand how to “unlock” the secrets of weight loss. Dr. Jason Fung is the real deal.
In addition, The Obesity Code has a Cookbook Edition. If you would rather get the condensed version of the science in the Obesity Code original book, plus get a bunch of actually do-able, delicious recipes, then opt for the Cookbook accompanying book. Personally, I read both. They compliment each other well. I have a friend who’s husband read the original book, and she read the cookbook. It fit their personalities, and they both got what they needed to make lifestyle changes and lose weight.
Low Carb Supplies
If you are planning on eating low carb, or embarking on a Keto diet, then these are the supplies we recommend to make your experience easier.
Our Recommended MCT Oil
MCT Oil is a staple of the ketogenic diet. It is said to help you achieve ketosis faster when paired with a keto diet. (Ketosis is a state where your body burns fat for fuel – which is good for weight loss.) It is tasteless, and you can put it with your coffee, smoothies or other drinks.
|Premium MCT Oil derived only from Coconut Oil – 32oz BPA free bottle | Ketogenic and Paleo diet approved ~ Non-GMO Project Verified – Sports Research|
Here are some of our other go-to keto and low carb essentials:
|Swad Butter Ghee (Clarified Butter), 16.0 Ounce – Higher smoke point for healthier low-carb cooking with healthy fats|
|Blue Diamond Almond Flour, 3 lbs. – Low carb baking staple|
|Anthony’s Organic Coconut Flour (4lb) Gluten Free & Non-GMO – Another low carb baking staple|
|Nurse Hatty Ketone Strips – For testing to see if you are in Ketosis.|
|Swerve Sweetener, Bakers Bundle, Granular and Confectioners, 12 Ounce, pack of 2 (Ethritol) – Sugar Replacement|
Best Scale for Weight Loss – Smart Scales
Weight loss tools can make the journey fun! Especially for people that love to track and observe results in real numbers. These new generation scales let you do just that. We included our favorites. They are easy to use, integrate simply with your phone and are all not too expensive. All of them are highly rated as well.
Wyze Scale, Bluetooth Body Fat Scale and Body Weight Composition BMI Smart Scale, Digital Display, Heart Rate Monitor Tracker, Wireless Body Fat Percentage Tracker, Analyze with Smartphone App, Black
Very reasonably priced scale for all it tracks: Weight, Body Fat %, Heart Rate, Lean Body Mass, BMI, Muscle Mass, Visceral Fat, Basal Metabolic Rate, Bone Mass, Metabolic Age, Protein level, and Body Water %. The heart rate tracking is a unique feature.
YUNMAI Premium Smart Scale – Body Fat Scale with New Free APP & Body Composition Monitor with Extra Large Display
A bit for expensive than the first scale, it tracks 10 features and the Yunmai App Syncs with Apple Health, Fitbit and Google Fit. It is also on the FDA’s approved list.
WITHINGS Body+ – Digital Wi-Fi Smart Scale with Automatic Smartphone App Sync, Full Body Composition Including, Body Fat, BMI, Water Percentage, Muscle & Bone Mass, with Pregnancy Tracker & Baby Mode
A great scale for tracking weight loss and also pregnancy progress! It is a best selling scale and on the upper end of our price list.
FitTrack Dara Smart BMI Digital Scale – Measure Weight and Body Fat – Most Accurate Bluetooth Glass Bathroom Scale
Also a little more expensive. However, it tracks 17 different measurements and can have up to 8 different users. It also looks nice!
RENPHO Body Fat Scale Smart BMI Scale Digital Bathroom Wireless Weight Scale, Body Composition Analyzer with Smartphone App sync with Bluetooth, 396 lbs – Black
This scale is one of the least expensive options. It can accommodate up to 396 lbs and still tracks 13 essential measurements.
We know, weight loss is not easy. However, we hope these tools will help! This is not just a thrown together list. This is a strategic list of what has actually helped us and our clients to see real results over the years. We hope you will enjoy them too.