Diet, Weight Loss & Nutrition

3 Key Nutrients That Help Your Body Burn Fat

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By Dr. Ryan Shelton, NMD

Since the 1940s, the majority of strategies and products out there are focused around appetite suppressant and appetite control. Whilst it’s important to control your cravings and appetite as part of a weight loss program, there are other strategies to help you burn fat internally. This means not just restricting the calories you eat, but also helping your body burn current fat stores.

There are three key nutrients that will help your body do this, and we’ll be looking at them more closely here.


3 Key Nutrients That Burn Fat

1. Chromium

an ipad with the words chromium in bright red on a table, and ginger, lemon slices and supplement pills scattered around itThe first of these nutrients is chromium. It’s actually also known as glucose tolerance factor. When it comes to weight loss, blood sugar is the root culprit and insulin is the target hormone that tells your body to store calories. So, if we can get better control of glucose and insulin, then weight loss will happen much more easily.

Chromium actually binds to amino acids and helps your body absorb them. Chromium has been found in both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes to help people lose weight. It decreases fasting blood glucose, hemoglobin A1C, and insulin resistance. So on top of controlling your appetite and cravings, you can also change your body’s metabolism so that you’re not storing fat but burning fat instead.

2. Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)

Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) molecular diagramThe second nutrient is ALA. It’s found in meat, spinach, cruciferous vegetables, carrots, beets, and root vegetables. Alpha lipoic acid helps to moderate glucose and insulin levels in your body. It has also been shown to help with neuropathy in individuals with high blood sugar. It improves insulin sensitivity which affects how your body responds to the calories. It encourages your body to burn fat instead of storing it.


3. Milk thistle

milk thistle plant on a white surfaceThe third is not actually a nutrient, it’s an herbal agent called milk thistle. Milk thistle has been shown, in multiple studies, to improve blood sugar and insulin sensitivity. There is a component of milk thistle called silymarin. One study has shown that intaking milk thistle for just 45 days decreases blood glucose by 11%, and insulin by 14%. Improving blood glucose and insulin is important in helping your body burn fat. Milk thistle has the added benefit that it protects the liver and improves liver function for blood glucose.

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We’ve actually developed a supplement called Trim 14 which includes these ingredients, and also some appetite suppressants. I encourage you to check that out. It’s highly effective for the patients that have used it so far. So, again, these are the three key ingredients that help you burn fat. Not restrict calories, not restrict appetite, not control cravings. We can do that through the supplement. But look at these three nutrients that have the ability to change the body’s way of dealing with blood sugar, with insulin, and whether or not we store fat or we’re burning fat.


Dr Ryan SheltonMake sure to share this with your friends and loved ones. Check out some other videos that I’ve created about weight loss and about diabetes, and offer your feedback and ideas.

I believe in the original meaning of the word doctor, which is ‘docere’. It means teacher. So, I’m here to teach you how to become optimally well and healthy.

Thanks so much. I’m Dr. Ryan Shelton.

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By Dr. Ryan Shelton

Dr. Ryan Shelton, N.D.
Zenith Labs®



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