Why Supplement for Weight Loss

By Director of Product Development & Fit3 Trainer Tina Van Horn

According to recent studies, more than 30 percent of Americans eat a diet that falls short of nutrients like magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin E, and vitamin A. It is also estimated that more than 80 percent of Americans have low vitamin D levels. Nine out of 10 people are deficient in omega-3 fatty acids which, among other things, help cool inflammation and control blood sugar levels.

Empty Calories and Malnourishment

According to functional medicine advocate, Dr. Mark Hyman, “Research also shows that since 1970, we have been eating an average of 500 additional calories a day, mostly from high fructose corn syrup and other carbohydrates. These nutrient-poor, calorie-dense, high-carbohydrate foods crowd out healthier choices while creating nutritional deficiencies like omega-3 fats, magnesium, zinc, and vitamin D – negatively affecting our metabolism and our overall health.”

Simply put, Americans have been overfed and undernourished for a very long time. In fact, most obese children and adults are actually malnourished.

Nutrition and Metabolism

While that might sound contradictory, an abundance of calories does not necessarily deliver the right nutrients that your body needs. Actually, the very opposite is true: Overeating can create nutrient deficiencies.  You can eat too many calories and too few nutrients. And guess what: You need vitamins and minerals to process all those empty calories. Low levels of nutrients lead to a poorly functioning metabolism.

Dr. Hyman adds, “When deficiencies become the underlying cause of weight loss resistance, I find nutrient-based treatment can often help reset my patients’ metabolisms to balance out body chemistry. Getting the correct amount of nutrients can help you burn fat, balance blood sugar, stabilize hormones and build and maintain muscle mass.”

Optimal Nutrition to the Rescue

Reliv’s core nutrition products are loaded with protein, and more than 25 vitamins, minerals, and super-powered antioxidants to provide comprehensive supplementation for a healthy metabolism and optimal health with one delicious shake per day.

Fit3 Active is an ideal snack or healthy meal that fuels lean muscle development, increased energy and improves workout recovery with a synergistic combination of proteins, amino acids and key nutrients that also support metabolic health.

If you’re trying to lose weight, exercise alone won’t be enough. Make sure your diet is packed with nutrient-rich fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins, and give your metabolism a jump start by adding Reliv nutrition to the mix. Give your body what it needs to stay healthy as you work toward weight loss goals.

 

Source:  https://drhyman.com/blog/2016/06/02/8-ways-nutrient-deficiencies-cause-weight-loss-resistance/

Why You Should Do Every Fit3 Challenge

By Reliv Key Director Dawn Tucci

The Reliv® Fit3™ community hosts several fitness challenges each year, encouraging members to sign up, track their fitness goals and report their success. There are obvious reasons to sign up for a challenge like this. Having a smart eating plan that still allows you to have your favorite foods is a good idea. Having support and encouragement from a like-minded community working on a similar goal is excellent.

The first time I signed up for a Fit3 Challenge I figured it would be fun. I knew I’d be completing the challenge with a friend, and thought maybe I would lose some fat and get in a little better shape. WOW did I underestimate what would happen! I’m in the best shape of my life! Now that I have completed several Fit3 Challenges, I can hardly think of a reason not to do it.

I am also thrilled to say that the Fit3 Challenges have helped my business as well! Do you find this surprising? So did I, but it’s the truth. Here’s how the Fit3 Challenge improved my Reliv business.

At a New Year’s Eve party, my friend, Cindy, mentioned that she needed to get back on track with healthy eating and nutrition, and I agreed that I did too. The next day, I heard about the Fit3 Fitness Friends Challenge and thought about Cindy.

I called her and she was all in! We had a great time working out together and posting our results on Facebook. Our bodies started changing and all we were doing was following the challenge and having fun! We were also motivated to win the prize, which was an all-expenses-paid trip to Reliv Live in California and a couple of extra days of shopping and spa treatments. We entered just to get healthy, but the crazy thing is that we won the grand prize!

I couldn’t have imagined how wonderful that trip was going to be. Being part of the Challenge and winning it has changed me for the better. This whole experience boosted my confidence, introduced me to some new friends, and began a friendship with my fitness friend Cindy. She is my running partner and we have enjoyed spending time together. Her business has been revitalized as well, and we are working together.

When I began, I thought the Challenge was just about fitness, but it also changed my business. Because the Challenge required me to post on Facebook, my business has taken on a whole new life and become visible to so many new people. Strangers began to approach me at the grocery store and ask “what are you doing?” This led me to several new customers. Fit3 Challenges have given me a new way to introduce people to Reliv and to help them begin their health and fitness journey. What a great opportunity to introduce people to Reliv! The exposure online has trickled into real life and influenced people to seek what I have.

Because I was required to post on Facebook, I became comfortable with Facebook Live and sharing information. It is now part of my business. I recently gained a new online customer after posting my personal results along with a Reliv blog. It was so easy! Interacting with others in the Fit3 community as a participant has allowed me to make connections with people and offer them support. This group provides credibility and support for both health and business.

Cindy’s business has been reignited and she is now in great shape; she lost 15 pounds and is considering running a half marathon. Because we are working together we held some local fashion and fitness events which lead to exposure and new contacts for potential business. As new people join me in Reliv, I connect them to Fit3 as another tool for them to spread the word.

Because of Fit3 Challenges, I control overeating, have a sense of accomplishment and a community around me with common goals. They continually offer me a way to bring people to Reliv just by doing life and in turn, they can do the same. You can expect to see me participating in every Fit3 Challenge, and I hope you will, too!

16 Helpful Weight Loss Hints, Pt. 1

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HLT_Weight LossSticking to a weight loss goal is never easy, and keeping the weight off once you’ve lost it can be an even bigger challenge.

Studies have shown that our metabolism slows when we lose weight, and we can experience hormonal changes that make us hungry. It can seem like an unfair uphill battle, but there are things you can do to give yourself an edge when your biology seems to be against you.

In 2011, I got back to a healthy weight and have been able to maintain through healthy eating, exercise and diligence. Admittedly, I made many mistakes and side-steps during my progress and learned quite a few valuable lessons about what works. In this two-part series, I’ll share my favorite insider tips and tricks for losing the weight and keeping it off for the long term. In part one we’ll talk about how to get started!

Set tangible goals. Saying that you’re going to lose 70 pounds in a month isn’t just impossible, it’s downright dangerous. Aim to lose about 2 pounds per week. Slow but consistent weight loss lasts much longer than short and drastic drops. Much like with the tortoise and the hare, slow and steady will win the race!

Something to talk about. Tell someone about your goal. Unless you have someone to cheer you on or be accountable to, it might get very tempting to abandon the thought of trying altogether. Think of your most encouraging friend or workmate and let them know that you’d like them to check in with you every so often. Victory is twice as sweet when you have someone to celebrate with!

I’m not buying it! If it’s not in your house, you won’t eat it. Resist the temptation to purchase unhealthy snacks when you’re grocery shopping. Go with a list and don’t divert (bargain hunters should ignore the snacks that are on sale).

Take small steps. You might have a long way to go or a goal that seems too big to tackle. Don’t focus on the overall goal at first. Break it down into increments and reward yourself along the way. It’s amazing the impact that losing just 10% of your body weight can have on your overall health: reduction in cholesterol and blood pressure and better numbers across the board. Have your blood work done when you start your effort and check it again once you’ve lost 10%. You’ll be excited to share your results with your doctor!

Good sense snacking. If you can’t resist a snack every now and again, proportion them the minute you get home. Purchase a food scale and some snack-sized bags and reach for those when you need a treat. You’ll know exactly how much a proper portion is and won’t be tempted to finish off the whole box or bag. Better yet, stock up on fresh fruit and produce for snacking and leave the processes stuff on the shelf!

My best four-legged buddy, Duckie, keeps me motivated to run! We seek out dog-friendly events to keep us BOTH in shape!
My best four-legged buddy, Duckie, keeps me motivated to run! We seek out dog-friendly events to keep us BOTH in shape!

 

Get moving! To lose weight, it’s as simple as using more calories than you take in. Not able to run? Start with a 10-minute walk every day. Try something new and keep your routine varied in activity but consistent in practice. If you’re inclined to only lift weights, find ways to introduce stretching and cardio into your workout. If you’re a fan of group exercise, find a new class to take and make some new friends (and do some networking while you’re at it!). Don’t be afraid to try water aerobics, racquetball or even swing dancing. Variety will keep you from getting bored and a workout buddy will keep you accountable!

Reinforce yourself. If you’re the sort of person who responds well to positive reinforcement, place a photo of yourself from when you looked your best in a prominent place as a reminder of your goal. If you’re more encouraged by negative reinforcement, use a photo that reminds you of how far you’ve come or how far you have yet to go. I keep a photo of myself at my heaviest on my refrigerator door to remind myself of what can happen if I lose control. Know yourself and how you respond to motivation.

Do your homework. Before you go out to eat, check to see if the restaurant has a nutritional guide online. Many restaurants offer up the ingredients and nutritional content of their food. Check to see which dishes are the healthiest and which ones are deceptively rich. I was surprised to find that club sandwiches, a seemingly healthy choice, are actually sometimes the highest calorie sandwich on the menu! If your friends are kicking around ideas for where to eat, don’t be afraid to offer up a healthy suggestion up front. You’ll be less likely to get stuck eating someplace without many good options.

Stay tuned, because the next edition of HLT on March 20 will feature the final 8 tips for weight loss! While you’re implementing these changes, incorporate some Reliv Slimplicity meal replacement to help keep you feeling full and make sure you’re getting the proper nutrition. The recent addition of LunaRich soy powder will give you all the added health benefits of lunasin!