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How do I Use Chromium Picolinate for Weight Loss?

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Using chromium picolinate for weight loss involves taking the correct amount of the supplement, eating a well balanced diet designed to accentuate the supplement's effects, and including daily exercise in the routine. In order to be effective, the mineral chromium is combined with the acid picolinate in capsule form to help the body metabolize sugars and fat more effectively. This supplement has also been used to manage high blood pressure and cholesterol problems, as well as as an appetite suppressant. Most healthcare professionals inform their patients that chromium supplements are more effective for weight loss when used with proper diet and exercise. As with any type of dietary supplement, patients should consult a medical professional before taking this supplement.

The first step in correctly using chromium picolinate for weight loss is determining the correct dosage. Most health experts suggest taking 400 mg of either the tablet or capsule form before meals, especially when exercising immediately after eating. For people who prefer to only take chromium, there is a liquid supplement available designed to be taken with a liquid beverage just before exercise. Orange juice is suggested as a good liquid to take this supplement with, because studies have shown the body is better able to absorb the chromium when taken with food or juice high in vitamin C.

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Losing weight almost always requires the person to eat a well balanced, nutritious diet. The standard recommendations suggest creating a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, and natural grains. It's also best to limiting dairy and consume only lean meats. When using a chromium picolinate supplement, health experts also suggest eating plums, green beans, peanut butter, potatoes, and broccoli, because these are all natural sources of chromium.

Effectively using chromium picolinate for weight loss also involves getting an adequate amount of exercise to encourage greater effectiveness of the product. As with any other type of exercise program, users should exercise for about an hour three to five times a week and incorporate a variety of movements into the routine. Stretches, resistance exercises, and cardiovascular activities to raise the heart rate and improve circulation are all part of a healthy exercise program. Both nutritional experts and fitness trainers suggest taking chromium picolinate immediately before participating in exercise for the best results to stimulate the metabolism of sugars and fats.

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ZipLine
Post 3

I don't think anyone should be taking this supplement for weight loss. I saw an article by a doctor recently about how chromium supplements lead to DNA mutations.

I don't think there are enough studies done on this supplement to consider it safe.

stoneMason
Post 2

@literally45-- I'm sure that the chromium helped as well. How much are you taking? Are you making sure to split your total daily dose throughout the day?

I think everyone should get a blood test done to check current chromium levels in the body before starting on the supplements. This should determine the amount of chromium supplements that will be taken.

Chromium is important for the body and if it's deficient, it makes weight loss more difficult. But taking too much of chromium will cause side effects and may lead to more problems in the long term.

I had my chromium checked before I started taking supplements. I'm also paying attention to my diet and exercise. I

have lost twenty-five pounds so far. I think this is because I'm taking chromium under close doctor supervision. We shouldn't expect fast weight loss from any supplement, but if things are being done right, a steady and permanent weight loss is possible with chromium picolinate.
literally45
Post 1

I started taking chromium weight loss supplements two months ago, I have lost about twelve pounds. I don't know if it's the chromium or if it's just diet and exercise though. I would have probably lost this amount dieting and exercising even if I didn't take the chromium.

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