Chromium Picolinate and Weight Loss
Today, I had coffee with a friend I hadn’t seen in quite some time. In the nearly three years since I’d seen her, she had gotten married, given birth to baby #2 and looked better than ever. When she complimented me on my muscle tone, I tried to get her to join me at the gym. She said no… she’d just keep taking her chromium picolinate. What? I wasn’t too familiar that supplement and wasn’t clear on its benefits. Apparently it worked wonders for her, so I wanted to learn more. I’m always interested in alternative therapies and dietary solutions and supplements. Especially since so many of the members of my challenge groups struggle with sugar cravings, I’m always on the lookout for advice I can pass along to them.
She said, “My friend started using it after hearing about it from a friend of hers. She told me, “I had a girlfriend that started taking it every day, no exercise. She lost four jean sizes in six months and didn’t change anything else.”
What is Chromium Picolinate?
Chromium picolinate is an essential trace mineral found in foods. It works with insulin (produced by the pancreas) to support healthy blood glucose levels and metabolize carbohydrates. It also helps deliver glucose to the cells to provide energy. It’s been used as an alternative medicine to help in controlling blood sugar levels, lowering cholesterol and to aid in weight loss.
According to WebMd.com, “Chromium Picolinate is also used for depression, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), lowering “bad”cholesterol, and raising “good” cholesterol in people taking heartmedications called beta blockers.
Some people try chromium for body conditioning including weight loss, increasing muscle, and decreasing body fat. Chromium is also used to improve athletic performance and to increase energy.”
Bottom line? Chromium picolinate may help you if sugars are a trigger for you. It may also help build strength, provide energy and alleviate depression. However, it’s also important to note that none of these claims have not been substantiated by the FDA in clinical tests. It’s always good to check out possible side effects and consult your doctor before taking any supplement.