A brand new American scientific review* shows that chromium – an essential mineral that is often under-consumed – can have a critical role in weight loss. Since, to my knowledge, Good Idea is the only mealtime beverage on the market that contains significant amounts of chromium, the review caught my interest. And here´s how it works.
In addition to the difficulties associated with following a strict diet, there´s a less well-known problem with most weight loss diets and supplements. Sure, they make you lose fat, but up to 50% of the weight loss can actually be so-called lean body mass, mainly muscles. And that´s probably not what you expect as a result of your diet. It will actually be harmful in the long run.
The review mentioned above, published in the open access scientific journal Nutrients on Dec. 3, has studied a large number of clinical trials with different weight loss diets and supplements. It concludes that diets like low-carb, keto, high protein (like paleo) and high fiber, as well as different supplements, seem to be effective in the immediate weight loss perspective. At the same time, the loss of lean body mass is pointed out as problematic for its negative impact on health, the ability to conduct daily activities, and potential effects on emotion.
When different weight-loss supplements were tested, the one containing chromium, in the form of chromium picolinate, stood out as a real gamechanger. While e.g. a high-fiber supplement yielded a 50/50 relation between lost fat/muscle mass, the chromium picolinate supplement showed a 98/2 result. The entire weight loss, except 2% was fat. The review comes to the conclusion that “Chromium picolinate appears to offer an effective means of improving body composition, as individuals are able to lose their fat while retaining their muscle.”
Shellfish, eggs, whole grain cereals, mushrooms, legumes, meat, and nuts are among the natural sources of chromium, but it takes a lot of eating to get the dose needed for the positive effects. There are chromium supplements on the market, but to me, it seems like a much better idea to get the chromium with something you would normally drink with your meal. Chromium picolinate as such has shown to be better absorbed by the body than other supplements. In addition, the liquid form of chromium picolinate in Good Idea is expected to further improve the uptake.
I conclude from the review that a sparkling, unsweetened, zero-calorie beverage like Good Idea with its content of chromium picolinate could support and even make the diet more effective, either you choose paleo, keto, LCHF, high-fiber, or virtually any other road to weight loss. And besides, it works just as well with your ordinary food by helping you avoid blood sugar spikes and lows.
Now, that´s what I call good news!
…and here´s a link to the scientific review.