Wednesday, April 23, 2008

I am a Supplement Skeptic

I do not blame you! Now let's get Honest about why you turn to Supplements.

With the celebration of Prograde's 1st birthday, this is the perfect time to help address questions and concerns that have been raised.

We live in a society where instant gratification is a constant and sometimes not even fast enough! With cell phones, instant messaging, access to the internet, infomercials, etc. we want what we want, when we want it.

Unfortunately, this fast paced mindset has carried over into our perception of what it takes to lose weight. I will not add the phrase "to get fit" for fitness does not come neatly packaged in a bottle of any sort. Nor does it magically happen in a matter of days or weeks.

The concept of magic pill-like results have lead many of us on a wild goose chase. Only to end up in a place that is even further from our goals.

Did you know...
Over 50% of Americans use supplements - feeding the $25 billion supplement industry.
So it is highly likely you are going to purchase supplements. Therefore it is in your best interest to know what you are getting and why you need it.

First let me clarify what it means to supplement: Something added to complete a thing, make up for a deficiency, or extend or strengthen the whole.

Therefore supplements are anything taken in addition to what you are already doing to enhance your results.

Can you get results without the use of supplements? - absolutely! But will doing so be efficient and effective ? Well unless you make some drastic changes to the way you live your life, it is not likely.

It is a sad but true fact that many of us turn to supplements- pills, shakes, bars, etc. - in the hopes that doing so will turn out some fast and dramatic results. Let's be honest...being overweight and struggling with the consequences is very painful on MANY levels.

We want the pain to disappear as fast as possible.

Yes - you can lose weight on pills, bars and shakes - anything that restricts your caloric intake....causing you to Eat Less will lead to weight loss.

This is a TEMPORARY Solution.

The core reasons WHY you got to the state you were in have not been addressed. And guess what.... these reasons will remain and no amount of pills, bars, shakes or the like will make it go away so with each new approach you take, you will end up feeling like you have failed.

So where am I going with this post? Well with experiences like these, is it any wonder, that when a new "supplement" is introduced, there are many questions that follow.

It is my goal to help clear up the misconception and help you see that there is no "magic pill".

Rather it takes effort on your part to identify the choices and habits you live with on a daily basis and make some adjustments. In doing so, the addition of a select few supplements will help you along your not just achieve "weight loss' but to experience a higher level of health and fitness....affecting your mind and your body.

This is what Prograde has done for me and hundreds of women. I felt the need to dive into this after receiving several emails like the one that follows and could benefit from the response I shared with her.


"Do you have any experience with the Prograde Nutrition products?
I am always skeptical with new products and would like to learn about someone's personal experience them, specifically with the weight loss products featured on their website."

My Response:

I completely understand your position. And I would LOVE to share.

Yes, I have experience with the products and have actually partnered with the Prograde's registered dietitian, Jayson Hunter, to create a weight management program for the company.

If you want a great place to begin - I will share what I personally use and the results of my choices.

I believe in creating a sound foundation with a "multi" - now Prograde's VGF+25 is like a multi but unlike the typical multi you find in the stores, there is nothing synthetic - it is actually a whole food supplement....made from the concentrates of 25 fruits and veggies PLUS the addition of herbs specifically for women that promote hormonal cohosh, evening primrose, etc.

Now I have been using VGF+25 consistently for almost a year now and yes, the immediate benefits are improved nails, skin, hair....but the most profound benefit is truly the increased feeling of well being.

I attribute this to the fact that my moods are stable and I experience little to no PMS. There are even some months that I have no PMS at all! And get this...within a 3 month period I looked at my husband and realized I did not go off on him or need his comfort for one of my many mental breakdowns. So an indirect benefit.....a Happier Marriage and Family Life!

Yes - that powerful! Now I do not want to lead you to believe that this is some sort of magic pill. For I do follow the guidelines of a supportive nutrition plan and do workout at least 2-3 times a week as outlined in my Fit Yummy Mummy Lifestyle System yes, I practice what I preach.

But what I have discovered is that when your basic nutritional needs are met - you can achieve a higher level of health, fitness and well being. You can also think about it like this...a Healthy Body Burns MORE FAT than an Unhealthy Body.

I also take the EFA Icon - which contains your Omega 3's.
There are numerous studies which prove why women need to increase their intake of omega-3 fatty acids.

~ anti-inflammatory
~ hormone production
~ regulates metabolism
~ boost immune system

As far as weight loss is concerned....the drinks would be the next step and will help you based on your lifestyle habits and what suits you best.

The one I have had the most effect from has been the Prograde Workout. This is a more specifically designed drink...meant to have right after a workout. Purpose is that the faster your body recovers from your workout, the faster you see results. Within one month of drinking Prograde workout after my workouts my body fat dropped a little over 1%. And this is after I had maintained my physique for about a year. It was one piece of the puzzle that helped me achieve just a bit more.

Now there is also Prograde Lean...which is you meal replacement shake. This will help with weight loss if you find you skip meals during the day or are likely to not make the best choices when eating in the run. By adding or substituting this shake for a meal or two during your busy day, this improved choice will help you manage your calorie intake and with all other factors of fat loss in place, will help you to see results.

As a member of ClubFYM, there are some additional articles that go into the details of the Prograde Products:

Does Your Body Have the Confidence to Burn More Fat?

Prograde Lean vs. Prograde Workout

The Meal that will Accelerate your Results

So Yes, I want to be sure to send Prograde's some Birthday wishes- even though a bit late- it has been a crazy week after the scare with Tyler - for I have come across something I believe in that has also helped to change my life for the better.

Why Not Try It Out?
If you are curious as to what Prograde can do for you - do take advantage of the special Birthday Coupon and save 10% off anything on the site: Prograde's

Coupon Code:


Hurry....expires this Thursday, April 24th.

You can also join our FREE online community
to gain access to a ton of busy moms fat loss resources
and the best support system you will ever find
by joining ClubFYM.

Hope to see you there soon!


Anonymous said...

Hi Holly,

There isn't a coupon code listed. It's blank.


Holly Rigsby said...

The coupon code is is


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Nutrition for Athletes said...


Great post and plug for prograde. I have bene using Prograde products for a while and love them - but just getting moving on spreading the word about them.

Keep up the good work!