There are countless diets out there that tell you to simply eat their food according to a specific plan and not worry about taking any nutritional supplements. This is very flawed logic if there’s any logic at all.
When you're on a weight-loss diet – no matter what type of diet it is – the calorie level of the diet will be cut down to less than 1200 calories. It’s impossible to get all the required vitamins and minerals out of 1200 calories of food eaten daily.
You might be able to get enough protein, fat, and some carbohydrates, but you’ll never come near the recommended daily allowances for vitamin A, C, E, D, K, all the B vitamins and the minerals calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, molybdenum, selenium, zinc, copper, boron, chromium, iodine, manganese, and vanadium.
This means that the longer you stay on a diet, the worse your nutritional status becomes. Every day your nutrient levels are in a deficit, you will be on the path to start experiencing deficiency symptoms. For example, you could become irritable and moody with a B vitamin deficiency.
With a calcium deficiency, you could develop cramping. A vitamin C deficiency could cause easy bruising or bleeding gums. A vitamin D deficiency makes you susceptible to infections.
Once a deficiency is established, taking a regular multi-vitamin with minerals isn’t going to be enough to get you back to normal. All this would do is keep your levels exactly where they are. You would need much higher dosages of vitamins and minerals in order to ‘fix’ a deficiency.
One example of the faulty reasoning against taking supplements during dieting is in the example of those who promote the hCG diet. This is a very low-calorie diet – only 600-800 calories per day, and no fat can be eaten at all. The practitioner who endorses the diet will give vitamin B12 shots to the dieters but no other vitamins and minerals or even omega 3 fats are allowed.
The hCG diet was created several decades ago, probably long before most information was even known about deficiencies. Even a zinc deficiency wasn’t well known in medical circles until at least the 1970s. The problem is that the advocates of the diet haven’t advanced their knowledge.
Yet if you read medical study after medical study, you’ll find that no matter what the nutrient is, there’s a large portion of the population that is deficient in it.
Nutritional supplements absolutely help dieters through the dieting phases when their nutritional intake is low. But some people who aren’t well versed in nutrition are anti-vitamins to begin with. They cite these reasons:
• They aren’t normal. (Neither are pharmaceutical drugs so why do people take them?)
• They aren’t absorbed. (Studies prove otherwise.)
• They aren’t natural. (There are natural vitamins and minerals on the market created from real food.)
• They are a hassle. (Really? Slipping them in at the end of the meal is no more of a hassle than drinking your water during the day.)
Your body will love you for taking vitamins and minerals during the dieting process. And one idea is not to even start your diet until you build up your vitamin and mineral levels for at least two weeks beforehand. This way you can at least go into the diet with higher levels of nutrients and avoid a lot of deficiency symptoms.
CATEGORIES: Diet, Calories, Supplements, Diet Tips, Vitamins And Minerals, Nutrient Deficiency