Vitamin and mineral supplements to help with your weight loss
Weight management programs are not quick fixes for obesity, but rather the first steps to shedding the bulk of the extra weight that should be followed by a regimen of exercise, balanced diet, and vitamin supplements.
The medical weight loss & physical rehab facility at the CMC Lancaster offers comprehensive follow-up care that includes vitamin supplementation among other services to maintain the level of essential nutrients in your body. You’ll receive a personalized program to achieve long-term freedom from obesity and a life full of vigor.
Here is a list of the vitamins and supplements that the doctors and nutritionists normally suggest to prevent nutrient deficiencies after your weight loss therapy.
1. Multivitamin tablets
High potency, chewable multivitamin and mineral supplement that contains:
- Iron - minimum of 18 mg
- Folic acid - 400 mcg.
Doses - as directed by the doctors.
Minimum daily intake should be 1200 - 2000 mg as advised by the doctor.
Better results can be achieved if the calcium supplement tablets are taken two or three times a day, taking the total doses in smaller amounts. For example, 500 - 600 mg tablets three times a day. Calcium citrate is the preferred form of calcium.
The recommended dosage for men is 400 -420 mg and for women 310 -320 mg.
Magnesium helps to relax your muscles, makes you feel calm, and have good sleep. Lack of good sleep is a major cause of weight gain.
4. Vitamin D
Advisable daily intake of vitamin D is 800 - 1000 IU (International Units). The total amount should be taken in two installments daily of 400 - 500 IUs each, with your doses of calcium supplement. You can also take a combination calcium-vitamin D supplement of proper dosages to avoid taking multiple pills.
5. Vitamin B12
Daily intake should be 500 mcg. These tablets can be crushed and ingested or kept under the tongue.
You may also need to consume iron or folic acid supplements. This is more likely if you are a female and still menstruating.