Multivitamins are consumed to supplement your daily nutrient intake especially if your diet consists mostly of empty calories coming from unhealthy food items like French fries, chips and cookies. Taking these regularly helps your body recover and grow. These supplements provide 100% of the daily recommended allowance for essential nutrients that our body needs. Some studies also claim that taking multivitamins daily can help prevent certain illnesses as well as improve the immune system.
These claims hold some ground as the nutrients contained in them do help the body in achieving optimal conditions. But how does it play into the Military Diet? Well, the diet restricts your calorie intake to a minimal amount and the food included in the daily meal plan contains most of the nutrients that your body needs. Given the limited amount that you can eat and taking into consideration the nutrients lost between harvesting and cooking, these may not be enough.
If you are already taking a daily supplement, then it is much better that you continue your daily routine as stopping abruptly may lead to minor illnesses like fever and nausea. Multivitamins don’t really have any significant impact on the daily calorie target and can be taken while going through the diet.
Review the nutrient contents of your current multivitamins and cross check them with the nutrients that you will be getting from the food in the meal plan. It doesn’t have to meet each deficiency but the multivitamins should at least help you meet the daily recommended allowance.
The nutrients that multivitamins are replacing naturally exist in fruits and vegetables and, especially if you have not taken any multivitamins in the past, they are a great way of replacing multivitamins and they help keep you healthy naturally. There is no risk of any chemical residue being left in your system and they are also a great source of dietary fiber which promotes good digestion, effectively helping you lose weight.
Since the meal plan limits your intake and the variety of food during the first three days, you can opt to replace meals with fruits and vegetables on the remaining four days. It will actually be okay to exceed the calorie target for the four days if binging out on fruits and vegetables since they get digested easily and the nutrients are absorbed quickly. See our piece on Day 3 of the Military Diet meal plans to give you more options.
If you have to take a supplement, choose one that is more concentrated in providing you with massive amounts of Vitamin C as this vitamin has been proven to help burn fat by creating carnitine, a compound known to be a metabolic super charger.
Always keep in mind that multivitamins serve as dietary supplements and should not replace an entire meal let alone a whole day’s nutrition. Substitute some items on the meal plan for fruits and vegetables that have the same number of calories and eat more servings during off days to ensure that you naturally get the nutrients that you need.
Take supplements moderately and always consult your general practitioner before taking any supplement.
For more information on how the military diet helped with weight loss, see our article on this timely topic.