Multivitamins And The Military Diet: Do You Need to Take Supplements?

Angie Moore
Written by Angie Moore

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.

Multivitamins as supplement

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.

Alternative source of nutrients

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.

Benefits of multivitamins

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.

About the author
Angie Moore
Angie Moore

Angie brings a mix of knowledge and experience in diet creation and fitness best practices. With Kansas State University‘s bachelor’s degree in dietetics and over 7 years of experience working with thousands of clients to better their life, Angie is passionate about your health and well-being. She is also a well-known foodie, having published a few books about diets that work. For most of the time, you can find her in the gym working out with friends and clients, pushing them for top results and fulfilled life.

  • Mary Ong

    This article is actually a great topic for dieters. However, it depends on the people involved. For instance, in some cases the body cannot maintain its normal function without extra vitamins. Whatever the effect of this to a dieter, it is still best to consult a physician and get a professional’s advice on what supplement/multivitamin is best for your diet.

    • That’s correct Mary. Your medical practitioner can help a lot in advising you what supplements you need. They will be able to tell you after your routine checkup if you need to take any multivitamins to boost your health.

  • Albert Dorell

    Fish oil supplements are great too! However, choose the one that is purified or in triglyceride form rather than ethyl esters. It will absorb better.

    • There are studies that show otherwise. Credible science doesn’t show that TG (tricglyceride) is better that ethyl esters (EE). In fact, EE has been approved by the FDA. I believe more studies are needed for any claims to be valid.

  • Chynna Lambert

    Hi! I’m considering taking a supplement since I am working out a bit. Currently, I am confused whether to choose creatine over whey protein. Is it true that creatine will make you feel bloated? I need a supplement that digests better. Please write your comment. Thank you!

    • Both creatine and whey protein helps build muscle mass. You can also combine the two and fruit juice to help you build more muscles.

  • Jason Barker

    Be careful with choosing multivitamins or other supplements. The presence of one substance can inhibit or enhance absorption. I’ve read an article about how Grapefruit impedes the action of quite a few drugs. Not actually sure about how true this is, but at least be prudent.

  • Kisses Nelson

    If you don’t normally take in vitamins or supplements, I guess it’s better to leave it that way. One of the misconceptions is that, when you take supplements while on a diet you’re going to lose weight faster. But I doubt if this is good for the body.

  • In the military diet, you don’t need any other supplements so that’s a good thing, right? If you must take any supplements, make sure you had medical advice before doing so. As we have been reminding people who want to undergo the 3 day military diet – make sure you have no medical conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, among others.

  • If you have a balanced diet, most medical practitioners do not recommend vitamins or supplements. Still, when in doubt about your health, always see your doctor who can advice you on what’s beneficial for your well-being.