A ketogenic diet like Ideal Protein can be very healthy if followed correctly, however whenever you drastically cut calories and food intake, there is a chance you will not absorb all of the vitamins and minerals your body needs on a daily basis. It is important for patients following Phases 1 and 2 of Ideal Protein to take the recommended supplements as specified. There are four Ideal Protein supplements that are required while you are on the Ideal Protein diet protocol. They are the Multi-Vitamin, Cal-Mag Supplement, Potassium Supplement, and Omega-3 Plus Supplement. These supplements are formulated to ensure dieters receive the minimum daily amounts of essential nutrients based on Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) guidelines. These supplements are not optional.
When the body is in a state of nutritional ketosis, many vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes are lost. Ideal Protein’s pharmaceutical grade Natura vitamins and supplements have been specifically formulated for the needs of dieters, and in addition are free of sugars and starches that could slow your weight loss. Within the first few weeks of Ideal Protein, patients lose quite a bit of water weight. Along with the water loss, dieters lose many minerals and electrolytes including: sodium, magnesium, calcium and potassium. These minerals are important for regulating blood pressure and allowing our muscles and brain to function properly. It is extremely important to replenish these not only to keep you healthy, but to also prevent unwanted side effects.
Taking vitamins in the wrong form or without the proper amount of other vitamins could be ineffective or even dangerous. We cannot allow dieters to get supplements from another source, as we cannot be fully confident of the quality and you could run the risk of under-supplementation. Not taking your Ideal Protein supplements can cause many side effects including hair loss, rash, fatigue, headaches, and digestion problems and could slow down metabolism and weight loss. Occasionally, a patient may need additional supplementation (due to a particular medical condition); this should be addressed under the guidance of his or her primary care physician.
We have been asked several times, “Can we take other supplement brands that are cheaper?” Some brands out there may look similar to ours but may have fillers to prologue shelf life. The fillers can affect the absorption rate of the vitamins and can slow down and hinder weight loss.