Have you gone on a diet? Think vitamins

Losing extra pounds is ok, for the aesthetic aspect and also for health. But…

Losing extra pounds is ok, for the aesthetic aspect and also for health. But it is good to keep in mind the intake of all nutrients.

There are those who choose tradition, reducing caloric intake. Those who do the Atkins diet and those who throw themselves on the trendiest ones, such as Dukan. Just turn a bit on the Internet or enter a bookstore to realize that, of slimming diets, there are dozens.

Each diet has its specificities, its renunciations, its sacrifices to be taken into account. It is therefore difficult to make a speech that is good for everyone. But what is important to keep an eye on, regardless of the rest, is the vitamin intake.

In fact, many diets, based on the elimination or drastic reduction of certain foods, involve a lower intake of certain vitamins.

Fruits and vegetables, the main sources

Several weight loss diets, including the well-known Dukan, provide for giving up, in the early stages or every other day, vegetables and especially fruit. The reason is obvious: both are sources of carbohydrates, therefore caloric foods.

In reality, there are more caloric vegetables, others less. The same applies to fruit. In any case, what can occur, especially if you continue the diet for several weeks, is a vitamin deficiency that should not be underestimated.

The same problem can be found with regard to mineral salts, which are also contained in fruit and vegetables.

The water-soluble ones are the first to be missing

C and all those of group B are water-soluble vitamins, that is, they are soluble in water, but not in fatty tissues. So they do not accumulate in the body.

Encountering their deficiency, during a diet that involves reducing or eliminating fruits and vegetables, is quite easy.

The first symptoms, especially in the face of a deficiency of B vitamins, are tiredness, exhaustion, easy fatigue. Many vitamins of this group in fact participate in the body’s energy processes, that set of reactions that transform ingested food into energy.

To cope with these slight deficiencies it would be enough to resume the normal diet, the one that involves the daily intake of at least five servings of fruit and vegetables. Alternatively, you can use vitamin supplements: for adequate professional advice you can contact your trusted pharmacist.

Joycelyn Elders is the author and creator of EmpowerEssence, a health and wellness blog. Elders is a respected public health advocate and pediatrician dedicated to promoting general health and well-being.

The blog covers a wide range of topics related to health and wellness, with articles organized into several categories.

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