Supplements you need on a low carb diet

To initiate fat loss there needs to be a period of low carb intake, by low I mean the only carbs you will consume are from vegetables or less than 20% of your daily caloric intake. The duration of the low carb varies person to person but usually to start I will use 7-14 days. I’ll use this early on in their nutrition plan while their motivation is high. It may seem like only a short time for but people who eat carbs every meal can be very challenging.

The main reason for this low carb period is to improve insulin sensitivity and lower inflammation. Reducing your carbohydrate intake lowers your insulin levels. Since insulin keeps fat locked into adipose tissue, lowering insulin can increase the amount of fat released to be burned for energy. Supplementation during the time is very important to get the maximum return. Here’s what I recommend:

  • Fiber: this will aid the digestive process and replace the fiber lost from starchy carbs.
  • Omega 3 fish oil: improves the healthy of every cell.
  • Multi-vitamin: especially B vitamins.
  • Magnesium: lower cortisol & regulate blood sugar.
  • Fenugreek: blood sugar management.

And one that isn’t essential but will help you lose body fat (which is the reason for most low carb diets) – low carb is easier to stick too once you see results both in your physique & general health:

  • Carnitine: transporter of fat into the cells to be used for energy.