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SAILOR64 SparkPoints: (20,017)
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2/4/13 11:13 A


Welcome to Sparkpeople and congratulations on starting a journey to a smaller, more healthy you.

We have had this post before and if you want to take a multivitamin, go ahead an take one. But there is NO SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE that any supplement on the market actually works. Since supplements don't have to stand up to strict FDA guidelines, manufacterers and promoters can say just about anything about their products. It is all marketing and advertising focused on people desperate to see results.

If you read the fine print, you will see a disclaimer that often reads something like "best results seen when taken in conjunction with a low calorie diet and regular exercise." If you are doing all of that, then what do you need the supplement for?

Do yourself a favor, save your money and skip the pills. Unless you have a specific medical condition for which your doctor prescribed a dietary supplement, skip it. Eat right, exercise and keep a positive attitude.

Good luck to you on your journey and again, welcome to Sparkpeople.

GLORYINHIM29X11 SparkPoints: (100)
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2/4/13 11:02 A

I think every woman (in my opinion) should take a good food based multivitamin with iron, calcium, and an omega 3 supplement. I personally really love Rainbow Light's women's multivitamin.

COTTERR SparkPoints: (11,727)
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2/4/13 10:41 A

Make sure your vitamins are plant based. While more expensive, they are made for you body to digest and absorb correctly. I can't find the real article that explains this, but this is a decent non scientific explanation.

APRILLPHILLIPS SparkPoints: (8,058)
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2/4/13 7:51 A

I take a womans one-a-day.

2/4/13 7:15 A

Taking a supplement when cutting back on food intake can help fill in the holes (if there are any). But you want to add a supplement wisely. Really all you need is a multivitamin-mineral supplement with about 100% of a variety of vitamins/minerals. For example: centrum, one-a-day, similar store brand. Don't take individual nutrients unless prescribed by your doctor.

SP Dietitian Becky

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
2/3/13 6:19 P

You can get tested at the doctor through a bloodiest. It may show what you need. Cheaper is just using the tracker to track nutrients. I don't track calories. I track nutrients

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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2/3/13 6:18 P

Neither vitamins nor supplements will help you lose weight. If you have regular nutritional shortages, a multivitamin would not be amiss, but for anything you might consider taking you should consult a doctor to determine what you need. No one should be self-diagnosing shortages (especially using the SP nutrition tracker, which doesn't always contain all nutrition information for all items in its database) and taking supplements to treat them without medical guidance and testing to determine need.

Losing weight is about eating healthy foods, at a calorie deficit, and the process is made easier with regular exercise. Nowhere in that equation do you find pills or supplements of any kind. Skip anything that claims to help you lose weight, especially if it's over the counter.

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 2/3/2013 (18:19)
BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
2/3/13 6:10 P

I watch my calcium and iron (I've added these to my nutrition tracker, and find I'm frequently coming up WAY low). On days where my food isn't providing enough, I take a supplement. I don't really worry about other vitamins and trace minerals, but those two (for me at least) are kind of important.

GRAMCRACKER46 Posts: 1,778
2/3/13 6:08 P

If you will be eating a balanced diet I wouldn't think so. Because I am older and have some medical conditions I do take several such as extra calcium for osteopina.

You might try tracking a few extra minerals/vitamins in your nutrition tracker for a while to be sure you are getting enough.

Good luck to you.

SARAHMK03 SparkPoints: (13)
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2/3/13 5:47 P

Hello, I am just starting out to try and loose weight. I was wondering if there are any vitamins and or supplements that I should be taking? I currently take nothing but part of loosing weight is becoming more healthy, right?

I am 19 years old, female at 180lbs, trying to reach my goal of 140lbs. I know I have a long treacherous road ahead. :p haha

Please let me know what I should be taking!

Thank you,

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