South Beach Diet - another question... supplements & SBD

08-06-2003, 03:48 PM
First of all, I want to say that I've already found these forums helpful and encouraging; I'm so happy I found my way here!

Now for my question (I don't have the book in hand yet, curse you, Amazon!, hence all of the questions. A friend of mine with a car is taking me on a Target run to the 'burbs, and I want to have SOME info when I go): I was thinking about adding both a fiber and calcium supplement to my diet. Is this recommended, or does it fight with the plan? I KNOW I need to take in more calcium, just for good bone health, and my fiber intake isn't great, either. Would taking either/both be helpful, harmful, or neither?


Suzanne 3FC
08-06-2003, 06:32 PM
I think a lot of people are taking a fiber supplement in the form of Metamucil. This is also recommended on page 55 of the book, for helping reduce the glycemic index of some foods.

I take calcium tablets every day. There has been a lot of research at the University of Tennessee regarding calcium and weight loss, and it appears that this is finally a supplement that might really help! If you take calcium, make sure to take it with a multivitamin or something with Vitamin D in it, so it will be absorbed. Also, it seems that the body can only absorb so much calcium at a time, so if you take more than one tablet, space them out between meals.

08-06-2003, 10:05 PM

Like Suzanne said, the good doctor does recommend fiber ... I really need to get some of those capsules (can't stand drinking the stuff) ...

I take a multi every day ... One A Day for weight loss support and it has 100% of everything under the sun in it ...

I also remember reading that calcium helps weight loss (just can't remember where I read it) and this diet (especially Phase I) doesn't provide much calcium so you're probably right on the money with calcium too.

08-07-2003, 01:49 PM
I am taking a One A Day Woman's Formula tablet, 1 fish oil capsule, and 1 Potassium tablet.

08-07-2003, 03:48 PM
The calcium for weight loss was found to have to come from actually eating dairy products - it doesn't work with supplements.

08-07-2003, 05:43 PM
I read this too. Something to do with enzymes. Whatever those are.