The Role of Magnesium in Weight Loss

Magnesium is a vital mineral that your body needs for important functions, including regulating your blood sugar and producing essential energy. Magnesium also helps with your nervous system, heart, muscles and kidneys. Studies show that magnesium may also play a role in weight loss.

Magnesium can be helpful in regulating your blood sugar and insulin levels. This can help with food cravings and “sugar crashes”. Many people struggle with weight loss due to sugar cravings. Having a healthy supplement, that can aid in minimizing cravings, can be helpful with your weight loss progress.

Magnesium is also a crucial electrolyte. When you are on a ketogenic weight loss program, electrolyte balance is important. If your electrolyte balance is off, this can slow your weight loss down. Low electrolytes can also cause constipation, headaches, dizziness upon standing, and even heart palpitations.

Magnesium is also good for regulating your bowels. It is a natural stool softener, so can be very beneficial for those who suffer from slow bowel movements or constipation. When you are trying to lose weight, having a daily bowel movement is important to your weight loss. If you are not having a daily bowel movement this can actually slow your weight loss progress.

Magnesium also has a calming effect. When you take it at night it can help with healthy sleep. We know that sleep is another important key to weight loss. Studies show that lack of sleep can hinder your weight loss progress.

Most Americans, eating the typical western diet, do not get enough magnesium. Some health conditions can also lead to magnesium deficiencies like irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, and celiac disease.

Magnesium rich foods include
  • dark leafy greens
  • avocado
  • quinoa
  • whole grains
  • nuts
  • beans
  • fish
  • yogurt
  • pumpkin and chia seeds
  • tofu.

While on Ideal Protein, many of these foods are not allowed. This is why the calcium-magnesium supplement is mandatory. We want to ensure that you are getting the essential minerals that your body needs for healthy and effective weight loss.

Taking a magnesium supplement alone, won’t cause weight loss. It is important to make the necessary dietary changes in order to lose weight. No single vitamin or supplement replaces a healthy diet. Magnesium will help fill in nutrient gaps and provide some additional aid in a healthy weight loss program.