Can the Addition of Magnesium and/or Potassium Increase Weight Loss on Your HCG Diet

Let’s Talk About Magnesium… 

I was doing some reading the other night and I stumbled upon some interesting research on Magnesium and it’s role in regulating your weight. Magnesium is necessary for over 300 biochemical reactions within the body. It helps maintain normal nerve and muscle function, supports a healthy immune system, maintains a steady heart beat, and keeps your bones strong. It also helps regulate blood glucose levels and aid in the production of energy and protein – this is what I found interesting and could help you with your HCG diet protocol. In fact, Magnesium is included in the HCG diet drops from InsideOut Wellness. You can view the dosage below.

To define it, Magnesium is an energy nutrient.  It activates enzymes that control digestion, absorption, and the utilization of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. Magnesium is also necessary in the chemical reaction that allows insulin to usher glucose into cells, where glucose is involved in making energy for the body.

Magnesium can effectively neutralize the effects of stress and the stress chemical cortisol, which signals a metabolic shutdown that makes losing weight almost impossible.

Potassium is very important in cellular biochemical reactions and energy metabolism. Potassium functions in carbohydrate metabolism and assists the mitochondria in converting food into energy (ATP).  It is active in glycogen and glucose metabolism, converting glucose to glycogen that can be stored in the liver for future energy.

Potassium also helps to balance sodium levels. This helps a great deal when water retention is an issue.

Can Magnesium Promote Fat Mobilization?

The results of a meta-analysis from 52,684 men and women published online on January 23, 2013 in theJournal of Nutrition reveal diets that include higher amounts of magnesium ( 224.7 milligrams to 479.7 milligrams per day) are associated with lower levels of fasting glucose and fasting insulin.

Reductions in both fasting glucose and fasting insulin may encourage fat mobilization by allowing the body to increase production of Hormone Sensitive Lipase (HSL), which is required as the first step in breaking down and mobilizing fat in the adipose cells.

A Few Facts About Magnesium

  1. Fact:  Some experts suggest that up to 80% of the population is Magnesium Deficient

  2. Fact:  Magnesium deficiency is the second most common nutrient deficiency behind Vitamin D

  3. Fact: Magnesium deficiency can lead to weight gain,  obesity, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes

  4. Fact:  Magnesium is one nutrient which can aid any weight loss program (if one is magnesium deficient)

  5. Fact:  Fast food, diuretics, alcohol, caffeine, refined and processed foods, weight loss programs, exercise programs, and fast-paced and stressful lives all deplete the body of essential magnesium and potassium

The Magnesium Weight Loss Connection

  1. Magnesium is essential for the body to digest, absorb, and to utilize proteins, fats, and carbohydrates

  2. Magnesium is required in the metabolic pathways to open cell membranes and to allow insulin to transport glucose into the cells

  3. Magnesium may help to prevent obesity genes from expressing themselves

  4. Magnesium may shift the balance favor of fat mobilization over fat storage by effectively lowering fasting blood glucose and fasting insulin levels

Where do you find Magnesium in your diet?

  1. Fruits or vegetables (green beans, peas and spinach) – HCG diet friendly

  2. Nuts

  3. Peas and beans (legumes), seeds – Somewhat HCG diet friendly

  4. Soy products (edemame, tofu and some varieties of protein shakes) HCG diet friendly

  5. Whole grains (brown rice and millet)


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