How can I avoid cramping while doing the MetaLife program?

Josh Staub -

Cramping can be extremely painful and a big nuisance to daily functioning.
It is important to evaluate your hydration and electrolyte status (especially potassium and magnesium), as these are factors that can cause cramping if inadequate or imbalanced.
If someone shifts from eating a higher carbohydrate diet to eating a lower carbohydrate diet, such as MetaLife, the body releases excess fluid it was holding on to. Electrolytes, including potassium and magnesium, are in this fluid and are also lost. If adequate fluid along with electrolytes are not consumed when this occurs, dehydration and/or electrolyte imbalances can occur. 
Generally, fluid and electrolyte needs increase on a lower carbohydrate diet if a high carbohydrate diet was consumed previously. Please make sure you are consuming adequate fluids and replenishing lost electrolytes, especially potassium and magnesium. In addition, make sure you are eating plenty of the non-starchy vegetables that are allowed on the program, as a majority of them are rich sources of potassium and magnesium. When consuming additional fluids, it may be wise to consume them in between your meals instead of at meals in order to help avoid diluting your stomach acid and hindering digestion.  Some research as suggested that well over 50% of the US population does not meet the US RDA for dietary intake of magnesium. Eating the nutrient dense food on the MetaLife Program should help supply some magnesium but the food may not be enough. Aceva's Triple Mag can also be taken during the program to help supply additional magnesium. 



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