Recommended Vitamins to Supplement the Slow Carb Diet (The PMC Stack)

While on the Four Hour Body Slow Carbohydrate Diet One should focus on supplementing with these three essential vitamins:

Click on the individual supplements to review dosing, side effects, interactions etc..  As it relates to the Four Hour Body slow carbohydrate diet.

For a detailed look at this topic please see my original post  Vitamins for Low Carbohydrate and Slow Carbohydrate Diets



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Ray Scott November 8, 2012 at 8:01 am

I have done some research on healthy eating and I am also trying to lose some weight and I have found the slow card diet to be right down my alley. I am currently 6’6″ and weigh 374lbs. I just wanted to ask with the slow card healthy eating lifestlye combined with the vitamins I am taking, do you think I am on the right path? I am new to healthy eating and/or a diet. By the way I am taking a potassium, calcium, magnesium and vitamin d cocktail along with the diet. I have not started exercising yet but plan on starting to do at least 3 or 4 days of cardio a week. What you think?


Stephen November 8, 2012 at 8:10 am

Hey Ray!

I think you are on the right path. If you need any help along the way let me know, I am here for you and will be happy to help you fine tune your plan or review your food diary/exercise plans.

A couple years before the release of the 4-Hour Body I read a book by Michael Pollan called “In Defense of Food.” Like you, it was my first step into healthy eating, and as I was listening to it in the car I decided not to pull of the road to get my dose of “Little Caesars.” It changed my life for the better, because as you begin to eat healthy and move your body it is less about the weight (although that will change for the better) it is about doing right by your body and living a better, fuller life.

I am excited for you, and as I said feel free to write me any time, I have watched many people (including my medical assistant who I work with every day) lose over 100 lbs on this, lets call it lifestyle instead of diet, and keep the weight off. I have complete confidence you can do the same. But you must stay disciplined and have a solid long term plan!



Ray Scott November 8, 2012 at 8:32 am

I am so excited you responded with the encouraging words. I will get the book by Michael Pollan and read it. Sounds like it did wonders for you. I am keeping a food journal and also being real strict to the slow carb meal plans. I just started this lifestyle on Tuesday 11-6-12 and it may sound weird but I can feel a change already. I do have a long term goal and am excited about this journey. I will definetely keep asking questions and seeking your guidance. Thanks!

Ray Scott


Stephen November 8, 2012 at 8:34 am
Joseph Gartner May 23, 2013 at 12:07 pm

I have been living in Florida for 6 years before moving to Tacoma, WA. I have had success with weight loss in both areas, however, I feel significantly more fatigued up here in Tacoma. I play sports (rugby), so I worked out both in Fla and here in WA, but I would say I’m actually working out less here, and still being more drained. My initial guess is that I’m not getting enough vitamin D as a direct result of (a) less sunlight and (b) transitioning to a remote employee which means working from home (I’d say I don’t leave the house 2-3 days a week). Does this hypothesis seem plausible, and if so does anyone have a suggestion? My first guess is to try a general multivitamin such as those made by ‘Alive’, however, I don’t want to derail my weight loss so I could just go for a straight vitamin d supplement.


Stephen May 23, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Most general multivitamins do not have enough vitamin D. I would suggest having your vitamin D levels checked. for every 1000 IU of over the counter vitamin D3 you can expect to see an increase in serum levels of about 5-10 (but this is extremely variable). Most of my patients have serum levels in the 20’s… The goal is to be around 50/60 and less than 100. If you take vitamin D without having your levels checked and you opt for a higher dose you run the risk of getting too much. Which may not be the end of the world, but nobody really knows for certain… here is a link to my post:

I personally take vitamin D3 5000 IU per day to maintain levels in the 50’s. I used to live in Seattle, I can only imagine what my levels were at the time, probably quite low. I purchase my D3 for cheap at Costco, some people recommend drops, claiming they are better absorbed. Here is a very good product made by Pure Encapsulations.

Make sure you chose D3 not D2.

Best of luck,



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