Vitamin D and Weight Loss
The results are in—vitamin D does contribute to healthy weight loss! A new study published emphasizes the positive affects of vitamin D on weight loss. The study, presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Prague, was conducted by an Italian team headed by Luisella Vigna, M.D. and colleagues from the University of Milan. The researchers discovered that vitamin D deficiency does have a direct correlation to a higher risk of obesity and obesity-related complications.
The study involved a group of 400 overweight and obese subjects with vitamin D deficiency placed on a low calorie diet and divided into three groups. The first group took no vitamin D supplements, while the other two groups took either 25,000 IU (international units) or 100,000 IU of vitamin D each month.
After six months, participants in both groups taking vitamin D supplements had lost more weight than those not taking the supplements. The results indicate that overweight and obese people should have their vitamin D levels tested for a deficiency.
As part of an integrated nutrition plan, SlimGenics recommends taking our proprietary, nutraceutical-grade D-Slim® Liquid Vitamin D3 to aid our clients’ weight-loss efforts. From helping to strengthen bones, fight disease and even cheer you up, the benefits of vitamin D are abundant. Lower-than-recommended levels can lead to vitamin D deficiency, making your body more susceptible to certain diseases. Read on to learn about the amazing things vitamin D can do for your health.
What Does Vitamin D Do for Me?
D Builds Strong Bones
Vitamin D aids in the absorption of calcium and phosphorus into your bones, reducing the risks of bone diseases like osteoporosis, especially in older people.
D Defends Your Immune System
Vitamin D builds up your immune system to fight off things like the common cold and flu—so you can stop sniffling and start feeling great!
What Are The Risks of Low Vitamin D Levels?
Low levels of vitamin D can result in a deficiency, making you more prone to diseases like osteoporosis, obesity, asthma in children, cardiovascular disease, depression and even some cancers. Vitamin D deficiency affects more people than you think. According to a 2009 article from Scientific American, three-quarters of American adults and teens are deficient in vitamin D!
Where Can I Get My Vitamin D?
The good news is vitamin D is found in a few common things like sunlight as well as fortified and natural foods. But when you can’t get your essential dose of vitamin D or have a deficiency where you require extra, supplements are a wonderful choice to help make up the difference.
A Healthy Dose of Sunlight
Though sunlight may seem like the easiest way to obtain your vitamin D dose, the truth is the amount of sun you’d need to fulfill your daily-recommended amount is probably more than you are getting. But it can’t hurt to get some safe sun anyway for some extra vitamin D. Remember to always wear sunscreen when you head outside.
Vitamin D is found in very small amounts naturally in some foods. Vitamin D-enriched foods include eggs, fish and cheese. By eating a healthy portion of these, you can increase your vitamin D intake, but you may still not receive the recommended daily amount.
Fortified Foods and Beverages
You can find vitamin D in fortified foods and drinks, including milk, orange juice and cereal. While it may be difficult to obtain your full daily dose of vitamin D through fortified foods alone, they can certainly help.
If you’re still at risk of a vitamin D deficiency or have been diagnosed as having one, diet and sunlight probably won’t be enough. Many people need supplements to reach the suggested amount of vitamin D in their daily lives. Multivitamins and specialized vitamin D supplements may help to prevent or treat vitamin D deficiency safely and effectively.
The benefits of vitamin D for health and weight loss are undeniable. If you suspect you aren’t getting enough vitamin D or wonder if it can aid in your weight-loss efforts, talk to your doctor about the best way for you to get the recommended amount of D each day.