The Best Vitamin That Helps You Lose Weight
If you are someone who struggles with losing weight, it might be time to note if you are getting enough of the sunshine vitamin D. Studies continue to show that those who are deficient in this very important vitamin have a higher risk of weight gain and the health problems that go with obesity.
If you live in northern climates where sunshine is limited or the winter months are long and cold, you might want to consider supplementing with the sunshine vitamin. Not long ago, Dr. Oz did a segment with two women who were complaining of completely different health issues: one had high blood pressure and the other suffered with debilitating pain throughout her body. The woman with high blood pressure started taking 2,000 IU daily and in approximately three weeks, her blood pressure came down to a normal range. The woman dealing with pain in the body was totally pain-free within two weeks.
You may be wondering what does that have to do with weight loss? If one is dealing with high blood pressure or pain in the body, the last thing you will want to do is exercise. Supplementing with vitamin D is an excellent way to ensure you are getting enough of this fat-soluble vitamin. Vitamin D aids weight loss and enhances the beneficial effects of a reduced-calorie diet. It is a good idea to get your vitamin D levels tested to see if you are experiencing a deficiency.
It doesn’t mean you should start taking large doses of vitamin D, however a deficiency may undermine your efforts to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. You can also get vitamin D through the following foods:
- Orange juice (use fresh squeezed)
- Whole-grain cereal
The Archives of Internal Medicine (2000) reported a study that showed vitamin D’s critical role in not only strengthening bones, boosting immunity and fighting depression, but it can also be the missing link or factor in pushing the scale up with unwanted weight gain. Unlike other vitamins, vitamin D can be manufactured in the body, provided you are exposed to sufficient sunlight. However, today’s moisturizers and make-ups have high levels of SPF, reducing the body’s ability to make vitamin D by over 90%.
Using sun protection is important, however the sunlight you might get on a daily basis in the early morning, on your way to work and the late afternoon, is too weak to generate enough of this very important vitamin. Add air pollution to the mix, and that can filter out most of the UVB rays, so less of them reach your skin when you are outside.
It is a good idea to get tested for your vitamin D levels through a simple blood test called 25-hydroxy vitamin D or 25-OH D, which will tell you if you have any deficiency or how severe it may or may not be. It is much safer to increase your vitamin D levels through supplementation and include foods like salmon and yogurt to increase levels naturally without causing weight gain.
As you increase your consumption of vitamin D, you should notice a looser waistband. Vitamin D is needed for every cell in your body to function properly including the dreaded fat cells. The special receptors for vitamin D signal the body whether to burn fat or simply store it. When enough vitamin D is available to plug into these receptors, the body can rev up your metabolism and burn body fat. Plus, vitamin D helps keep hunger and cravings in check while increasing serotonin (feel good chemicals) in the brain.
Vitamin D optimizes your body’s ability to absorb other weight loss nutrients such as calcium that also helps prevent calories from converting into fat. By giving your body enough vitamin D, you can turn into a fat-burning machine and lose the weight once and for all.