How Vitamin D Helps You Lose Weight

There is more to vitamin D deficiency that just feeling sluggish; it can actually make your bones brittle and increase your risk of heart disease. It can also make it harder to lose weight. A study by researchers at the University of Minnesota shows a correlation between vitamin D and weight loss. The study found that people who were overweight were more successful at shedding pounds after increasing their vitamin D levels.

The study placed 38 overweight men and women on a diet program, some with more emphasis on vitamin D consumption, and found that the participants with increased D levels lost up to half a pound more than those who followed a regular diet plan. The reason for this is simple.

Vitamin D, in combination with calcium, has been shown to regulate and maintain normal blood sugar levels. A lack of either nutrients results in the body’s production of synthase, a fatty acid enzyme that turns calories into fat.

To combat this process, many physicians suggest increasing your daily vitamin D intake in a number of ways. Vitamin D is found in sunlight, some foods and in pill form.

Foods rich in vitamin D include:

  • Salmon
  • Mushrooms
  • Tuna fish
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Sardines
  • Shrimp

Many meats and fruit juices are fortified with vitamin D, but few fruits and vegetables contain this necessary nutrient. That’s why many medical professionals recommend taking a daily vitamin D supplement. Before doing so, talk to your doctor about what dosage is right for you. It isn’t a cure-all pill or something that should be relied upon for weight loss. Exercise and a healthy diet are keys to weight loss, but boosting your vitamin D levels may help you reach your goals.

If you are overweight or have a medical condition, consider taking a step towards managing your health by getting a medical ID bracelet. In the event of an emergency, medical professionals are trained to look for a medical ID bracelet before administering treatment. If you suffer from diabetes, heart disease, drug allergies, food allergies, asthma, autism or other conditions, a medical ID bracelet may speak for you when you can’t.

As American Medical ID's Marketing Specialist, Shannon manages company social media channels and print marketing. Shannon is a Texas Native and attended the University of Texas at San Antonio where she majored in Marketing. She enjoys traveling the world, going to the lake with her family and spending time with her adorable Shih Tzu, Teddy!

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