Wow, an interesting study that showed that weight loss is slower in people that are low in Vitamin D.
Main Points are:
- Low levels of Vitamin D is associated with a reduced rate of Weight Loss
- Vitamin D is found via fatty fish, eggs and mushrooms in the diet
- Vitamin D is created in the skin with a few minutes of sun each day on the hands, face and arms.
- Sometimes people benefit from a Vitamin D supplement.
If you are worried that despite doing all the right things for weight loss and you are still not getting results, it might be worth getting your Vitamin D Levels checked by your doctor.
Full Transcript Of Video:
Doctor George: Hey there Guys,
I just wanted to share with you an interesting study that was emailed to me by one of my readers.
What it discussed is that when people are trying to lose weight it was found that if people had low levels of a particular vitamin they did not lose weight as quickly.
This is great for anyone that is trying to lose weight because if you have found that your work to lose weight has not been giving you the results you want, you may be able to increase the rate you lose fat but getting this vitamin back into the correct levels.
You might be doing absolutely everything correct but with a low level of this vitamin, all your efforts might not be getting the full effect they should be.
Could somethings as simple as a low level of Vitamin D be what is preventing you from the weight loss people are trying to achieve?
Now I have to preface this with the fact that this is only a very small study but it has certainly been of interest to a lot of people in the weight loss community.
The study was done at the University of Minnesota was that measured peoples Vitamin D level before they started on a low calorie diet.
In this study they saw that most of the participants were low in Vitamin D, but even more interesting was that the higher their Vitamin D level was, the more weight loss they had.
From this it is thought that if you have low levels of Vitamin D then it will be harder for you to have successful weight loss.
So what is Vitamin D and what does it do?
Vitamin D is a vitamin that is normally associated with the absorption of calcium and the formation of bone. If a member of your family has been diagnosed with something like osteoporosis it is likely that this is one of the tests that would have been done.
Vitamin D is formed though exposure of the skin to sunlight, or is eaten via vitamin D rich foods such as fatty fish, eggs or mushrooms.
In some countries they add vitamin D to some foods to help ensure people are getting enough.
If you live in a sunny place you only need a few minutes of sunlight to the hands face and arms to get your daily dose of Vitamin D. If where you live there are lower levels of sunlight it is noted that people will need a higher level of sunlight and they say up to 2 to three hours of sunlight over a week.
If you have been trying to lose weight but have not been having success it may be worth considering if you have enough Vitamin D in your body.
So what should I do?
Perhaps the first thing to do it so get your Vitamin D levels checked.
This is a very simple process of a blood test that can be organised by your family doctor.
If your vitamin D levels are in the normal range then you just need to keep up your daily sun exposure, or if that is not possible to ensure you are eating foods that are rich in Vitamin D.
If your levels are seen to be a little under normal many doctors will suggest increasing some fatty fish into your diet and ensuring you are getting a few minutes a day of sunshine to your face, arms and hands.
Very low levels of Vitamin D are sometimes difficult to rectify with just diet and sunlight alone. In cases like these you can benefit from taking a vitamin D supplement that are usually available in health food stores.
To recap, the best ways to increase your Vitamin D levels naturally is with sunshine in short doses to your hands arms and face on a daily basis, and to ensure that you are getting foods in your diet that are rich in Vitamin D. These are eggs, fatty fish like salmon and sardines, and also mushrooms which is the only diet source of vitamin D if you are a vegetarian.
Now the guys at the University of Minnesota are careful to say that this was only a small study and it did not go on to see if increasing peoples Vitamin D levels helped increase weight loss.
That being said, if you are keen to lose weight and finding it hard, getting this tested would be a great place to start.
In my next video I am going to be talking about some other tests you may want to consider that might be slowing down your weight loss efforts.
See you soon and have a great day.
This is Dr George from MensHealthReports.com