Our weight can affect our Vitamin D, levels. Low levels of Vitamin D are more common in overweight people. It is a good idea to get your Vitamin D levels checked if you are concerned about your weight.
A study of the Vitamin D levels of obese men and women over an 11 week period before beginning a calorie restricted diet, and during and after this diet showed a substantial relationship to healthy high levels of Vit D and successful dieting.
For every increment increase in the Vitamin D level in the dieting study participant, it was found they lost half a pound more weight.
Having higher levels of Vitamin D at the start of the diet also resulted in greater loss of abdominal fat. This abdominal fat is the most dangerous due to its link to diabetes and heart disease.
Another potential piece to the weight loss puzzle was unveiled recently when researchers discovered there might be a link between vitamin D levels and shedding pounds.
Dr. Shalamar Sibley, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota cautioned that more controlled clinical trials are needed to see if Vit D supplements will have any benefit in helping people lose weight during diets.
Excess levels of Vitamin D are toxic, and any Vitamin D level taken as a supplement is best taken only after a blood test to make sure it is required.
Vitamin D3 is the safest supplement to take and most people absorb adequate Vitamin D through an average of 15 minutes a day (variable by time of year and time of day) from the sun with highly pigmented people needing up to 10 times more sun exposure to absorb the same amount of Vitamin D as a fair skinned person. It is impossible to overdose on Vitamin D from the sunshine.
I get my Vitamin D levels checked as they are usually low and I need to supplement under doctor and dietician guidance.
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