Looking to slim down a little, or maintain a more healthy weight?

Some more good news about Vitamin D is that aside from strengthening your bones, warding off depression, and boosting your immune system, researchers are finding that it is full of even more surprises. It turns out that this magical vitamin can also play a big role in losing weight. What?!?

One of the beautiful things about Vitamin D is that our bodies can manufacture this waist-slimming miracle, if we do our part to get out in the sun, or eat those delicious foods rich in Vit. D. And if you aren’t sure if you’re getting enough, have your doctor run some simple blood tests (called 25-hydroxy vitamin D, or 25-OH D) to see where you’re levels are at. You might find that as you increase your intake of Vitamin D, your clothes might start to fit more loosely. This happens for a number of reasons:

You’ll find that you’re eating less, but feeling more satisfied.

This is because when your body is being satisfied by vitamin D, it releases the hormone “leptin”, which is the hormone that tells your brain to tell your body “Hey, I’m satisfied now, you can stop eating”. On the other hand, if we aren’t getting enough Vitamin D, or Leptin hormones released, then our brains keep thinking we want more calories, when that’s not what our bodies really need.

Less fat in storage, more fat burned

With adequate Vitamin D circulating through your bloodstream, fat cells slow down producing and storing fat.  But, if you’re lacking healthy vitamin D levels, then your parathyroid hormone and calcitrol rise – that’s bad news for your scale. When those hormone levels are high, your body thinks it needs to hold on to fat and not burn it. This means unnecessary pounds!

Studies have found that those on a diet higher in Vitamin D and calcium (think dairy & fish) experienced more weight loss than those on a low-calorie, low vitamin D diet. Up to 70 Percent more weight loss. And a healthier weight means less work for all your organs, most of all your heart, reducing your risk for that number one killer, heart disease.

Losing fat in all the right places

The weight loss will happen all over your body, but because Vitamin D and calcium team up to reduce the production of cortisol (a stress hormone that causes you to hold on to belly fat), you will find that you’ll lose those inches around your belt more easily than you would have otherwise.

What about you: have you tried adding more Vitamin D to your diet? Have you noticed any positive changes?

You can learn more about the many benefits of Vitamin D here.