Certain vitamins have repeatedly been linked by research to weight loss.
Dieters with higher levels of vitamin D in their system lose more weight, research has found.
People on a diet with higher vitamin D levels lost 20 pounds more compared with those having lower levels.
On top of that, they also lost more belly fat.
Dr Shalamar Sibley, study co-author, said:
“Our results suggest the possibility that the addition of vitamin D to a reduced-calorie diet will lead to better weight loss.”
It is thought that high levels of vitamin D suppress fat storage.
Low levels of vitamin D, though, may cause the body to store fat.
Up to half the world’s population may be deficient in vitamin D.
The study included 38 overweight people who were put on a normal calorie-restricted diet.
They ate less than 750 calories per day for 11 weeks.
The study’s results showed that those with higher levels of vitamin D in their body before they started lost the most weight.
More vitamin D was also linked to higher levels of weight loss.
Dr Sibley said:
“Vitamin D deficiency is associated with obesity, but it is not clear if inadequate vitamin D causes obesity or the other way around.
Our findings need to be followed up by the right kind of controlled clinical trial to determine if there is a role for vitamin D supplementation in helping people lose weight when they attempt to cut back on what they eat.”
Examples of foods that are high in vitamin D include fatty fish like salmon, as well as beef, eggs and cheese.
However, most people’s body’s generate enough vitamin D, since it is created when the sun strikes the skin.
Not going outside enough, though, can lead to a deficiency.
The study was presented at The Endocrine Society’s 91st Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. in 2009.