The young and naïve me used to believe that if you had a hard time losing weight you must be a cheater. Now that I am the big five OMG with more life experience and education I realize how wrong I was.
There are so many factors that can contribute to weight loss:
- Slow metabolism due to starvation diets
- Hormonal imbalances
- Toxic overload
- Lack of sleep
- Prescription and over the counter drugs
But I was shocked to discover that this all important vitamin that most of the population is deficient in, could be the key to successful weight loss.
I am talking about vitamin D. The vitamin that can help prevent wrinkles and up to 16 different types of cancer including pancreatic, lung, ovarian, prostate and skin cancers, has also been linked to weight loss.
A study conducted at the University of Minnesota found that people who had low levels of vitamin D at the beginning of a calorie restricted diet had more problems losing weight than those who had levels in the normal range.
Low levels of vitamin D have also been linked to obesity. Some studies have shown that low vitamin D levels are associated with metabolic syndrome and diabetes due to the effect on insulin sensitivity. Vitamin D deficiency also lowers secretion of leptin, a hormone that signals the brain that it’s time to stop eating.
The only way to find out if you are deficient is to have a blood test. You can ask your doctor to do a blood test, or go to a Naturopath and get a full vitamin panel done, which I highly recommend. You can find a Naturopath in your area by going to naturopathic.org
Optimum vitamin D levels are not only crucial for successful weight loss but also for your long and short term health. Vitamin D can help cut your overall cancer risk by 60 percent and does a better job of protecting you against colds and flus than the flu shot. Talk about cheap health insurance.
It’s virtually impossible to get enough vitamin D from food. The best source is the sun. You want to expose 40 percent of your body to the sun for 10-20 minutes per day between the hours of 10am – 2pm. Otherwise you will need to supplement with D3.
Getting your vitamin D levels checked is on the very top of my Age Less list. Optimum levels of vitamin D will not only help you look better, and feel happier, it could save your life.
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For more info on Vitamin D check out Dr. Mercola’s one hour lecture/transcript at http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/12/16/my-one-hour-vitamin-d-lecture-to-clear-up-all-your-confusion-on-this-vital-nutrient.aspx
You can also check out my blog entry http://www.theagelessbeautyreport.com/?s=Vitamin+D3