Everyone wants the most bang for their buck. And that goes double when it comes to fat loss. After all, it takes a good bit of effort to shed unwanted pounds. Naturally, you don’t want any of that work going to waste.
Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happens for many people. In fact, if you live in the USA, there’s approximately a 75% chance it’s happening to you. The reality is, you’re not losing as much fat as you could be, and it’s all because of a common vitamin deficiency.
Not only that, but this super-important vitamin is known to prevent cancer and all kinds of nasty disease. The bottom line is that your overall health is absolutely dependent on it. As such, it goes without saying that you don’t want to have this deficiency. And if you do, you should correct it right away.
So, what is said vitamin? We’ll get to that in a moment. But first let me tell you why it’s so important for fat loss (among other things).
A group of researchers decided to conduct a study whereby they put test subjects on a calorie-restricted diet. The ones that had greater blood levels of this vitamin lost more weight. Specifically, for every increase of 1 ng/mL they lost an extra half pound.
Now, this might not sound like a lot, but if your levels are 10 ng/mL lower than someone else – all else being equal – you’d lose 5 pounds less. That’s BIG! And again, don’t forget about all the other health benefits you’d be missing out on.
The vitamin in question is vitamin D. And as stated above, about three-fourths of the US population is deficient in it. Why? Lack of sun exposure and a poor diet. In regards to the former, we’ve been warned to stay out of the sun to prevent cancer. But have we gone too far? Perhaps.
And then there’s the issue of diet. In a nutshell, we’re not eating enough of the right foods. As such, I’ll give you a some key pointers on how to optimize your vitamin D levels to ensure you’re losing fat as fast as possible (and staying healthy to bout).
But first, it’s important to know YOUR levels of this vitamin. A simple blood test from your doctor will give you the answer (optimal levels are in the 50-70 ng/mL range).
Now, here’s what to do if you’re lacking:
- Get more sun. Not the the point where you burn, of course… but a bit more will go a long way in raising your levels.
- Eat more fish such as salmon, mackerel, and sardines.
- Eat more eggs.
- Eat more porcini mushrooms.
- Supplement if you have to but only under your doctor’s supervision. He or she will likely put you on a very high dose initially to optimize your levels. As such, you’ll need to be monitored to prevent an overdose.
And there you have it. Avoiding vitamin D deficiency is easy. And, given the fat loss (and health) benefits overall, you’d be well served to get this checked and taken care of right way.