The Vitamin Deficiency That Prevents Fat Loss

January 21, 2013 | By | 15 Comments

If you’re deficient in this specific vitamin, you’re probably not losing fat as fast as you should be…

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Eat more fish such as salmon, mackerel, and sardines.
  3. Eat more eggs.
  4. Eat more porcini mushrooms.
  5. 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.

Stay healthy!

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Comments (15)

  1. Linda Baker

    I am already taking vitamin D. Gives energy and helps immune system

  2. I’m already taking vitamin D

  3. Helen Campbell

    I am currently taking Vitamin CODE Raw D3., from Garden of life. 2000IU daily with my largest meal of the day. Been taking it for a month or more. I haven’t had blood work to see if this is too much.Will this be included in my regular 3 mth. blood work? I’m diabetic.It seems to be giving me more energy.

  4. Gerald Massey

    After tests, my Zdoctor insisted on upgrading my vitamins, specifically, vitamin D, 5000 mg! This before enrolling in this weight loss program. Finding your notice about vitamin D specifically in regards to my doctors original recommendation!

    Original recommendations

  5. Jo

    I’ve heard that your Vit D should be taken in the evening and with an acid such as raw apple cider vinegar. Would like nutritionist to verify or disqualify this information, please

  6. Billy

    Jimmy nice read, very helpful.

  7. Glennie Lawyer

    Taking vit.D. Thanks for all the information. Very helpful. Have a good day.

  8. Pat Chiplock

    I’m on vitamin D, have been for years. Your article was very good.

  9. Ledorna C Israel

    Thank you. I have been taking prescribed by my MD – Vitamin D3 2000 Unit – 1 tab daily with another prescription medication for osteoporosis management. I have not monitored effect like giving me energy or such.
    Doing OK so far cutting down on carbs and sweets and my Diet Coke/Pepsi. My weight when I started was ~ 125lbs, losing from .5 – .2 daily. A slow decrease but my 3 meals a day are CHEF prepared since I live in an Independent Retirement community. So I just pick what I can eat from those prepared menu. (I cannot order a special diet either. I will have to prepare myself and that defeats the purpose of living in this community. But I do prepare some meals now to follow CCD. )

  10. I appreciate you sharing this article.Really looking forward to read more. Fantastic.

  11. Norman Patterson

    I knew it was vitamin D. I’m lucky to be turned on to it years ago by Thom Hartman on the radio!! I’m still 20 lbs. overweight but would be much more if not for hearing that info!! I’ve just started the semi- diet but I shot 69 today on the golf course and I’m 64 yrs old, so good on the cruise control diet and good for vitamin D. 5000 a day!!

  12. Nik Takano

    Hi Donald,

    Thanks for writing in. You can use any supplement together with Cruise Control Diet.

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