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Calcium and Vitamin D Linked to Healthy Weight Loss

The Vitamin D Weight Loss Connection

We all (hopefully) know by now the secret to losing weight is to burn more calories than you consume. But eating the right foods doesn't hurt either. High fiber filling foods are a dieter's best friend, and a new Johns Hopkins/Bloomberg School for Public Health study highlights the importance of calcium and vitamin D for weight loss. The college student study participants who came closest to eating three servings of dairy a day along with an otherwise healthy diet gained less weight than their peers that ate little or no dairy. Added bonus: the dairy eaters also lost some belly fat. Yet the bone-building mineral calcium might not be assisting weight loss; chances are it's the vitamin D found in dairy.

Michele Stanten explains the connection between vitamin D and weight loss in her new book Walk Off the Weight:

Extra body fat holds on to vitamin D so that the body can't use it. This perceived deficiency interferes with the action of the hormone leptin, whose job is to tell your brain that you're full. And if you can't recognize when you're satiated, you're more likely to overeat.

Current recommendations for daily intake of the vitamin, also known as the sunshine vitamin since the body synthesizes it from contact with the sun's rays, is 200 IU, but many health practitioners think the amount should be upped to 1,000 IU daily. Obtaining sufficient vitamin D from natural food sources alone can be challenging, so taking a supplement if you're falling short is a good idea. And don't skip the egg yolks either! There's about 17 IU of vitamin D in one egg yolk.

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Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 6 years
I am livid that a picture of dairy is in this article! No No No! I myself take 10,000 + IUs of Vitamin D a day! D3 = better absorbed in your body!
GummiBears GummiBears 6 years
Oh and I highly recommend Carlson's brand of cod liver oil because it doesn't have a fishy aftertaste. I get the lemon flavored.
GummiBears GummiBears 6 years
Thank goodness for cod live oil.
ella1978 ella1978 6 years
Spectra, are you taking D3? I have heard thats the one to take? Just curious what kind and brand you are taking if you don't mind sharing. I know that I don't get enough D or Iron.. so those are the ones I need to supplement.
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
i take a supplement during the winter. not seeing the sun for a while sucks. it's amazing how much the supplements change my mood (for the better). of course, in the summer, i prefer sun :)
Meowphotog Meowphotog 6 years
A woman that I work with and I were just discussing Vitamin D deficiency. She told me her sister's was so low the doctor said only a few more points lower and she'd be off the charts. I never thought Vitamin D was so vital. I knew it was necessary and good for you, but I can't imagine being so low in it that a doctor is concerned.
cotedazur cotedazur 6 years
This sounds great, except that dairy products are NOT a natural source of vitamin D. In the US and Canada, milk and yogurt have artificial vitamin D added; unfortunately, even the NIH isn't sure how this vitamin D substitute is metabolized (http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/vitamind.asp). You're better off getting your vitamin D from natural sources - fish, eggs, mushrooms, and sunlight!
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I've started taking a 5000 IU Vitamin D supplement every day for a while now and it really does help with my mood. I'm not sure how much it's helped my weight, but it can't hurt.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 6 years
You can get Vitamin D from spending a few minutes in the sun everyday. :)
SFCA SFCA 6 years
I keep seeing articles about how great vitamin D is for you. Too bad I'm lactose intolerant. I'll stick to eggs.
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