Supplementing with vitamin D can increase the rate of weight loss during dieting. Those with high blood levels of vitamin D achieved triple the weight loss of those with low levels of the vitamin.
The groups received either a high vegetable diet or a high cereal grain diet. Both groups lost weight, but the effect of vitamin D was only achieved in the high cereal grain diet… indicating that at least part of the benefit results from improved insulin sensitivity.
Optimal vitamin D levels can only be achieved through supplementation or sun exposure.
However, not for everyone. Some of those of us with severe Vit D deficiency do not have the ability to convert the sunlight into a useable form or in some case to absorb and utilize the converted Vit D. Vit D deficiency is not always because someone does not get out in the sun as I can attest.
I found your post after doing an ask.com search for link between Vitamin D and weight loss. I have APLS and Celiac. I am stable for APLS on coumadin, which thankfully, I tolerate well. I have been GF for 5+ years. I initially lost a good 15 pounds when first I started on GF diet. Since then I have been fairly stable, waffeling between 163 -168 (upper limit of my normal BMI.) I noticed that my weight went up every winter and down every summer. I also noticed that even though I hike more in the summer, my osteoarthritis is much worse in the winter. I have taken supplements but Vitamin D is on that “avoid if on coumadin” list.
This year I began in first of Nov. to go to a tanning bed for brief sessions — 12 minutes, twice a week. No arthritis pain — in fact I have more flexibility then I’ve had in years. And my weight has dropped all month. I am now down to 160 — and still dropping about .5 pound a week. My metabolism remains high, I have gobs of energy, my stomach growls constantly — despite eating like a pig.
I don’t have much of a tan yet — you have to scrutinize the underwear lines to see the color change — but I feel great! Just 5 years ago I thought I’d never walk up and down stairs without clinging to the bannister while in great pain. Now I hop, skip and jump — and look — No hands Ma! I don’t care about the tan — but the freedom from joint pain and the energy burst — WONDERFUL!
Wow, that seems like alot right there David. But do you know how much is safe a day then, cause 10 mins isnt much then for someone that stays at the lake alot to be getting alot of vitamin D. What do you think about a person that doesnt see much sun and works night shifts? How much would you think should be taken in supplements? Are you in the medicine field or are you knowing from experiencing with Vitamin D?
Thanks in advance.
I thought the safest or most you could take without it being dangerous was 2000 IU? I just got some that is 1000 IU and says only 1 a day with meal. Would I have/need to get tested on levels to take more?
10 minutes of sun (full body) can generate over 10,000 IU of vitamin D.
Vitamin D is great as long you take it in limited quantity.
After reading an article in a magazine about taking 3000iu vitamin D for weightloss, I tried it and about two weeks later I started loosing weight, its been three weeks now I havent weighed myself yet but my pants are looser. I definately know taking 3000 iu vitamin D once a day does work.
I HAVE OBSERVED THAT DAILY VITAMIN D3 4,000 IU + 1000 MG CALCIUM DOES IN FACT FREQUENTLY TRIGGER WEIGHT LOSS IN INDIVIDUALS WITH AN AUTO-IMMUNE DISEASE
I am commenting about this brief note of an unnamed study suggesting that weight loss is triggered at least in some individuals by calcium and Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol). I am not a doctor or a researcher. For the past two years I have been generally suggesting that individuals healthy or unhealthy take a daily dose of 2,000-4,000 iu of Vitamin D3, and the standard daily minimum combination of calcium, magnesium and zinc available at any pharmacy or supermarket containing contains 1000 mg of calcium to individuals with various auto-immune diseases. To my initial surprise, individuals with auto-immune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, high blood pressure, Type II diabetes, COPD and multiple sclerosis have experienced the loss of forty to fifty pounds of fat within six months of taking this daily dose with no apparent side-effects. This fat loss is always accompanied by a perceived reduction in auto-immune symptoms – lower blood pressure, higher insulin sensitivity, improved lung function with COPD, lessened pain and better mobility with rheumatoid arthritis. Also, many of these individuals have noted much higher energy levels and improved muscle and skin tone. Note that the 2,000 to 4,000 iu daily dose of D3 is five to ten times higher than the 400 iu RDA for Vitamin D3 for mature adults. I have not observed similar weight loss in individuals who do not have active auto-immune symptoms. This suggests to me that some weight gain may be a symptom of auto-immune disease rather than a consequence. I also have not noticed similar effects when the Vitamin D3 dose is 400 or 800 iu daily as for one year previous I recommended taking a multiple vitamin and a single 400 iu pill. Several individuals promptly began losing weight when they raised their daily dose from 400 or 800 iu to 2,000 iu (one pill) or 2,400 iu (one 2000 iu pill and a multiple vitamin containing 400 iu). This is observational data, not research, but an individual with an auto-immune disease would not raise eyebrows at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) if they took a daily dose of 2,000 iu D3, 1000 mg of calcium, 500 mg of magnesium and 10 to 15 mg of zinc.
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