Vitamin D and Weight Loss

Researches have shown that there is a connection between vitamin D and weight loss. We will try to explain how vitamin D and weight are connected to each other. Let us say something about vitamin D first. This vitamin is extremely important for normal body functioning. It has a great role in bone quality, development and growth of the body (especially in children) and it seems that it is closely related to body weight, too.

Vitamin D

Normal vitamin D levels in blood must be maintained in order to prevent deficiency of this important vitamin. Vitamin D deficiency can cause serious health problems, not only in children, but also in adults. The bad thing about this condition is that you can never know whether you have vitamin D deficiency before the first symptoms have occurred. This means that you can only notice vitamin D deficiency when you experience the symptoms, but by that time, it will be too late to prevent this condition. The treatment should start as soon as possible. That way, your chances for successful treatment will be greater and you will avoid further problems. You should check your vitamin D levels, even if you are feeling perfectly healthy. If your vitamin D levels are low, your doctor will give you some supplements to use.

Weight Loss and Vitamin D Levels

Researches have proven that normal vitamin D levels in blood at the beginning of your diet will contribute to better results. We already know that vitamin D deficiency is related to obesity, although we still do not know if vitamin D deficiency is the cause or the consequence. However, we can see clearly that there is a connection between these two.

To determine the connection between vitamin D deficiency and weight loss, scientists have measured the results in women who are overweight before and after their diet. These women had low vitamin D levels in blood. They have increased the vitamin D supply before dieting and their diet seemed to be successful.

As we can see, before you start any diet, vitamin D levels should be checked. If you have low vitamin D levels in blood, your chances for successful dieting will be lower. Logically, higher levels of vitamin D will lead to better results in dieting.

Vitamin D, exposure to sun and calcium intake are important factors for your health. Calcium and vitamin D are important for food assimilation and blood sugar regulation.

This is what we have found about vitamin D and weight loss, but these researches have to be repeated and proven. We know that there is definitely a connection between weigh loss, vitamin D and calcium levels, but this discovery has to be confirmed and officially accepted.

Keep in mind that vitamin D levels are not only important for dieting, but also for your overall health. Maintaining normal levels of this vitamin will help you avoid some serious conditions and that is why you should check your vitamin D regularly. Do not wait for the symptoms to occur, because it will be too late to stop the deficiency.

Try to learn more about the foods that are high in vitamin D and spend enough time in the sun. If you still lack vitamin D, you should visit your doctor and ask for an advice. If detected early, this condition can be prevented and treated with vitamin D supplements. However, you must speak to your doctor before you start taking any supplement.

19 thoughts on “Vitamin D and Weight Loss

  1. Nicole says:

    I have maintained my healthy weight for many years through daily exercise and healthy eating, then suddenly I started to gain weight (20 lbs. in a yr) for no apparent reason, was so tired all the time, & got frequent infections. Turns out I was severely deficient in vit D. I have been taking D for 2 months and I am starting to lose weight now. Yay! (But I did start to feel more energy after only 3 days of supplements.)

  2. Judy Marie Moten says:

    I am a 58 woman who is trying to lose weight but I am having a very hard time at it. A friend told me about the vitamin D problem a lot of women have. so I am going to try taking vitamin d along with my diet and see what happens.I pray it works for I sure do need to lose this weight off my knees.I also want to fit in my clothes better. I take vitamin but I thought I taken enough to keep me healthly, thank you for your web site and the infornation I needed .God bless your hoilday and and your families. PEACE Judy Marie Moten

  3. dorothy says:

    i work out five day a week eart healthy gain 15lbs within 11 month could not understand why when to the doctor two week ago doctor call me
    i have a vitamin d deficinecy now i know so now
    i have to take 2000 iu of vitamin d per day for the next three month

  4. kathi says:

    I can’t believe all the information i have gotten reading this web site. my conditions fits all of this my vitamin D is 11%, thank you for providing this information

  5. Jennie says:

    I have been prescribed 50000 m of Vit D for 6 wks and then to be retested. I also have been diagnosed with eczema. I have a condition on my heels that my body makes to many skin cells and therefore, my heels are thick and cracked. My dermatologist said, it’s impossible to cure and hard to control. All over my skin is very dry. Has anyone with these problems benefited from taking vitamin d?

  6. Charlene says:

    I have been feeling quite tired and depressed for more than ten years, but I had no idea that low vitamin D has been responsible for that. My doctors found that my level was less than 5, so they gave me the dosage of 2000 International Units a day. My condition was serious, so after a while, I was put on 50 000 International Units per week. Finally, I started feeling better and I started losing weight successfully. I was obese, so any weight loss was quite helpful. I will continue to watch my vitamin D levels and I hope I lose more weight.

  7. Sam says:

    According to numerous studies, there is a close relation between vitamin D deficiency and weight loss. Very few people are actually familiar with this.

    ● In 2009, my doctor informed me that I was very close to getting diabetes. He told me to stop consuming certain foods and to watch my weight. He didn’t actually tell me a lot. This came as a surprise, because none of my family members actually has this problem. Naturally, I got worried and started visiting the gym five times a week. I was quite determined to lose weight. However, the gym did not seem to be helpful. No matter how hard I was exercising, I simply couldn’t lose much of my weight. It crossed my mind that something else was wrong with me, so I went to my doctor and asked for a blood test. I told him about this weight loss problem, and so he measured my vitamin D levels. He said that my level of vitamin D was extremely low. I got the dosage of 50 000 International Units to be taken once every fourteen days. I started losing weight successfully. I decided to stop taking vitamin D, but I should not have done so. My weight started coming back gradually. I was overweight again. I went to another doctor and told him about this. I also had problems with pain in muscles. This doctor gave me vitamin D supplements to take every day (the dosage was 2000 International Units a day). After a while, I was back to normal and my weight has reduced significantly. I know that vitamin D levels in blood and obesity are connected. If you have any problems similar to this one, visit your doctor and see if your vitamin D levels are low.

  8. Bren says:

    My doctor prescribed 2000 IU of D3 to correct a low blood level of vitamin D. The vitamin really helped relieve the pain I had in my joints. The other remedy for me, taking away my joint aches, was juicing red leaf romaine lettuce. I’d juice a head of red romaine lettuce a day and my pain vanished. Now I drink lettuce juice about once a week when I feel the pain creeping back.

  9. Temesgen says:

    i think i have vitamin D deficiency. I do not if it is ok to take oral supplements ok vitamin d without a doctor’s priscrption. i am gona start taking 50000 IU a week. any advises?

  10. Tora says:

    Hello, in 2008 my family doctor told me that I was borderline diabetic, change your eating habits & sent me on my way.

    He did not provide an explanation as to what that meant exactly. My family doesn’t have a history of having diabetes. I joined the gym at that point, i became obsessed with losing the weight..I worked out 4 days a week @ 2 hours a day and only lost 15lbs in a year. At that point I was fustrated with my self, so i went to a wellness doctor who advised me that my vitamin d levels wa the worse that he had seen in 26 years of practicing. He prescribed a compounded 50,000iu vitamin d to be taken every two weeks.

    The inches started to just fall off. i went from a size 14/16 to a comfortable 8/10…yay…i decided to get off the vitamin d after a very short 3 months …the weight did not come back on all at once but it did come back somewhat, six months later im back in a 12 :(…i’m back at the doctors (a new doctor) 2011, i’m having all kinds of issues (feet hurting when I walk, thyroid is low, borderline diabetic again, feel like im pregnant) this doctor is awesome, i’m on a low calorie intake, 2000iu of vitamin d a day…i feel much better, i don’t have to puch myself to be more active & i’ve lost well over 20 lbs and still counting…I’ve advised every women that i come in contact with that complains of being over weight to get their vitamin d levels checked cause it can truly make a world of difference.

  11. annabelle says:

    does it make one dyslecsic too i transpose numbers and spelling is so bad just read my posts didnt mean to spell so many thihgs wrong just that my fingers ache and cant move them well. elizabeth i thought i might have lupus or ra, or throid due to symptoms but when mention it to drs or family they say im a hypocondriac just need attention hell if they ever felt any of this symptoms i doubt they would say i just need antidepression meds guess they think its pms or just me beinb a B

  12. annabelle says:

    I have been having this same symptoms since say 16 years, the depression, weight gain, pains especially my neck but i thought because of my job always carrying kids around, but last year i had a severe allergic reaction to what i dont know anyways i ended at the ER and they said i had bells palsy and send me to neurologist who tested me for nerve damage and did intensive blood work said my colesterol wes through the roof, the ANA Titer was positive, and vitamin d was <5.she put me on 2000Iu daily, have been on itsince may 2010 and its now at 17. My primary dr gave me 50000IU once a week for 4 weeks and i need to go for more blood work but i still dont feel well, so after reading some of your comments i bought some 5000Iu and atarted them two days ago guess what i lost eight pounds. since last june ive gained twenty five pounds so any weight i can lose will help. ive even been asked if im pregnant ya right at 47 i hope not.

  13. Elizabeth says:

    Hi – I had a bone fracture that was not healing. A year later, my doctor decided to test for Vitamin d and my level was 16. I was put on 50,000 IU A week for two months and finally my bone started to heal. I am in the sun almost daily and eat very healthy and I don’t smoke. Vitamin D doesn’t just happen.

    There is a reason for why it happens. In the process I discovered that I may have lupus- which causes vitamin d deficiency. A lot of symptoms many of you have been describing is indicative of lupus. I suggest googling it and if many of the symptoms sound familiar then maybe consult your doctor as to why you have been deficient in vitamin D.

    Many times doctors just give us the band-aid approach to fixing the problem rather then getting to the root of the problem. Vitamin d deficiency for long periods can cause serious health problems such as cancer and kidney failure. Don’t mean to scare anyone but just research lupus to learn about it since this web page doesn’t mention lupus.

  14. Paulette says:

    I just found out that my Vitamin d level is 9.17 and my cholesterol is 218 .. what do I eat ?? I was told to watch my diet along with the medicine for the vitamin d

  15. jane says:

    I don’t think you lose a crazy amt of weight but did notice a decrease in appetite on 3000 mg per day. Hard to know if you have overeaten due to a deficiency but I can see why there may be a link.

  16. Kristen says:

    My Doctor did a blood test and told me I was deficient in Vitamin D and I was glad to find such a seemingly well put-together website on the subject, However….

    There are some gross leaps of logic in this article. It’s talking about research in vitamin D and weight loss, but where is the citation? Where can I find this research if I so choose. Why on earth would I believe this site, if they can’t even tell me where they learned it from?

    Just re-read it if you feel you could be of such benefit from this.

  17. Nancy says:

    I was recently found to have a Vitamin D level of only 4. My doctor put me on 100,000mg of Vitamin D once a week for 3 months. Will this help me with my chronic pain and depression? So far, all of the tests that my Dr has performed, have all come back normal thank goodness, but I would like to know why I am in pain all of the time and if the Vitamin D will help me.

  18. Shannon says:

    I was told today that i have a severe vitamin D deficiency. I was put on 50000 IU weekly for 6 months, is that too long to take that high of a dose? Also I have been gaining weight at a high rate the past year, and do not know why. Could getting my vitamin D level normal help in stopping the gain and reverse it?

  19. Brenda says:

    My doctor called today and informed me that I have a vitamin d deficinecy of 20. I’ve read that the deficiency is related to weight gain. I’ve gained weight over the past several years. Has anyone lost weight as a result of the treatment?

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