So my entire dieting life... I have lost weight slowly and had trouble keeping it off. I would get to like 174 and have some candy at a Christmas party and gain like 10 lbs... instantly. And then, I couldn't lose it. Until.. 2009. My doctor did a Vitamin D3 blood test and it turned out I was severely deficient. 15 ng per ml. I was supposed to be over 30 (at that time) and now the levels have been raised to higher (suggested 30 to 60). I got my blood level up to 45 or so. I should have known... I still could gain weight but I did notice it seemed harder to do.
So come January this year I went on a diet, when my blood level was 45 ng. I lost weight fast... (of course there was more to it than just vitamin D but this is the first time I actually lost like *normies* at the age of 42 I lost better than 18). This is the first diet I was ever on with normal Vitamin D. I made my goal for the first time ever. Then come August I started eating normally again. Did I gain hand over foot? No. No I didn't. In fact, I have gained no more than 3 lbs since going off the diet 3 months ago.
If there was one thing I would say to any dieter it is that you need to pay attention to Vitamin D3
- it has to be blood level. Vitamin D is fat soluble. So you can take 4000 IU and 3000 will be trapped in your fat. There is no way to know... unless you get your blood level tested.
- it has to be vitamin d3. d2 is a plant based level and it doesn't work as well.
- Vitamin D 3 is a HORMONE. It was named vitamin incorrectly.
- Vitamin d 3 has been shown to reduce insulin resistance.
- Vitamin d 3 has been shown to be an Angiogenesis inhibitor. I bet you have heard of Angiogenesis with regard to cancer. It is how cancer cells get blood to thrive. But turns out fat cells grow exactly the same way. So Vitamin D has been shown to inhibit this process in FAT cells and also cancer.
- Many studies have now shown that it does have an effect on weight loss.
- Studies have shown that Vitamin D3 increases muscle mass.
- Vitamin D3 is hard to get from food. Very few foods have it. It is also hard to get from the sun. The oft heard 15 minutes in the sun doesn't work in certain areas of the US and in highly polluted places. You must supplement.
Since Vitamin D3 has been implicated in cancer prevention -- why not do it?
If you don't believe me... google any of these facts and check them out yourselves.