Thursday, June 25, 2009

Vitamin D Improves Dieting and Weight Loss

A little bit of sun this summer can be good! I found this interesting article for you guys to read below.

by Gerald "Gerry" Pugliese

Do you get enough vitamin D? Better still, do you even know where to get vitamin D from? I'll give you a hint - look up! No, it's not in the ceiling fan. It comes from the sun. Our skin makes vitamin D after being exposed to ultraviolet light. And new research claims getting more vitamin D, while following a calorie-restricted diet, improves weight loss, The study, presented at The Endocrine Society's annual meeting, involved 38 overweight men and women placed on a calorie-restricted diet (750 calories or less per day) for 11 weeks, with participants' vitamin D levels checked before and after.

Scientists found most people were vitamin D deficient, but those with higher levels had increased loss of belly fat. Researchers suggest vitamin D supplementation may be an option for people trying to lose weight.

Now, in addition to the sun, some healthy food sources of vitamin D include fatty fish, such as sardines and wild Alaskan salmon. Both are low-contamination fish, and salmon sushi is pretty much the best thing ever!