Although there is no clinical data that support the hypothesis of high Vitamin D levels with fat loss, having high Vitamin D levels can indirectly assist with fat loss.
As somebody who used to suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, the winter months can really bear down on your motivation to stick with a diet and exercise plan. Comfort eating, drinking alcohol, and skipping the gym can become all-too-commonplace when you don’t feel up to it, mentally.
Men with low vitamin D levels may not produce testosterone optimally — and this would have a ripple effect: low testosterone men lead lifestyles conducive to low testosterone production.
The loss of motivation — partially through depleted Vitamin D levels — can kill your fat loss plan.
Most of the reasons listed below pertain to motivation and under preconditions that make fat loss easier.
Still, though, they aren’t reasons that should be necessarily sniffed at.
How Vitamin D Can Help With Fat Loss
As previously mentioned, it wouldn’t directly assist with fat loss, per se, but it could create conditions where fat loss becomes far easier.
According to a study:
“The high prevalence of VD (Vitamin D) deficiency in obese subjects is a well-documented finding that is most probably due to volumetric dilution into the greater volumes of fat, serum, liver, and muscle present in obese people. However, other mechanisms cannot completely be excluded, as they may contribute concurrently.
“A low VD concentration cannot yet be excluded as a cause of obesity due to the incompletely explored effects of VD receptors found in AT (Adipose Tissue). VD deficiency in obese people does not seem to have consequences for bone tissue, but may affect other organs, even though studies have shown inconsistent results and VD supplementation has not yet been clearly shown to benefit the dysmetabolic state. Hence, more studies are needed to determine the actual role of VD deficiency in the development of these disorders and the effect of VD supplementation.“
This means that although direct supplementation won’t induce weight loss, obese patients were more likely to suffer from deficiencies.
1. Vitamin D Can Help Fight Depression
Many people out there suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder — which is why I’m a huge advocate for moving somewhere sunny to improve your quality of life!
But it is also known that many people treated with depression often suffer from Vitamin D deficiency.
According to Healthline: “Studies have shown a link between vitamin D deficiency and depression. Researchers behind a 2013 meta-analysis noticed that study participants with depression also had low vitamin D levels. The same analysis found that, statistically, people with low vitamin D were at a much greater risk of depression.
“The researchers believe that because vitamin D is important to healthy brain function, insufficient nutrient levels may play a role in depression and other mental illnesses. An earlier 2005 study identified vitamin D receptors in the same areas of the brain associated with depression.“
Depression can sap all of your energy and demotivate you.
Without adequate motivation, losing fat can be more uncomfortable than it already is. A state of depression can discourage you from the relevant meal prepping and/or exercise you’ve been prescribed to do for fat loss.
2. It can Raise Natural Testosterone Production
Again, it is common knowledge that a link between los Testosterone and Low Vitamin D levels has been found.
A study confirmed a link between vitamin D deficiency and low testosterone. As soon as the study’s participants spent more time in the summer sun, their vitamin D and testosterone levels increased (R).
In another yearlong study, researchers split 65 men into 2 groups, one of which took 3,300 IU of vitamin D daily. The supplement group’s vitamin D levels doubled, and their testosterone levels increased by around 20%, from 10.7 nmol/L to 13.4 nmol/L (R).
However, in addition to these studies, obesity will plunge testosterone levels — and a link between obesity and Vitamin D deficiency has also been noted.
Here are some of the symptoms of low testosterone:
- Reduced libido
- Erectile dysfunction
- Fertility problems (inability to conceive)
- Fatigue/Low Energy
- Depression/Lowered Mood
- Weight Gain
- Muscle Loss
Most of the symptoms of low testosterone point toward a loss of motivation or willpower necessary to carry out a disciplined dfat loss regimen.
3. It can help you lose weight in later life by protecting your bones
Vitamin D can help maintain decent bone density later on in life.
Brittle bones and weak connective tissue could potentially destroy your motivation or prevent you from moving freely, thus making future weight loss harder than it needs to be.
By protecting your bones, it can also help shield you from potential injuries such as a fall — especially if you are slightly more on the portly side.
Having a strong frame can put you in a position where you can lose fat with greater ease than somebody more infirm.
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