Boy, am I glad that I kept my annual appointment with my OB/GYN on Monday. Flipping back through my chart, he reminded me that at one point, I was vitamin D deficient and asked me how the D3 supplements I’d been taking were coming along.
Turns out I’d stopped taking them and just about every other vitamin supplement (like iron and B-complex pills) because something in one of them was making me ravenously hungry. Well, I’m grateful to have once again pulled out my bottle of gluten-free vitamin D softgels with 2,000 IU in each softgel, providing 500% of the daily-recommended dosage.
The problem with being vitamin D deficient
The fact that my doctor told me that vitamin D can help assist with my weight loss process by boosting my metabolism was enough to encourage me to get back on the wagon – after all, I had been hasty in eschewing all those supplements en masse. (It was probably the stupid iron pills making me so hungry anyway.)
Little did I know that problems like muscle weakness and depression can be linked to a lack of the nutrient, reports ABC News, and proponents swear by its acne-clearing properties.
Vitamin D is one of the best ways to enhance your immune system. If your level is between 30 and 50, you’re fine. If it’s below 30, that’s not good and you might need a supplement, so says Dr. Oz, who speaks about the way “the fat sucks it up.”
The sun is the best way of getting vitamin D – via 10 to 15 minutes of direct sunlight per day. If you’re dark skinned, however, you’ll need about an hour of direct sunlight. In all cases, you still want to use sunscreen to protect your skin.
Take at least 1,000 units of vitamin D per day, says Dr. Oz, and discover if you’re deficient via a blood test, then treat it and take enough IUs of D3 per day accordingly. When it approaches 50,000 units per day (read as 50,000 IU) — that’s a number that gets excessive and starts making Dr. Oz nervous.
Using vitamin D to help on my weight loss journey
I’ve chronicled my weight-loss journey here on Yahoo in previous articles, and I expect that to continue now that I’ve lost more than 10 pounds in three months from altering my eating habits and joining a lovely boot camp that is helping me with my strength training.
Apparently, studies have shown that boosting vitamin D has helped others decrease their fat mass, so I’m seriously looking forward to a vacation-ready body by spring and summer. Whether my journey takes me to Virginia Beach hotels to the wine country in Sonoma Valley or down to Los Angeles to compete with the skinny Minnies, I’ll be ready!