Trying to lose weight for the New Years? Consider measuring your Vitamin D

scale1By Preventative Medicine and Wellness Expert, James Yang, MD, MPH

Vitamin D deficiency in the winter is very common with one study showing that 28 percent of women had deficient levels and 33 percent had insufficient levels of vitamin D.  Multiple studies have suggested that your baseline Vitamin D levels may affect whether you are successful at weight loss while on a diet.

The most recent study by Dr. Shalamar Sibley showed that low levels of Vitamin D affected the magnitude of weight loss on subjects given a low-calorie diet.  In particular, Vitamin D levels  “did in fact predict abdominal fat loss in particular, and both forms [of vitamin D] predicted subsequent fat mass loss in abdominal subcutaneous compartments.”

To learn more about Dr. Sibley’s study on Vitamin D deficiency and weight loss click here.