Putting The 'D' In Diet

Dieters looking for an extra edge to trim their waistline should consider increasing their intake of vitamin D, a study funded by the National Institutes of Health suggests. Researchers found that for every 1 ng/mL increase in the vitamin, subjects in a calorie-restricted diet lost an additional 0.1 kg. Not a lot. But, when you're trying to slim down, every little bit counts.

The Bigger Picture: Although you don't want to intake too much vitamin D, or any other nutrient, most Americans don't get anywhere near the general daily recommendation of 400 IU. Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3) is the most bioactive form, which is produced through exposure to sunshine. During the winter, it can be difficult to get enough if you live outside the southern states. Fortunately, fortified foods and supplements present you with plenty of options for maintaining your health and your weight.
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