As doctors, many people ask us “what vitamins should I take to lose weight?” It is not uncommon for people to want to find out more about supplements for weight loss with hopes that this can be a game changer.
The truth, is often different than they think.
People expect that they will walk in to our office with questions about how to lose weight quickly and we will hand them a magic supplement for weight loss and that will be that. If that sounds too good to be true, of course it is…
So what can you do to lose weight?
But wait, there actually is good news about how vitamins can help you lose weight. It turns out that taking the right approach and creating a personalised vitamin routine can be very helpful for weight loss.
We all have different nutritional needs based on who we are, our diets, lifestyles and individual health concerns. Because of this we each have needs for different vitamins in different amounts. To figure out what vitamins to take for your needs, you can take our personalised vitamin quiz here.
But back to the big topic at hand—losing weight— how does this factor in? Our experience practicing medicine tells us that taking the right vitamins can play an important role in losing weight. While weight loss does not happen over night, doing it in a thoughtful and measured way is much more likely to be sustained and lasting compared to any extreme diet, cleanse, or the like.
Can vitamins help with weight loss?
Our customers report to us that they often lose weight once they start taking the right vitamins. This could be for several reasons. As one Vous Vitamin® vitamin subscription customer said, “I feel like I have had a little more energy, and not craving/eating so many things since my body is getting the vitamins I need to stay healthy.”
How does taking right vitamins help with weight loss? Well, more energy is a great start. If you are taking key nutrients to help with your energy such as iron and B12, you may find that your new found energy can be helpful in motivating you to exercise more and lead a healthier lifestyle. Feeling like you have the energy to make it through the day with out unneeded caffeine or other quick snacks to boost energy, may ultimately assist with losing weight.
What else can vitamins do to help with weight loss?
In addition to vitamins for energy, taking the right supplements may help with weight loss by reducing your craving for other foods. When we are vitamin deficient our body is always wanting to eat something to satiate its needs. If you take the right vitamins for your needs (take our vitamin quiz here to find the right vitamins) you may find that you do not crave high calorie or unhealthy foods as much since your body is getting the right nutrients to function optimally.
Some supplements that may be part of a personalised vitamin regimen, such as iodine, can actually help boost your metabolism. Iodine is an essential component for your thyroid to function. The thyroid regulates metabolism and taking a proper and safe amount of iodine can help support your thyroid so it functions properly.
How else can supplements help you lose weight?
Another factor that comes in to play when determining what supplements to take for weight loss, is sleep. Yes sleep. It turns out that sleep can actually play a key role in weight loss. Did you know that your body makes essential hormones that help with weight loss while you sleep? Taking the right vitamins for insomnia and sleep can then facilitate weight loss by aiding in getting deep and meaningful sleep. It turns out that some nutrients that may be in your personalised vitamin subscription may assist in getting deeper more meaningful sleep–these may include magnesium, Vitamin D3, certain B vitamins and iron. If you can get restful quality sleep, your body may respond not only by feeling more rested the next day, but also with the weight loss you have been hoping for.
So, there is no one magic vitamin or supplement you should take for weight loss. Rather, listening to your body’s unique vitamin needs is the best way to lose weight in a sustainable and healthful way. The best way to know what vitamins to take is to take our personalised vitamin quiz and get a doctor created all in one subscription vitamin sent directly to you.
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The more evidence we get the more it points towards an moderate approach to weight loss. “Fad diets” such as keto continue to disappoint in their long term success rates. More and more people are finding sustained success with weight loss by simple tracking tools such as food logs and fitness apps. Vitamins continue to play an important role in this comprehensive approach to lifestyle and fitness. Personalized vitamins remain an easy and essential way to kick start healthy habits and meet your nutritional needs to jumpstart weight loss success. Improved energy, sleep and muscle strength are all a great way to support efforts to improve overall health and weight loss.
Romy Block specialises in Endocrinology and Metabolism and is mother to three active adolescent boys. Arielle Levitan is a Doctor of Internal Medicine with a special interest in Preventive Medicine and Women’s Health. She is a mother of three teenagers. As professional women with active family lives, they recognise that people often neglect their own health needs and are uncertain about what vitamins to take. Each person is different in her diet, exercise and health history, and will benefit from different nutrients. After years of advising their patients about the proper vitamins to take, Drs. Block and Levitan created Vous Vitamin® to provide people everywhere with quality vitamins that are suited to their individual needs. They are authors of the award winning The Vitamin Solution: Two Doctors Clear Confusion About Vitamins and Your Health (She Writes Press, 2015). Take your vitamin survey now to get exactly the right vitamins for your needs.
The statements made in this article have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products offered by Vous Vitamin® are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Nothing contained herein is intended to be a diagnosis or constitute medical advice. The symptoms described in this Blog may be a result of a serious medical condition which requires medical treatment. You should consult with your doctor if you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned in this Blog and before beginning any vitamin or supplement regimen.