According to a recent study, overweight people have better success in losing weight when their vitamin D levels are increased. In the study, 38 obese men and women were placed on a diet program. Those whose vitamin D levels were increased lost up to a half pound more than those whose vitamin D levels were not increased. Supplementation with vitamin D increases weight loss for people whose Vitamin D levels are already low.
Approximately 75 percent of American teens and adults are deficient in vitamin D. A Vitamin D deficiency is connected to many serious illnesses such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
As Vitamin D works with calcium and sunlight, it helps to properly use the foods consumed and it regulates blood sugar levels. If there is a lack of calcium, the body makes more synthase (a fatty acid enzyme that coverts calories into fat). People with a calcium deficiency may have a synthase production increase of up to 500 percent. This explains the connection between low Vitamin D levels and obesity.