If weight loss were just about popping supplements, then we all would have been slim like reeds. All we would have to do then was sit on the couch, watch our favorite TV shows and fill the popcorn bucket with supplement pills instead of popcorn. But the sad part is, weight loss is not that easy. But what about the connection between vitamins and weight loss? Read on to know if vitamins are actually helpful in losing weight and what experts have to say about it.
Do they really help?
Whenever you go to a drugstore and scan through the shelves, what you definitely come across is weight loss touted as a benefit of many products. The benefits range from boosting metabolism to burning fat. But scientists have found little evidence to support claims about vitamins helping you lose weight.
No link has been found between calcium consumption and weight loss. Calcium only changes the way your body absorbs fat from your food. Your body needs calcium to support bone, muscle, blood vessel and nerve health. The only benefit of calcium-rich foods for weight loss is that they are rich in nutrients and low in fats.
We need Vitamin D to keep our bones strong but experts aren’t convinced yet that Vitamin D can help you lose weight. A study, published by American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that postmenopausal overweight women who took Vitamin D supplements lost more weight than women who did not take Vitamin D supplements.
More researches are required to test if Vitamin D supplements can help one lose weight. Until then, you can't really be sure.
A balanced diet which includes cereals, juices, fatty fish, low-fat dairy products also helps you to get the Vitamin D required by your body. Go for a walk early in the morning to get Vitamin D from the sun.
Vitamin B-12 supplement does not improve your metabolism, either you pop a pill or take the expensive injections. There is no evidence till now that Vitamin B-12 can promote weight loss.
Though Vitamin B12 may not shed kilos for you but it helps by changing the way your body absorbs nutrients. It prevents nutrients from getting converted into fat and rather, converts them into energy.
But you definitely need Vitamin B-12 if you are anaemic, a strict vegetarian, heavy drinker or had a bariatric surgery.
Omega 3 fatty acids
According to American Heart Association, omega-3 fatty acids are a great addition to your diet. They protect your heart from damage and diseases.
But there have been no claims till now supporting that omega-3 fatty acids can help one lose weight. Fishes like salmon, trout, sardines and tuna are rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids but if you do not eat fish, then you can go for omega-3 pills.
Green tea is as popular as any other thing which promises weight loss. But green tea does not have any direct impact on your weight. It is rich in antioxidants, which protect your heart health and prevent free radical damage. According to a research by Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, the potential of green tea when it comes to weight loss is not really as significant as it seems!