Having trouble losing stubborn belly fat? Experts say it might be linked to chronic inflammation! “Belly fat has been linked to inflammation and elevated cortisol (the stress hormone). Belly fat is even thought to be ‘toxic’ to your system as it releases chemicals into your body that wreak havoc on your appetite and the way your body metabolizes food,” Dr. Mehmet Oz, M.D., says. “That’s why anti-inflammatory foods are thought to be effective in fighting belly fat and breaking the vicious cycle.”
In addition to following a healthy, low-calorie diet and hitting the gym frequently, doctors say that taking a daily anti-inflammatory vitamin can aid in weight loss and combat inflammation. Here are four that they recommend:
**Talk to your doctor before incorporating any of these vitamins and supplements into your weight loss routine!
Vitamin B Complex
The B vitamins are vital for peak metabolic function. Together, they work to metabolize carbs, fats, and proteins. It's important to make sure you're not sufficient in any B vitamins as low levels of one or more can negatively impact the way your metabolism burns calories.
Studies show that more than 70 percent of Americans are vitamin D deficient and further research has connected the vitamin with weight loss. A Canadian study found that people with ideal levels of vitamin D had less belly fat than those who were lacking. Other studies show that a lack of vitamin D also affects your energy levels, making it difficult to get to the gym and burn the calories needed for weight loss.
Nutrition researchers from Arizona State University report that the amount of vitamin C in the bloodstream is directly related to fat oxidation, which is the body's ability to use fat as a fuel source. Research also links this deficiency with increased body fat and waist measurements.
A recent study suggests that obese people with metabolic syndrome need more vitamin E in order to combat oxidative stress. Researchers from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University say that a huge number of Americans may be chronically deficient in vitamin E, which could compound the wide range of diseases known to be associated with metabolic syndrome, including heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease and cancer.
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