Experts say that vitamin deficiencies are one of the leading causes of stubborn belly fat, which is why it’s recommended to consult with your doctor to see if your body is missing any vital nutrients and minerals.
In fact, there’s one vitamin in particular that research has found to be excellent for promoting a faster-working metabolism–it’s vitamin D!
When it comes to those with belly fat, researchers say that there is a correlation between obesity and vitamin D levels. Men's Health notes that research has found that people with "adequate vitamin D levels" are more likely tended to lose more weight than those with low levels.
"One vitamin that may surprise many people is a fat burner is vitamin D," Monica Mizzi, editor-in-chief of wellness website WellMe, tells us.
It turns out that vitamin D deficiencies aren't that uncommon. MindBodyGreen.com notes that it's actually something of a phenomenon; they reported that there are estimates that say that two-thirds of the population in the United States is vitamin D deficient!
"Vitamin D deficiency is one of the most commonly unrecognized medical conditions," says Michael F. Holick, M.D., Ph.D., a professor of medicine at Boston University medical center and author of The Vitamin D Solution. "And that deficiency negatively affects every cell in your body—including your fat cells."
But before you go and overload on vitamin D, it's important to stress that taking too much of anything isn’t a good idea. In fact, too much vitamin D can upset the calcium levels in your body and affect how certain heart and blood pressure medicines work. Always consult with your doctor before starting a new supplement or vitamin.
Not interested in taking a vitamin D supplement? You can get a daily dose of this important anti-inflammatory vitamin naturally by sitting out in the sun. Or, you can make tiny tweaks to your diet to make sure that you're getting enough vitamin D from the foods and drinks you're having.
Vitamin D-Rich Foods: