Could something as simple as taking a multivitamin each day help with weight loss? Find out what an interesting new study shows.
Can taking a daily vitamin make you skinnier? If a new study holds true, the benefits of taking a multivitamin could extend beyond its nutritional value and make life a little easier for people carrying around too many pounds.
Does Taking a Multivitamin Help with Weight Loss?
In a study published in the International Journal of Obesity, ninety-six obese women took either a multivitamin supplement that included minerals, a calcium supplement only, or a placebo pill. After twenty-six weeks, the women who took the multivitamin and mineral pill lost significantly more weight and body fat than did the other two groups. They also had lower levels of LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol and higher levels of HDL.
What about the women who took calcium? This is of interest since some studies show that calcium helps with weight loss. Unfortunately, the group who took calcium pills didn’t experience significant loss of weight or body fat, but they did show improvements in their lipid profile.
Why Would a Daily Vitamin Promote Weight Loss?
No one knows for sure, but it’s possible that supplying the body with all the vitamins and minerals it needs each day could reduce hunger and food cravings and reduce the chances of overeating. It would have been interesting to see if the women ate fewer calories when they were taking a daily vitamin. It’s important to keep in mind that this study was done on women who were already obese. It’s possible that taking multivitamins doesn’t have the same benefits for women of normal weight.
What Does This Study Mean?
Certainly more studies are needed to determine whether a daily vitamin and mineral supplement can help obese and overweight people lose weight, but it’s an intriguing thought. Ideally, people would get all of their vitamins and nutrients from eating a healthy diet, but with so many people eating fast food and processed foods where many of the vitamins and minerals have been processed out, taking a daily vitamin could provide some of the nutrients they’re not getting through diet alone.
Should You Take a Multivitamin to Lose Weight?
For most people, it’s safe to give this a try. When choosing a daily vitamin, stay away from ones that contain iron. Too much iron can be harmful and most people with the exception of vegetarians and pre-menopausal women get enough through diet alone.
The Bottom Line?
Taking a multivitamin won’t replace the need to eat healthy and not consume too many calories, but it could be one more tool in an obese person’s weight loss arsenal.