Sunlight for Weight Loss

Now that you know that vitamin D helps in weight loss. The next question is how do you use this information to lose weight. Seems like you could just take a Vitamin D supplement, and take care of it. Turns out, it’s not that simple. Read on to find out…

Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences has recommended a daily of 200 International Units (IU) till 50 years. However, if you are above 50 years of age then you would require 400 IU of vitamin D.

Naturally vitamin D is limited to small amounts in fish oils, eggs, and milk. Although pasteurized milk is fortified with vitamin D, dairy products made from milk, such as cheese and ice creams, are generally not fortified with vitamin D. Food thus provides marginally low amounts of vitamin D.

Turns out that to get enough Vitamin D in your body, you just need to spend some time in the sun. Exposing yourself to sunlight, helps your body produce vitamin D. UV rays from the sun trigger vitamin D production in skin.

Too much unprotected exposure to the sun can be harmful, so all you need is 10 to 15 minutes of sun exposure at least two times per week to the face, arms, hands, or back without sunscreen is usually sufficient to provide adequate vitamin D. Sunscreens with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 8 or greater will block UV rays that produce vitamin D.

So, spend some time in the sun, get healthy and lose weight.

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo
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