Confession: I don’t always take my daily multivitamin even though I tell my doctor I do. Actually, rephrase that- I didn’t always take my daily multivitamin. I have a full Women’s Multi sitting in my medicine cabinet right next to the Chinese herbs that I take for stress and clear skin, but for some reason as my fingers are skimming the many results-promising bottles I tend to skip over it. I think it’s because it’s just one of those things that you’re “supposed” to take in order to get enough nutrients, but it really, in my mind, has never had a real solid defined and labeled purpose. After all, I’m a pretty healthy eater, making sure to consume several fruits, vegetables, proteins, and grains each day. So why would I need to get my vitamins in supplement form anyway? Well. I now have a reason: weight loss.
An article in EatingWell Magazine, that was republished on Yahoo! Shine reports on a new study revealed in the International Journal of Obesity, examining 85 obese women in China and gave some multivitamins and others a placebo. Those who took a one-a-day type multivitamin (with 29 vitamins and minerals) and ate their normal diets (no special healthy diet) actually lost an average of about three and a half pounds over six months. The who took a placebo instead of the multivitamin lost no weight.
BUT, another study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, discovered that obese men and women who were on diets and took a multivitamin and mineral supplement lost the same amount of weight as obese dieters who took a placebo. However, the vitamin-taking women reported feeling less hungry, making it easier to lose weight on a calorie-restricted diet.
The reason for the revelation is unknown. But some scientists say that it may be because when our body is lacking certain nutrients, it fires up our appetite in hopes that we will replenish. The idea is that if you always stay “topped off” with nutrients, you won’t have those extra nutrient-driven food cravings.
So, fine, the evidence that multivitamins can help weight loss might not be hard fact quite yet, and there’s no label on the bottle making the claim, but I’ll tell you that I now take my daily daily.