With bathing suit season approaching maybe faster than we’d like, many of us are thinking about shedding pounds—and shedding them now. Like overnight would be great. We’re in searching of the magic pill, the miracle diet, the secret sauce, one that’s low fat, gluten-free and delicious, and will melt those pounds away. POOF. Unfortunately, the key to successful weight loss is time. To keep them off, you have to lose those extra pounds in a slow, measured and sensible way. And this requires lifestyle changes. Think improved sleep habits, a more effective exercise plan and cleaner eating.

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3 Vitamin Supplements That Can Actually Help You Lose WeightWhat you may not know is that there’s another secret to shedding weight and keeping it off, and that is by increasing your levels of certain vitamins. Yes, you read that right. You’ll feel better and ultimately lose stubborn pounds when you are taking the right supplements. It makes sense that when you have unmet nutritional needs or vitamin deficiencies, you find yourself overeating or bingeing on unhealthy foods. When you fuel your body with essential nutrients, however, you’ll feel satisfied and more likely eat sensibly.

Ready for a lesson in getting healthy? Here are 3 vitamin supplements that could help you slim down and strut your stuff poolside with confidence.

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Vitamin D

Vitamin D has several important functions. We all know it’s essential for bone health and development. Without adequate levels of vitamin D, we don’t absorb and metabolize calcium properly, and our bones can lose density. Furthermore, research has shown a connection between low vitamin D levels and trouble losing weight.

Well, guess what? Research also has shown that vitamin D might play an important role in regulating mood and warding off depression. And let’s face it, when you’re tired and feeling blue, it can be tough to stick to the weight loss plan and healthy lifestyle. Talk to your doctor about how you’re feeling; he/she can diagnose a vitamin D deficiency by performing a simple blood test.

Personalized Multivitamin

We are all unique in our nutritional needs. We each have different diets, health histories and lifestyles, and therefore we can each benefit from a personalized multivitamin that meets our own particular needs. When it comes to vitamin supplements, there is no one size fits all. But when you find yours, it can make all the difference. How?

The right, individualized vitamin regimen won’t magically make those skinny jeans fit again, but it will help you meet your nutritional needs, which, in turn, will energize, motivate and keep you on a healthy path toward weight loss.

Iodine

We’ve heard it said many times before. If your metabolism is a revved engine, your thyroid is the gas. A slow metabolism can make it hard to lose weight, but it has other effects, too, such as fatigue and weakness. And you were wondering why you were so sluggish all the time.

In an effort to be health conscious, today many people have turned salt into the enemy. But now that they have lowered their salt intake, they fail to get even that small amount of necessary iodine in their diets. Of course, many of us have replaced processed iodized salt with “healthier” sea salt, an obvious nutritious alternative—except that sea salt does not naturally contain a significant amount of iodine.

Because iodine is essential for proper thyroid function, you want your diet includes adequate amounts—not too much, as that can be dangerous, but just enough. So make sure you’re getting the right amount from your food, and if not, then from a vitamin supplement.

Romy Block, MD specializes in endocrinology and metabolism. Arielle Levitan, MD, is a board-certified internal medicine physician with a special interest in preventive medicine and women’s health. After years of advising patients about the proper vitamins to take, Drs. Block and Levitan created Vous Vitamin® to provide people everywhere with quality vitamins that are suited to their individual needs. They are the authors of the award-winning book The Vitamin Solution: Two Doctors Clear the Confusion About Vitamins and Your Health.

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