Some are religious about popping a daily pill, while others think vitamins are an unnecessary invention designed by nutrition companies to make money.
Still others think that multivitamins might be a good idea if you’re pregnant, sick, or eating an unhealthy diet, but as long as fruits and vegetables are part of the daily rotation, you don’t need them, right?
Here at GreenLite, we include the use of multivitamins as part of our weight loss programs, yet you might be wondering why it’s so important to take them.
If you need more motivation to make vitamins a part of your daily routine, consider the following ways that a multivitamin can assist with weight loss and keep you healthy:
Multivitamins contribute to a healthy metabolism. Research suggests that taking a multivitamin can help speed up weight loss. One randomized, double-blind study done by Chinese researchers found that obese women who took a multivitamin and calcium supplement every day for 26 weeks lost almost 6 pounds more than women who took just calcium or just a placebo pill.
Multivitamins provide the nourishment you may not be getting in a calorie-restricted diet. Cutting calories or even just drastically changing your diet can mean you might miss the mark when it comes to certain nutritional requirements. Vitamin or mineral deficiencies, in some cases, may also lead to extra weight.
Multivitamins may help control appetite. If you’re low on certain vitamins or minerals, it’s possible your appetite can be affected, causing you to eat more in order to replenish those nutrients. Taking a multivitamin, therefore, could help you manage your appetite.
Multivitamins can help prevent disease. According to Dr. Julian Whitaker, a well-known physician who promotes the idea of vitamin therapy, certain doses of various vitamins and minerals can help protect against degenerative disorders like hypertension, osteoporosis, diabetes, and heart disease.
Tips for Making Vitamins a Part of Your Routine
If you have trouble getting into the vitamin routine, some small tweaks to your schedule can help make them a habit.
1. Take them with food. If you take vitamins at meal times, say every time you eat breakfast or lunch, it will become habit. Furthermore, research suggests that some vitamins may be better absorbed when they’re broken down with food.
2. Set a timer. Set a daily reminder or alarm on your smart phone or computer to take your vitamins.
3. Get a pill box. In the same way you might prep your meals for the week, prep your vitamins in a pill box or traveling case for the day or week. Keep it in your car, your purse, or your desk at work.
4. Put them somewhere visible. Instead of stashing vitamins in a closet or the back of a shelf, put them somewhere in your line of vision (like on your nightstand or the kitchen counter).
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