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A Magic Bullet for Weight Loss?

We’ve all heard the saying "if it sounds to good to be true, it probably is."

And of course we’ve said there is no magic bullet for losing weight.  You don’t gain weight overnight and you won’t lose it overnight. 

It takes hard work.  It takes dedication.  And it takes determination to lose weight permanently.

But how about THIS interesting study, published in the International Journal of Obesity that concluded "obese individuals who supplement with a multivitamin/mineral may lose more weight than those who do not"

Here’s a quick summary of the study:

Nearly 100 obese women were given either a multivitamin/mineral supplement, calcium, or a placebo over a 26 week period.  The calcium was added in the mix as calcium has been shown in other research to potentially help with weight loss.

What they found was that those who were given the multivitamin/mineral supplement lost more body weight and had a lower body mass index at the end of the study while continuing to eat their "normal" diets.

Now, the authors suggested obese people have lower levels of nutrients and this could affect appetite.  They also suggested there is also the possibility of increased calorie and fat burning through the various nutrients.

Clearly more research needs to be done.  We’re NOT actually saying everyone should take a multivitamin/mineral product with the hopes of losing body fat quickly …

…at the same time, when restricting calories, taking a daily multi is a wise idea in our opinion.

Of course it goes without saying that the best way to get your nutrients, though, is through a wide variety of different foods.



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2 Responses to A Magic Bullet for Weight Loss?

  1. Mike June 21, 2010 at 8:09 am #

    Dr Mohr’s,

    I’m not sure if agree with restricting calories and taking a multi is wise. I would be concerned about energy levels with calorie restriction. I would think you would want to look at your activity level before making that decision. Also is the purpose of the multi to make up for the calorie restriction?


    • Chris and Kara Mohr June 21, 2010 at 8:19 am #

      Great question — if people are trying to lose weight, they should be restricting calories a bit. Granted, some exercise can make up for that, but the amount of exercise needed to create a calorie deficit needed for fat loss is a tough for people who may be physically inactive. Ideally there would be a little restriction, a boost in activity (and intensity), and it’s a win win.

      So the idea of the multi is to offer nutrients since often when people restrict, they blindly do so and don’t make all the best food decisions. Of course our job is to educate them how to make great decisions, though. Thanks for the input!

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