28 Sep Does a Vitamin Deficiency Cause Weight Gain
Studies have shown that people who eat properly three times a day also have some vitamin deficiency in their body. Our body requires the right amount of vitamins, minerals, and nutrition to perform various functions. Some vitamins and minerals do not get produced in our body, and thus we need to provide that vitamin from an outside source.
Fruits and vegetables are high sources of vitamins and minerals. An individual must consume all foods in a balanced diet so that his body gets all the required vitamins and nutrients. Due to lack of consumption of certain food which is rich in a particular vitamin, many people can face vitamin deficiencies. Vitamin deficiencies can affect your body in various ways. Deficiency of vitamin A can affect our eyes, Lack of iodine can cause goiter, lack of vitamin B3 causes pellagra, deficiency of vitamin E causes nerve problems, etc.
If you were planning to lose weight and you started out to exercise but still feel that you are not losing any weight. You might have to check if you have any vitamin deficiencies. Lack of certain vitamins in your body can make you gain weight no matter how hard you try to lose it.
The following are some of the vitamins if found deficient in your body can cause weight gain:
- Vitamin D.
- Vitamin B12.
- Vitamin C.
A recent study shows that women who took supplements during their workouts which provided their body with vitamin D happen to lose more weight and stayed fit whereas the ones who did not take the Vitamin D supplements did not lose much weight as compared to the ones who took the supplements. Though we know that Vitamin D deficiency causes weight gain, there are no clear proof or study on how the Vitamin D is related to weight gain.
Regardless of the increase in weight, Lack of vitamin D can cause tiredness, fatigue, body pain and aches. Some of the sources of Vitamin D are exposure of your skin to sunlight. Dietary sources include milk, egg, yogurt, orange juice, salmon, etc.
If you happen to be a vegan or a vegetarian, then you might have a deficiency in Vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 is mostly found in meat such as beef, chicken, dairy products and eggs. The deficiency in Vitamin B12 can also cause depression, fatigue, and weight gain. Again no studies have shown how the deficiency of Vitamin B12 can cause weight gain in your body.
Vitamin C is another vitamin if consumed in lesser amount can make you gain weight. Deficiency of Vitamin causes scurvy. Scurvy is a condition where your body becomes weak, and your gums start to bleed. You become fatigued and also get skin rashes. The dietary source of vitamin C is citrus fruits like lemon, orange, etc., potatoes, broccoli, and strawberries.
So if you are feeling fatigued or tired all the time, you might check if your body is getting all the needed nutrients and vitamins in the right amount.