Are your vitamins making you fat?

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THAT’S A RIDICULOUS AMOUNT OF SUPPLEMENTS

Every weekend, I grab my gigantic pill box and fill it with all the vitamins and supplements my doctors, trainers, and health professionals in my life tell me to take. These supplements are supposed to help me have more energy and be healthier, you know the trick.

HOW MUCH ARE TOO?

Look at that handful of vitamins! Damn! It takes me 15 minutes every morning to take them all with a few glasses of water. Of all these pills, only one is needed for blood pressure and another is optional for acid reflux.

So, as I looked at the handful of pills I was taking this morning, which looked more like a meal in itself, I wondered, “I wonder if taking all these vitamins and supplements is making me fat?”

The answer I found might surprise you; but indeed, according to National Library of Medicine, taking too many vitamins can indeed lead to obesity; especially too much vitamin B. Vitamin-rich formulas and food fortification could be the reason people have been getting heavier over the past few decades, according to the article.

AM I TAKING TOO MANY SUPPLEMENTS?

Now I wonder what I really should do. I’ve been taking supplements for years and really struggled to lose weight. Even when I feel like I’m eating healthy, I still think that’s my age, my lifestyle, but there are so many things I’m doing well, it amazes me that I continue to struggle to maintain my weight.

The question is, how do you know if you should limit some of that vitamin intake? Advice is always given to take more and more supplements, so I do. What would happen to me if I stopped taking most of them and only took the vitamins that I think I really need? Like vitamin D? Has anyone in Minnesota had enough?

HOW TO DETERMINE WHAT TO TAKE FOR SUPPLEMENTS

According to “takecareof.com”, supplements are not intended to replace a healthy diet. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables is important for antioxidants, fiber, and phytochemicals. Eggs, meat, and poultry can give you choline, which plays an essential role in brain and nerve function. There are all the minerals you need. How do you know what you should or shouldn’t take?

The FDA doesn’t actually give us any clear definition of what we need because we all eat differently. The best thing you can do is assess WHAT you’re eating and make your best guesses about it, then supplement. They recommend eating fish at least twice a week. Is there such a thing as eating too much fish? I hope not.

Next time I’m at my doctor’s I’ll ask him if he can do a blood test to figure out what I should be taking. They always say you are what you eat. What are you eating?

The bottom line is, to be honest with yourself. Take a look at your actual diet over a period of a month. Every bite, every day; your own personal journal, then look at what’s in those foods and determine supplements based on your own findings.

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