Vitamin B gets a lot of attention in the world of weight loss supplements and nutrition discussions. This spectrum of nutrients is associated with claims ranging from providing basic support by helping the body and mind function properly to miraculous fat-melting results that require no other contribution from you.
Though it’s easy for most of us to assume that Vitamin B won’t cause weight loss magic to take place, it can be difficult to know specifically what to believe. We certainly can’t expect to take these supplements, change nothing else about the way we eat, exercise or live our lives, but still see excess fat disappearing. That’s simply not how it – or anything else – works.
At the same time, it’s good to know what you can expect and if supplementation is right for you. If you’re curious about whether you should be taking vitamin B supplements for weight loss, the first thing you should do is speak with your doctor. This may sound like a nuisance, but it’s more important than you might think.
Simply assuming that you need more of one or many B vitamins and taking them based on guesswork can be hazardous to your health. There are, after all many B vitamins. Each plays a different role in your body and affects the balance of other nutrients. Taking some of these supplements beyond what you need can bring you to toxic levels and can be harmful to you in ways you may not realize until true problems have arisen.
If you suspect your levels are low, your doctor may recommend blood tests so you can find out for certain. Once you know which – if any – among the B vitamins you need because your levels aren’t high enough, your doctor can recommend dietary changes or a specific supplement dose that will be right for you. You may also have to take other vitamin or mineral supplements to complement the B vitamins you’re taking, to ensure they are absorbed properly without throwing other nutrients out of balance.
These B vitamins may help to contribute to your broader weight loss efforts – calorie restriction and an improved activity level, for example – once they are replaced. The reason is that they will help your body to function more efficiently. A more efficient body may indeed improve its rate of losing weight.
* This article is for informational purposes only and not to be taken as medical advice. Always consult with your doctor before making any changes to your medications, supplements, diet, or exercise routine.