Many of us at some point in our life will consider being on a weight loss program, whether it is prompted by illness, vanity or the need to encourage optimum health. Whatever the reason, the only way to lose weight is to eat fewer calories than your body needs, so that the body’s fat stores provide the shortfall. As your body burns its fat, it uses large amounts of vitamins and minerals to control the biochemical reactions involved. However, if you are eating less, you are consuming less of these essential nutrients, and this is why the Department of Health recognizes slimmers as a group ‘at risk’ of having micro nutrient deficiencies.
Try to increase your exercise levels to help burn off additional calories. Ensure that you are eating oily fish, such as mackerel, herring and salmon or, if this is not possible, consider a Fish I supplement to ensure that fat-soluble vitamins can be absorbed from foods.