Vitamin D and Fat Burning Mechanism

How Vitamin D Helps Fat Cells Burn Fat Rather than Storing it?

If you have missed the earlier article on “How Vitamin D Helps You Slim Down?“, you should read that first before reading this article!

As you know based on previous article there are many vitamin D receptors on many cells and tissues throughout the human body. A receptor is like a molecule that is found on the surface of a cell. When vitamin D attaches to a D receptor, it triggers the following actions:

  • The fat cell becomes more metabolically active and burns more calories.
  • The production of cortisol – a stress hormone that encourages the formation of stored belly fat – decreases.

When levels of vitamin D are low, levels of parathyroid hormone (PTH) rise. Higher than normal levels of PTH trigger a series of reactions that eventually lead to fat cells converting sugar into fat and hoarding fat rather than releasing it to be burned.

When vitamin D is not plugged into receptors, it can interfere with leptin signalling. Leptin is an important hormone that signals your brain to stop eating. A lack of vitamin D may interfere with this appetite-suppressing hormone. Your body doesn’t know when it’s full, so you continue to eat.

Credit Source: This article is based on the book “Drop Twice the Weight in Half the Time with the Vitamin D Diet” by Alisa Bowman.

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