|Two reasons this may work for Batman, even if it does not work for you: (1) He's probably D-ficient, (2) Bats are closer related to rodents than men ;-)|
Usually, when you're losing weight, the fat cells shrink, but they remain in place. If adding some extra "D" and "Ca" on top of your energy reduced diet could make sure that the fat cells actually vanish, this would thus be extremely good news!
The increased propensity to assimilate triglycerides of previously emptied fat cells that is after thought to be one of the reasons a dieter's weight jojos back up in not time.
Aside from the fact that not all things that work beautifully in rodents are going to work in humans, as well, there are certain additional caveats that make me doubt that it's just their own stupidity that the ten-thousands of people who are already taking vitamin D and calcium at 10,000IU and 800-1,000mg per day, respectively, are not yet ripped to the shreds.
- Firstly, we cannot be sure whether the simple human equivalent dose (HED) calculations apply in this context (learn how to calculate HEDs).
- Secondly, the whole "fat cell apoptosis" thing would be useless if it would occur only in concert with an overall increase in obesity, which is what the scientists in the study at hand have necessarily been observing in their diet-induced obese mice on high fat diets.
|Figure 1: Effects of supplementation regimen on diet-induced blood glucose excursions & body fat levels (Sergeev. 2014)|
|Vitamin D does not help w/ glucose control in non-deficient individuals|
The goal should obviously be to stay or get down to a normal weight, not to ameliorate the damage you're doing to yourselves on a daily basis by eating what some people call a "diet", in the "standard American" fashion (don't get me wrong, the SGD, i.e. Standard German Diet, does not only look pretty much like the US one, it's also about as sickening unhealthy).
- Sergeev, Igor N., and Qingming Song. "High vitamin D and calcium intakes reduce diet‐induced obesity in mice by increasing adipose tissue apoptosis." Molecular nutrition & food research (2014).