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Vitamin B1 for Weight Loss

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In 2008, John Tapert began his writing career as a blogger for non-profit organizations, branching forth from the sociopolitical into his current career as a technical writer. His work has been published by "Campus Pride" and "Made Manual". Tapert is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Science in psychology from Wright State University.
Vitamin B1 for Weight Loss
Whole grain rice is a good source of vitamin B-1, which can help you to lose weight. Photo Credit: Jupiterimages/ Images

Similar to the other B-complex vitamins, vitamin B-1 helps your body to break down fats, protein and carbohydrates. However, no research suggests that taking vitamin B-1 will help you to lose weight. Instead, it seems as though some weight loss diets might affect your vitamin B-1 status in a negative way. As a result, although you should try to ensure that you get enough vitamin B-1 when losing weight, taking vitamin B-1 will not cause weight loss.

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Vitamin B-1 plays an essential role in converting carbohydrates to adenosine triphosphate, which can help fuel any exercise-related attempts to burn calories and lose weight. However, taking vitamin B-1 does not cause weight loss. In fact, a 2010 review in "The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition" indicates that following a low-calorie diet when trying to lose weight can result in an insufficient vitamin B-1 intake. As this is particularly true for low-carb diets, you can potentially avoid low vitamin B-1 status by cutting down on fats, not carbohydrates, when dieting to lose weight.[Ref 2]

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