A dramatic waist-to-shoulder ratio might be one of the most coveted aspects of a fit physique—and one of the hardest to achieve. If you’re looking for that Adonis-style trait, add a healthy dose of vitamin D to your daily regimen.
Researchers at Purdue University gave 12 overweight twenty-something subjects 4,000 IE of vitamin D and 500 milligrams of calcium every day for 12 weeks, while a similar group received a placebo. All subjects performed a moderately intensive weight-training regimen three days a week. It turns out that the fatties who took vitamin D lost more body fat, specifically the kind that hangs around the waist. The waist/hip ratio for the vitamin D group saw significant improvements compared to those taking the placebo.
Researchers believe that 12 weeks was actually far too short to see the full benefits, and they expected even greater improvement when supplementing with vitamin D is adhered to for two years or more.