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Finally! A pill that might actually boost weight loss

By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., July 19, 2010 - 10:56am

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Brierley asks: Do you take a multivitamin?


Yes. we switched to the chewy vita's and now the entire family is taking them [ 4 adult children & grand daughter] and my husband. they have a few calories but i count them in my daily total. we're all very healthy and rarely get colds.


02/14/2012 - 3:42pm

Yes, I've never noticed any difference in weight because of a multi vitamin


10/13/2010 - 11:57am

yes,everday. plus omega 3,coq10,d3, c, and a few others.


10/07/2010 - 5:52pm

I take a multi plus more. I had troubles for years (tired, hungry, bad skin (grey and dead), numb feet, woman problems, etc, finally a goiter). I asked the doctors about iodine (goiter???). They both said almost like a quote "It is not possible for an American to be iodine deficient." However, the endocrinologist said goiters were on the rise in his patients. Went to a naturopath who tested my iodine. I was deficient. After three years of having liquid removed often from my huge thyroid and the Endocrinologist wanting to remove it (although it was still working), I started taking the iodine supplement and now it is no longer filled with black fluid, strangling me and ruing my voice. All is well. I also take additional vitamin D3. My regular physician tested me and found me deficient in the sunshine vitamin, and that is also on the uprise.

I take more vitamins (and eat more veggies), feel better than I have in years, and have lost 45 pounds so far. I have 150 more to lose.

For a country that has so much to eat, we are dreadfully undernourished and terribly overfed. We eat more to try to get what we need nutritionally. However, our appetite is not well educated in what we should eat. I am becoming more educated and taking personal responsibility for my health....finally.


08/15/2010 - 5:34pm

I don't take a multivitamin these days. But with all the research on nutrition, and foods that power up your diet, and those to leave out because of what they do to your diet, you'd think we all would be thin. But no, the facts of physics determine that we must still burn more calories than we take in, despite our efforts to eat well. For me, that's the bottom line. I have fibromyalgia and diabetes and so cannot exercize enough to burn that many calories.

I've tried to lower just my calorie intake so my physical efforts to burn more calories than I take in lead to endless low blood sugar events. And trying to exercize enough to burn more calories exacerbates the fibromyalgia makes me so much sicker I cannot live with it. I won't give up good food and movement, but the future is scary when I consider the consequences of my illnesses.

The cost of a multivitamin won't always fit into the budget, but when I've got room for it, I'll add it in.


08/10/2010 - 1:03pm

no I don't take any vitamins.


08/02/2010 - 11:49pm

I think the only way to lose weight is to cut calory intake. I have tried everything and this is the only thing that has worked for me. I use Dr. Oz 28 day as a guide but eat what foods I choose to eat every day and so far I have lost 7 pounds. I am sticking to 1300 calerie a day intake as I had to lose 100 lbs I have 87 lbs to go. I have so much joint and muscle pain that I must lose it. It has been a long time since I saw 247 on my weight in the 247 poundage. Just to be in that weight catagory encourages me. I changed the way I was eating January ist,2010 and lost 11 pounds, then stopped losing. So I tried the 1300 calorie a day and it is working for me. I don't even mind being hungry. Since eating boiled oats with ground walnuts and blond flax seed my husband's cholesterol and blood sugar are normal. Just wonderful advise from Dr. Oz Thank you so much for caring enough to have the television program which educates people about their health. Muriel Rose-Middleton


07/30/2010 - 2:31pm



07/30/2010 - 11:17am

I'm not quite sure downing pills for a lifetime is the best way to go. I mean, unless you're a dietician or nutritionist, if you're dieting, you're probably not getting enough of the vitamins and minerals your body needs. Hence the need for multivitamins. But if you're eating healthy, balanced meals and working out, do you really, truly think mltivitamins will "help you stay slim"? I don't think so. Especially since your organism gets rid of unneeded vitamins and minerals anyway, and excess nutrients can actually have negative effects on your organism (large doses of vitamin C, for example, can cause indigestion, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, fatigue, disturbed sleep and even skin rashes, and possibly kidney stones) - who wants that?
Mind you, I'm not against multivitamins, I'm not against unnecessary and abusive medication.


07/30/2010 - 4:47am

Yes, my husband & I both do, and the way we remember to take them is that I transfer our vitamins into a nice-looking copper box that sits on our dining room table. That way when we set the table and sit down to eat, the vitamins are already there right in front of us. When they were shut away in a cabinet, they were too easily forgotten, but ever since we moved them out in the open (yet attractively disguised), we remember every time (unless we happen to eat dinner elsewhere).


07/30/2010 - 2:38am

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