The real (and healthiest) way to lose weight? Eat reasonable portions of food, work out regularly and get enough sleep.

When it comes to food, there are certain vitamins and nutrients that help you blast more fat.

Particular foods can shift your body out of fat-storage mode and into fat-melting mode. Specific vitamins and nutrients can actually help to flip an internal switch that signals cells throughout your body to burn more calories, wasting many of those calories as heat. Without these important nutrients, the opposite happens.

Optimize the below essential, fat-melting nutrients that can help you burn stubborn fat.

Vitamin D

Study after study shows that vitamin D helps to ensure body cells listen and respond to insulin, a hormone secreted from your pancreas. One of its jobs is to help glucose get into body cells, which burn glucose for energy. How well insulin pushes glucose into cells is called “insulin sensitivity.” The more sensitive your cells are to insulin, the better. The less sensitive they are to insulin, the more likely the calories you eat will end up in your fat cells.

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