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Three surprising deficiencies that cause weight gain

 Ensure you include these important nutrients as you prepare your meals (Photo: Shutterstock)

If you are eating a healthy, balanced, calorie-controlled diet and exercising regularly or have an active lifestyle but are still struggling with your weight then you may need to look at other factors that may be affecting your weight. 

1. Vitamin D 

While we all know the importance of vitamin D in supporting bone health, several studies have indicated that women low in vitamin D are more predisposed to weight gain. Foods high in vitamin D are oily foods, egg yolks and mushrooms but don’t forget to sit in the sun regularly! 

2. Iodine

Low levels of iodine can cause your thyroid to work sluggishly, leading to weight gain. Since our bodies can’t produce iodine, it must be consumed in our diet through iodised salt, seafood and dairy. 

3. Magnesium 

Magnesium regulates blood glucose levels, with low levels causing weight gain. Eat plenty of foods rich in magnesium such as leafy green veg, whole grains and fortified cereals.

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