Updated: August 26, 2011

Mom always recommended taking your vitamins as nutritionalinsurance, but following her advice may also help you lose weight.In a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, women whoregularly popped a multivitamin reported feeling less hungry andhaving less desire to eat than those who didn't. While thedifferences were fairly small, regular multi takers did weigh less andhad a lower body fat percentage. "Supplements can help you getenough of the micronutrients that control your appetite and theamount of calories you burn off each day," says Angelo Tremblay,Ph.D., the study's lead researcher and professor of physiology andnutrition at Canada's Laval University. "You're more likely to fallshort on these essential vitamins and minerals when you're dieting."When shopping for a daily vitamin, look for one thatsupplies 100 percent of the RDI, or recommended daily intake, ofB vitamins (including folate) and vitamins C, D, and E; it should alsohave at least 200 milligrams of calcium and 18 milligrams of iron.

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