Celebrity nutritionist Elizabeth Marighetto says most people don't know that B vitamins (especially B5 or pantothenic acid) are important to take when trying to lose weight.
"When on a reduced carbohydrate and calorie-restrictive diet your body's ability to burn fat stores efficiently decreases over time," she explains. "Over time your body will feel weak, hungry, and dizzy and cravings will set in that leads to diet sabotage. By eating foods high in B5 your energy levels with increase, as well as your body's ability to metabolise stored fat for the long haul, making a restrictive diet more bearable."
Marighetto says vitamin B5 is found in many foods such as brewer's yeast, wholegrains, legumes, milk, yogurt, eggs, sunflower seeds, tomatoes, broccoli, strawberries, meat and salmon.
To start your day the vitamin B way, she suggests a balanced breakfast: ½ cup oatmeal with ½ cup of milk or low fat yogurt, sprinkled with sunflower seeds, brewer's yeast and strawberries with one scrambled egg served with tomatoes, broccoli, and ¼ of an avocado.
A fun way to get your vitamin B fix is making a smoothie. Mix either low-fat milk or yoghurt, with a banana, berries and some sunflower seeds.