Are Weight Loss Injections Safe?

By: moklesur@bringtheshreds
September 13, 2020

OVERVIEW OF WEIGHT LOSS INJECTIONS

Weight loss injections are also known as lipotropic injections. They are supplements that are administered for fat loss. Weight loss injections are given to complement other aspects of a weight loss regimen, including a low-calorie diet and exercise.

Most weight loss injections contain vitamin B12, which isn't toxic even in large quantities. But here’s the thing – if weight loss or lipotropic injections are administered without any backup weight loss plan, then it is extremely unsafe.

While vitamin B12 & mixed-ingredient lipotropic injections are hyped in the fitness world, these are not a guarantee for all, nor are they completely safe.

Weight loss injections are also not regulated in the same way OTC or prescription medications are. You must seek your doctor's consent before getting a weight loss injection.

 

WHAT’S THE PROCEDURE FOR LIPOTROPIC INJECTIONS?

Weight loss injections consist of a variety of nutrients, vitamins, and other ingredients believed to facilitate weight loss. An ingredient commonly found in lipotropic injections include:

  • Phentermine
  • L-carnitine
  • Vitamin B-12
  • MIC (a mixture of methionine, inositol, and choline)
  • Vitamin B complex
  • Vitamin B-6
  • Branched-chain amino acids

The weight loss shot may be administered in an area that contains a lot of subcutaneous fatty tissues, like the buttocks, abdomen, or the thigh.

You can get a weight loss injection at a weight loss clinic or in medical spas, along with an exercise and a diet plan. The person administering the injection may or may not be a medical doctor, so you’ve got to verify the credentials of the provider before undergoing any weight loss injection plan.

Some providers may administer injections that contain just a single ingredient, such as vitamin B-12. Single-ingredient injections are mainly for people who are deficient in some nutrients.

 

HOW OFTEN CAN I GET A WEIGHT LOSS INJECTION?

If weight loss injections are included in your weight loss plans, then your provider will give it weekly. Some health experts recommend a twice-weekly injection of B-12 for fat and energy metabolism.

Some doctors will administer vitamin B-12 if they observe that you are deficient in it. B-12 injections may be prescribed for you to make at home a couple of times weekly, or as directed by your doctor.

 

DOSAGE FOR WEIGHT LOSS INJECTIONS

The dosage depends on the ingredients used. In a clinical trial assessing the effectiveness of vitamin B-12 and phentermine for weight loss, vitamin B-12 (as a single ingredient) was administered through injections of 1000mg weekly.

The dosage notwithstanding, your doctor will give you several shots per week for several weeks. Injections may be given for a few months or until your weight loss goals are reached.

 

ARE WEIGHT LOSS INJECTIONS SAFE? DO THEY HAVE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?

A well-trained doctor or health practitioner will consider all the side effects and risks from these weight loss injections. The risks of side effects depend on the ingredients contained in the shot. BCAAs, B16, and B12 are not harmful even in large doses. The excess of these substances will simply be excreted by your body through the urine.

Other components, mostly drugs (phentermine), can cause side effects like:

  • Constipation
  • Anxiety
  • Dry mouth
  • Diarrhea
  • Dry mouth
  • Fatigue
  • Numbness in the hands and feet
  • Incontinence
  • Insomnia
  • Increased heart rate

If you experience these symptoms, or they persist, please call your doctor without delay. They may ask you to discontinue the lipotropic or change the ingredients that you’re using. Phentermine is contraindicated in cardiovascular issues, thyroid disease, or anxiety.

Some side effects may also be due to your weight loss programs. Several weight loss facilities give these injections along with a low-calorie diet. When you are not taking in many calories, you may experience:

  • GIT upset
  • Jitteriness
  • Irritability
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Hunger pangs
  • Lightheadedness

 

DO THESE INJECTIONS WORK?

The science behind weight loss injections is mixed. Clinical research on obesity and lipotropic are mostly inconclusive. A study by the Mayo Clinic shows that B12 and other vitamin shots have not proven effective in the management of weight loss as they don’t give that metabolic boost promised by many practitioners.

If you lose some weight after taking the injections, then logic dictates that the weight loss is attributed to your weight loss program together with the shots, and not just the shots alone.

 

SAFER AND EFFECTIVE ALTERNATIVES FOR WEIGHT LOSS

Studies have shown that weight loss injections might work if administered alongside other weight loss techniques. However, these methods must be implemented from the very beginning. Ensure you seek your doctor's consent and advice on weight loss goals, as everyone's situation varies.

Effective weight loss plans implement the measures listed below:

  • Dietary changes
  • A steady weight loss of 1 – 2 pounds weekly
  • Stress management
  • Adequate sleep – 7 – 9 hours is okay for most adults
  • Reducing your intake of sugar and heavily processed foods
  • Drinking enough water
  • Regular exercise and engagement in physical activities at least a few hours per week
  • Regular check-ups with your dietitian, weight loss counselor, or doctor

If your doctor agrees that you should take weight loss injections, they will most likely insist that you follow the weight loss techniques listed above.

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases recommends a 5 – 10 percent weight loss for obese patients to ensure long-term success. Weight loss should be done within 6 months.

IN CONCLUSION

Weight loss injections or lipotropic injections could enhance fat loss but they are certainly not bulletproof. Note that these injections only work when combined with a lifestyle that promotes weight loss.

While weight loss injections are not dangerous per se, there is no guarantee that you will lose weight when you receive them. You must get a doctor's consent before receiving any shots.

 

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