B12 Injections for Medical Weight Loss Questions and Answers
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Does B12 help lose belly fat?
Vitamin B12 is an essential vitamin that is crucial to many components of our health. It is involved in helping form our DNA and red blood cells, and it is also key for things like our overall brain and heart health. B12 is also essential for our energy production, which is why many people take it in supplements to help with fatigue and overall energy levels. In natural forms, B12 is found in most animal products, and is sometimes used to fortify foods to add extra vitamin content.
When it comes to weight loss and belly fat, B12, particularly B12 shots or injections, have gained popularity in recent years for their purported impacts on metabolism and fat loss. It’s important to keep in mind that there is no “magic pill” when it comes to weight loss and belly fat in general, and that research on humans and B12 for fat loss is still relatively limited. However, there is some promising evidence that B12 helps the body metabolize fat, and research has found that a B12 deficiency could actually be linked to excess weight and obesity. One large study found that those with higher blood levels of B12 had an overall lower risk of obesity. Furthermore, since B12 can help improve your energy levels, you may have more energy to conduct exercise, therefore burning more calories and helping lose excess weight, including in the belly area.
How often should you take B12 shots for weight loss?
This will depend on your specific body, your weight loss plan, and your personal health history. Your healthcare provider at Metabolic Medical Centers will help you decide how often to administer B12 shots if they are right for you. Most clients using B12 shots for weight loss will get them at least once a week, sometimes twice, depending on their specific plan. It’s important to note that B12 shots may not be for everyone, and can come with side effects, such as constipation, dry mouth, stomach or gastrointestinal discomfort and symptoms, increased heart rate, or insomnia. However, if administered by a licensed professional or physician, like those on our team at Metabolic Medical Centers, these risks can be reduced and analyzed against your specific health history and weight loss plan.
How long does a B12 shot last?
It depends on how often the B12 shot is administered, your specific weight loss plan, and how you respond to the plan in question, as well as the B12 shot itself. When a B12 shot is being used for weight loss, how long it lasts will depend on how long the specific weight loss plan lasts, or how soon you arrive at your desired results. You may need B12 shots throughout the course of your weight loss journey. If B12 shots are being given because of a B12 deficiency, then you may need to have them done again every few months, in order to maintain the results after your B12 levels have again become normal in the body.
How often should B12 injections be given?
Again, this will depend on your specific weight loss plan and the advice of the professional working with you at Metabolic Medical Centers. Typically, most clients get up to two B12 injections per week, and this may last throughout their weight loss journey. At Metabolic Medical Centers, we go over the risks and benefits with you of receiving a B12 shot, and we will monitor you throughout the time of administering the injection and afterwards. If you find you’re responding well to B12 injections, then we can usually continue them for a period of a few months, depending on your specific weight loss plan.