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Are B12 Lipotropic Injections Effective for Weight Loss?

Updated on June 23, 2017

Losing Weight With B12 Lipotropic Injections

When an important event is on the horizon, like a wedding, a beach vacation, or a prom, many people feel pressure to shed a few pounds so that they can look their best.

One weight-loss method that is gaining popularity is to use lipotropic shots of B12. "Lipotropic" compounds are those that help catalyse the breakdown of fat during metabolism in the body. While these injections are not new, they are being discussed more among weight watchers of late.

Are they safe? In this article, we’ll look at:

  • What are lipotropic injections or B12-lipo shots?
  • What do the shots contain?
  • Do they work for weight loss?
  • How safe are they?
  • Is it possible to take too much B12?

What Are Lipo-B Shots?

Lipotropic injections, or Lipo-B, contain essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that help boost the metabolism.

Providers of Lipo-B injections list the following ingredients:The lipotropic portion of our Lipo B injections is composed of three amino acids:

  • Methionine: This is an important antioxidant and amino acid. It is important for the growth of new blood vessels.
  • Inositol: This is a vitamin-like substance. It improves mood and is used to treat panic disorder, high cholesterol, insomnia, and depression.
  • Choline: Choline is a nutrient that supports energy levels and metabolism.
  • Vitamin B12: Deficiency of B12 (methylcobalamine) can cause fatigue, pale skin, and digestive problems. B12 helps form red blood cells, so without it our bodies don't absorb iron as well, which is why some people with B12 deficiency are anemic. The vitamin also improves our central nervous systems and metabolism.
  • L-Carnitine: Not all Lipo-B injections contain this amino acid, so you should check with your provider. L-Carnitine helps the body produce energy. It is important for heart and brain function, muscle movement, and many other body processes.

Do B12 Lipotropic Injections Help With Weight-Loss?

Many people with B12 deficiency are most likely to lose weight after getting a B12 injection. According to the Mayo Clinic, people who don't have a deficiency are unlikely to lose weight using this method.

Even for people who benefit from B12 injections, no weight loss diet or pill is sufficient in and by itself. The best results are achieved by a holistic approach to weight loss.

Lipotronic injections should ideally be supported by:

  • regular exercise
  • a healthy diet
  • avoiding fatty food, liquor, salt, and sugar
  • a positive attitude

Key Facts About Lipo-B Shots

  1. Dosage: Research has not shown any harm from taking excessive amounts of B12. The supplement has a low potential for toxicity.
  2. Side effects: There are no known risks associated with taking B12 injections. As with any supplement, you are using them to lose weight, let your doctor know.
  3. Prescription: Do you need a prescription for lipotropic injection? No, but it is recommended that you consult your doctor. For people who are B12 deficient, doctors will typically suggest injections of higher-than-average doses. This type of injection often requires a doctor's prescription.

In Summary

  • There's anecdotal evidence of dieters who have lost weight with lipo-B shots.
  • There are no scientific studies to substantiate the benefits of these injections.
  • Lipotropic injections have been around for a while and no side effects have been reported.
  • It is advisable to consult your physician first.

B12 shots can help:

  • Provide energy boost.
  • Increase metabolism rate.
  • Increase the chance that your exercise and healthy eating regimen will work.

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Have You Taken Lipo-B Injections?

What has been your experience with lipotropic injections? Have you or anyone you know has benefits from these shots?

Please leave a comment below, and share your experience with lipo-B injections.

© 2014 Alana Niall

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      leticia 8 days ago

      I have been on the b12 an lipo b for a week and I have an itchy throat. Is that normal?

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      Marla Scott 6 weeks ago

      Went to the mall and saw the B12 Store, so I bought a package for myself & my hubby. Had my 1st shot and felt a but dizzy, then full of energy. We went to dinner and I could only eat a small amount. How often should we get the shots?

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      Tammy poff 2 months ago

      Can I give these shots my self and without a prescription and where is a reputable place

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      anabel cadena 2 months ago

      I've been doing them. on shot #3 no RESULTS

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      Angie 2 months ago

      I have a B-12 deficiency and a Vit D deficiency. I started noticing I was extremely tired all the time. Just completely drained even after sleeping a normal amount of hours at night. I thought my B-12 being low might have something to do with it. I went to a clinic and got the B-12 shot but saw where there is a B-12 Lipo shot. I wasn't too sure about it kinda of leary. Tomorrow is my time to get another shot once a week and I'm thinking about doing the Lipo shot that has B-12 in it instead of just the B-12 shot.

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      Nutri Lounge 3 months ago

      Interesting read

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      christine Boling 5 months ago

      Can someone tell me how to get the shots

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      Maria Steyn 5 months ago

      Please where can I order these shots ?

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      Welda R Lezcano 7 months ago

      I live in Puerto Rico I'm a nurse and my sister in Florida have used the injection and work wonders. I'm wondering how can I buy the B12 injections by mail. Could you please ltell me know where and how much.

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      Niki 7 months ago

      Where do you buy injections if no prescription is needed?

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      Shannon 10 months ago

      Do they need to be injected into the muscle?

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      Martina 11 months ago

      Where is a good place to buy them online ?

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      Tiny7 11 months ago

      @kristi where do you get those at to give to yourself. I think is cheaper doing it that way.

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      Maria 11 months ago

      I've tried Liposhots for 5 weeks and gained 10 pounds.

      Exercise and eating healthy was always a daily routine for me. After a knee injury, I gained a few pounds due to inactivity and was hoping to lose faster with Liposhots. I did the opposite for me.

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      Kristi 12 months ago

      I give myself 2 Lipo-dbl B12 shots a week for about 4 months and have lost over 30 lbs. This is all under Dr. supervision. They been offering the shots (normally $15) for $10 if you by 12. It's worth it to me!!

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      Winnie 12 months ago

      Please where can I get it in nigeria

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      Alexis 12 months ago

      Started my first shot of MIC Lipotropic at the B12 store.

      I already feel the energy and I am feeling great. My goal is to drop to 120 pounds. Currently I'm at 165.

      So, starting to eat healthy and drink as much water as possible plus maintaining an active life style.

      I have to go back on Thursday or Friday to get my second shot. After that I can start a weekly regime.

      I hope for the best results.

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      Tee 13 months ago

      They don't work well if you're not eating healthy

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      Crystal 14 months ago

      I started the shot today. Looking forward to great results. Will let you all know how much i lost in a week. Keeping fingers crossed.

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      traci 15 months ago

      I have done these in the past with great results. Two babies later I have decided I needed them again. Lost around 40 lbs last year on my own but I still have 75 lbs to lose. Started them this Tuesday at 205lbs. Today (thursday) I weighed 202!!! Pretty excited! Eating very clean & healthy, going to the gym and wearing my fit bit again to track steps and heart rate and calories burned. Looking forward to my results in 3 months!

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      Shirley Engelbrecht 18 months ago

      Where do I buy or order the shots I live in blomefontein free state

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      Rhonda 21 months ago

      Can you buy these here in Australia

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      Alana Niall 2 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Hi Mei, please consult your doctor.

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      Mei 2 years ago

      Hi, I want to try the Mic Lipotropic Complex, Shall I do one or twice a week? And how many ml each time? Thanks

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      Elena 2 years ago

      I had injections for six weeks and lost a total of 43 lbs while eating a gluten fee diet.

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      Kam 2 years ago

      Has u people experienced any side effects ?

      Please share

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      Alana Niall 2 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Hi Ellen, thank you for sharing your positive experience. Losing 13 pounds in 16 days is amazing. It will act as motivation for many readers of this article. You can buy organic ACV from many online shops. Just make sure it is unfiltered, and unpasteurized.

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      Ellen 2 years ago

      I have been on them for since 3/24/15 and have lost 13 lbs. (it's 4/10/15) so 16 days and I feel great! I have energy and don't feel so tired and worn out at the end of the work day! But, I would like to purchase this online and give them to myself...anyone know where a safe place to order them from would be?

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      Alana Niall 2 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      That's great to know Lindy. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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      Lindy 2 years ago

      I've been on them since February I have lost 18pds. They def give me energy.

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      Alana Niall 2 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Hi Alisha, seek advice of another doctor.

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      Alana Niall 2 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Hi Shelley, it is advisable to consult your doctor.

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      Porshe 2 years ago

      I started my shot at the last week in February and as of today I've lost 15 lbs lovin it

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      Alisha 2 years ago

      My doctor knows nothing about these shots. Can he write me a script and van I get it at a pharmacy?

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      Shelley Taylor 2 years ago

      Been reading about these for the last few years, eager to try where can I buy. I live in the UK

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      Rhonda 2 years ago

      Started the shot last week lost 7lbs. Just had severe pain at the injection site about an hour afterwards that lasted about an hour also very jittery for the same amount of time. Just wondering is this a common side effect. Has anyone else experienced this?

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      Kathy 2 years ago

      I have lost 7 pounds after the first week of this shot with the change of watching what I eat. Waiting to see the results for my second week. I hope it continues to work.

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      Winnie 2 years ago

      I've been on it for a week and have lost 8lbs! Just got my second shot yesterday! Hope and pray it continues to work!

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      Alana Niall 2 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      That's an inspirational story Reggie. This is so good to know so that other people can emulate you. Will look forward to further updates from you.

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      Reggie 2 years ago

      Started my shots and lost 15 lbs in 3 weeks. Lost another 15 over the next month. From 235 to 205 in less than 2 months but that's not the best part. The best part is I did that back in Aug 14. Today is 3-16-15 and I'm still 205. Just decided to make the push to 195. I post when I make it, not if I make it.

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      Tati 2 years ago

      It's been a week for me and i have lost 6lbs. I love it

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      Alana Niall 2 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      That's an impressive weight loss with ACV, Elizabeth. Thanks for sharing.

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      elizabeth 2 years ago

      Ive been on them for 4 weeks and lost 28 lbs in 4 weeks

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      Michelle 2 years ago

      I have lost 13 pounds in one week! I have changed my diet as well. I have starting using the lose it app and staying within my calories.

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      Norma 2 years ago

      Even if it's only the energy and mental clarity boost of the methycarbolomin, Lipo B is worth every penny!!

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      tisha 2 years ago

      Im supposed to go start today I hope it works

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      Alana Niall 2 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      That's fantastic Yolanda. Glad to now you have amazing results.

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      yolanda Cleveland 2 years ago

      Both shot since March 2014 was wearing size 23 I'm now down to a size 14....I feel amazing cause I now eat right and drink now water only now

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      Alana Niall 2 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Hi DeTesha, please consult your doctor.

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      DaTesha 2 years ago

      Ive been doing them, on shot #5 and have not noticed one thing. No increased energy or weightloss

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      Alana Niall 3 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Hi Herbert, that's great to know. All the best.

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      herbert hernandez 3 years ago

      Iv been on the shots for 3months lost 40 pounds now im on it again for another 3 months lost 20 pounds got one more month to go I was 360 pounds at one time now im 250 solid muscle . Wow I feel great