Deficiency of Vitamin B12 is more common among adults than people may realize. The main way that B12 gets into our bodies is through our diet as it can be found in products from animals such as fish, meat and eggs. People who are deficient in this vitamin may find it more difficult than normal to lose weight. There have been reports that B12 injections for weight loss will help you lose weight without dieting and this article will look at whether this actually is the case.
Vitamin B12 is associated with the metabolism of fat and protein. When this metabolism takes place then you will have more energy. Companies that are advertising B12 injections as a method for weight loss claim that it can help with weight loss by speeding up the metabolism. Although B12 does help metabolize fats and protein it cannot make the body burn fat any quicker.
In most cases B12 will be more likely to slow down weight gain rather than encourage weight loss. This is because an increased metabolism will help you to burn calories that you consume more efficiently. However, it will not really be enough to be able to burn the stores of fat that you already have and so it will not directly lead to weight loss.
If you do not have a B12 deficiency then an injection may not make any difference to your weight loss at all. If your body is already metabolizing fat and protein at a stable level then increased levels of B12 will not have any effect in terms of losing weight. If people do find that they lose weight after having a B12 injection it may because they have increased their activity levels due to feeling as if they have more energy. They may also make better food choices because they feel as if dieting is easier when they have a supplement to help.
If you feel as if you are lacking in energy then you may want to increase your levels of Vitamin B12. However, injections are not the best way to do this because they contain far more B12 than your body needs and so whatever your body does not need will be disposed of as waste. Increasing the amount of Vitamin B12 in your diet is the most efficient way to raise your levels.
There will always be new methods that are advertised as a quick way to lose weight, but ultimately the only way to do this is through a combination of diet and exercise. The fact is that there are not really any shortcuts to weight loss. You need to create a calorie deficit by either consuming less calories each day or increasing your activity so that more calories are burned. Most people tend to do a combination of both for best results. If you are deficient in Vitamin B12 then increasing your levels may make it slightly easier for you to lose weight alongside healthier eating but having an injection is not going to make you lose weight on its own.