B12 Shots for Weight Loss


Authored by Victor Roffel in Weight Issues
Published on 10-09-2009

There are many advertisements and claims of products that aid weight loss in the market today. These unbelievable successes bring about doubt towards these methods and their products. People then often procrastinate in their efforts of weight loss because of their uncertainty towards a certain product. One of these methods or products is B12 shots.

Vitamin B12 is essential for formation of red blood cells and preservation of the nervous system’s function. They are essentially involved in the metabolism of every cell in the body. The most important and publicized fact of the vitamin B12 are the synthesis of DNA and fatty acids and production of energy in the body.

Why shots and not pills

Why take shots when you can just consume vitamin B12 orally? After all, some people are afraid of needles aren’t they? The main reason is the absorption rate of the vitamin. Taken in huge amounts orally, the body can only absorb a small percentage. An injection will ensure that the vitamin will be absorbed into the bloodstream, thus being more effective than consuming pills.

Although it is necessary to have a doctor’s prescription to take B12 shots, pills are much more expensive and ineffective. If you take shots, you only need to take it once in 2-3 weeks as opposed to taking pills every 1-2 days.

Does vitamin B12 work for weight loss?

Vitamin B12 has many effects that can help benefit the body. But the main question still remains: Does it aid weight loss?

Many people claim that vitamin B12 can help weight loss just by consuming them. That may not be exactly true. You see, it is the effects of vitamin B12 which aids weight loss not the vitamin itself.

Vitamin B12 increases the metabolism in the body. The higher the metabolism, the more calories you will burn. And to lose weight, you have to have a deficit of calories consumed. So in this respect, vitamin B12 does help to aid in weight loss. The downside of this is that you cannot control what type of calories your body burns. So you might see a loss of muscle tone along with fat as well.

Vitamin B12 gives you a surge of energy. What most people end up doing in this case, is more exercise. The added energy boost gives them motivation to exercise and workout. Weight loss is then expected from the total calories burned.

Vitamin B12 is indeed helpful for weight loss. But keep in mind that it will work best for the person who is inactive and do not exercise regularly. A well-conditioned and trained individual who is already on a regular exercise regime with a high metabolism may not receive any significant results.

In the end, taking regular B12 shots will help anybody who is seeking weight loss. Even if you are someone who is well-conditioned and trained, you can certainly benefit from the extra ‘pep’ and energy boost B12 shots provide. Give it a shot and try it out. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.


  • The Vegetarian Society – B12 Information Sheet

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