man holding his stomach fat
man holding his stomach fat

Many people struggle with weight loss. It used to be that the only options for weight loss were fad diets, extreme exercise plans that were difficult to follow, and surgery. Now, however, medical weight loss has taken many steps forward, and weight loss injections are now an important part of how many people lose weight.

Today, we’ll be looking at some common types of injections that have been studied, some lesser-known weight loss injections, and weight loss medications that are available by injection to see which options are the safest and most effective for meaningful weight loss. That way, anyone looking for an effective way to help themselves lose weight will have the information they need to make the right choice for their situation and maximize their potential weight loss.

hCG injections

One type of injection that is used for helping people lose weight is an injection of a particular hormone found in women during pregnancy known as human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG).

This injection works by using one of the body’s natural hormones to reset and regulate the body’s metabolism.

Young woman injecting herself

This helps a person who has excess weight to take off pounds when they otherwise would be unable to lose weight.

There are a couple of things to note about this type of injection. Firstly, you should discuss with your doctor whether this is the right treatment. Though it is a natural hormone, it is mainly intended for female patients, making it effective for a select group.

Another thing to consider is that this particular injection must be partnered with a strict 500-calorie diet. While this is a strict diet, results show that patients can lose a large amount of weight in a relatively short time when the hCG shot and diet are used properly.

The low-calorie diet accompanying hCG shots can be difficult for some patients to follow and, if kept up for too long, can lead to malnutrition and other complications.

Lipotropic injections

Our next type of weight loss shot is sometimes called lipo injections or lipo B shots due to the utilization of different B vitamins in the formula. Lipotropic injections are injections that change the way that the body acquires and utilizes fat stored in the body and when eating food. For this reason, these injections are believed to be very effective in helping people lose weight.

hands holding an injections drawing out a fluid from a vial

These injections use a combination of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to help improve the body’s performance, including absorption, burning fat, and baseline metabolism. Some of the common ingredients include vitamins B 6 and B 12, complex B vitamins, L-carnitine, and phentermine, among other substances.

These injections are intended to be combined with a daily exercise regimen and a strict diet to achieve optimal results. It should be noted that these injections are inconclusive in some patients, and there are certain risks involved with taking them, including side effects, such as anxiety, constipation, fatigue, numbness in the hands and feet, and increased heart rate. Other side effects can occur if you have health conditions like thyroid disease.

Always consult your doctor about the risks and any existing health problems you may have before taking one of these injections.

Vitamin B12 injections

B12 is a vitamin that everyone needs in their everyday life. Though the research on humans is limited, some studies have shown that increasing your intake of B12 can help with weight loss. Additionally, people with certain diets, such as vegan or vegetarian, and person’s over a certain age can suffer from a deficiency in B12, which can cause an increase in weight gain.

Research is still inconclusive regarding the overall effect of B12 shots on weight loss, so it is a good idea to speak with your doctor before choosing a weight loss injection.

Prescription weight loss injections

So far, we’ve covered a few of the more popular non-prescription weight loss injections. While there is some evidence to show that they may help with weight loss, only certain prescription medications have clinically proven results.

hand in glove and syringe

When administered under the supervision of a weight management specialist, several medications help people lose weight and keep it off for the long term.

Among the drugs that may be prescribed for weight loss or used as part of a weight management program, two of the widely used and effective drugs are Liraglutide and Semaglutide. Both medications are administered by injection, with Liraglutide being a daily injection and Semaglutide being administered weekly.

These medications work by supplementing certain hormones in the body that regulate appetite, metabolism, and digestion to make patients feel fuller longer, be less hungry, and metabolize food more quickly, leading to proven and consistent weight loss and weight loss retention over time. As always, any type of weight loss medication should be administered with a sensible diet (not extreme dieting as with some options) and a daily exercise regimen.

A medical professional prescribes any weight loss medication, and individual progress should be followed to prevent potential issues.

Final Thoughts

Here we have covered several different types of weight loss injections. While many different options are available, not all have proven results. There are also concerns over side effects and extreme diets that accompany the treatments.

If you’re looking for a safe and proven solution to weight loss with a lower risk of side effects, it is best to speak with a doctor about your unique situation. They can evaluate underlying health concerns, family medical history, and any other potential issues to find a prescription weight loss medication that is right for you. By creating and following a detailed weight loss plan that is carefully monitored, your doctor can help you reach your weight loss goals.

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