By now we should all know the keys to a successful weight loss program: regular exercise and a healthy, balanced diet.
We also strongly recommend adding good sleep hygiene to the mix as not getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep a night is linked with higher stress levels (which can lead to poor eating decisions) as well as changes in your hormone levels that regulate appetite.
But what if you’re on track and still not seeing results? If this sounds familiar, perhaps a little extra boost in the form of natural supplements can make the difference you’re looking for.
Lipotropics are a class of nutrients that play a role in how the body creates, stores and removes fat. They help your liver and gallbladder decrease fat deposits and speed up your metabolism. Lipotropics are also associated with decreased appetite and help your body’s natural fat burning processes.
Not all lipotropic cocktails are the same, but they all share the key ingredients of Methionine, Inositol and Choline:
Sometimes referred to as Lipotropic MIC injections, the most common MIC variations are Lipo-B and Lipo-C.
When we talk about Lipo-B, we have to talk about B12, a vital part of the B complex of vitamins. Found most readily in meat products, many believe that vitamin B12 deficiencies are just for vegetarians and vegans. Science tells us otherwise, with studies showing that nearly 40% of Americans have some form of B12 deficiency.
The Lipo-B mixture adds B12 to methionine, inositol and choline to give a healthy boost of energy along with the fat-burning lipotropics to help maximize the effects of exercise and diet. Other benefits of B12 include improvement in mood and alertness, both of which are welcome when tackling the challenges of a new weight loss program.
The Lipo-C cocktail doubles down on B-complex with added B1 (Thiamine) and B5 (Pantothenic Acid) to support fat burning. B1 is essential for glucose (sugar) metabolism and enables the body to use carbohydrates for energy. Vitamin B5 also helps produce energy by breaking down fats and carbohydrates.
Lipo-C also contains carnitine, which plays a crucial role in supporting the health of our cells. Studies have shown that carnitine supplementation, in conjunction with regular exercise and a balanced diet, can lead to significantly more weight loss and reduction in body mass index.
Both Lipo-C and Lipo-B are available in the form of intramuscular boosters, meaning they are injected in the muscle (usually the arm) as opposed to intravenous supplementation. Lipotropic injections are safe to be taken on a weekly or biweekly basis depending on your overall fitness and individual health goals. For best results, the injections should be taken regularly throughout the weight loss journey.