If you’ve tried various exercise and diet routines, but you’re still lacking in results, or if you’re just stuck at a weight loss plateau, your doctor may recommend lesser known methods to help accelerate weight loss returns. One of these methods that’s growing in popularity are lipotropic injections.
Basics of Lipotropic Treatments
Lipotropic injections are weekly weight loss treatments that are designed to help improve the efficiency of your metabolism, especially in regards to burning fat for energy and preventing fat from building up in the liver. Typically the shots are given once or twice a week and contain a combination of substances designed to improve your weight loss results. Common ingredients include vitamin B12 and methionine, but it’s choline in particular that plays an essential role in the positive results seen with lipotropic treatments.
What is Choline?
Choline is a water-soluble nutrient, often associated with B-complex vitamins. The nutrient is a relatively new addition to the National Academy of Science required nutrient recommendations, only being added since 1998. Choline is found naturally in many foods ranging from eggs to broccoli.
Choline is considered a lipotropic agent, or in other words, a substance that helps break down fat during metabolism. Choline works with another substance commonly found in lipotropic treatments called inositol. Together these nutrients help transport fat to the various cells in the body so it can be used for energy. This action increases how efficiently your metabolism is able to burn fat, resulting in greater weight loss results. Additionally, choline provides benefits like strengthening the structure of cell membranes, improving brain function and development, and protecting the liver and cardiovascular system.
Lipotropic injections should only play a part of a larger overall weight loss program, which includes a healthy diet as well as an exercise routine.