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Mar 13, 2013 11:30 AM by Marissa Torres

A weightloss shot

A weight loss shot sounds fabulous-- but do Vitamin B12 injections really work?

B12 injections are the latest fad to help drop the pounds, but according to the CDC there's no solid evidence that it actually works.

Vitamin B12 is found in a variety of foods, including meat, fish and dairy products. Advocates of the injections say B12 shots give you more energy and boost your metabolism- helping you shed pounds. But unless you have a vitamin B12 deficiency, the injections aren't likely to do much.

"Vitamin B12 itself will not make you lose weight at all, so that has nothing to do with weight loss. But it gives you the energy and it supplements you while you tend to be B12 deficient," says Dr. Rina Shinn with Adonis Cosmetic Surgery & Spa.

So yes- indirectly B12 advocates weight loss, but only if you use it correctly. That means regular exercise and eating right.

The cost of B12 injections can quickly add up so there's also a pill you can take daily. But Dr. Shinn says that tends to be less effective than a shot directly into muscle.

You'll want to get your blood checked to see if you are vitamin B12 deficient.

 

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