Lipotropic injections are a great tool to enhance the weight loss efforts of those that need help reaching their weight loss goal. Lipotropic injections are ideal for individuals that are already working on losing weight, but find that diet and exercise just are not enough to break past a weight loss plateau. By adding lipotropic injections to your existing weight loss regimen you could lose an extra pound every week!*
Lipotropic injections are non-invasive. Unlike other forms of weight loss treatments like liposuction that remove fat from the body, lipotropic injections are painless and help your body to burn the fat itself at an enhanced pace. When combined with healthy diet and exercise, enhanced fat metabolism can boost your weight loss. Lipotropic injections are often administered 1-2 times per week, and work by stimulating your liver and metabolism to encourage your body to burn more fat. There are several different varieties of lipotropic injections, but many contain a combination of B6 and B12, in addition to other fat burning substances such as methionine, inositol, and choline. For some individuals, lipotropic injections can be a great tool for eliminating fat in stubborn areas of the body where fat sits and is hard to get rid of, like the thighs, neck, hips and buttocks.*
So, what exactly is in an MIC or lipotrophic injection and how does it work? Let’s breakdown the science of MIC. MIC stands for Methionine, Inositol, and Choline which are amino acids that occur naturally within our bodies. Although not technically a B-vitamin, choline is considered one because of its essential role in metabolism – especially the breakdown and removal of fats. Some of it can be made in the body from the two amino acids methionine and serine, but much of it comes from our diets. Choline works synergistically with another lipotropic factor, inositol, to shuttle fat produced in the liver (or eaten in our diets) to our cells to be burned for energy. Thus, if we lack these nutrients, it impairs our ability to take fat out of our liver and send it into the blood stream to be eliminated from our bodies or used to make energy. In essence, it helps to turn the body from “fat storage” mode into “fat burning” mode. Methionine, an essential amino acid, is a major lipotropic compound in humans. When estrogen levels are high, the body requires more methionine. Estrogens reduce bile flow through the liver and increase bile cholesterol levels. Methionine helps deactivate estrogens (And yes, men have estrogen too!). Through this mechanism, the body is able to get rid of cholesterol (fat) through increased bile production.
Lipotrophics such as methionine, inositol, and choline are necessary for maintenance of a healthy liver, and for burning the exported fat for additional energy. Without choline and inositol, fats and bile can become trapped in the liver, causing severe problems such as cirrhosis and blocking of fat metabolism. Evidence for the role of choline and methionine in protecting the liver goes back at least half a century, when researchers showed that lack of choline and methionine caused liver fatty infiltration (Harper and Benton, 1955). The amount of choline needed to protect our livers depends on if you’re a man or a woman; the dose recommended for men is 550 mg/day and for women, 425 mg/day. Considering that egg yolks contain 125 mg choline and they’re the highest sources, you’re probably not getting enough. In relatively healthy people, getting adequate choline, inositol and methionine from both diet and supplements can help prevent fat accumulation in your liver and fight against widening fat cells in your body. Including foods like egg yolks, nuts, seeds, meats, fish, poultry and wheat germ on a daily basis while avoiding sugary, high carbohydrate foods should definitely help you achieve a healthier and leaner body than you’ve ever had before.
Lipotropic injections enhance your body’s natural fat-burning abilities. They work by affecting your body in three simple ways: