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05-25-2007, 09:53 PM
Some of my co-workers are getting the vitamin B12 shots and are losing weight. Does anyone know if the pills or liquid could get the same results?

05-25-2007, 10:02 PM
I have to take B sublingual (combination ofBvitamins)to help me maintain my energy level. B vitamins help turn what you eat into energy and decrease your urges for sugar (you are wanting sugar to turn into quick energy).

So what may be happening is they are not craving sweets as much and they are having increased energy.

Here's a cool guide I found to check out different vitamins and minerals.

And here is what they say about B12


05-26-2007, 03:57 AM
I get a B12 shot 2x a month from my Dr..In between I take the liquid B sublingual as well..

As blubelle said it helps with your energy level

05-26-2007, 06:38 AM
Myfriend has several people she knows doing this or something similar, because we were discussing it recently. I *think* (at least w/ these folks) the shots are mixed with medications and not just B12. That may or may not be the case with your co-workers.

05-26-2007, 07:35 AM
One of the ladies said she had to eat meat, eggs, and cheese for 3 days also but didn't say if this was per week or what. She didn't say anything about other medications tho. Will have to find out.

05-26-2007, 10:39 AM
Some of my co-workers are getting the vitamin B12 shots and are losing weight. Does anyone know if the pills or liquid could get the same results?

I have a testimonial about this... I'm not sure if it's the exact same program, but here it is:

To lose weight for my wedding last year (May 2006), I went to a doctor that used a combination of Vitamin B12 shots, vitamins, & water pills (diuretic). The vitamin B12 shots were injected into the muscle at my
upper arm .

She also had me on a VERY LOW calorie diet (it averaged out to 1200 calories or less per day smileys/smiley3.gif) -- yes, yes... NOT GOOD! smileys/smiley7.gif

The meal plan consisted of:

Breakfast: 1 bean burrito or 2 eggs with toast, or bowl of fruit
Lunch: Chicken Sandwich or 1 burger or Chicken Salad
Dinner: Unlimited Veggies (no protein or starchy carbs)
Snacks: unlimited veggies, sugar free jello.

1 day of the week was a liquid diet day: only liquids (juices, water, broths)

The diet also recommend that you engage in 30 minutes of exercise.

I didn't follow it to a "T" because I also was lifting weights & doing extra cardio. I added a protein to my Dinner & snacks in between (fruit, yogurt). I was still consuming WAY less than I was suppose to be eating (roughly around 1400 calories).

Well, I was able get down to 160 lbs. and 29% body fat (lost about 32 pounds) in about 3 months following this plan. I thought to myself.... MAN, this B12 stuff is GREAT!!!

Well, after I came off the shots, pills & diet, I gained a whopping 20 pounds right off the bat (in about 2 months)!!! smileys/smiley3.gif smileys/smiley3.gif smileys/smiley3.gif

Why? Because I didn't make a lifestyle change & thought of this as something temporary. As soon as the wedding passed, I stopped going to the doctor & started eating more. I also did some research (that should of been done before I started this) and found out that maybe it wasn't the B12 that helped me lose weight. smileys/smiley5.gif

As good as Vitamin B12 is for energy, I dont' think it helps with significant weight loss. The weightloss is due to the low calorie diet that they put you on.

INHO, the only reason you should be taking B12 vitamins is if you're deficient in them (a vegan diet) because we can consume Vitamin B12 in the foods that we regularly eat such as:

- Meat

- Poultry

- Milk and other dairy products

- Eggs

- FishHere are some drawbacks to taking B12 vitamins fro weight loss:
There is no proven study that links B12 vitamin for weightloss.
You need a lot of $$$ to maintain it. It cost a lot of money to go to the doctor every week to get your shot & your pills It will only be temporary because you can only go so long on a low calorie diet until your body starts going into starvation mode.Here are some interesting articles that I found on the subject.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/vitamin-b12-injections/AN01400 (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/vitamin-b12-injections/AN01400)

You best bet is to start making healhy eating choices, start exercising (cardio & lifting weights) daily, and take a good multivitamin. Most importantly, you need to make a firm decision to lose weight/fat & keep it off for life not temporarily.

Hope this helps.

~ Vilma

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