We offer several options that can improve your metabolism and weight loss results. In addition to nutrition counseling and nutraceutical options, our two favorite options are lipotropic injections and HCG. Please see below.
“Lipo” refers to fat and “tropic” means to act upon. Therefore, lipotropic injections act upon fat in the body to help people lose weight. The injections work on the body in three ways:
· Can lower the amount of fat that a person’s body stores
· Increases metabolism in order to burn more fat
· Increases energy levels and therefore stamina for working out and other physical activity
What do lipotropic injections contain?
Lipotropic injections contain various components that accelerate weight loss:
· Methionine is an amino acid that is essential for humans to obtain from external sources since we do not manufacture it in our bodies. It works in the body by aiding in the breakdown of fats in the liver and lowering cholesterol (1). People with a Sulfa allergy should avoid this injection.
· Choline is a co-factor, a necessary component to activate enzymes, that is required for proper fat metabolism. According to Dr. Andrew Weil, “Without adequate dietary intake of choline, there is a higher-than-normal risk of chronic liver damage and eventual liver failure. Choline is vital in forming very low density lipoprotein (VLDL) in the liver, which helps transport fat from that organ to cells throughout the body (2).”
· Inositol is also a co-factor. It aids in metabolizing fats and reducing cholesterol in blood and liver (3). When given in conjunction with choline, the liver clears more cholesterol than it would when given alone (4).
· B Vitamins help boost your metabolism by helping the body to break down carbohydrates, fats and proteins to use as energy. Select B vitamins help the body in the formation of red blood cells and DNA repair.
What is the cost and frequency of lipotropic injections?
In order to enhance your weight loss, we recommend:
· One injection per week for 6-8 weeks
1. Channon, H.J., Manifold, M.C., Platt, A.P.. (1938) The action of cysteine and methionine on liver fat deposition. Biochemical Journal. Volume 34 (6). 969-975. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1264137/
2. Becker, B., Weil, A.. (2012, Sept. 27). Choline. Retrieved from http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART03240/Choline.html
3. Nath, M. C., Saikia, A.. (1958). Physiological significance of inositol, vitamin B12 and glucose cycloacetoacetate in cholesterol-induced atherosclerosis on rabbits. Biochemistry and Biophysics. Volume 79. 216-223. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0003986159903984
4. Anderson, D.B., Holub, B.J.. (1980). The relative response of hepatic lipids in the rat to graded levels of dietary myo-inositol and other lipotropes. The Journal of Nutrition. Volume 110 (3). 496-504. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7359221
In addition to an office visit and lab work if necessary…
The HCG diet consists of 23 days of injections. Patients give themselves an injection daily. The injections can be done from 23-40 depending on the amount of weight loss that is desired. Patients can lost up to 1/2 a pound per day to a pound per day.
There is an initial visit with a small number of labs and a physical exam. The diet can start at the 2nd visit. Two weeks into the diet, the patient needs to schedule a follow-up visit. Further visits depend on the health status of the individual. If you do repeated rounds, you must schedule a follow-up visit to initiate that. Please review this article if you are considering the HCG diet, and note that certain guidelines such as no makeup are no longer required: http://www.hcgbodyshaper.com/simeon.pdf