The road to weight loss can be a long one, filled with ups and downs. By now, you’ve likely tried countless diet plans and exercise routines, but may not be achieving your desired results. As frustrating as this can be, it’s important to know you’re not at fault. In fact, you’re in good company!

A common reason weight loss becomes more difficult as we age is because our metabolism begins to slow down. Each year, our basal metabolic rate declines in a seemingly linear way, which means we begin to burn fewer calories throughout the day. This is a result of the natural decrease in muscle mass that occurs as we age, as the more muscle we have on our bodies, the more metabolically active our bodies are.

Fortunately, there’s a quick, simple way to boost your metabolism and help you achieve your weight loss goals — B12 injections. Intended to complement other aspects of a weight loss regimen, B12 injections may boost your metabolism and give you the energy you need to lose weight.

At Broward ENT & Aesthetics, we strive to offer the latest and most advanced techniques in lipotropic B12 injections. Our treatments are ideal for patients looking to boost their metabolism and increase their energy levels. This procedure is safe and effective, and board-certified otolaryngologist and ENT surgeon Dr. Wilson DuMornay will work with you to ensure you choose the course of treatment that will help you best meet your weight loss goals.

What is Vitamin B12?

A water-soluble vitamin, B12 is found in many foods we consume, including meat, fish and dairy. This vitamin plays a key role in many of our bodily functions, helping with red blood cell formation, neurological function and nerve cell health. It is also important for energy production. A B12 deficiency can cause issues like anemia and fatigue, which can make it harder to lose weight. When added to a balanced diet and exercise program, B12 injections may provide a variety of benefits, such as:

  • Enhanced metabolism
  • Convert fats into energy
  • Help break down carbohydrates
  • Increased energy
  • Improved wellness

Together, these benefits can help you shed unwanted pounds when used as part of a healthy weight loss program. If you’re deficient in B12, these injections can be particularly helpful and provide additional amounts that will quickly boost the amount of B12 in your system. Administered by a physician, B12 shots contain high levels of cyanocobalamin, a synthetic version of the vitamin that is easily absorbed and used by your body.

Injection Frequency and Dosage

The frequency at which you receive B12 injections will vary depending on your unique needs and weight loss goals. Before beginning your treatment, Dr. DuMornay will work closely with you to determine the optimal frequency and dosage of each shot you receive. Commonly, B12 injections will be administered twice per week to adequately boost metabolism and burn fat. You may receive shots for several weeks or months at a time, or until you reach your weight loss goals. Despite their frequency, the injections can be done very quickly and require no recovery or restrictions, meaning minimal disruption to your day.

While the exact dosage will be determined by your physician, it’s important to remember B12 is a vitamin to which your body is already accustomed. There is no known risk of receiving too much of this nutrient and excess amounts will be naturally secreted.

How Are B12 Injections Administered?

The shots will be given by Dr. DuMornay in areas containing subcutaneous fatty tissue. Possible injection sites are strategically chosen and include the arm, thigh, abdomen, or buttocks. The process is simple and quick, and because the injections are not intramuscular, you should not feel significant pain or discomfort when receiving the shots.

Pretreatment Instructions

Before beginning your injections, it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle that is conducive to weight loss. While the injections are meant to boost your metabolism and energy levels, ensuring you’re consuming nutritious foods and getting the recommended amount of exercise will maximize your results. Some surefire methods to help aid in weight loss include:

  • Getting enough sleep: Aim to get between seven and nine hours per night.
  • Regular exercise: Try to be active for at least 30 minutes per day.
  • Manage your stress levels: It’s been shown that stress increases cortisol, also known as “the stress hormone”, which can cause junk food cravings due to drops in insulin levels.
  • Personal accountability: Track food and exercise routines on your smartphone using a fitness app, or the old fashion way — with a journal.
  • Regular doctor visits: Be sure to continue to see your doctor for regular physicals, and keep up with your dietitian, if applicable.
  • Drink more water: What is perceived as hunger is often thirst, so be sure you’re not allowing your body to become dehydrated throughout the day.
  • Fill up on nutritious food: Getting the proper amount of nutrients will help cut down on cravings for processed food and sugar.

When combined with a healthy weight loss program and B12 injections at Broward ENT & Aesthetics, following these tips will be helpful in preparing your body to fully utilize the added B12 and give you optimal results.

Drug Interactions

Before beginning any new vitamin or medication, it’s important to inform your physician about existing medications you are taking to reduce the risk of drug interactions. During your consultation, Dr. DuMornay will answer questions you may have about drug interactions and review any medications you are currently taking to ensure that B12 injections are right for you. Certain prescribed medications that may interact with B12 injections include:

  • Antibiotics
  • Proton pump inhibitors
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Aspirin
  • H2 receptor antagonists
  • Metformin

These interactions can decrease absorption of B12 in the body or increase your risk for side effects. Please speak with Dr. DuMornay regarding any prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and herbal supplements or products you may be taking so he can develop a safe, effective treatment plan just for you.

Possible Risk Factors

The risk of overdose or toxicity affiliated with B12 injections is extremely low. There is no limit for vitamin B12 intake, as the body will naturally excrete any excess amounts. As with any shot, however, you may experience mild side effects at the injection site, including:

  • Mild swelling
  • Pain or discomfort
  • Redness or itching

Contact your physician right away if you experience more serious side effects, such as unusual weakness, muscle cramps, or excessive swelling in the ankles or feet. These reactions are rare but may require medical attention.

Contact Broward ENT & Aesthetics

At Broward ENT & Aesthetics, our lipotropic B12 injections can help promote weight loss by boosting your metabolism and energy levels. When coupled with a healthy diet and regular exercise, B12 injections are a useful tool to help with shedding those unwanted pounds. Using his vast knowledge and experience, board-certified otolaryngologist Dr. Wilson DuMornay can help you achieve your goals by combining his expertise with the latest techniques. As a respected and experienced ENT surgeon, Dr. DuMornay is adept at performing procedures that require a high degree of skill and precision and is committed to providing high-quality care that exceeds expectations. To learn more about this service, contact or call us at (954) 533-9822 to schedule a consultation and get started today!

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