Can Vitamin B12 Help You Lose Weight?

We’ve all seen those ads for magical pills that will burn fat off immediately without having to do anything. Sadly, those don’t actually exist. Losing weight can help with a variety of health issues and just make you feel better overall. It’s important to make sure you are losing weight in a healthy and productive manner. One vitamin that is recommended for weight loss is B12, but can it actually help you lose weight? 

What is Vitamin B12?

Vitamin B12 is essential for many different functions in our bodies. The most popular function is B12 for energy. You can take supplements or get B12 shots for a more immediate boost of energy. This vitamin is also involved in creating DNA and red blood cells, improved brain function, heart health and energy production. Needless to say, it’s very important! 

Benefits of B12:

  • Helps body produce red blood cells
  • May reduce risk of birth defects
  • Support bone health
  • Promote vision health
  • May improve mood
  • Good for brain health
  • Energy boost
  • Improve heart health
  • Healthy hair, skin and nails

Can Vitamin B12 Help You Lose Weight?

While there is no definitive link between B12 and weight loss, there are studies that show a deficiency in B12 can increase body fat percentage and slow down metabolism. More studies need to be done on this. There are also studies that show having normal B12 levels may be associated with a lower risk of weight gain. While there are other factors that contribute to weight gain, low B12 levels may be one of them. 

These studies do not conclusively show that B12 alone leads to weight loss, but B12 deficiency can cause health issues that might make it difficult to lose weight. One of these is the potential decrease in energy. This can make it more difficult to stay active on a daily basis and lead to a more sedentary lifestyle, which can cause weight gain and make weight loss difficult to maintain. 

Regardless of whether you are trying to lose weight, having appropriate B12 levels is important for your overall health and wellness. 

Our Weight Loss Program

If you are looking for a weight loss program in Miami, our integrative approach uses a compounded Semaglutide with B12 therapy. Semaglutide is a medication that has been used as a treatment for diabetes. It recently was FDA approved for use as a weight loss medication.

No matter what your reason for wanting to lose weight, we are here to help you do it in a healthy and effective way. Contact our office to learn more about our weight loss program!