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What are Skinny Shots?

Skinny shots, also known as lipotropic injections, are a mixture of amino acids, B vitamins, and lipotropic agents that are administered in the form of intramuscular injections to assist with weight loss in individuals with obesity. The shots are known to boost energy and speed up metabolism (chemical reactions in the body that convert the food we eat into energy), which in turn accelerates calorie burning and removal of unwanted fat from the body.

Composition of Skinny Shots

Skinny shots are a special formula of liver assisting nutrients that can aid in fat metabolism, hormone balance, and energy, which are all main functions of the liver. They contain a variety of nutrients, vitamins, and other ingredients apparently utilized to help with weight loss. Some of the most common ingredients in these shots include:

  • Vitamin B-6
  • Vitamin B-12
  • Vitamin B complex
  • MIC (a combination of methionine, inositol, and choline)
  • Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs)
  • Phentermine
  • L-carnitine

Preparation for Skinny Shots

There are no specific preparation instructions to receive skinny shots. In general, blood tests may be ordered, and you may be advised to stop smoking and taking certain medications for a defined period. Your practitioner will go over all the risks and side effects of these shots and obtain an informed consent. 

Administration of Skinny Shots

Skinny shots may be administered in the arm or other regions with excess subcutaneous fatty tissues like the buttocks, thigh, or abdomen. The shots are basically pain-free apart from a stinging sensation or a little prick observed when they are administered. The shots are usually given by a medical doctor or a dietitian in weight loss clinics or medical spas for energy and fat metabolism. Your medical practitioner may likely recommend shots up to twice per week for several weeks. This may be for a couple of months at a time or until you attain your desired weight loss goal. Your physical health, activity level, and age may all be factors in determining the frequency of your treatment. When taken in conjunction with a diet and exercise plan, skinny shots may help achieve up to a 5- to 10-pound weight loss.

Measures to Follow After Skinny Shots

You are normally recommended to implement the following measures post administration of skinny shots:

  • Try for a steady weight loss of 1 to 2 pounds each week
  • Get enough sleep (7 to 9 hours)
  • Manage stress
  • Exercise regularly
  • Cut down sugars and processed foods
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Follow a balanced diet
  • Follow a healthy lifestyle habit
  • Follow up regularly with your physician/dietitian 

Key Benefits of Skinny Shots

Some of the main benefits of skinny shots include:

  • Provides increased energy
  • Boosts metabolism
  • Helps with weight loss
  • Prevents accumulation of fats in the liver
  • Metabolizes, transports, and gets rid of fat from the body
  • Balances out irregular hormone levels
  • Improves digestion, nerve and skin health, and overall well-being

Risks and Complications

Skinny shots are a very safe and effective weight loss alternative. The risks often depend upon the ingredients being used in the shots. For instance, different types of vitamin B such as B1, B12, B16, and amino acids, are not harmful in high doses as any excessive amounts simply get excreted through the urine. However, other ingredients used, such as phentermine, may possibly cause side effects such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Dry mouth
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Anxiety
  • Incontinence
  • Insomnia
  • Numbness in hands or feet
  • Fluctuation in heart rate

Additionally, if these shots are administered in conjunction with an extremely low-calorie diet, you may experience:

  • Lightheadedness
  • Irritability
  • Jitteriness
  • Gastrointestinal upset
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Hunger pangs (hunger pains)

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