What are Lipo Shots or Lipotropic Injections
Lipotropic injections, also referred to as Lipo Shots is a broad term for a number of compounds designed for fat loss, which is why the term can be confusing. These compounds are all designed for one goal, to assist the body in releasing fat from fat stores and processing it for fuel in the liver. In short, Lipotropic injections burn fat.
Different Lipotropic Shot Combinations
Lipo Injection Compounds and Combinations
MIC Injections (Methionine, Inositol, Choline)
Most of the time the term Lipo shots is refering to MIC shots. MIC stands for Methionine, Inositol, and Choline.
Methionine: Methionine is an amino acid that the body can’t produce it on it’s own, which means it’s an essential nutrient. Methionine assists the liver in breaking down fats for fuel. In addition, Methionine has been shown to reduce cholesteraol, reduce the build-up of fats in the liver and the blood, and can prevent fatigue. In combonation with Inositol and Choline, Methionine plays an integral role in reducing body fat.
Inositol: Inositol is similar to a B-Vitamin, and has a number of roles in plays in the body. Specifically for the purposes of fat loss, Inositol promotes cell health and nerves, supports the reduction of cholesterol, aids in fat removal, and possitively affects seratonin, which is known to improve mood. Also, when seratonin levels are increased, the body naturally responds to stress better, and may help to guard against the fat gain and muscle loss associated with elevated cortisol levels.
Choline: Choline is also an essential nutrient, and is required for the transportation and oxidation of fats and cholesterol. Also, Choline is responsible for supporting the liver in removing toxins and waste for the body, and also supports the cardiovascular and endocrine systems. The combination of Methionine, Inositol, and Choline is a powerful fat transport and metabolism compound.
B12 Injections and B-Complex Shots
Carnitine Injections (L-Carnitine)
L-Carnitine is an amino acid which is required for the transportation of fats through the cell wall, fat metabolism, and energy production. Carnitine can reduce fat mass, support muscle, and help to minimize fatigue. When used orally, L-Carnitine has minimal effects because it is not absorbed well. When taken via injection, Carnitine is absorbed by the body for a powerful effect.
Arginine Injections (L-Arginine)
Arginine is an amino acid responsible for elevating Nitric Oxide, which is a gas that promotes better blood flow and supports the immune system. Many athletes supplement with Arginine in order to better achieve a muscle pump, or blood occlusion, which stimulates muscle growth. Also, Arginine is often used to improve sexual performance in men by supplying more blood to the penis, and helping both men and women to achieve a better sensation. In fact, most pre-workout supplements now contain Arginine, in order to improve muscle performance and energy during a workout.
Below is a list of benefits of Arginine supplementation:
- Improves blood flow to the muscles
- Assists in energy production
- Helps the body to repair faster
- Optimizes Growth Hormone Secretion
- Helps to boost the immune system
- Helps the user to feel energized
- Improves sexual performance and sensation
- Supports fat loss by increasing blood flow to fatty tissue
Oral Arginine supplementation is a very popular supplement for athletes who want to improve performance. That being said, injectable Arginine is leaps and bounds above oral supplementation in the effects. Anyone who has tried injectable Arginine will be able to tell you about the immediate boost in energy and blood flow, and the performance effects that go with it. We recomend Arginine as a very powerful tool for anyone who wants more energy and improved performance.
MIC Complex, Lipo-3, Lipo-5, Lipo-7, Lipo-9
Lipotropic injections come in a number if different compound mixtures, all with the same goal in mind; Weight Loss. Some of the names you will often see is Lipo-3. Lipo-5, Lipo-6, and so on, with the number at the end representing the amount of additional ingredients that the Lipo shots mixture has in it. The 3 ingredients you will almost always see, is Methionine, Inositol, and Choline. After that, you will usually see a number of B-Vitamins, including B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, and B12; B12 being the most common. Also, you will sometimes see L-Carnitine and L-Arginine added to further promote transportation and burning of unwanted fat.
How Do I Do Lipotroppic Shots?
Lipo shots are usually administered via intramuscular injection, which means they require a shot into the muscle tissue. Usually the needle will be about 1-1.5 inches long, administered into the glutes (butt), or thigh. We highly recommend doing the shot in the glute, due to the fact that it usually causes little to no pain at all. Also, the glute is an easy shot for anyone to do. The Glute muscle is very large, and hard to miss.