LipoVite Shots and Weight Loss

I began dieting in January 2012 in an effort to lose 20 pounds.  I knew it would be a challenge since I’m only 5’1″.  However, I was determined to get in shape one last time, and to maintain a healthy weight with more exercise and other lifestyle changes.  Since I have been forced into semi-retirement due to an unstable economy, I now have the time to exercise as well as eat healthier.  Disappointingly,  after three weeks of a consuming a 1200 calorie diet and exercising my butt off, I only lost one pound.  At my yearly physical one month later, I discussed my weight loss difficulties with my doctor.   In response, he suggested that I try LipoVite injections to help me be more successful.

In general, I’m not a fan of weight loss gimmicks such as diet pills, or crash and fad diets.  I’m “old school”:  the calories eaten must be less than calories burned.   So, I decided to approach my weight loss journey with knowledge about my own metabolism, and along with a little help from LipoVite.  This product is a combination of lipotropics and vitamins.  A nurse at my doctor’s office recommended LipoVite injections in conjunction with Adipex pills which had been helpful for her own weight loss.  Based on this, I decided to try the shots per my doctor’s advice, and see what the outcome would be for me.

Lipovite Injection Results

My treatment regimen included a series of 20 shots.  I received the first injection on February 6, 2012.  Subsequent shots were scheduled every Monday morning.  Upon arrival at my doctor’s office, my weight was checked and recorded.   Any weight loss that had occurred since the previous week was noted.   I, then, received the injection in my hip which caused a burning sensation for about two to three minutes.  Unlike most vaccines, it is injected into the fat layer of the skin instead of into muscle.  After an additional two to three minutes, I could taste the ingredients in the shot, similar to what I experience when taking an oral vitamin.  So far, I haven’t experienced any adverse effects.

In addition to the LipoVite shots, I maintained a 1300 calorie diet.  I engaged in at least an hour of aerobic exercise, six days a week.  Some days, I exercise for 2 hours.  Here was my injection schedule:

  • Feb 6. – Shot 1
  • Feb 13. – Shot 2, no weight loss
  • Feb 20. – Shot 3, 2 pound weight loss since last week
  • Feb 27. – Shot 4, 1 pound weight loss since last week, 3 pounds total
  • Mar 5 – Shot 5, 0 weight loss, 3 pounds total
  • Mar 12 – Shot 6, 1 pound weight loss, 4  pounds total
After 12 weeks, I have given up on these injections.  I don’t feel that they were particularly helpful, and they required too much of a time commitment.   At my doctor’s office, an appointment time was never offered.  I had to wait until the nurse was able to see me.  In my opinion, diet and exercise were the most likely reason that I lost weight.  I’ve read, however, that the weight loss effect of LipVite can be cumulative, and is more apparent the longer you do the injections.

Here is more detailed information about Lipo-Vite:

Lipo-Vite Injection Information

Lipo-Vite is an injection that is marketed as a weight loss medication.  It is not approved by the FDA.   It contains a combination of B vitamins, amino acids, inositol, choline, and chromium.  Lidocaine is also included to reduced the burning sensation during the injection.   Other brands of lipotrophic injections may contain different ingredients as these products are not yet regulated.

What are the main functions of lipotropics?

Lipotrophic is defined as the ability to metabolize or remove fat.   Animal studies have shown that lipotrophic compounds can reduce fat deposits within the liver.  Further research is necessary to determine whether or not they have any effect on body fat.

  • They increase the production of lecithin by the liver.  This helps to dissolve cholesterol, thereby reducing the amount of cholesterol circulating and depositing throughout the body.  Lower cholesterol also decreases the risk of gallstone formation. (Gallstones are made of cholesterol).
  • They prevent the accumulation of fats in the liver.  A fatty liver can cause inflammation, scarring  (cirrhosis), and cancer.
  • They detoxify sulfur containing by-products of protein metabolism within the liver.

What are some of the important functions of the individual Lipotropics?

  • Choline: Supports brain, liver, muscle, and cell functions as well as fat metabolism.  Although a small amount is produced by the liver, it is primarily obtained from dietary sources such as eggs, chicken, meats, brussel sprouts, and beans.
    Deficiency of choline can lead to cirrhosis, fatty degeneration of the liver, and loss of muscle. 
  • Inositol: Improves the body’s sensitivity and responsiveness to insulin.  This allows for better metabolism of sugar, and decreases its conversion to fat.  Some studies show that oral supplements may promote lower BMIs.  Food sources include beans, artichokes, and citrus fruits.  Research shows it may be beneficial in managing Type II diabetes and polycystic ovary disease.
  • Methionine: Is an essential amino acid, one of the “building blocks” of proteins.  It, however, converts to cysteine which can promote fat deposition throughout the body.  High levels of methionine have been associated with weight gain and insulin resistance.  However, animal studies show that, at low levels, methionine works in conjunction with choline to suppress weight gain.  Further research is necessary to determine whether or not this effect occurs in humans. 

How are Lipotropics Supplied?

Lipotrophics are administered as an injection.  Doctors generally prescribe I cc per week, injected subcutaneously

How much do Lipo-Vite Injections Cost?

12 doses are given over three months.  I paid $200 for the twelve shots, but other providers may charge different prices.  Patients generally receive them once a week.  Weight is checked during these office visits to assess any response.

Leah Alexander, MD, FAAP
Leah Alexander, MD, FAAP

Dr. Alexander began her pediatric career at Elizabeth Pediatric Group of New Jersey in 2000, and has practiced at Pediatricare Associates of New Jersey since 2005. After graduating from Kalamazoo College and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, she completed her pediatric training at Overlook and Morristown Memorial Hospitals. She is board certified in General Pediatrics. In addition to pediatrics, Dr. Alexander pursued her interest the culinary arts with study at the French Culinary
Institute. In 2007, she opened Global Palate, LLC, catering small group events for six years. Dr. Alexander has also been a professional writer and editor since 2018, engaging in a variety of medical editing and writing projects.