B12 is a water-soluble vitamin that is found in many foods, which include meat and dairy products. Vitamin B12 in the body is necessary to maintain good health. It is easy to become Vitamin B12 deficient while dieting, which can be replaced by receiving a shot.
Your Body Needs B12
The human body needs B12 for the overall health of nerve and red blood cells. B12 also aids in digestion. Since the body does not manufacture it, the only way to get it is through diet and/or supplementation. When dieting, a B12 deficiency can occur due to the limitation of consumption of foods that are high in B12, such as red meat.
Physical Signs of Serious Deficiency
One indication that there may not be enough B12 present in the body is if one begins to feel fatigue and dizziness, especially when dieting. An individual may also experience diarrhea or constipation, and become disoriented or confused when lacking B12. In some extreme cases, there has been evidence of tingling sensation and even chest pains in those lacking B12.
Benefits When Dieting
Taking injections of B12 can give a boost to the body by providing the energy that is normally supplied through proper eating. From a dieting standpoint, it can also help reduce the craving for food. In older people, it can help alleviate the vitamin deficiency that can result from a lack of variety in diet, and can also help maintain energy levels and maintain memory function.
How it Works
Patients on B12 report more energy and less stress. Since B12 helps with energy levels, patients are more motivated to continue their diets and exercise, more than those who are not receiving B12 injections. You may receive B12 injections every 5 days to every 7 days.