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vsabino 09-13-2010 11:04 AM

Vitamin B12 for weight loss?
Hi wonderful community of fitday!
Does anyone have any experience with taking vitamin B12 supplements and noticing-not noticing weight loss?
The scientific studies don't support this, but in theory B12 helps metabolizing the food we eat. The issues are two-fold: 1. We don't absorb the one from supplement very well; 2. we may be excreting the excess we take.
But some people do report some weight loss, or at least it makes you feel more energetic so you move more (and lose more).

I'm trying to take daily supplement to see if they can help my weight loss, but I was really curious to see whether someone had tried them and had any tips? :)

Happy Monday everyone!

Wylie7 09-13-2010 01:20 PM

I posted something similar in the Women's Only section regarding B6. I noticed that I was losing weight more quickly on B6 than when I didn't take it. I believe some weight loss clinics actually give shots of B vitamins for their patients / clients.

For me this was only temporary, but I managed to lose a good 5 to 10 lb more easily (I had a total of about 20 lb to lose). I still take a B complex for multiple reasons, but one is (as stated on the bottle) it helps metabolize fat and carbs and my doctor has given me the OK. Another is that it helps with my mood so I'm more likely to get up and move. My doc also suggested that the B complex is likely more useful than just one B vitamin.

My theory is that I was deficient in some B vitamins, so my body wasn't performing at it's peak, and once I was back up to where I should be, they didn't help much any more.

I can't provide any science, but I can provide a bit of my own experience. I hope that helps!

almeeker 09-13-2010 01:38 PM

I actually take complex B vitamins to help with my dry skin. I get those cracks in all my fingers and toes, and it's very painful. I talked it over with my doctor, and I goop them up with 100% pure lanolin 2-3x daily and take a B vitamin supplement everyday. There have been a couple of times when I ran out and went without them for a week or so and my hands cracked all over, it was horrible so now I buy bulk and don't run out. Last winter my dad had a crack in his thumb that wouldn't heal, It was almost and inch long and he had it for months, so finally I went out and got him a jug of B complex, and guess what? 2 weeks later he was healed up, coincidence? I don't think so. Can't say about the weight loss though, I've been taking them for years and until recently I was morbidly obese.

vsabino 09-14-2010 02:11 AM

Ok thanks for your replies! I guess it cannot hurt to try then!

fletch8502 09-14-2010 11:59 AM

I saw on Dr. Oz yesterday that vitamin B is good for weight loss. Can't remember why, but that's what he said.

Looked on his site and found this video: The Benefits of Vitamin B | The Dr. Oz Show

reisertjl 09-20-2010 05:15 PM

I use a liquid B Complex vitamin i think that it works

Buttoni 09-21-2010 03:58 PM

I take B-Complex for a variety of health reasons. Can't say I've lost any weight since I began taking it though.

me2forever 09-28-2010 03:07 PM

I take B6 and a B complex (as per dr) because of being Gluten Free. It has helped me with energy, feeling good and weight.

me2forever 10-01-2010 02:05 PM

I notice a big difference in everyday living taking B12 and B6.

dan-anderson 10-01-2010 03:53 PM

I tend to take a "5 hour energy" a couple times a week before going to work out.

It's more or less a large B vitamin.

It gets me to the gym - so I guess it helps with weight loss. :)

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