If you’re looking into skinny shots to help meet your weight loss goals, you’re probably seeing a lot of information about lipotropic compounds, including choline. A lipotropic compound is any substance that the body needs to metabolize or break down fat. Choline is one such lipotropic compound and is included in a lot of skinny shots. While the quantities of choline found in most skinny shots certainly won’t hurt you, there is some debate about how much it will help.
What is Choline?
Choline is a nutrient found in many different foods. It is also produced by your liver, but not in sufficient quantities to meet your body’s needs. Choline is an essential component of your cell membranes and neurotransmitters that send signals from your brain to the nerves throughout your body. Choline also helps to break down fat and carry it away from your liver. Without it, you may be prone to fatty liver disease.
Does Choline Help You Lose Weight?
Before we dive too deeply into a discussion of what choline can and can’t do, it’s important to understand that the study of choline is relatively new. The Institute of Medicine only recognized choline as a vital nutrient in 1998, which makes it a relative newcomer to the list of critical vitamins and minerals. That being said, studies like this one do suggest that choline may be able to help you lose weight. We do know that choline helps the body break down fat. Other studies, however, suggest that while choline deficiency does increase the amount of fat in the liver, it does not increase the amount of fat elsewhere in the body. This finding would indicate that choline may not help people lose weight overall. More research is needed to determine if choline is truly an effective weight loss tool.
Does Choline Help You Lose Belly Fat?
Again, the scientific jury is still out on this one. While choline can absolutely help reduce liver fat, that isn’t the same as belly fat. While those who manufacture and sell choline supplements seem certain that it will reduce your belly fat, scientists and many doctors aren’t as convinced. While adding choline to your diet can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and neurological disorders, there is no proof that it will melt away belly fat.
Does Choline Increase Metabolism?
Your metabolism is the process by which your body breaks down food and turns it into energy. Part of this metabolic process involves breaking down fats and lipids and either storing them or carrying them out of your body. This breakdown of fat occurs in the liver.
Choline is vital to this metabolic process and helps your liver break down the fat faster. When this process is slowed, fat and cholesterol can accumulate in the liver and cause fatty liver disease. Choline helps speed up fat metabolism to prevent this.
Which Foods are High in Choline?
Your body does produce choline, but not enough to sufficiently meet its own needs. As such, it’s vital that you consume foods that can give your body the choline it needs. Some foods that are particularly high in choline include:
- Chicken breasts
- Sunflower seeds
As you can see from this list, protein and choline are often found together.
Do Mia Aesthetics Skinny Shots Include Choline?
The skinny shots we administer at Mia Aesthetics do not contain choline. Instead, they contain vitamin B6, which is also commonly referred to as pyridoxine. Like choline, vitamin B6 is known to help your metabolism. It works by helping your body break down proteins and carbohydrates more efficiently, increasing your metabolism and helping to give you an energy boost along the way. It can also help you burn fat more effectively when you exercise, which is easier to do when you have more energy.
As beneficial as vitamin B6 is for weight loss, however, it and other lipotropic compounds alone are generally not enough to cause weight loss. While these compounds can help, you still need to watch what you eat and increase your activity level to lose weight. To further assist you, the skinny shot at Mia Aesthetics also includes the very effective prescription medications semaglutide or tirzepatide along with vitamin B6.