Obesity has become an extremely serious situation in the United States, and the health care industry has scrambled for solutions. Today, there are all kinds of solutions available for weight loss, from special diets and exercise to weight loss surgery. Another available option are injections, and while this may seem less extreme than weight loss surgery, you need to be fully aware of the potential side effects of injection used for accelerating weight loss.
What Is a Weight Loss Injection?
It is an injection of HCG. HCG is Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, which is a natural hormone that is produced in the human body, but it occurs in greater amounts in pregnant women. When more HCG is present in your body, your body will actually cause itself to use more of your fat as energy.
HCG also increases your metabolic rate a great deal which causes your body to burn fat at a much faster rate. Most people report losing about two pounds each day when they take HCG injections.
While many people see a weight loss of two pounds daily as a very good thing, it is the diet that is required while you are receiving HCG injections that concern health experts. While taking HCG injections, you will be on a meal plan that consists of only 500 calories. While this does not constitute starvation, it can be very unhealthy, and some believe that this low calorie intake is where the fast weight loss comes from.
The Overall Side Effects
The main injection side effects include hair loss, nausea, and fatigue, acne, and mood swings. You may or may not experience rashes, often at the site of the injection. Women must be careful while taking HCG injections, as their chances of becoming pregnant increase. The likelihood of an ectopic pregnancy is also increased. Men may experience enlarged breasts or an enlarged prostate. You must also carefully consider the meal plan requirements for injections, and consider any potential health problems that may arise from taking in so few calories each day as well.
While some of these side effects can be unpleasant, none of them are as serious as the potential side effects that come with weight loss surgery. Therefore, before submitting to weight loss surgery, you may want to seriously consider the lesser injection side effects.
Saxenda, like Victoza, is injected daily. It’s approved for people with a body mass index (BMI) of 30, considered obese, or a BMI of 27 with weight-related conditions such as high blood pressure.