Chromium for Weight Loss: Does It Work

Jenna Hilton
December 14, 2022

Chromium is an essential mineral our bodies need in trace amounts (25-35 micrograms daily) to help metabolize carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.

We get chromium through food, but studies show that as many as 90% of US diets are poor in this element. Besides inadequate nutrition, some people have low levels because of poor chromium absorption. Chromium deficiency has been linked to health issues such as insulin resistance and fat accumulation.

This article explains how overweight people who struggle to lose weight may benefit from adding chromium supplementation to their weight-loss efforts.*

chromium for weight loss

Chromium for Weight Loss: Does It Work?

Chromium primarily helps manage weight by working with insulin to regulate glucose levels in the blood.

When we eat, carbohydrates break down into glucose. In response, the pancreas releases insulin into the bloodstream. Insulin is the messenger that tells the cells to absorb glucose and convert it into energy. The process requires chromium, which supports insulin activity and glucose transportation across the cell membrane.

However, this physiological process doesn’t work properly in people with insulin resistance. The cells in their bodies don’t respond to insulin and fail to take up glucose from the blood. The pancreas continues to pump more insulin, triggering sugar cravings and resulting in fat accumulation, weight gain, and various health issues.

Current studies show that people with insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes frequently have a chromium deficiency, so scientists suggest that supplementing chromium may alleviate insulin resistance by:

  • Helping glucose enter the cells
  • Reducing sugar cravings
  • Assisting nerves to send accurate signals about the amount of insulin in the bloodstream
  • Reducing fat accumulation

Patient experience also suggests that supplementing chromium increases lean body mass and decreases body fat.*

How Much Weight Can You Lose Taking Chromium?

Chromium supplements alone may lead to slight weight loss.* Studies show that chromium picolinate is the safest and most effective form of chromium. However, participants in the studies lost only 1.1-2.4 pounds after several months.

Medical professionals recommend chromium to overweight patients only in combination with other weight loss strategies, including weight loss injectables, appetite suppressants, and a balanced diet.

*Disclaimer
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Chromium for Weight Loss Cost

At Vibrant Vitality Clinic, our medical weight loss professionals recommend chromium to their patients as part of a comprehensive medical weight loss program. Depending on the patient’s unique health status and lifestyle, they determine which weight loss products and strategies to include in a customized weight loss plan, and the prices vary depending on the package. 

Our weight-loss strategies typically include the following:

  • Physical exam
  • Body scan
  • EKG
  • Detox plan
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Weight loss injections
  • Supplements

Conclusion

Chromium may help with weight loss thanks to its role in regulating blood sugar. However, it can’t replace the foundations of healthy weight management, a balanced diet, and daily physical activity. Patients who combine these lifestyle modifications with chromium and other appetite-suppressing and metabolism-stimulating medications experience the best results.

Jenna Hilton
Jenna Hilton has been a practicing PA since 2009, specializing in Family, Internal Medicine and Medical Aesthetics. She attended Arizona State University where she received her Bachelor's Degree and graduated magna cum laude. She received her Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from A.T. Still University.

Jenna has been injecting neurotoxin and dermal filler since 2013. She received certification as a Master Injector in 2017 through Empire Medical in Los Angeles, California. She is currently working on a Fellowship Program in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine through the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. Her special interests include use of PLLA, Ablative/Non ablative skin resurfacing, PDO threads, hormone therapy and nutritional therapies to improve cellular regeneration and medically supervised weight loss.

Jenna Hilton believes in a multi-factorial approach, considering internal factors that accelerate aging and disease development. She always enjoys teaching. She co-founded Vibrant EDU courses at Vibrant Skin Bar and regularly performs one-on-one training with fellow injectors. She teaches Aesthetic and Advanced Injectable Courses at National Laser Institute. She has been named Preceptor of the Year and is an Adjunct Faculty Member at Midwestern University. She was born in Iowa, and lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, AZ.

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