For decades, doctors and scientists have been steadfast in their insistence that there is no “magic pill” for weight loss, so it’s hard not to be skeptical about all the buzz surrounding high-profile drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy. These drugs, among others, include the active ingredient Semaglutide, and it turns out, there just might be some magic — or very compelling science — at work here.
This weekly medication is FDA-approved, has minimal side effects and can boost the results of healthy lifestyle changes to promote weight loss.
How does Semaglutide work for weight loss?
Originally developed to tackle diabetes, the drug belongs to the GLP-1 receptor agonist family, and it knows how to play the appetite game like a pro. Essentially, the drug mimics the action of a natural hormone in the body that regulates appetite.
Semaglutide interacts with the brain’s hunger control center — patients feel full faster and have fewer cravings. It also slows down your stomach’s emptying speed, increasing the length of time between urges to eat. If your digestive system is a highway, Semaglutide is that slow vehicle that jumps in front of you in the left lane. Semaglutide also helps your body regulate blood sugar, which reduces sugar cravings and excessive hunger.
None of these mechanisms are actually magical, but these drugs help people clear hurdles that consistently get in the way of our best intentions and trick us into thinking we “have no willpower” or that we are somehow not trying hard enough. The conversation around weight loss in the medical and scientific communities has dramatically shifted because of the research related to these medications — biology is absolutely at play, and it’s every bit as important as mindset. Semaglutide addresses the biological differences impacting many people living with obesity.
Does it really work?
In a word, yes. It really works. There is good reason for all the buzz. For patients with appropriate indications, semaglutide injections can be a “game changer” for weight loss among overweight individuals. Studies show that patients typically lose 10-20% of body weight or more with semaglutide injections combined with eating a balanced diet and regular physical activity.
A 2022 peer-reviewed study revealed that on average, overweight and obese study participants lost around 15 pounds in 3 months and 30 pounds within 6 months. Since these are average figures, some people lost more and some, less. Because these drugs have become so popular, there is a wealth of information online, including online forums where people chat about their successes, too. Not surprisingly, those who combine Semaglutide with healthy lifestyle adjustments like exercise tend to see the best results.
Semaglutide is definitely working for local Elizabeth Med Spa patient Chase Yarnell, who says, “I feel and look great! Since starting Semaglutide I have lost over 50lbs "
Is it safe?
Semaglutide has been rigorously tested since 2008 and has been used for diabetes management since 2012. Researchers have determined that the drug is very safe when used under the direction of a qualified medical professional.
Still, Semaglutide is not without a few unpleasant side effects, many of which may subside over time. Patients can experience digestive issues like nausea, vomiting and diarrhea — sometimes to a severe extent. These side effects may subside and then return when dosage is increased.
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In a world where the scales tip too often in favor of obesity, Semaglutide is a shining ray of hope. With its super appetite-controlling powers, it's here to help you reclaim your waistline, one satisfied stomach at a time. Just remember, while this weight loss wonder drug works its magic, it's essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and some good ol' exercise.
The LGBTQ+ community, like other demographics, often faces medical stigma when seeking treatment for conditions like obesity. Elizabeth Med Spa offers a safe, affirming environment for the queer community with specialists ready to work with you to find a comfortable, achievable weight loss program, including Semaglutide treatment. Reach out today online (elizabethmedspa.com) or by phone at (248) 268-1655 to set up a free consultation to find out if Semaglutide is right for you.