What is Semaglutide?
First, we want to assure you that Semaglutide is NOT a stimulant, so you do not have to worry about unpleasant side effects like not being able to sleep or having the jitters.
Semaglutide is a small protein (peptide) that activates metabolic pathways in the body to increase blood sugar metabolism and reduce appetite. It imitates a hormone called glucagon-like-peptide-1 (GLP-1). You may have heard of Semaglutide before. It has been used to help treat type 2 diabetes under the brand names such as Ozempic ®, Saxenda® and Rybelsus®. Obesity is a complicated and serious chronic condition that can lead to many other complications - including type 2 diabetes, prediabetes, and heart disease. As of 2018, almost half (42%) of adults in the US lived with obesity, defined as a body mass index (BMI) over 30 kg/m2. However, most people with obesity are undiagnosed, and less than 3% have been prescribed a medicine to help them manage their condition. Although obesity and excess weight can directly lead to type 2 diabetes and prediabetes, weight management can reduce that risk, preventing or delaying the onset of these diseases.
Semaglutide, a GLP-1 receptor agonist drug,has approved in the US to treat type 2 diabetes as a once-weekly injection and as a tablet taken orally. In addition to improving diabetes management, these drugs have been proven to support heart health.
We do not provide Semaglutide under the brand names associated with treating type 2 diabetes or weight loss listed above.
We start all of our patients off at a lower, compounded dose for the first month and then increase dosage for the second and third months, respectively. Our compounded medication also includes Vitamin B-6/12 to help with some of the potential side effects.
We partner with a compounding pharmacy that compounds Semaglutide and Vitamin B-6/12 specifically for our patients. Semaglutide is injected subcutaneously (under the skin) and not into a muscle.
How does Semaglutide weight loss work?
Semaglutide reduces your appetite and makes you feel fuller for longer periods of time. It also keeps you in "fat-burning" mode. Because Semaglutide targets fat cells and regulates blood sugar, you don't have to worry about losing muscle mass or dehydration (water weight loss). Semaglutide has also been shown to help stop the production of plaque on blood vessels.
Our program is offered in either 1 & 3 month(s) durations. There are no food restrictions. However, if you are not eating a healthy diet, you will not feel at your best while on the diet. If you eat healthier, you will feel much better and have higher energy levels. We recommend incorporating proteins and nutrient- dense foods into your daily diet. While exercise is not mandatory with this program, we recommend you start to incorporate an exercise regime into your lifestyle because of the health benefits. If you aren't used to exercising, walking can be the perfect way to start.
While using Semaglutide, it is highly recommended that you:
Eat a fibrous diet.
Focus on fruits and vegetables that are high in fiber.
Eat small high protein meals as digestion is slowed down while on this medication.
Avoid foods high in fat as they take longer to digest.
Limit alcohol intake as this medication can lower blood pressure.
Drink at least 32oz of water a day to avoid constipation.
What to expect while on the Semaglutide weight loss program?
The physical benefit of Semaglutide is that it can reduce your appetite and make you feel fuller, so you eat less. Other Benefits may Include:
Physical hunger often dissipates
Higher energy levels
Helps with insulin pathways and blood sugar levels
The more momentum you gain, the better you will feel
On average, you can expect to lose 15% of your body weight, however, that can vary depending on the weight of the patient. Patients who have more weight to lose can see greater results.
Patients typically see a weight loss of 1 to 3 pounds per week, however, that can vary depending on the weight of the patient. Patients who have more weight to lose can see greater results.
What makes you a candidate for the Semaglutide weight loss program?
BMI over 30
BMI between 25-30 and considered overweight