The Science Behind Semaglutide: How it Can Help You Lose Weight

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The Science Behind Semaglutide: How it Can Help You Lose Weight

Do you want to lose weight, but you don’t know where to start? Well, Aesthetic Enhancements is about to make it easier for you. How? We are now offering a medication called Semaglutide to those looking to lose weight. Semaglutide is an injectable weight loss medication. It helps those who are struggling with obesity by significantly reducing their appetite.

What is semaglutide?

Semaglutide is a medication used to help with weight loss in those who are obese or overweight. It is a once-daily injection that is taken subcutaneously. Semaglutide works by mimicking the hormone glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1), which is involved in regulating appetite. When semaglutide binds to the GLP-1 receptors, it signals the brain to reduce hunger and decrease the desire to eat.

Semaglutide is approved by the FDA for use in adults with a BMI of 30 or greater who have tried other weight loss methods, such as diet and exercise, but have not been successful in losing weight. Semaglutide is also approved for use in adults with a BMI of 27 or greater who have at least one weight-related medical condition, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol.

How does semaglutide work for weight loss?

GLP-1 is an incretin hormone that plays a role in your appetite and digestion.

Incretins are hormones released by your small intestine and are sent out by your body after you’ve eaten a meal to help lower your blood sugar by triggering insulin and blocking other sources of sugar.

It also slows down how quickly food leaves your stomach (called gastric emptying).

The result of these actions causes you to feel full — lowering your appetite and causing you to lose weight.

Medications like GLP-1 agonists are referred to as incretin mimetics since they “mimic” these effects.

What does the research say about semaglutide for weight loss?

The semaglutide weight loss studies looked at two different ways the medication might work. In one study, semaglutide was given to people who were also following a reduced-calorie diet and exercising regularly. The other study gave semaglutide to people who were not asked to make any changes to their diet or exercise routine.

In both studies, semaglutide helped people lose weight. People in the semaglutide group lost more weight than those in the placebo group (the group that did not receive semaglutide).

In the study of people who were following a reduced-calorie diet and exercising, the average weight loss in the semaglutide group was 11.4% of their starting weight, compared to 2.2% in the placebo group. This means that semaglutide helped people lose, on average, 9.2% more weight than those who did not receive semaglutide.

In the study of people who were not making any changes to their diet or exercise routine, the average weight loss in the semaglutide group was 7.9% of their starting weight, compared to 0.9% in the placebo group. This means that semaglutide helped people lose, on average, 7% more weight than those who did not receive semaglutide.

It can help you lose weight, even if you are not making any changes to your diet or exercise routine. However, semaglutide works best when it is used along with a reduced-calorie diet and regular exercise.

Who is a good candidate for semaglutide?

Semaglutide is a weight loss medication that is typically used in people who are obese or overweight. It can help people lose weight by reducing hunger and cravings and by increasing feelings of fullness. Semaglutide is usually taken once daily, and it is important to take it at the same time each day.

It should not be used in pregnant or breastfeeding people, as it is not known if it is safe for use in these populations. People with a history of pancreatitis or other medical conditions that may increase the risk of pancreatitis should also avoid semaglutide.

How is semaglutide administered?

You’ll give yourself the injection once a week, on the same day each week. It can be given at any time of day, and you can take it with or without food.

It is injected just under the skin (subcutaneously) in your abdomen.

Since it slows down how quickly food leaves your stomach, you may experience side effects like nausea and vomiting.

The goal is to have limited unfavorable side effects while losing 1-2 lbs/week (and feel the benefits of the medication: less appetite, cravings, and portion sizes). We will do this at the least effective dosing. We may need to adjust your dose every two weeks in order to achieve that goal.

What are the potential side effects of semaglutide?

Gastrointestinal (GI) side effects tend to happen most frequently when using this medication. The most common side effects of semaglutide include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, and headache. These side effects are typically mild and go away on their own.

Additional common side effects can include stomach pain, indigestion, and bloating.

If you experience any serious side effects, stop taking this medicine and talk to your doctor.

How much weight can I expect to lose on semaglutide?

The amount of weight you lose will depend on various factors, including your starting weight, diet, and exercise habits. In clinical trials, people taking semaglutide lost an average of 5-10% of their body weight.

If you are struggling to lose weight or keep it off, semaglutide may be a good option for you. It is important to talk to your doctor about all of your options before starting any weight loss medication.

When will I see the results?

Most people who take semaglutide start seeing results within a few weeks. However, it may take longer for some people to start seeing results. If you don’t see results within a few weeks, talk to your doctor about increasing your dose.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, you can take it as soon as you remember. If it is close to the time for your next dose, you can skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.

Do not double up on doses to make up for a missed one. Doing so could increase your risk of side effects.

 

Takeaway:

Semaglutide may be an effective and low-risk weight loss drug that can help you start your healthy lifestyle.

If you are struggling to lose weight, semaglutide may be the right medication for you. It can help you lose significant amounts of weight and keep the weight off over the long term. Contact Aesthetic Enhancements today to learn more about semaglutide and how it can help you achieve your weight loss goals.

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