30 Jan Semaglutide and Weight Loss: What You Need to Know
by Elena Klimenko, MD and Emanuela Visone, Master Transformational Coach
Semaglutide has exploded in popularity as the go-to solution for weight loss. The internet can be a great source of information, but there also is a risk of great misinformation. Learn about semaglutide from licensed healthcare practitioners in clinical practice to determine whether semaglutide is right for you.
What Is Semaglutide?
Semaglutide is a diabetes medication in the GLP-1 agonist drug class. GLP-1 stands for glucagon-like peptide-1, and it is a hormone that the body produces after a meal that signals to the brain that you are full and do not need to eat anymore. It is naturally made by the body but has been synthetically altered for diabetes treatment. As of 2021, semaglutide also has been approved for weight loss! For diabetes, semaglutide works to increase insulin secretion when there is sugar in the blood to help lower blood sugar. Whether through the body’s production of GLP-1 or synthetic pharmaceuticals, the result of increased GLP-1 production is reduced appetite, which aids in weight loss.
Semaglutide Side Effects
Like many medications, using semaglutide comes with a risk of experiencing side effects. In fact, most people who take semaglutide do experience side effects, but they are usually mild to moderate in severity. The most common side effects are gastrointestinal symptoms, like nausea, vomiting, constipation, and diarrhea. More severe side effects are rare.
Natural Alternatives to Semaglutide
Some people are not good candidates for semaglutide due to their personal or family history. There are also those who simply prefer to take a more natural approach to their health care by prioritizing diet, exercise, and specific nutraceuticals recommended under the guidance of their health care practitioner. Lastly, semaglutide is eventually discontinued for most people due to the cost or the fact that it is no longer needed for medical reasons.
For any of these scenarios, there are natural alternatives to semaglutide that can increase GLP-1 and boost metabolism to enhance weight loss efforts or help maintain lost weight. These natural alternatives can be used alongside diet, exercise, and other lifestyle changes. We will discuss these weight loss and maintenance tools in detail during our upcoming live Q&A.
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