What is the Semaglutide Injectable for Weight Loss?
In the ever-evolving landscape of weight loss solutions, a promising newcomer injectable for weight loss has taken center stage – Semaglutide (brand names: Wegovy, Ozempic). Originally developed as a treatment for type 2 diabetes, this FDA-approved medication has shown remarkable potential in aiding weight loss. It works best when used in combination with a healthy diet and exercise.
In this blog post, we'll delve into the science behind Semaglutide and explore its role in promoting healthy and sustainable weight loss. We’ll also look at how the Semaglutide weight loss program works here at Glo Aesthetics, based in Vancouver, WA.
Semaglutide belongs to a class of drugs known as GLP-1 receptor agonists. Originally developed to help manage blood sugar levels in individuals with diabetes, researchers serendipitously discovered its weight loss benefits during clinical trials. The medication works by mimicking the action of glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), a hormone that regulates glucose and appetite.
How Semaglutide Promotes Weight Loss
Semaglutide influences the brain's satiety centers in the hypothalamus, leading to a reduced feeling of hunger. This helps individuals control their food intake and make healthier choices, contributing to weight loss.
Slowing Gastric Emptying:
By slowing down the emptying of the stomach, Semaglutide helps maintain a feeling of fullness for a more extended period. This effect can curb overeating and contribute to a lower calorie intake.
Improved Insulin Sensitivity:
Semaglutide enhances insulin sensitivity, facilitating better glucose metabolism. This can have a positive impact on weight loss by optimizing the body's ability to utilize energy efficiently.
This combination results in weight loss, both in pounds and inches, increased energy levels, and a boosted metabolism.
Clinical Evidence for Semaglutide
Numerous clinical trials have demonstrated the efficacy of Semaglutide in promoting weight loss. One noteworthy study, the STEP (Semaglutide Treatment Effect in People with Obesity) program, revealed that individuals receiving Semaglutide experienced significant weight loss compared to those receiving a placebo. The results were particularly promising, showcasing not only substantial weight reduction but also improvements in various metabolic markers.
Safety and Side Effects of Semaglutide
While Semaglutide has shown promise in promoting weight loss, it's crucial to consider potential side effects. Nausea, vomiting, heartburn and diarrhea are common side effects reported by some clients. However, these symptoms often diminish over time and some clients don’t experience these symptoms at all. As with any medication, it's essential to consult with a healthcare professional before starting a Semaglutide regimen to ensure it is a suitable option based on individual health considerations.
Combining Semaglutide with Lifestyle Changes for Weight Loss
Semaglutide should be viewed as a complementary tool in a comprehensive weight loss strategy. Incorporating healthy lifestyle changes, such as a balanced diet and regular exercise, can maximize the benefits of Semaglutide and contribute to long-term success in weight management.
Verifying Semaglutide Suitability from Person to Person
Not everyone may be a suitable candidate for Semaglutide, and its use should be discussed with a healthcare provider, taking into consideration individual health conditions and medical history. If you or a family member have had thyroid cancer or have thyroid cancer, medullary thyroid carcinoma or multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2. Semaglutide is also not recommended for individuals with a history of gallbladder disease (and still have gallbladder), history of pancreatitis, severe gastrointestinal disease, or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
How the Semaglutide Weight Loss Injection Program Works at Glo Aesthetics
The Semaglutide Weight Loss Program at Glo Aesthetics is a holistic weight loss experience.
The program does require at minimum a 3 month (12 week) commitment, however keep in mind that many clients require longer duration to meet their goals. The goal for this program is “slow and steady” meaning sustainable to help each client develop new lifelong healthy habits. We do not encourage yo-yo dieting or “fads” in which the client may experience rapid weight loss initially and as soon as they stop rx the weight comes back and then some.
At the initial weight loss visit our ARNP Megan will review your medical history, discuss your weight loss goals and review labs to determine if Semaglutide as an injectable for weight loss is right for you. She is able to order required labs for you or will accept labs done by PCP within the last year. Labs are required for the program yearly thereafter.
If it is determined that you are a good fit for this medical weight loss treatment and you meet the BMI requirements, she will prescribe safe dosing of rx while making sure there is a firm understanding of the medication, discuss how SQ injections work and teach you about performing injections at home & you will receive tailored recommendations & guidance on making diet, exercise & lifestyle changes to support your weight loss journey.
Check-Ins & Follow Ups
Being passionate for holistic well-being, Megan serves as a loving guide along this weight loss journey with you. So aside from the Semaglutide injections, you will be receiving check-ins & encouragements to navigate through the body changes & food changes along the way.
Following the initial injection, there will be monthly check in’s: a weigh-in to track your progress as well as measurements. At that appointment it is also determined if it is safe and or needed to have any increases or decreases in dosing.
Semaglutide Weight Loss Injection Investment
The investment for the initial 3 months of weight loss program is normally $1700. But right now in our New Year, New You 2024 promotions, you can get started & save $400, paying only $1300.
Book In Your First Semaglutide Appointment
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Semaglutide Client Before & After
It’s always nice to hear directly from past clients about their Semaglutide injectable for weight loss experience.
Here’s the testimonial from our client, Shannon:
“I was struggling to lose weight and I had tried everything with no luck. I was stuck in a vicious cycle of pain and not wanting to move because I was so miserable in my own body. I decided to give Semaglutide a try when I saw that Megan was offering it and it has been a life changer for me. I’m down nearly 25 lbs and 32 inches overall. I just needed that extra boost to get me going. I was glad to be under Megan’s care where she encouraged me to move more, drink more water and to keep in communication about what was working for me food wise and the cravings I was having. It’s been a game changer and I’m so grateful she started offering it.”
Here's another client testimonial for the combined weight loss program of BHRT, EvolveX and Semaglutide:
"I started my HRT, Semaglutide and EvolveX journey in June 2023. I had a baby in 2020 and another in 2022 and was ready to get my pre-babies bod back, but the struggle was REAL with two kids under 3 and a full time job. I started at 178 with a goal of 158…I’m at 151 in just over 6 months surpassing my expectations. The craziest thing is I didn’t even feel like I was trying all that hard or deprived during that time period. I even got in a pretty bad car accident in November which kept me from working out at all for a couple months and still kept dropping pounds. The EvolveX helped with skin tightening and toning after 2 pregnancies. After getting HRT to get my hormones balanced, my energy levels and overall mood improved a TON (not to mention sex drive, I felt like a teenager again!) The Semaglutide took away “food noise” completely. It made it easy to choose things that were healthier because I wasn’t craving anything like I had in the past. As soon as I was full I couldn’t eat another bite even if I wanted to. I was just satisfied and didn’t have my past interest to eat more and never felt like I was starving. Worst side effects I had were heartburn or indigestion, but only if I ate something that was too salty or fried, so your body lets you know when you’re eating something you shouldn’t. Definitely supports the “eat to live not live to eat” mentality, because you aren’t craving crap food or wanting to snack all day long. Excited to go into maintenance mode now that my goals are met and am SO Thankful for Megan/Glo for helping me get there, because for a while there I felt like I never would! "
Semaglutide As a Promising Weight Loss Tool
Semaglutide represents a promising addition to the arsenal of weight loss interventions. Its ability to influence appetite, slow gastric emptying, and improve insulin sensitivity makes it a valuable tool for individuals struggling with weight loss. As with any medical intervention, it's essential to consult with healthcare professionals to determine its suitability for individual needs. When combined with a holistic approach to health and wellness, Semaglutide can be a game-changer in the journey toward achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.
If you're curious to explore Semaglutide weight loss injections for your own weight loss journey, click here to learn more & book in your consultation.