When it comes to medications, supplements, diets, and other trendy solutions for weight loss, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. And as anyone who knows me is aware, I am highly skeptical about quick-fix, one-size-fits-all treatments for any medical condition.
So, when I started to hear stories about Semaglutide (sold under the brand names Ozempic, Wegovy, and Rybelsus), my initial reaction was to wonder, “What’s the catch?” Could this medication, which was developed to treat insulin resistance really be as effective for weight loss as many people claim? And could it possibly be as safe as the pharmaceutical companies and the FDA have led people to believe it is?
Then, I started to recognize some patients who had struggled with losing weight, feeling healthier, and looking the best I had seen them in years! Seeing these amazing results with my own eyes forced me to take a deeper look into the Semaglutide craze that is taking over the weight loss industry.
In this post, I share what I discovered.
What Is Semaglutide?
Semaglutide is more than what you see on TikTok! It is an injectable medication that is typically prescribed in combination with diet and exercise to help control blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes to manage weight.
Semaglutide works by mimicking the action of glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) — a naturally occurring hormone that has the following effects:
- Stimulates insulin production to help regulate blood sugar
- Inhibits glucagon release, slowing the release of sugar into the blood causing the body to burn more fat
- Slows gastric emptying to make you feel full longer
- Reduces appetite (because you feel full)
Together, these effects can help slow the conversion of sugar to fat, burn more fat, make you feel less hungry, and adhere to a healthy diet, all of which make it easier to manage weight and blood sugar.
Understanding the Connection Between Insulin Resistance and Weight
The research on diabetes, weight gain and loss, and inflammation is very clear — two thirds of all Americans are on a spectrum of insulin resistance. This means that their Continue reading…