For the past 5 years I have really only shared keto recipes and low carb information. I’ve shared my story of weight loss and health in The Kellie Kitchen…and I am always looking for new ways to help myself and my followers on their journey.
So… What is Semaglutide? After doing much research and so many people talking about Semaglutide for weight loss medication I need to weigh in with some information so you can decide for yourself…pun intended.
I’d like to start by saying that YOU need to do what is right for YOU. This blog post is merely a chance for me to share what I have found out about what most are saying is a miracle for them. It’s not for me (or anyone) to judge whom is deserving or needs anything different from what they think they need on their health journey.
Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity are major health issues affecting millions of people worldwide, and many individuals struggle to lose weight despite their best efforts.
Fortunately, there is a new weight loss medication on the market that has shown promising results in clinical trials.
The medication, called “Semaglutide,” is a prescription-only drug that is taken by injection once a week. It works by mimicking the effects of a hormone called GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide-1), which helps regulate appetite and food intake. Therefore Semaglutide for weight loss has been highly successful.
GLP-1 is a hormone that is produced by cells in the intestine in response to food intake. It stimulates insulin secretion by the pancreas, which helps to lower blood sugar levels. GLP-1 also suppresses the release of glucagon, which is a hormone that raises blood sugar levels.
GLP-1 works to increase insulin levels by activating cells in the pancreas. It also triggers hormone release to delay the emptying of the stomach, sometimes causing nausea.
WEEKLY Injectable brand name is Ozempic (FDA approved for type 2 diabetes)
WEEKLY injectable brand name is Wegovy (FDA approved for chronic weight management in adults with obesity (BMI over 30) or over weight (BMI above 27) with at least 1 weight-related condition such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, PCOS, Insulin Resistance, Auto Immune Disorders, or High Cholesterol)
Semaglutide is a GLP-1 agonist created for Type 2 Diabetes and FDA approved under the brand name Ozempic in 2019. It was approved for the indication of weight loss under the brand name Wegovy in June 2021.
DAILY Oral brand name is Rybelsus (FDA approved for Type 2 diabetes)
Studies suggest that daily ORAL semaglutide should be taken as an add-on therapy to metformin AND moderate to robust lifestyle changes to diet and exercise. Daily oral semaglutide is provided as an option for those that are unable or unwilling to self-administer injectables.
AVOID WHEN: History of Thyroid C-cell tumors; Pregnant; Breastfeeding; Trying to conceive; History of anorexia/bulimia
SIDE EFFECTS: Nausea (44%); Vomiting (25%); Diarrhea/GI distress (30%); Constipation
EXPECTED RESULTS: When used alongside moderate to robust lifestyle management (200 min exercise/week, healthier diet, bimonthly nutritionist visits) patients observed 10-14% weight loss, maintained over 2 years.
Internal Food Noise
Internal food noise refers to the thoughts or feelings that a person has about food or their relationship with food. This can include things like cravings, feelings of guilt or shame about certain foods or eating habits, or preoccupation with weight or body image.
Internal food noise can be a source of stress or anxiety for some people and may interfere with their ability to enjoy food or maintain a healthy relationship with food.
It is important to pay attention to internal food noise and address any negative thoughts or feelings about food in order to develop a healthy relationship with food and maintain overall well-being.
It has been said many times over that one of the many unintended benefits of taking Semaglutide is that it complete erases internal food noise. Patients have described a feeling of the mind chatter over food and obsessive thoughts about their next meal completely vanish.
Synopsis and Potential Benefits…
Semaglutide is a prescription medication that belongs to a class of drugs called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) agonists. It is primarily used to treat type 2 diabetes, but it has also been shown to be effective in promoting weight loss.
- Promotes weight loss: In clinical trials, Semaglutide has been shown to be effective in helping people lose weight. In one study, people taking Semaglutide lost an average of about 11% of their body weight, compared to about 3% in the placebo group.
- Improves blood sugar control: By helping to lower blood sugar levels,Semaglutide may also help improve blood sugar control in people with type 2 diabetes.
- May improve other health markers: In addition to weight loss and blood sugar control, Semaglutide may also improve other health markers such as blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and markers of inflammation.
- Can be taken as a once-weekly injection: Semaglutide is taken as a once-weekly injection, which may be more convenient for some people compared to taking a daily pill.
- Eliminates, or great reduces in many patients, the internal food noise and obsessive thoughts around meals.
- Patients report being able to discern true hunger and satiety.
In clinical trials, participants who took Semaglutide lost an average of 20% of their body weight over the course of a year, which is significantly more than the weight loss seen in participants taking a placebo. The medication was well-tolerated, with the most common side effects being gastrointestinal in nature, such as nausea, diarrhea, and constipation.
It is important to note that Semaglutide is NOT a magic bullet for weight loss. It should be used in conjunction with a healthy diet and regular exercise for optimal results. Additionally, it is not suitable for everyone, and it is important to consult with a healthcare provider to determine if it is the right choice for you.
Overall, Semaglutide is a promising new option for those struggling with obesity and looking for a safe and effective way to lose weight. If you think this medication may be right for you, talk to your healthcare provider today.
Tips to Manage the Side Effects of Semaglutide
Semaglutide can cause side effects, which can vary in severity and duration. Here are some tips for managing the side effects of Semaglutide:
- Stay hydrated: One common side effect of Semaglutide is diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration. To prevent this, it is important to drink plenty of fluids, especially water, to help replace lost fluids.
- Eat a healthy diet for nausea. Another common side effect of Semaglutide is nausea, which can be relieved by eating more protein and fiber and avoiding foods that are high in fat, carbohydrates or spices.
- Nausea…Increase protein and fiber in diet in general, but also concentrate on higher protein intake 1-2 hours before the weekly injection.
- Take the medication at the same time every day: Taking Semaglutide at the same time every day can help prevent side effects such as nausea and diarrhea.
- Constipation…daily miralax or stool softener or both until side effect subsides.
- Talk to your healthcare provider: If you are experiencing severe or persistent side effects from Semaglutide, it is important to speak with your healthcare provider. They may be able to adjust the dosage or recommend other ways to manage the side effects.
Where do you get Semaglutide?
The best place to start the conversation on if you are a candidate for Semiglutide for weight loss is your Primary Care Physician. Odds are that you and your doctor has discussed weight loss before.
Once your doctor has determined that you are a candidate for this medication then you will get a prescription to your local pharmacy.
Getting this BRAND NAME medication without insurance is VERY expensive. Through insurance and with a discount card some people can qualify for a major discount.
I am not going to discuss or go into any details on insurance coverage as this is unique to each person and their plan. Check with your Health Insurance plan, your pharmacy availability, and also many of the drug companies have a discount card.
Compounding Pharmacies and online tele-health or med spas do have a generic version of Semaglutide for weight loss. I will have another post coming soon with what I am finding during this tidal wave of new information.
This option of compounded Semaglutide is not FDA approved and injections are self-administered. However I have found this option to be highly efficient and affordable.
Healthy Habits and Lifestyle Coaching
All of these medications are NOT a magic pill. One must make lifestyle changes in diet, exercise, sleep, hydration and stress reduction.
This is where I come in…. For the past 5 years I have run an Accountability Coaching program. Daily check ins and guidance as your health counselor with me through my app has proven to be highly efficient. You can book a 15 minutes FREE discovery call with me HERE to learn more about my one on one coaching for weight loss.
21 day Keto & Fasting Jump Start Program
If you’re new to low carb and fasting you may need someone like me to hold you accountable. I have a one on one program. Click on this link for The Kellie Kitchen Keto Accountability Coaching Program.
I’ll teach you how to eat delicious food and still lose weight, look great and feel AMAZING.
The DIY Keto WorkBook
However, if you’re a “Do It Yourself” kind of person I have created a workbook to take you through the 21 day Jump Start Journey.
Click HERE find the 21 day Keto Guide Workbook on Amazon…
You can find the downloadable Keto workbook version at a discount here…