is the game-changer you may be considering as just the thing to help you reach your target weight and improve your health. It’s a good resolution at any time of year! Wondering how it works and if it’s the right choice for you as a non-diabetic?
Although initially FDA-approved for treating type 2 diabetes, this medication has shown significant promise in helping non-diabetics lose weight.
Let’s look at semaglutide for weight loss, by addressing some of the questions and issues we frequently hear at Nava Health.
: How Does it Work?
68-week clinical trial with medication, in which non-diabetic patients lost a significant percentage of their body weight.– which is essentially the same as and – works by mimicking GLP-1, a naturally occurring hormone that controls appetite and induces feelings of fullness. In mimicking GLP-1, semaglutide tricks your brain into reducing your appetite, makes you feel fuller for longer by delaying stomach emptying, and can increase the calories you burn at rest. Proof came in a
: Dosage Recommendations
will be provided as a prescribed dosage. Your Nava Health practitioner may start slowly and increase the dose monthly if you tolerate it and don’t have many uncomfortable side effects (nausea, constipation, loose stool, etc.). The doses range from 0.25 mg to 0.5 mg, 1 mg, 1.7 mg, and 2.4 mg at maximum.
After receiving appropriate training and medical guidance, you can self-administerat home. It’s best to do your injections into areas with more fatty tissue, such as your stomach, thighs, or the backside of your upper arm.
typically reduces appetite and increases feelings of fullness within a few days or weeks of starting treatment. As appetite suppression gradually kicks in, you should see the change on the scale from around three months after you begin the treatment.
Factors That Can Impact the Effectiveness of
How much weight you lose and how long it takes depends on multiple factors, such as:
- Age: Younger people tend to lose weight faster.
- Starting weight: Those who are overweight tend to lose weight faster than those with average weight.
- Lifestyle: A healthy and active lifestyle can speed up the effects.
- Underlying medical conditions: Some may lower the benefits of semaglutide.
Note that a few conditions contraindicate its use – for example, being pregnant or breastfeeding, having a family history ofcancer, or any unusual food or drug allergies.
What is the Best Diet While on Semaglutide for Weight Loss?
There are foods you should focus on and others you should try to avoid while on semaglutide.
Nava’s team of NavaRX program will provide a custom meal plan in addition to personalized dietary recommendations by a Nava clinical nutritionist.experts recommend you not only increase your physical activity but also adopt a reduced-calorie meal plan while on semaglutide for weight loss. The
While on, most diets should focus on whole, minimally processed foods like fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and healthy fats. Once you reach a healthy weight, it’s important to maintain it to prevent future weight gain. This is where ongoing education and support while on the medication becomes crucial to long-term success.
In addition, to maximize the effectiveness of semaglutide in here)., it’s important to be mindful of certain dietary choices (we write more about these foods
Foods to avoid
Avoid sweetened drinks. Instead, choose water, herbal teas, or drinks sweetened with zero-calorie substitutes.
Stay away from processed items rich in refined carbs like white bread, pastries, and packaged snacks. These can spike your blood sugar levels, which over time damages your pancreas and potentially leads to insulin resistance. This undermines the benefits of your treatment.
We also advise you to steer clear of oily, fried foods. These can contribute to weight gain and cause digestive issues due to the delayed digestion we mentioned above.
As ever, be cautious of hidden sugars – they can interfere with your blood sugar management, impede your weight loss progress, and possibly cause vomiting or diarrhea.
Limit your intake of starchy vegetables that increase your carbohydrate consumption. This impacts your blood sugar levels and the effectiveness of the medication.
Avoid full-fat dairy products, which are rich in saturated fats and can hinder your weight loss goals. Consider low-fat or dairy-free alternatives instead. This is something of a juggling act because low-fat products often contain added carbs instead of the fat!
You also need to watch out for foods high in sodium. Many manufactured foods have added salt. Be aware of salt content and consume these foods in moderation, as they can cause water retention.
Although low in calories, you should also use artificial sweeteners sparingly, as they can lead to sugar cravings and digestive issues when taking.
If this sounds a long list of foods to avoid, remember that, in doing so as far as possible, you’re contributing to a healthier diet and your desired weight loss.
How to Get
Semaglutide is a prescription medication. This means you’ll need to discuss it with your healthcare provider, who can assess whether it’s a suitable option for you. They can provide you with the necessary prescription and guide you through the process of starting the medication, monitoring your progress, and adjusting your dosage as needed.
Watch out for illegal online sales:can be expensive without insurance, and this has led to a rise in illegal online sales. Many websites are selling these drugs without a license or prescription, and often sell versions of these drugs that have not been proven safe or effective.
The FDA wrote to some online retailers warning:
Here are the red flags to watch out for when it comes to online pharmacies:
- displaying U.S. drug identification numbers but claiming to ship from Canada
- promoting brand-name drugs
- not requiring a prescription
- offering medications at significantly lower prices.
at Nava Health
Semaglutide for weight loss is a promising option if you’re astruggling with weight loss despite all your best efforts.
As with any medication, at Nava Health we’re happy to discuss the benefits and potential side effects with you. Achieving your healthy weight is a journey, and what works for one person might not work for you. To achieve sustainable weight loss, we recommend you take part in our NavaRX , which includes under the supervision of our .
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Stephanie is an autoimmune advocate and Functional Nutritionist who blends science, humor, and herbalism to create personalized nutrition and integrative health strategies. With over five years of clinical experience, Stephanie has helped numerous clients overcome various health issues, from weight management to autoimmunity and hormonal balance.