What is
Weight Loss?

Semaglutide, along with healthy lifestyle changes, is an effective medication to help you lose weight and maintain your ideal weight once you’ve reached your target goal. But even when diet and exercise aren’t enough to help you reach your weight loss objectives, Semaglutide can make a difference in helping you overcome the obstacles in your way.

How Semaglutide Helps You Lose the Weight

Semaglutide is one of the most effective FDA approved weight loss medications on the market for long term weight management by helping you regulate appetite and reduce your food intake by targeting the GLP-1 receptors in the brain.

GLP-1 (Glucagon-like Peptide 1) is a naturally occurring hormone the body produces in the gastrointestinal system that performs a variety of functions which impact weight loss. The first, and most important of these functions, is that it reduces cravings in the brain. When the GLP-1 receptors receive the signal that you are no longer hungry, you reduce your food intake.

In addition to telling your brain you aren’t hungry, the hormone also informs your brain that you are fully satiated and slows down the time it takes for your stomach to digest what you’ve already eaten. As a result, your stomach feels full for a longer period of time, making your brain believe that you don’t need to eat again any time soon.

This is particularly useful for cutting out those snacks in between meals, which are a major source of empty calories, leading to weight gain and the inevitable frustration at being unable to reach your ideal weight loss goals.

Semaglutide mimics the GLP-1 hormone by triggering those receptors to regulate your appetite, decrease your cravings, and signal the brain that you are not feeling hungry. When taken on a weekly basis, Semaglutide stays in the body for a longer period of time than the naturally-occurring GLP-1 hormone, stimulating the production of insulin and helping to manage your glycemic levels.

When both work together, you can enjoy the weight loss benefits that come with each to help guide you along on your weight loss journey and see real, exciting results.

Why Semaglutide for Weight Loss?

As a weight loss drug, Semaglutide has been growing in popularity for helping overweight and obese American adults change their lives. Obesity increases your risks of developing at least one weight related condition such as hypertension, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

Healthy diet and routine exercise are both extremely beneficial for promoting weight loss, but they’re not the answer for everyone. For those who are having chronic weight management issues and struggling with body weight, despite making healthy lifestyle changes, Semaglutide for weight loss may be the missing piece of the puzzle.

But that doesn’t mean you should discontinue the healthy changes you’ve already made. Physical activity and healthy diet go along with taking Semaglutide as a treatment option for reaching your weight loss goals.

Are You A Good Candidate for Semaglutide?

While Semaglutide can be a useful and effective weight loss medication for everyone, there are certain criteria that are recommended by the FDA to determine if this weight loss drug is right for you.

Under the FDA approved guidelines, you may be a good candidate for Semaglutide if one or more of these apply to you:

Your body mass index is 27kg/m2 or higher and you have one weight-related condition like high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, or a body mass index of 30kg/m2 or higher without any weight-related conditions.

Those patients who have a history of gallbladder disease, multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome Type 2, or thyroid cancer will not be ideal candidates for Semaglutide or other Semaglutide containing products.

In order to determine whether you are a good candidate for Semaglutide treatments, you should first discuss your weight loss goals with one of our medical weight loss specialists. The team at Weight Achievement Center are ready to help create a safe and effective weight loss program with Semaglutide. If you have been prescribed another medication to treat diabetes, talk to your physician to see if your current diabetes medication can be safely combined with Semaglutide.

A free consultation with our medical weight loss team will be the first step towards achieving your weight loss goals.

Set Realistic Expectations

During your consultation, we will discuss your weight loss challenges and how you envision your goals for losing weight. One of the most important things we stress to all of our clients is that Semaglutide for weight loss requires a slow, deliberate strategy to ensure that your body successfully acclimates to the drug. That is the only way to be sure you can get the best possible results in both managing your weight and properly controlling your glucose levels.

Patients anticipating fast results must set realistic expectations as the body needs enough time to process the drug and adjustments to dosing levels may be required to get the best possible outcome. Semaglutide and other weight loss drugs are not designed, nor are they intended, to be quick weight loss solutions.

While some patients may see fast, immediate results in a short time after first taking the drug, this is not typical for everyone. However, every patient is different and each patient reacts differently to the effects of Semaglutide. It is perfectly normal to see fast results in a short period of time, it is also perfectly normal to see delayed results over a longer period of time.

Various factors play a role in the way patients react to certain weight loss drugs, including Semaglutide. The age and weight of the patient, lifestyle habits, and overall health can affect how fast the body reacts to Semaglutide weight loss medications. While many patients taking Semaglutide lost weight and lowered their A1C levels in as little as four weeks, it may take some patients to see the same results in eight or twelve weeks’ time.

Significant weight loss can be achieved with Semaglutide, but it requires a long-term approach that is carefully strategized and developed for the individual. There is no one-size-fits-all outlook on obesity management. People lose weight with Semaglutide by utilizing a customized approach, tailored for each patient to address his or her weight management challenges and blood sugar levels. Dosing is carefully observed and if a lower dose is necessary for success, we can only determine that choice through constant monitoring and review.


Semaglutide Dosing Options

This FDA approved solution to help you lose weight is now available in two types of dosing options: Sublingual doses and Injectable doses of the drug. FDA approved ingredients of GLP-1 medications are compounded in licensed US pharmacies under State Board oversight. Only pharmaceutical grade USP/NF base GLP-1 ingredients with Certificate of Analysis are used — no research grade or salt forms.

Sublingual Dosing

Patients who prefer the newest variation on Semaglutide dosing can place the drug beneath the tongue for fast absorption through sensitive membranes and blood vessels under the tongue. It also reduces the risk of experiencing side effects from the medication as gradual increases or decreases can be made from one treatment to the next.

The sublingual version comes in a liquid form that you administer with a drop placed under the tongue. Drink plenty of water with your sublingual dose after the liquid is allowed to absorb after one minute.


Injectable Dosing

For those patients who are comfortable with needles and syringes, Semaglutide is still available as an injectable drug. A once-weekly injection which you administer to yourself, this version of the weight loss drug is the version that was approved for weight loss and introduces the medication directly into the bloodstream at the injection site.

Adjusting the dosage for maximum results can still be applied through this method of delivery to reduce the risk of side effects and a gradual increase is recommended, if needed.

Call Today to Start Your Semaglutide Regimen for Weight Loss

If losing weight has been the goal but you haven’t had much success, talk to our medical weight loss specialists at Weight Achievement Center. We can walk you through the process, explain why Semagiutide can help you achieve your goals, and create a weight loss plan that is specifically tailored for you.

Lifestyle changes and healthy eating habits are always going to do you a world of good. But if they aren’t enough to help you lose all of the weight, Semaglutide treatments can keep you motivated and on track to achieve the body weight you’ve always envisioned.

Give us a call today to schedule your free consultation.