Peptide therapy is a new form of therapy that can help encourage various biological processes that support antiaging, gut health, and weight loss to name a few.
Semaglutide is a new and popular peptide that has been helping people reach their weight loss goals. Although Semaglutide has been around for many years, its uses have recently expanded to help people lose weight.
What is Semaglutide?
Semaglutide is a peptide (GLP-1 analog) that has been used previously in patients with Type 2 diabetes for helping improve their glycemic control. The hormone GLP-1 is used in the body to stimulate insulin secretion and lower glucagon secretion, thus lowering blood sugar.
Recently its uses have been expanded to patients beyond Type 2 diabetes for the purpose of weight loss. Studies have shown that Semaglutide has been beneficial for increasing weight loss, appetite control, and lowering body fat percentages.
How fast does it start to work?
While everyone’s weight loss goals and journeys are unique, we have seen our patients lose anywhere from 4-10 lbs in a month. One of our notable weight loss patients has lost 50 lbs over six months and we have many other patients who are well on their way to their target weight.
Different from other weight loss products on the market, Semaglutide promotes a steady state of weight loss by helping you feel fuller longer, decreasing appetite and improving portion control. A gradual weight decline is important to decrease the risk of “yo-yoing” after achieving your goal weight.
How is Semaglutide administered?
Semaglutide is administered by a once a week injection. The needle is very tiny and we teach most patients how to administer the injection themselves.
Every 4 weeks your dosage will change to allow for better results and help your body better adjust to the peptide.
What happens when I hit my goal weight?
Your provider will work with you to help you figure out your target weight. Once you achieve that goal, we will start slowly tapering the dosage while also making sure to maintain caloric and dietary needs to help you maintain your weight.
Are there other benefits of Semaglutide?
Weight loss, appetite control, and decreasing body fat are some of the most notable benefits of Semaglutide.
Other benefits also include:
-Lower HbA1c levels and fasting blood sugar levels
-Fertility improvement, especially in people with PCOS
What will I feel like when taking Semaglutide?
When beginning Semaglutide you should feel it is easier to become full and you are satisfied longer. This will help you learn how to decrease portion sizes. Some side effects noted are nausea and constipation. Luckily, there are treatments to help alleviate those symptoms along the way.
What else should I be doing to promote weight loss?
We encourage our patients to also focus on regular exercise, making healthy diet choices and balancing their hormones, so that they may get the best results while on Semaglutide.
Luckily, with the decrease in appetite effects that Semaglutide provides, diet changes become much easier. Your provider will work with you to help you make the appropriate dietary changes to help lose weight faster and particularly to keep weight off once you achieve your goal weight and stop the Semaglutide injections.
How to get started?
If you think that Semaglutide may benefit you, call our office @ 480-752-7600 or BOOK ONLINE to set up an appointment with one of our providers. They will work with you to get you started on the right peptides for your unique symptoms and goals. Setup a complimentary “Meet and Greet” appointment to see how peptides can help improve your quality of life.