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How Does Semaglutide Work for Weight Loss?

Just how does semaglutide work for weight loss or diabetes? Learn the mechanism of action here.

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Semaglutide is the active ingredient found inside the popular medications Wegovy, Ozempic, and Rybelsus. Recently, interest in semaglutide medications has skyrocketed due to its ability to help certain people lose a significant amount of weight.

If you are looking into using semaglutide, or you are just curious about it, you may be wondering just how it works to help with weight loss.

In this article, we will review how semaglutide works, including a few tips to help people get the most out of their semaglutide medications.

How does semaglutide work for weight loss?

Semaglutide has been found to aid in weight loss for a few different reasons. Some of these reasons are digestion related, and others seem to be related to appetite and food preference cues in the brain.

Firstly, you might notice that you feel fuller faster, even if you have only eaten a normal portion size for you. This alone may make you consume fewer calories per day, since the volume of food you are consuming has decreased.

Also, the speed of your digestion seem to slow down when you use semaglutide. This means slower stomach emptying, and the whole digestion process may take longer. This can be an aid to people wanting to lose weight since they may feel more full for longer, and feel the need to eat fewer meals per day or snack less.

Finally, there seems to be a brain component involved in semaglutide use. While this molecule does not cross the blood-brain barrier on its own, it seems to interact with neuronal signals stemming from outside of the brain. These brain effects may be less of a preference for fatty foods, and more regulation of the appetite/reward centers of the brain. Overall, this may mean you have fewer food cravings, and less of a preference for unhealthy foods.

How does semaglutide work for type 2 diabetes?

Semaglutide medications were initially studied for and released as treatments for type 2 diabetes. The medication Ozempic is still currently only approved for use as a type 2 diabetes medication. Although it is commonly seen used for weight loss off-label.

Semaglutide works for type 2 diabetes because it can help with blood sugar regulation. It does this by stimulating the pancreas to release insulin when the blood sugar levels are high. This helps remove extra glucose from the bloodstream and deliver it to your cells where they can use it as energy. Keeping blood sugar levels from staying too high for too long can help reduce the risk of diabetes-related complications like vessel or kidney damage.

What are some tips to get the best results from your semaglutide medication?

While semaglutide has been shown to do a pretty good job helping you reduce how much you eat, and make you crave certain foods less, it is best used along with healthy lifestyle changes.

Since semaglutide will be helping you with appetite reduction and fewer cravings, it will make it easier for you to drop pounds. But, once you stop with the medication, the same cravings and increased appetite as before tend to return. In order to help avoid regaining any weight you lost with semaglutide, it’s a good idea to use your semaglutide treatment period to instill new healthy habits into your life. This way, once the cravings and appetite come back, you might be able to avoid going back to square one.

Making healthy dietary choices like selecting more nutritious high-fiber foods like beans, grains, and vegetables, and staying away from processed, high-calorie, or high-fat foods is a good start. Eating plenty of lean proteins, including plant-based proteins can be an excellent way to maintain your lean muscle mass and keep your metabolism up.

Finally, starting an exercise routine is key to establishing at this time. Find an activity that you enjoy and will keep up with multiple times a week. This will help burn excess calories, maintain lean muscle mass, and keep your metabolism high. 

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