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Why Am I Not Losing Weight on Semaglutide?: 7 Reasons

Semaglutide can be a helpful part of a weight loss regimen, but it still takes long-term lifestyle changes for successful weight loss. Learn about 7 things that may be holding back your progress.

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Semaglutide is a popular medication commonly used for weight loss. You can find this active ingredient inside of the brand-name medications Wegovy, Ozempic, and Rybelsus.

And, while Semaglutide works pretty well to support a weight loss program, it may not work for everyone, and it takes a little work on your part to achieve stable and sustainable weight loss.

If you are using Semaglutide, but are not seeing the results you expected, there may be some things holding you back. Luckily, many of these things are under your control, so you might be able to improve your results with a few changes to your diet or activity levels.

Below, we will cover some of the most common reasons why you may not be seeing the weight loss results you expected from your Semaglutide medication.

1. You haven’t changed your diet since starting on Semaglutide

Semaglutide can be a great tool to help you lose weight. It does this by helping to reduce your appetite and letting you feel fuller sooner. For many people, this may help them eat fewer calories overall, and make it easier to choose healthier options since the appetite drive is reduced.

However, it is still possible to use Semaglutide, but not adjust what you are eating or how much. In this situation, you may not lose weight.

Use Semaglutide as a way to make healthier choices, and actively work on changing your diet to high-nutritional content, but lower calorie foods like plenty of vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains.

2. You aren’t getting enough physical activity in

Similar to reason #1, if you start using Semaglutide and don’t make adjustments to your activity levels, you might not see the results you are expecting. 

Also, if you do lose weight, there is the possibility of you losing lean muscle mass, if you aren’t actively trying to keep muscle mass up with exercise and strength training.

Make sure you integrate an exercise routine that you enjoy enough and can keep up long-term when using Semaglutide for the best results.

Remember, a truly healthy lifestyle is about integrating lifestyle choices that you can maintain for the long-term, not just a few month period.

3. You haven’t been on Semaglutide for long enough yet

Semaglutide can help many people lose weight. But, you need to give it enough time to work and slowly reduce your weight. Many studies done on Semaglutide had participants stay on the medication for a year or more.

Healthy weight loss that you can maintain is generally achieved in slow but metered amounts. In general, you can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week if you are going about things the right way.

So, give your Semaglutide time to work, and give yourself time to work up to the maintenance doses before you start getting discouraged. However, if it has already been several months and the scale or fit of your clothes is not changing, you may want to talk with your doctor.

4. You haven’t moved up to the maintenance dosages of Semaglutide

Semaglutide is not usually a medication that you start out on full-throttle right away. Your prescriber will likely start you on starter dosages of this medication and work you up to higher maintenance dosages over the course of several weeks to months. This titration upward is meant to help you somewhat curb the potentially uncomfortable side effects of this medication like nausea, stomach upset, and heartburn. By helping to keep the side effects at bay, you may be able to stick through your treatment plan for longer, and ultimately get better weight loss results.

Patience is key while working through the starting dosages of Semaglutide, but this can pay off in the long run. Trust your prescriber and work through the starting Semaglutide dosages as recommended. Be patient for the weight loss results, as many people don’t start seeing these until they have moved up to the higher strength maintenance dosages of Semaglutide.

5. You have other health conditions that make weight loss more difficult

Not everyone will respond the exact same way to Semaglutide. Certain people may have existing medical conditions that can make weight loss more difficult (but not impossible). 

Conditions like diabetes, thyroid disorders, and PCOS can make weight loss more challenging compared to people who do not have these diseases.

Even if you are dealing with these situations, know that you may still get benefits from Semaglutide – it just might be a little slower. Take your Semaglutide treatment time as a way to also revamp other aspects of your lifestyle including diet and activity levels. These can all work together to help improve your overall health.

6. Your stress levels are high

High stress levels can lead to ramped-up cortisol levels – also known as the stress hormone. 

High cortisol levels can make weight loss more challenging, and increase your cravings for fatty, salty, or sweet foods. These increased cravings can throw a wrench in your Semaglutide weight loss goals.

To help you manage your stress levels and hopefully normalize your cortisol, integrate healthy stress relief measures like regular exercise, stretching, meditation, speaking with a friend or mental health professional, or your favorite stress-relieving hobbies like a nice bath or reading your favorite books.

7. You are having trouble taking your dosage consistently

Semaglutide injections are generally once a once-a-week situation. But, some people may have trouble staying on track with that schedule due to shortages of this medication, or difficulty paying the high costs for a refill.

Do your best to stay consistent with your medication once you get started for the best results.

If you are having trouble finding your medication to stay up with your dosing schedule, you might be able to look to compounding pharmacies to get your medication and stay compliant.

Strut Health compounded Semaglutide online

Here at Strut Health, we not only pair you with doctors online to get your initial prescriptions, we work with U.S. licensed compounding pharmacies to make up the medications you need.

We offer compounded oral and injectable Semaglutide medications to get you started, or keep you on your existing treatments, if you are having trouble getting your medication.

To get started, simply select the medication you are considering, and complete a free online questionnaire-based consultation with our U.S. licensed doctors. They will review your information, and issue a prescription for you, if appropriate. Then, a compounding pharmacy will make your medication and ship it to your door with our free shipping.

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