How Does Semaglutide Cause Weight Loss?
Semaglutide is a drug that helps people with diabetes control their blood sugar. It works by mimicking the hormone GLP-1, which is produced naturally in the body.
This drug can also help people with obesity lose weight and keep it off. But it does take time and work, so it’s important to make sure you have a plan that includes eating healthy and exercising regularly.
Increases the rate at which the body burns fat.
Semaglutide may help you lose weight by increasing the rate at which your body burns fat. This is called “fat oxidation.” Your body normally uses carbohydrates first for energy because they are easy to break down and use. When you take semaglutide, your body prefers to break down fat for energy instead. This is a good thing for weight loss.
To use semaglutide injection, you must use it as directed by your doctor or pharmacist. It is injected under the skin, usually once a week at any time of day, with or without food. Be sure to follow all instructions and never inject more than what is prescribed or share an injection pen with another person. Always remove the needle right after you inject your dose and dispose of it in a puncture-resistant container.
Before you start using semaglutide, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Also, tell your doctor if you have ever had pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), diabetes, gallbladder disease, or kidney disease.
Reduces the amount of food the body absorbs.
Semaglutide reduces the amount of food your body absorbs, resulting in weight loss. The size of your stomach may also decrease, which means you may have more room for food and feel fuller sooner.
You can use this medication to help you reach your weight loss goals by incorporating it into your daily diet and exercise routine. You should take the medication as directed by your doctor, usually once a week (preferably on the same day each time). Make sure you read and follow all instructions carefully to avoid any serious side effects or complications. This includes not taking the medicine with any other medication, including over-the-counter medications and supplements. In addition, you should drink plenty of water during and after you take the medicine. You should also call your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms: coughing, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting or abdominal pain.
Reduces the amount of food the body digests.
Semaglutide decreases the amount of food your body digests, so you eat less during the day. It also decreases your appetite and makes you feel full. This means you eat less overall, which can help you lose weight.
Some people may experience side effects, including nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain. These side effects are usually temporary and go away as your body adjusts to the medication. If any of these side effects last or get worse, tell your doctor. You may need to change the dose of your medication. Some other drugs can also affect semaglutide, so tell your doctor about all the medications you take. You should not use this medication if you have pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) or diabetes or if you have kidney disease, gallbladder disease, or a history of severe allergies.
Reduces the amount of food the body stores.
In our study of adults with obesity or overweight (body-mass index 30 or greater), once weekly subcutaneous semaglutide at a dose of 2.4 mg as an adjunct to lifestyle intervention caused a 15.9% weight loss, which was significantly larger than the 12.4% loss achieved with placebo plus the same lifestyle intervention. This may be due to semaglutide’s ability to reduce food intake and a change in intestinal motility.
Side effects associated with semaglutide include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and constipation. These effects are more likely to occur when you take a higher dose than what your doctor prescribes and should be reported promptly to your healthcare provider. Other possible side effects include blood sugar levels, and kidney, heart, gallbladder, and eye health complications that may arise from changes in your diet, exercise, and lifestyle.
The most important thing to remember about semaglutide is that it does not work in every person and that it is not for everyone. Before starting this medication, tell your doctor about all your health conditions and about any other medicines you are taking, including non-diabetic medications or supplements.