FAQ: What Does Semaglutide Do To Help You Lose Weight?

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There’s been a lot of buzz and media attention recently surrounding semaglutide weight loss treatments—but it’s not only celebrities using semaglutide to look sensationally trim! Semaglutide is becoming a go-to weight loss solution for men and women everywhere who are struggling to shed extra pounds despite eating right and regularly working out.

If you’re wondering what exactly semaglutide does to help you lose weight and why it’s considered such a game changer, we’re answering common questions about this trending weight loss treatment below:

What is Semaglutide and How Does it Work?

Semaglutide belongs to a class of drugs called GLP-1 receptor agonists, initially developed for diabetes management. It mimics the effects of a natural hormone in the body called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) that regulates blood sugar levels. Semaglutide sends signals to your brain that curb appetite cravings and help you feel fuller faster. In addition to triggering rapid weight loss, semaglutide treatments can help boost body image and improve heart health.

What is BPC-157 and What Does it Do?

BPC-157 is a semaglutide treatment we offer at our practice with the same active ingredients as Ozempic® and Wegovy®. It contains a peptide that spurs weight loss by decreasing inflammation and increasing nitric oxide, which signals your body to optimize its metabolic rate for increased fat burning.  

Am I a Good Candidate for Semaglutide?

If you are having trouble achieving or returning to your baseline weight, semaglutide treatment may be proper for you. In addition to facilitating weight loss, it can help men and women with an elevated body mass index (BMI) at risk for weight-related medical conditions. Take our quiz to learn more about the best weight-loss treatment for you.

How Often Do I Need To Take Semaglutide for Weight Loss?

Semaglutide treatments consist of weekly injections at our clinic. We typically start with a lower dosage and increase it gradually to minimize potential side effects. During your consultation, we’ll develop a customized treatment plan to help you achieve your goal weight.

Does Semaglutide Make You Tired?

While some patients report feeling more tired, fatigue is not a common side effect of semaglutide. Potential side effects of semaglutide treatment may include nausea, diarrhea, constipation, or abdominal pain. These side effects can usually be managed and improved over time.

Does Semaglutide Cause Hair Loss?

Good news—hair loss is not a reported side effect of semaglutide. However, misuse of semaglutide or other underlying health issues may trigger abnormal hair loss. We recommend contacting your healthcare provider if you are experiencing sudden or excessive hair loss.

Can you Mix Semaglutide and Alcohol?

It is safe to consume alcohol during semaglutide treatments. Interestingly, some patients taking semaglutide report that it reduces their urge to drink alcohol. Studies are currently underway to determine if semaglutide can be specifically used to curb addictions, including alcohol abuse.

How Long Does Semaglutide Take to Work?

While everyone’s timeline is unique, many patients experience weight loss within their first month of semaglutide treatment and observe significant results in 4 to 6 months. Weekly injections, a reduced-calorie diet, and regular exercise can help you achieve optimal results and long-term weight management.

How Can I Get Started?

Starting your weight loss journey with us is simple! Request a consultation online or call our medical clinic at (402) 408-0017.

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