I Lost So Much Fat!
If you have been listening to the news as of late, chances are you have heard of the new drug, “ozempic” which has been touted as one of the newest miracle weight loss tools. This weight loss drug has been widely spread throughout TikTok and other social media as a seemingly harmless cure to obesity and being overweight. But is it really safe?
What Is Ozempic?
Ozempic, also known as semaglutide, was designed initially as a drug to help lower blood sugar levels in individuals with diabetes. This is done by taking through injection, which slows the digestion emptying in your GI system, causing your blood sugar to remain more stable. What people started to realize, was that in addition to this, individuals often notice some weight loss as well. Because of this, certain manufacturers have rebranded semaglutide as a “weight loss” drug, instead of weight it was originally designed for. Ozempic may help with weight loss, because as mentioned previously, it slows digestion. Because of this, it can act as an appetite suppressant, leading to eating less and losing weight. It should be important to note that if you still are over consuming on calories, even when taking this drug, you will gain weight. But this isn’t the only issue. Let’s see why it might not be the best for your weight loss goals.
Problems With Ozempic
Shortages For People Who Need It
One of the biggest issues is the fact that this weight loss drug, is being taken away from the people who actually need it. As previously mentioned, this drug was originally designed to help treat diabetes and monitor blood sugar. Since many individuals are taking it by storm through the large influx of social media promotion, these creates shortages for the people who need it to survive since the demand is so high.
Health Concerns Down The Road
There is also lots of side effects that can come from taking this drug. Some of these are, itchiness at the injection site, low blood sugar, stomach pain, blurred vision, and potentially thyroid issues. For a full list of side effects, visit this link below.
Wasn’t Designed For People to Lose “Extra” Weight
All of the studies on ozempic was done in individuals who are diabetic, and usually very overweight. Because of this, individuals who are taking it just because they want to trim a couple pounds, could be predisposing themselves to health issues down the road. Simply because studies on the effects on “healthy” weight populations haven’t been done at scale.
Weight Loss Doesn’t Last
Do you want to take this the rest of your life? Well, if you want to keep that weight off, chances are you will. Since we established it is an appetite suppressant, guess what happens when you stop taking it? Your appetite won’t be suppressed.. The big issue with ozempic for weight loss use, is that it puts a bandaid on one issue, while not addressing that whoever is trying to lose weight, needs to also focus on eating higher satiety foods, which naturally help to lower appetite.
The Big Problem
Perhaps one of the biggest problems is the fact that individuals are so focused on how their body looks, that they don’t realize that they might be at a healthy weight. If you are wrapped up in looking like the Individuals on Fitness magazines, but are actually at a healthy weight by BMI standards, there is likely some psychological issues that need to be addressed. I fully believe that if you are at an unhealthy weight, you should do everything you can to get down to a healthy weight. Once you’re there, now it’s a game of making this lifestyle sustainable for yourself. In my honest opinion, I don’t think leaning on a weight loss drug like this is very sustainable. This is all wrapped up in the fact that it is expensive, not highly researched in “healthy” individuals, and don’t address the psychological aspect of weight loss either.
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