Semaglutide for Weight Loss: A Naturopathic Perspective

Semaglutide is a medication that was initially approved for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. However, it has recently gained attention for its potential to aid in weight loss. Semaglutide works by mimicking the effects of a hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), which helps regulate appetite and food intake. It can also slow down the movement of food through the stomach, leading to a feeling of fullness and decreased hunger.

As a naturopathic physician, I believe in a holistic approach to weight loss, which includes a whole food, nutrient dense, intentional diet, regular movement, strength training, stress management, and adequate sleep. While medications can be helpful in some cases, I believe that they should be used as a part of a comprehensive treatment plan and not as a standalone solution. We can use semaglutide as a tool in addition to positive behavior and lifestyle changes to make healthy habit creation easier and more sustainable. By increasing satiation and reducing cravings, we can start to make those healthier food choices from a calmer, more intentional state.

Before considering semaglutide or any other weight loss medication, it’s important to run lab work to check the health of your liver, kidneys, and pancrease, as well as test your cholesterol levels, blood sugar, and fasting insulin levels. Once we have these markers in hand and determine that you are a good candidate we can get started with your prescriptions. Semaglutide is currently approved for use in individuals with a body mass index (BMI) of 27 or greater who have at least one weight-related condition, such as type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure.

Once you have reached a weight that feels good to you, we will begin to decrease the dose and frequency of your semaglutide injections and bring you into maintenance phase. It’s essential to continue to make healthy lifestyle changes, including a balanced diet and regular exercise, quality sleep, and stress management as you wean off this medication.

Like any medication, semaglutide can have potential side effects, including nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, constipation, and fatigue.

In conclusion, while semaglutide can be a helpful tool in weight loss, it’s not a standalone solution. We believe in a holistic approach to weight loss that includes healthy lifestyle changes and working with a healthcare provider to determine the best course of action. By working together, we can achieve sustainable weight loss and overall health and wellness.