Semaglutide for Weight Loss

By Dr. Natalie Ledbetter


Semaglutide for weight loss:

There are multiple things that can make it hard to lose weight. Stress, insulin resistance, ghrelin and leptin imbalances, and a slow metabolism are just a few. Recently, a popular
peptide Semaglutide has burst onto the scene to help those who want/ need to lose weight. This prescription medication can bring down the set point (a weight range the body tries to maintain) helping you not only lose weight, but also keep it off.

What is Semaglutide?

This peptide was first approved for use in type 2 diabetes in 2017. The FDA recently approved once-weekly Semaglutide injections for chronic weight management in adults with obesity or overweight and at least one weight-related condition.  A recent study showed that adults with obesity on a semaglutide medical weight loss program had an average weight loss of 14.9% with this medicine and lifestyle changes.

Semaglutide helps control blood sugar and promote weight loss. It slows down how fast food is moved through your stomach and keeps you feeling full longer. It helps decrease food cravings by balancing hunger hormones. Patients report increased energy and feeling fuller faster during a meal when on semaglutide.

This peptide was developed to treat diabetes and helps against heart attack and protects kidney function.

How Fast Does it work?

This peptide starts working immediately after the first injection. You should see weight loss within the first two weeks of starting therapy.

How long does it take to lose the weight?

Everyone’s weight loss journey looks a little different. How much weight you need to lose will determine how long you need to be on a Semaglutide assisted medical weight loss program. Most people choose to begin with a two-month program.

Benefits of Semaglutide Assisted Weight Loss

Weight loss (an average of about 1-3 pounds a week)

Decreased food cravings

Appetite suppression

Improved insulin control

Better blood sugar regulation

No need for an extremely low-calorie diet (no calorie counting)

Are there any side effects?

Some side effects were reported, but most were mild and decreased over time. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and constipation were the most common.

This prescription medication must be used under the guidance of a medical practitioner. Semaglutide injections (once weekly) can support those suffering with obesity or overweight to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle.


If you are struggling with weight, you may want to have your hormones checked.


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