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  • Writer's pictureCory it magic?

You've probably noticed more of your friends and acquaintances losing weight at a significant pace lately. Those faces you haven't seen in while and have to double take wondering if you should comment.

What's the protocol?

If they are happy, we should be happy. If they are healthy, we should be happy.

But there's a lot of thoughts when someone changes drastically and you're curious how and how come?

Or maybe its you, and you are getting the looks and questions and not sure where to go from here?

According to CNN, 1 in 8 Americans has taken Ozempic or a similar GLP-1 drug at some point. These drugs were designed for diabetics to help them reduce their health risks and live an ultimately healthier life.

Now versions of these drugs (some not FDA approved) are popping up at Med Spas and online pharmacies making it accessible to anyone regardless of A1C numbers or BMI. You'll see ads popping up in your feeds, the Ozempic commercial jingle is literally "It's Magic" and Oprah hosted a Special that had all the feels.

Although these drugs have success in weight loss, it's not magic. GLP-1 is a natural hormone released from cells in the intestine. You can achieve the same results as these drugs by eating whole, from the earth foods that stimulate your satiety (full factor) cues. Think about it, you could easily eat a whole bag of potato chips without a thought. They don't satiate (fill you up) or nourish you and are created with hyper palatable chemicals to keep you wanting more. But a bag of chips is equal to about 3 potatoes. Could you stomach 3 whole baked potatoes in one sitting? Probably not, because it's so filling you'd be done after one.

I am open minded in recognizing that these drugs serve a purpose, and they aren't going away. They are a tool to jump start those that haven't had success in traditional diets for those that are truly at an unhealthy weight range with metabolic issues. The main concern I see is that they are intended to be used for life and there are side effects that need to be recognized and mitigated.

Caloric Restriction:

While caloric restriction can lead to weight loss, it may also inadvertently result in muscle loss if protein intake is insufficient. Inadequate protein consumption can impair muscle maintenance and repair, increasing the risk of muscle loss over time. With so few calories (some as low as 600 per day), there are key nutrients missing especially if those calories aren't the healthiest. If your new diet is simply one Big Mac, you will lose weight, but will you be healthier? It's like putting less, lower grade gas in your car. It may still run, but for how long and what's the toll in the long run?

Reduced Physical Activity:

Some may experience a decrease in energy levels or motivation for physical activity while taking medications. This reduction in physical activity can contribute to muscle loss, as muscles require regular stimulation through exercise to maintain their strength and mass. Prolonged periods of inactivity can lead to muscle atrophy, particularly if strength training is neglected. Our bodies are meant to move and if we don't have the energy or drive to keep moving, we will lose the ability.

Impact on Metabolism:

While these drugs primarily target weight loss and appetite suppression, they indirectly affect metabolism and muscle mass. Changes in metabolic rate or hormonal balance can influence muscle protein synthesis and breakdown. It's essential to monitor changes in body composition and adjust your nutrition and exercise regimen accordingly to mitigate the risk of muscle loss. The change in metabolism is a contributing factor to why most if not all of the weight is regained once taken off the medications.

Nutrient Absorption:

Gastrointestinal side effects, such as nausea or diarrhea, are common with these medications. These side effects may interfere with nutrient absorption, particularly protein and essential amino acids necessary for muscle maintenance. Ensuring adequate nutrient intake and considering supplementation under the guidance of a healthcare professional can help mitigate the impact on muscle health.

It's essential to note that preserving muscle mass is a priority during weight loss efforts, as it supports metabolic health and contributes to overall strength and functionality. To minimize the risk of muscle loss while taking GLP-1, individuals are encouraged to:

  1. Maintain a balanced diet with adequate protein intake to support muscle maintenance and repair.

  2. Incorporate regular strength training exercises to stimulate muscle growth and prevent atrophy.

  3. Monitor changes in body composition and adjust diet and exercise accordingly.

  4. Stay hydrated and ensure proper nutrition to support overall health and well-being.

  5. Consult with a healthcare provider or nutrition professional for personalized guidance and monitoring.

By adopting a comprehensive approach that includes proper nutrition, exercise, and medical supervision, individuals can optimize their weight loss journey while minimizing the risk of muscle loss associated with medications.

Incorporating strength training and nutrition into your weight loss journey is the

magical solution to maintaining transformative results.

You will not only enhance weight loss but also promote overall health and well-being.

Once you establish these healthy habits, you can potentially wean off the drugs and live your healthiest and happiest life with the energy and confidence to do all the things you love to do.

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Here's to your continued success on the path to a healthier, happier you!

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