I would never personally consider having myself injected with anything except life-saving medicine, but in recent times, I’ve been hearing of people “doing” Semaglutide.
The drug – sold under brand names such as Ozempic, Wegovy and Rybelsus – has become the subject of public (and private) discourse as people debate the ethics and efficacy of its use, or rather, misuse.
This “miracle” drug designed for type-2 diabetes and controversially embraced by people seeking dramatic and near-immediate weight loss, works by mimicking the action of a naturally occurring hormone, GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide 1), to delay the digestion process, and thereby manage hunger.
But I have heard that people who have been prescribed Semaglutide, have eventually regained most of the weight they’ve lost.
Not only that, they put themselves at risk. There is a whole list of scary side effects including nausea, the risk of developing gallstones, etc, and other long-term harm to the body.
The US National Library of Medicine warns that the drug “may increase the risk that you will develop tumors of the thyroid gland, including medullary thyroid carcinoma which is a type of thyroid cancer.”
In addition, with everyone grabbing the medicine off the shelves, users are depriving those who need the medicine to stay alive, the diabetics for which the medicine was originally intended for.
Speaking from personal experience, there is NO shortcut to weight loss.
The science is simple: consume less calories and burn more calories than you have consumed.
In plain language: eat less and move more.