An article written by Jan Benjamin, originally published in Leesburgh Lifystyle Magazine.
The internet is buzzing with stories of celebrities and TikTok creators losing weight using medical weight loss injections, known as semaglutide but marketed as Wegovy or Ozempic. The injections promise to help people drop weight with minimal effort, but they aren’t without side effects or long-term drawbacks.
Before noting some precautions on weight loss injections, let’s be clear…
I believe not only that the BeBalanced weight loss program takes a more natural, safer, and faster approach to losing weight and keeping it off, but that it also can be a potent adjunct to weight loss injections if the latter work for you. I personally lost more than 50 lbs. 4 years ago and have kept it off (without the use of weight loss medications). I feel and look younger and healthier, I was borderline diabetic and now well in the normal range.
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How do the weight loss injections work?
The way injections work is by helping to regulate blood sugar levels and decrease appetite – while you’re on the medication (important to note). Ozempic and Wegovy belong to a class of medications known as glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists, or GLP-1 They mimic the GLP-1 hormone, which is released in the gut in response to eating.
One role of GLP-1 is to prompt the body to produce more insulin, which reduces blood sugar (glucose). For that reason, health care providers have used semaglutide to treat Type 2 diabetes. But GLP-1 in higher amounts also interacts with the parts of the brain that suppress your appetite and signal you to feel full. When used in conjunction with diet and exercise, it can increase weight loss in people who are obese or overweight. On average, the loss (at max) is 15% of your body weight over 15 and a half months. That’s 30 pounds for a 200-pound person over 68 weeks.
How is the BeBalanced approach different?
At BeBalanced, we believe that losing weight, especially for women over 40, is more than a function of calories in vs. calories expended, or medications that mimic hormone production. We’ve demonstrated that you can stimulate your body to produce the right hormones that help you lose weight simply through a specific whole foods diet (testing for sensitivities), natural supplementation, stress management, and guided coaching and support. In the case of our actual clients, that weight loss averages 15-21 pounds in the first 30 days, all without the nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, headache, fatigue, dizziness, heartburn and other common complaints associated with weekly injections. Plus, our clients experience other benefits, such as better sleep, increased energy, improved mood, and the reduction or elimination of menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, and more.
What are the main downsides to weight loss injections?
Other longer-term impacts of injection-based weight loss can include a decrease in muscle mass and bone density, and a lower resting metabolic rate, all conditions commonly associated with aging. The bigger problem for most patients is that, after they stop taking the injections, they are prone to gaining back even more weight than they’ve lost!
Research published last spring in the journal Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism indicates that once people stop using Wegovy or Ozempic, any weight they’ve lost is likely to return. According to the study authors, these findings reinforce the need to continue treatment to maintain the benefits of the medication.
Who really wants to live the rest of their life on injections? While a medication can make you feel less like eating, it can’t tell you what to eat to maintain a healthy weight, energy and hormone levels. But the BeBalanced program can. In lieu of or following medication that overrides your body’s natural ability to balance blood sugar and curb cravings, a holistic approach and easy-to-follow dietary instructions involving right-sized portions of proteins, fruits, vegetables, carbs, and healthy fats, can work with your body to bring it into balance naturally.
Does the BeBalanced program really work?
I can’t tell you how often I’ve counseled people who tell me, “I know what NOT to eat, but nobody will tell me what I should eat to further or maintain my weight loss!” I’ve helped so many, just like you. We not only can answer that question, and for a small fraction of the cost of weight loss injections, we have a recent survey to prove it!
- 15-21 pounds: The average weight lost in the first 30 days of the Becoming Balanced program.
- 97% of clients who said that the program was manageable.
- 62% of clients maintained their weight loss for more than 6 months.
- 74% said their mood improved.
- 82% said their sleep improved.
- 82% had more energy.
- 74% reduced hot flashes and night sweats.
- 71% experienced less bloating and fluid retention.
- 92.45% of clients reported they would recommend BeBalanced.
Read our full blog for more information, or come talk to us about how you can turn injection-induced weight loss into a healthy and satisfying way of life. At BeBalanced, we combine a whole-food, hormone balancing diet with natural supplementation to target liver support, gut health, increase insulin sensitivity, and balance your hormones naturally. We even offer stress management techniques, one-on-one coaching and accountability for a program that is customized to your needs, and community support.
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My personal BeBalanced story.
“The picture on the left (before) was what motivated me to get healthy! When I saw it, I could not believe it was me. The picture on the right (after) is me now, 50 pounds lighter and have kept the weight off for over four years, thanks to BeBalanced! Not only did I lose weight, but I have so much more energy, I sleep better, and I don’t wake up soaked in sweat like I used to. I’m back to riding my horses’ multiple times a week and believe me they appreciated a lighter me too! I am excited to have the women of Northern Virginia join me on this journey to better health and wellbeing. If you or someone you know has been using weight loss medication, and aren’t seeing the results you are looking for, BeBalanced can help!”