Keep reading to learn more about how effective they may or may not be!
Celebs and TikTok stars are creating a buzz about weight loss injections, known as semaglutide (best recognized as Wegovy or Ozempic) or tirzeptide (Mounjaro). These injections promise easy weight loss, but their alarming drawbacks are often ignored. Before rushing to your doctor or ordering online, carefully examine the fine print associated with the medication.
If you’ve been served an ad for weight loss injections while scrolling through social media, or watching a commercial on TV, it’s likely that you were shown the statistics that the average total body weight percentage loss is 15%.
What they don’t advertise strongly (but you will find in the small print) is that these statistics are over a period of 68 weeks, or 15 and a half months.
So, for someone who is 200 pounds, losing 15% of their body weight would add up to 30 pounds in 68 weeks.
In every case study and discussion of these weight loss injections' effectiveness, participants received regular counseling sessions to support their adherence to a reduced-calorie diet (500 calorie deficit per day relative to the energy expenditure estimated at the time they underwent randomization) and recommended increased physical activity (150 minutes of weekly physical activity).
Of course eating 500 calories less than your daily needs would typically lead to weight loss. According to traditional weight loss principles, regardless of your diet, you must burn more calories than you consume. According to medlineplus.gov, a 500-calorie daily deficit can lead to a weekly weight loss of about a pound, without the need for injections.
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