Peptide therapy is an exciting healthcare approach that offers you a safe and effective way to manage a variety of health conditions, including help with sustained weight loss.
One of the most popular peptides for weight loss and diabetes management at the moment is semaglutide. But it’s not necessarily a good idea to stay on it for ever: You’ll have seen in the media that if you stop, you can regain the weight quite soon!
So what’s the best way forward when you reach your target weight?
In this article, we’ll look at
- semaglutide, and how long-term use may not be best for you, and
- the benefits of transitioning to CJC-Ipamorelin peptide therapy to maintain your chosen weight.
Peptide Therapy with Semaglutide for Weight Loss Management
Peptide treatment harnesses the power of amino acid chains to address a wide range of health conditions.
Naturally occurring molecules play pivotal roles in many of your body’s processes. Synthetic peptides are used therapeutically to supplement or replace your body’s natural ones when necessary.
Semaglutide as a Peptide Therapy
Semaglutide belongs to a class of medications called glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists medications that mimic the actions of a naturally occurring hormone in your body called GLP-1.
This hormone plays a crucial role in regulating your blood sugar levels and appetite. It’s become a game-changer for weight loss and improving insulin sensitivity – and it’s FDA approved.
If you’re one of those people who find losing weight and fat loss difficult, semaglutide helps you in a variety of ways.
Let’s see how.
Semaglutide signals to the brain that you feel full, thus suppressing your appetite and causing you to reduce your food intake. This is particularly beneficial if you tend to eat more of your favorite food despite no longer being hungry! Or perhaps to stave off emotions you’d rather not feel.
Blood sugar regulation
Semaglutide improves insulin sensitivity by helping your body use it more effectively. This leads to better blood sugar control. If you have type 2 diabetes, this may help you rely less on other diabetes medications.
By slowing down the emptying of your stomach, semaglutide contributes to you feeling full, which prevents you eating too many calories to achieve your target weight.
Effective weight loss
Clinical trials have shown that semaglutide lead to significant weight loss if you suffer from obesity, with some studies reporting weight loss of up to 15%. Genes and metabolism can affect whether you become obese, and semaglutide is playing a role in counteracting these.
Research also suggests that semaglutide may reduce the risk of heart-related complications if you have diabetes.
All this sounds perfect! But staying on semaglutide long-term can bring problems until there’s more evidence about long-term use.
So – at Evexias Denver, we suggest you consider changing to a different peptide therapy (CJC-Ipamorelin) when you reach your target weight with semaglutide. Here’s why.
Why Transition Away from Semaglutide Peptide Therapy?
These are some of the possible problems of long-term use:
Gastrointestinal side effects:
Issues like nausea and vomiting are mostly mild to moderate and wear off, but can be a concern when they continue long term.
Evidence suggests that long-term obesity pharmacotherapy may be required for weight maintenance, which means that stopping the medication leads to weight regain.
Semaglutide can be expensive when not on prescription, which makes long-term use unrealistic.
Lack of comprehensive studies:
While Semaglutide has shown promise in weight loss and diabetes management, comprehensive studies on its long-term effects on cardiovascular health and other metabolic factors are still limited.
The mechanism is still under study:
Although its weight loss effects are well publicized, the underlying mechanisms of semaglutide are still under investigation, making it difficult to predict long-term outcomes.
Rapid weight loss:
The speed at which you lose weight may lead to a decrease in your muscle mass, reduced bone density, and lower resting metabolic rate. Being skinny is not always healthy!
Benefits of Transitioning to CJC-Ipamorelin Peptide Treatment for Weight Maintenance
Semaglutide can be a great therapy for you. However, it’s worth looking at alternative peptide therapies that may be better for you in the long term than continuing with Ozempic or Wegovy.
For example, CJC-Ipamorelin peptide therapy can offer several benefits once you achieve your target weight and wish to maintain it healthily:
- Supporting metabolic health by enhancing metabolic processes.
- Faster recovery from workouts, helping reduce muscle soreness while you maintain your exercise routine.
- Fewer unwanted risks or side effects.
- Adjustable dosage based on your response to the treatment, allowing for greater flexibility and optimization of results.
- Possibility of combining it with other peptides or medications to achieve your specific health goals.
- Addressing your personal health goals beyond weight management – such as improved sleep, or enhanced bone density, for example.
- A budget-friendly alternative.
Maximize the Power of Peptide Therapy with Lifestyle Changes
Peptide therapy – whether it’s semaglutide or CJC-Ipamorelin – works best when combined with a healthy lifestyle to help safeguard your musculoskeletal health.
Balanced nutrition: Ensure your diet includes adequate protein. Protein is essential for muscle preservation and repair. Incorporate lean sources of protein such as poultry, fish, beans, and dairy products into your meals.
Regular exercise: Engage in both aerobic and strength-training exercises. Resistance training, in particular, helps build and maintain muscle mass. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity and strength training at least two days a week.
Stay hydrated: Proper hydration is vital for muscle function and overall health. Drink enough water throughout the day to support your body’s needs.
Bone health: Pay attention to your calcium and vitamin D intake. Incorporate dairy products, leafy greens, and fortified foods into your diet, and, if needed, consider supplements as advised by your healthcare provider.
Regular check-ups: Keep up regular monitoring by your healthcare provider. They can check your musculoskeletal health, assess your bone density, and recommend appropriate interventions if necessary.
However, always consult with your healthcare provider before making significant lifestyle changes or starting a new exercise regimen, especially if you have any underlying health condition.
Peptide Therapy at Evexias Denver
At Evexias Denver, we offer a number of peptide therapies that benefit you in all sorts of ways. However, if you’re looking to segue from semaglutide when you reach your target weight, we recommend CJC-Ipamorelin peptide therapy for all the reasons above. Call us and let’s talk about peptide therapies and maintaining your target weight long term!