CEO, Erik Young, Speaks on the Concerns of Long-Term Semaglutide Use

Concerns of Long Term Semaglutide Use
Concerns of Long Term Semaglutide Use

Why Is Semaglutide Harmful Long-Term?

At the end of the day, semaglutide is just causing your body to not eat. It is telling you that you are already full. Being in that low calorie state for such a long period of time does such bad things to your metabolism and hormones. Your body needs fuel to survive. 

The fuel your body needs is coming from fat but also coming from muscle as well. So in the end, you’re not only losing body fat, you’re losing muscle as well. This is why there is a lot of concerns of long-term Semaglutide use.

How Can Semaglutide Affect Women’s Hormones? 

Food regulates your hormones. If you’re not eating enough food, it is going to throw hormones off. I’ve talked to women who have lost a lot of weight, who haven’t been eating much, maybe 500 – 700 calories. Some of these women ended up losing their periods because of the low intake of calories throwing their hormones off.

How Can Semaglutide Affect Pregnancy?

It all comes down to eating enough food. If your body isn’t getting enough food, your hormones are thrown off and that’s going to make it more difficult to get pregnant. From doctors that I’ve talked to in the past, they say fat needs to be super high and calories should be around 1800 or higher. That will increase the chances of conceiving.

If you’re eating two thirds less food than that, it is not going to be ideal when you are trying to get pregnant. According to the medication’s prescribing information, pregnant rats, rabbits, and monkeys that received semaglutide experienced higher rates of pregnancy loss, birth defects, and low birth weight.

What Is People’s Biggest Fear Coming Off Semaglutide?

Typically, they know the drug has helped them lose a lot of weight. They have probably been able to hit their goal weight while on the drug, so the first thing that comes to mind is the fact that they don’t want the weight to come back. They are afraid of the cravings and hunger coming back. They know it is going to be really hard to manage it. If they could have managed it before, then they wouldn’t have gone on the drug in the first place.

It also comes from the fact that most people don’t actually understand how to eat. There are so many different approaches, so people don’t know what to do when they come off the drug. That is why the approach we have with flexible dieting goes great with this. I show people that they can eat the foods they love while still losing or maintaining the weight they have lost. 

How Does Life After Semaglutide Improve People’s Relationship with Food?

We don’t look at food as good or bad, we just look at food as food. When you’re going through our approach with flexible dieting, it will intermittently improve your relationship with food because you will have a plan and be able to see what’s on that plan. It’s a full on guideline of what you need to be eating during the day. We even have food there people don’t usually think you can eat when you’re trying to lose weight. You will see that you can eat that food because it’s all laid out for you. 

We keep people’s diet at 80% whole foods but also incorporate 20% of fun food. We want you to still have that ability to be flexible and enjoy some of those foods you would typically think you can eat when you’re trying to lose or maintain weight. That goes for anything from breads, to pastas, to chocolate to having a drink. It’s all about balancing your food just like balancing your life with work and play. 

If you’re dreading eating your next meal because it’s just chicken and veggies or the same meal you’ve had every day for the past month , obviously you’re not going to enjoy that. You are most likely going to fall off. That’s why keeping your diet flexible is huge. 

Why Is It Important to Live A Healthy Lifestyle?

When you feel good about yourself and your weight, confidence comes from that. Everyone wants to feel better, look better, and be able to fit in clothes. Once you get to the point where you are happy with your physique, it is easy to maintain that. When you have the tools and knowledge to maintain a healthy physique, everything is so much easier. We provide the tools to do that. Getting there is the only hard part. 

What Advice Would You Give to People Considering Stopping Semaglutide?

Take the leap of faith and trust the process. Know there is a better way to maintain and lose weight, you just have to trust the process and be willing to take the step. 

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