Weight Loss (Semaglutide and Tirzepatide)
What Is Obesity?Obesity is a chronic disease that is defined as having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or more. Managing obesity is a life-long endeavor, and it can undoubtedly be a challenge.
What Are the Benefits of Weight Loss?There are many benefits to weight loss, including better sleep, better hormonal balance, improved sex drive, better mood, less joint pain, clearer and brighter skin, stress relief, increased immunity, improved memory, and fewer prescription medications.
What Are the Ways People Can Lose Weight?Losing weight is a common goal for many people, but it can be challenging to know where to start. With so much conflicting advice, it can be difficult to determine what the best approach is, so let us help clarify: Weight loss occurs when a person is in a caloric deficit.
It’s that simple. You’ll lose weight if you burn more calories than you consume.
Caloric deficit can be achieved through exercise, but food and caloric intake (what you eat and drink) are the primary factors that determine your caloric balance.
However, factors such as upbringing, lifestyle, and background can all heavily influence how much time and motivation a person puts toward eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly.
Semaglutide and Tirzepatide can help chemically regulate a person’s appetite. Interestingly enough, we’ve anecdotally noticed that patients who get a combination of treatments, mainly medication for weight loss (as discussed below), and a body contouring procedure, such as CoolSculpting and CoolTone, tend to get the best results that last the longest.
Medication for Weight Loss: Semaglutide and Tirzepatide
Semaglutide, also known as Wegovy or Ozempic, and Tirzepatide, or Mounjaro, are both GLP-1 agonists that delay gastric emptying and enhance the sensation of fullness. While on these medications, patients consume less food, thus fewer calories, which helps their body achieve the caloric deficit required for weight loss.
Semaglutide is an FDA-approved medication that helps people lose weight by suppressing their appetite and making them feel fuller while eating less food.
Semaglutide works by mimicking the hormone GLP-1, which is released after eating. GLPT-1 slows down digestion, helping patients feel fuller for longer.
Clinical trials have shown that Semaglutide can lead to significant weight loss and that it helps maintain weight loss over the long term—an important consideration for those struggling with obesity.
Like all medications, Semaglutide can have side effects. Common effects include nausea, diarrhea, and constipation. Most side effects are mild and temporary, but if they persist, it’s important to consult with your healthcare provider.
Tirzepatide is a newer drug, still under investigation for its effects on weight loss. It’s a dual agonist, meaning it targets two hormones, GLP-1 and GIP, which both play a role in regulating appetite and insulin production.
Tirzepatide works by mimicking the effects of both GLP-1 and GIP hormones. These hormones slow down digestion, helping you feel fuller longer, and reducing the amount of glucose your liver produces. This dual action has the potential to provide more significant weight loss benefits.
Initial clinical trials of Tirzepatide have shown promising results. Participants in these trials experienced significant weight loss, with some losing up to 20% of their body weight. These results suggest that Tirzepatide could be a powerful tool in the fight against obesity.
As with any medication, Tirzepatide has potential side effects. Early reports suggest these may include gastrointestinal issues like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. However, as Tirzepatide is still being studied, further research is needed to fully understand its side effect profile.
Comparing Semaglutide and Tirzepatide for Weight Loss
Which medication is better suited for you?
Both Semaglutide and Tirzepatide have been shown to result in significant weight loss in clinical trials. However, preliminary data suggests that Tirzepatide may lead to more substantial weight loss due to its dual hormone action.
In terms of safety, both drugs have similar side effect profiles, with gastrointestinal issues being the most common. As Tirzepatide is still undergoing research, more information on its long-term safety is yet to be established.
As of now, Semaglutide is widely available as it has already been approved by the FDA for both diabetes management and weight loss. Tirzepatide, on the other hand, is still in the research phase and is not yet available to the public.
Schedule Your Weight Loss Consultation at M Spa Face & Body
We understand how difficult achieving your goal body weight can be. Even in the face of strict diets and exercise, sometimes the weight just doesn’t seem to budge. This is why, at M Spa Face & Body, we offer medication to those patients who qualify to help them navigate their weight loss journey.
Weight Loss with Semaglutide and Tirzepatide FAQs
No, both Semaglutide and Tirzepatide are prescription medications. Always consult with a healthcare provider before starting any new medication.
No, these medications may not be suitable for everyone. Those with certain health conditions or who are pregnant should not use these medications.
While these medications can aid in weight loss, they should be used in conjunction with a healthy diet and consistent exercise routine.
If you experience side effects, consult with your healthcare provider. They can provide guidance on how to manage side effects or determine if a different treatment may be more suitable.
Weight loss results vary from person to person. In clinical trials, significant weight loss was seen after several weeks of consistent use.