Weight loss - Curated Medical
Losing weight is not easy, especially when you’re on your own! At Curated Medical in Scottsdale, Arizona, we have developed a medical weight loss program that is safe and can help you reach your goals. We have different options to meet your weight management needs.
Semaglutide is a peptide that works as a GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide) inhibitor. Semaglutide is an injectable medication FDA approved for diabetes and is also used off-label for weight loss. It is administered once per week and can result in dramatic weight loss (this may or may not be what all of the celebrities are doing right now!). Bloodwork is required prior to semaglutide treatment and will be evaluated during your consultation. Semaglutide slows down the process of how food moves through your digestive system, which makes you feel full sooner and eat less. Common side effects when you first start taking semaglutide include nausea, vomiting and constipation.
Many patients wonder if you need to be on Semaglutide forever. Oftentimes, we will try to wean patients off. Some patients, however, will need a long-term low dose to maintain their weight loss. In clinical trials, patients lost an average of 6% of their weight by week 12 of treatment, using a 2.4 mg dose.
Typically there is an 8 week period where the dose of semaglutide is adjusted. Many patients lose weight during this time but you should experience weight loss by week 12. Nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, gas or belching may occur. We will adjust the medication based on your side-effects and have medications we can prescribe if nausea and vomiting are severe.
- Eat smaller meals
- Eat a mediterranean-type diet
- Avoid alcohol
- Drink lots of water, at least half your body weight in ounces
- When first starting semaglutide, exercise but you may want to change temporarily to lighter impact exercise like walking or pilates.
- High fat foods, fried foods, processed foods, and foods high in sugar will be most likely to cause side effects
- Your goal should be to lose 1-2 lbs per week