If you’re among the millions stepping out after a year of pandemic lockdowns, you’ve probably noticed something. And not just the great spring weather.
It’s that none of your clothing fits anymore.
Pandemic weight gain is all too real. In fact, one new study found that every month of lockdown can lead to an average of 1.5 pounds of weight gain.
In other words, it’s NOT just you. And you have NOTHING to be ashamed of. It happened to almost everyone.
The drug industry smells cash and is ready to pounce. One manufacturer appears to be poised to start pushing a diabetes drug for weight loss. The promise? It could help you BURN OFF FAT in a flash.
But I’m here with a reality check about using semaglutide (aka Ozempic) for weight loss. Because a new report reveals what happens when you start on that drug.
You might NEVER find a way off.
This Big Pharma dream is a NIGHTMARE for you
Curing disease is what keeps Big Pharma big shots up at night. But NOT in the way you think.
They have nightmares over the thought that someone might actually be cured of anything. After all, they’re in the business of treating symptoms.
A cure means no more cash cow on the line since the person won’t need treatment anymore. And that, my friend, is why they LOVE medications that “manage” rather than cure.
That’s essentially code for a drug you have to keep taking forever. You know, such as diabetes drugs, cholesterol meds, and blood pressure pills. And, spoiler alert, perhaps semaglutide.
My guess is they’re absolutely THRILLED by the latest news on the drug they’re hoping to push as the next big med for weight loss. Semaglutide has a great potential sales pitch the public will undoubtedly eat up: People who took the drug lost up to 40 pounds.
WOW, right? But there’s a BIG catch. And it’s likely a drug company’s dream come true. Semaglutide doesn’t “cure” obesity. It “manages” it.
In other words, it can help you burn off extra pounds. But it appears to only work as long as you keep taking it – possibly forever.
Stopping semaglutide could cause weight regain
In the new study, patients lost about 10 percent of their body weight over 20 weeks. So far, so good. But then, researchers switched things up.
Some volunteers kept taking semaglutide. And they continued to lose weight, shedding another 8 percent of their body weight. The rest were secretly switched to a placebo – and they not only stopped losing weight… they GAINED it.
In fact, they regained about 7 percent of their body weight, erasing much of what they lost during the initial phase. In other words, once you’re on the med, there may be no going back.
If that were the ONLY flaw, that would be a deal-breaker. But it’s not.
Semaglutide packs some of the usual side effects, including nausea and vomiting. And it has some potential long-term risks, too. Both animal and human studies have linked the drug to dangerous conditions such as pancreatitis and thyroid cancer.
But no worries. There’s a far safer way to shed those pandemic pounds anyway.
Give up as many of the processed foods as you can. Use fresh ingredients and cook from scratch. Plus, cut out any empty carbs, and the weight should fade away the way we hope the pandemic does.
And if you’re looking for a specific diet to follow, the Mediterranean lifestyle is worth checking out. It still allows for plenty of favorites while delivering both steady weight loss and lower heart risks, too. Oh, and did I mention it could help give you a steel trap memory? Click here for the details.