Don’t Fall for These Weight Loss Medication Myths

In the quest to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, many individuals consider weight loss medications as part of their strategy. With the growing popularity of these medications, a lot of information has become available from both reputable and non-reputable sources. You may have heard of these medications, which include glucagon-like peptide 1 receptor agonist injections, also known as “GLP-1s” including medications like Wegovy and Ozempic. These medications generally work by reducing overactive hunger signals in the brain.

In this article, we’ll review five common myths about weight loss medications to provide a clearer understanding of their role in a comprehensive weight management plan.

Myth 1: Weight loss medications are a “Magic Pill” Weight loss drugs can be excellent tools for curbing appetite and reducing overall calorie intake, but their effects are neither instant nor effortless. As a society, we are generally overfed and undernourished. This means that we are generally eating a high proportion of foods with a high density of calories, but relatively low density of nutrients. For example, a bag of chips has a lot of calories but is devoid of any healthful nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and fiber that help prevent and reverse chronic disease. Weight loss medications only help to curb the caloric excess. To be well nourished requires thoughtful attention to eating nutrient-dense foods.

Excerpted from the Warwick Beacon

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