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Semaglutide vs Liraglutide for Weight Loss

July 19, 2023 By , , , , , , , ,

hcg diet and exerciseSemaglutide can cause weight loss by means of suppressing your appetite; potentially impacting food addictions and also modifying insulin levels.  Both medications Liraglutide and Semaglutide contain a GLP-1 receptor as the main mechanism of action.

It works in a very similar way to another medication called Saxenda. The active ingredient in Saxenda is Liraglutide and Liraglutide and Semaglutide belong to the same class of medications known as GLP-1 agonists.   However, Semaglutide (the active ingredient in both Ozempic and Wegovy) has a half-life of 7 days, meaning that you inject it once a week.  On the other hand, Liraglutide, the active ingredient in Saxenda and Victoza, has a half-life of 13 hours.  This is why Liraglutide needs to be injected daily.

At The Natural Path, we currently offer a Semaglutide Medical Weight Loss program.

Liraglutide and Semaglutide Mimic GLP-1

Drugs like this are designed to mimic a hormone that our bodies naturally produce after we’ve eaten.  In our own body. we make GLP-1 in our intestines in response to eating a big meal. This hormone is what sends a signal to the brain, telling you to stop eating because you’re satisfied.  The Natural form of GLP-1 that we make in our own body is broken down in @ 2 minutes.  This is why we can feel hungry within an hour or so of eating.  After we eat, our natural  GLP-1 is easily broken down by enzymes in our body very quickly after being released.   Semaglutide was developed to be resistant to being broken down by these enzymes, which means it lasts much longer in the body. Semaglutide also slows down the digestive process so that any food you’ve eaten stays in your stomach for longer, making you feel more satisfied.  Liraglutide has a similar mechanism of action but needs to be taken daily.


How does Semaglutide and Liraglutide help with Weight Loss?

Semaglutide and Liraglutide both help you to lose weight by reducing your appetite. In general, it will be easier for you to reduce your calorie intake, as you shouldn’t be eating as much food.  This also means it is extra important to be choosing nutrient dense food and practicing a good lifestyle diet. Dietary changes are crucial id you want to make the weight loss sustainable. Many of our patients love establishing a lifestyle diet and find it easy with the help of Semaglutide. We also find it helps significantly reduce cravings as well.


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