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When Should You Consider Medical Weight Loss?

Jun 20, 2023
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Medical weight loss benefits those who have struggled to lose weight through traditional lifestyle changes. Find out if you should consider medical weight loss here.

Medical weight loss is a professionally supervised approach to weight management that can be a great tool when used with lifestyle modifications like eating a nutritious diet and exercising consistently. Using prescription weight loss medications can help you feel less hungry and decrease cravings.

M. Zafar, MD, SC serves Illinois statewide by Telehealth offering medical weight loss drugs, including Semaglutide (the active ingredient in Ozempic and Wegovy™) and Tirzepatide (the active ingredient in Mounjaro™). 

In this blog, we review information about these prescription weight loss medications and if you’re a good candidate for them and should consider using them.

Explaining Semaglutide and Tirzepatide

Semaglutide and Tirzepatide are injectable medications that can help control your blood sugar levels and slow your digestion, resulting in lowered appetite. Both medicines mimic a hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1 that limits your appetite by telling your body that you’re full. As a result, you can eat a lower-calorie diet to help you lose weight that’s been hard to shed in the past.

In addition, these medications can help to change your set point. Your set point is the weight range your body likes to be in. What this means for weight loss is that if you start to eat fewer calories, your body will think that you’re starving and slow down your metabolism, making it tricky to lose weight. Because these medications can change your set point, you can lower your calorie intake by a significant amount and start that weight loss journey.

So, because Semaglutide and Tirzepatide can do these things, they can be helpful not only for weight loss but also for weight-related health conditions like type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.

When to consider using medical weight loss

If you’re obese or overweight or if you have a weight-related health condition, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol, you could qualify for the use of Semaglutide or Tirzepatide. 

These medications can also be helpful if you’ve tried making lifestyle changes like eating a well-balanced diet and exercising regularly to no avail. 

Whatever your circumstances, Dr. Zafar and our team can evaluate you to see if you’re a good candidate for medical weight loss.

If you’re ready to enhance your overall health and well-being, schedule an appointment with us today to see if you’re a candidate for medical weight loss with Semaglutide and Tirzepatide. You can do this by using our online booking tool today.