Despite the enormous popularity of WeGovy and its incredible impact on weight loss, a shortage of the injectable weight loss therapy has been ongoing in recent months.
The semaglutide-containing injection has been dubbed “game-changing” for the treatment of obesity, and demand has been high, but manufacturer Novo Nordisk has struggled to keep up and has only released limited stock.
This has caused a knock-on effect for regulated prescribers and weight management clinics like us here at Bodyline, that’s why we want to clarify what WeGovy is, how it works, and what the alternatives are for successful medical weight loss when treating obesity.
What is WeGovy and Why is it so Popular?
WeGovy, containing the active ingredient semaglutide, is a GLP-1 receptor agonist medication that has gained significant popularity in the field of weight loss. GLP-1 receptor agonists work by mimicking the effects of the hormone glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) in the body. GLP-1 is naturally produced in the intestines and plays a crucial role in regulating blood sugar levels, controlling appetite, and aiding in insulin production.
By activating GLP-1 receptors, medications like semaglutide promote the feelings of fullness, reduce the appetite, promote a caloric deficit and thus cause successful weight loss. They slow down digestion and increase satiety, making it easier for individuals to adhere to strict dietary plans.
WeGovy is administered as a once-weekly injection and has been approved by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as a treatment for obesity in the UK.
Its popularity stems from the promising results it has shown in helping individuals achieve their weight loss goals by reducing appetite, promoting satiety, and improving metabolic parameters. For example, one 68-week trial saw users lose almost 15% of their starting weight on average.
However, despite its popularity, supply is struggling to keep up with demand. Luckily, here at Bodyline, though we are accepting people to our wait lists for access to WeGovy, we also offer a range of other safe and effective medical weight loss treatments including oral pills and other GLP-1 receptor agonists.
Contact Bodyline today to find out more about our safe and effective weight loss programmes and range of treatment options.
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Oral Medications for Weight Loss: Phentermine and Diethylpropion
Aside from weight loss injections like WeGovy, there are oral medications available for safe and successful weight loss. Two of our most commonly prescribed oral medications are phentermine and diethylpropion.
Phentermine is a well-known safe and effective weight loss treatment in the form of a slimming pill, that has helped almost 75,000 of our clients to lose weight in an efficient and controlled manner. It is commonly used in the US and has been seen to act very quickly. Studies have seen an average 9.3% loss in bodyweight at the end of a 14-week trial.
Phentermine is a centrally acting appetite suppressant that works in the appetite centre of the brain. It aids weight loss by decreasing your hunger levels and controlling common cravings for unhealthy foods. Phentermine is one of the most commonly prescribed appetite suppressant medications and is usually tolerated well with minimal side-effects.
Diethylpropion is another well-known weight loss treatment in the form of an oral pill, that has aided in the weight loss of thousands of our clients. It is another centrally acting appetite suppressant that works to stimulate the neurons that go into signalling to your brain that you are full. It will aid weight loss by reducing your hunger levels, keeping you fuller, whilst curbing the cravings for unhealthy foods. Diethylpropion will help you to lose weight for good in an efficient and controlled environment, under the direct supervision of our qualified clinicians.
If you are eligible, both the oral pills are typically prescribed for short-term use and work best within Bodyline’s medical weight loss programmes when combined with support and lifestyle modifications, such as a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity.
Based on your medical history, these oral pills may well be better suited to some than WeGovy, while still providing guaranteed weight loss success.
Get in touch today to find out what offers we have on the weight loss treatments that could see you lose a stone in your first month.
Alternative Weight Loss Injections: Saxenda and Mounjaro
There are also other injectable medications that could be considered as alternatives for weight loss, based on eligibility, medical history, and your lifestyle.
Saxenda, also known as liraglutide, is a GLP-1 receptor agonist approved for the treatment of obesity. Similar to WeGovy, Saxenda helps reduce appetite and promote weight loss by slowing digestion and stimulating the feeling of fullness. Saxenda is administered as a once daily injection and has been seen to promote weight loss in users.
Trials show a greater proportion of participants see at least a 5 to 10% loss of their starting weight compared with those who took the placebo.
Mounjaro, or tirzepatide, is another promising weight loss injection that has just been approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) for the treatment of obesity in the UK. It again belongs to the GLP-1 receptor agonist class and has shown significant results in clinical trials.
Mounjaro is in fact dubbed the ‘king kong’ of weight loss jabs as results have seen far superior weight loss compared to other GLP-1 injections. One trial saw those individuals taking Mounjaro experienced greater weight loss compared to those on semaglutide. For instance, the trial results indicated that, on average, a weekly dose of 15mg of Mounjaro resulted in 12lbs more weight loss than the maximum dose of 2.4mg of semaglutide.
Weight loss injections are not magic, they require dedicated lifestyle changes that will aid in sustainable weight loss. Bodyline Clinics offer support and guidance in all our medical weight loss programmes, with prescriptions that work best for you based on medical history and lifestyle.
The Importance of Support in Weight Loss
While medications can be valuable tools for weight loss, it is essential to recognize the importance of support in achieving long-term success. Weight loss journeys can be challenging, and having a support system can provide encouragement, guidance, and accountability.
Though we’ve provided a list of the various medical weight loss treatments we provide, we will only prescribe the treatments that is most appropriate based on your medical history. Unlike dangerous online pharmacies, we ensure our treatments will work well for you, and monitor your progress, side effects, with the ability to alter dosage or prescriptions where necessary.
Supported programmes like Bodyline’s prioritise your safety.
Weight Loss with Bodyline
Bodyline is a leading provider of medical weight loss treatments that offer comprehensive support for individuals aiming to achieve their weight loss goals. With a team of experienced healthcare professionals, Bodyline offers personalized plans tailored to each individual’s specific needs. Their weight loss programs incorporate various strategies, including medication, nutrition guidance, exercise recommendations, and behavioral therapy.
At Bodyline, oral medications like Phentermine and Diethylpropion and GLP-1 receptor agonists such as WeGovy, Saxenda, and potentially Mounjaro, are integral components of our medical weight loss treatments.
These medications, when combined with personalized diet and exercise plans in our fully supported programmes, can help individuals achieve significant weight loss results. The programmes at Bodyline focus not only on weight loss but also on long-term weight management and overall well-being.
Through regular consultations, monitoring, and ongoing support, Bodyline ensures that individuals receive the necessary guidance, education, and motivation throughout their weight loss journey. The combination of medication, lifestyle modifications, and a supportive environment sets individuals up for success in achieving their weight loss goals.If you are considering weight loss medications or seeking support in your weight loss journey, contact Bodyline today. Their dedicated team of healthcare professionals is committed to helping individuals achieve their weight loss goals and improve their overall health and well-being.