With all of the attention surrounding GLP-1
drugs (Ozempic, Mounjaro, and Wegovy), it's time we do our due diligence and discuss what all the hype is about.
We've included this article from Women’s Health Magazine because, unlike other media outlets, they get a lot right.
Here are some of our thoughts on the topic of GLP-1s.
Myth Busted #1: People Shouldn’t Take These For JUST Weight Loss
Women’s Health gets this spot on. Since the 1990s, obesity has been classified as a CHRONIC DISEASE. Dietary advice alone for a patient who is, and likely has been for quite some time, obese or morbidly obese doesn't always work. Most of these patients took years to become obese, and it is YEARS of habits they need to unlearn and improve for a long-term solution.
GLP-1 drugs can help patients make the changes they want to (and should) make, especially when the patient is so metabolically unhealthy that adopting a healthier diet and lifestyle can feel impossible. Obesity has an enormous psychological component, and medication assistance can be beneficial.
Myth Busted #2: You Can Take These Drugs, Lose The Weight, And Get Off Of Them
At DietMD®, we both agree and disagree on this one. Would you want to try coming off of these appetite-altering drugs without dietary intervention and a long-term game plan? The answer is NO.
You need to pair DIETARY INTERVENTION with MEDICATION INTERVENTION so that poor eating habits do not lead you right back to where you started. Americans, especially, eat ultra-refined and high-carb diets. Getting rid of the unnecessary junk in your diet can drastically impact hunger control and food cravings.
Myth Busted #3: These Medications Are Great Whether You’re Trying To Lose 15 Pounds Or 100 Pounds.
The Truth: You must try dietary intervention first, especially if you only need to lose 10-15 lbs. If you make the necessary changes to your diet, you can lose weight and keep it off.