How much weight can you lose in a month with Wegovy?

September 5, 2023

How much weight can I lose in a month on Semaglutide?

Everyone knows how difficult losing weight can be. Many people have tried multiple types of diet and exercise programs and in some cases achieved some positive results but ultimately had not reached their long-term goals. Unfortunately, the truth is that losing weight is a long-term process for most people. Most people have waited until they are 20, 30 or even 40 pounds overweight or more. This is not a quick process to reverse and will take some time, planning and a concerted effort to tackle.  

    It’s very discouraging for someone to put a significant amount of time, energy and effort into a weight loss routine and not see rapid results. Many people quit after only a few weeks of diet and exercise because it’s hard and they aren’t seeing the benefit quickly enough. Often, we hear critics yell from the sidelines things like, “All you need to do is diet and exercise.” Those are really good ideas in theory, but not everyone fit into the same mold. Some people have disabilities that may prevent them from exercising. Some people may have dietary restrictions whether it be health related, economic or geographical restrictions that make it harder for them to eat a healthy well-balanced diet. It’s important not to judge who is trying to better their life and make improvements in their overall health.

Do I need to Diet and Exercise to Lose Weight on Semaglutide?

Many people may start off strong but get demotivated after only shedding a few pounds in a couple of weeks period of time. Perhaps, if one sees greater results more quickly, it may be a good motivator to continue the process? It’s also difficult for some people who are too obese to exercise safely and effectively. Perhaps if they were to lose some weight, they would have more energy, mobility, and the physical ability to begin an exercise routine. Maybe losing 20 to 30 pounds would be the spark to ignite their weight loss process to help get them into a healthy range and improve their overall health and quality of life. Whatever the factors are regarding someone’s ability to begin and continue with a weight loss program, or the reasons why they may quit prematurely, it’s important to think logically about someone’s goals, and set up a long-term viable solution in order for them to lose weight safely and to be able to maintain a lifestyle, which will keep the weight off.

What is Semaglutide?

Many people are looking into whether WeGovy or Ozempic is a good option for them to help them shed pounds and unwanted fat.  The medication is known as Semaglutide which is an injection that is taken once per week and mimics a natural hormone in the body known as a GLP1 (glucagon, like peptide) This hormone plays a vital role in managing appetite, suppression and makes people feel full after they eat. In the stomach, it inhibits gastric emptying as well, as reduces the desire to intake both food and water. It also plays an important role in the promotion of insulin secretion.

Originally developed to treat type 2 diabetes, both WeGovy and Ozempic had also been found to cause patients to lose an average of 15% overall body weight. Every person is unique and should be treated as such accordingly. Losing weight can be a daunting task and it can be very discouraging at first but fortunately there are lots of options out there for just about everyone.

From an FDA new release:

In June of 2021 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Wegovy (Semaglutide) injection (2.4 mg once weekly) for chronic weight management in adults with obesity or overweight with at least one weight-related condition (such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, or high cholesterol), for use in addition to a reduced calorie diet and increased physical activity. This under-the-skin injection is the first approved drug for chronic weight management in adults with general obesity or overweight since 2014.

How much can someone actually expect to lose in a month by taking Semaglutide?

This is a difficult question because it requires specific knowledge of the individual.  In terms of total pounds, a person who weighs 150 pounds will not lose as much total weight as someone that weighs 300 pounds. However, when you compare the percentage of total body weight, it may be similar so the total number of pounds lost may be deceiving.  Another factor is whether an individual changes their diet at all or continues a lifestyle that let them become obese to begin with. Granted there are many circumstances that are beyond our control, but we often see patients who know that they are living an unhealthy lifestyle by eating and drinking excessively and mostly consume unhealthy high calorie diets, so it to those individual to which I’m referring to. Is a person still drinking soda/alcohol, fast, food, etc.? Or did they make a conscious decision to eat healthy?  

    What about exercise? Are they starting that all your diet but an exercise program to assist with the weight loss?  How many days a week? Are there underlying medical conditions contributing to weight gain that need to be addressed first? What is their natural metabolism? Are they taking medications? Do they work a job that’s active or are they sitting at a desk all day? As with so many things in life, these factors matter, and play a significant role in determining exactly how much weight an individual may be able to lose in one month, but typically research has shown that Semaglutide can lead to a loss of between five and 10% of your body weight when supported with diet and exercise.  

    One thing that seems to hold true is that the vast majority of patients see a significant reduction in weight after one month on the treatment.  These results usually are more rapid than the patients were ever used to experiencing on other weight loss programs/diets that they have tried in the past and this encouragement has motivated them to set new goals and establish new routines to help support their weight loss journey.

For anyone interested in learning more about Semaglutide for weight loss, NovaGenix has  an experienced medical team, including our physician Dr. Timothy Mackey, who has helped countless patients reach their goals safely and effectively.   To learn more, click the following link or call/text us at 561-277-8260 to see how we can help.


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