The Real Weight Loss Journey: More Than Just a Miracle Injection?

I was so desperate to lose weight, after failing at every diet, I resorted to drugs. I went to a doctor in Harley Street who gave me weekly injections (which I later found out were speed) and packets and packets of pills. All I could eat was citrus fruit and protein, and I was allowed 5 small cups of water. I don’t know how I did it – tinned tuna for breakfast, salmon for lunch and chicken for dinner and I did it for months. I had no appetite thanks to the drugs, and of course I lost loads of weight. I felt amazing, I was complimented all the time, I could wear trendy clothes… but when I stopped taking the drugs the weight went straight back on plus a lot more. I was so ashamed and I think that was when I really hated myself the most for being such a failure.

Todays weight loss drugs are called Ozempic, Wegovy and Saxenda.

Sharon Osborne has been in the papers and on TV this week talking about how she has lost 28 lbs on the ‘wonder drug’ Ozempic in just 4 months, and even goes without eating anything for 3 days of the week. I have seen a lot of hype about Ozempic being a wonder weight loss drug and the miracle cure to weight loss and improved health. While these drugs are a valuable aid, particularly for those with Type 2 diabetes, it’s crucial to understand that they are not wonder drugs for shedding pounds.

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How Do These Drugs Work:

When food is digested, hormones are released, including one called GLP1. GLP 1 has 2 roles.
It helps us produce insulin to stabilise our blood sugar
GLP1 signals to the brain that our stomach is full

Weight loss drugs work primarily by mimicking GLP1, helping to improve insulin resistance and it fools the brain that we have had enough to eat. The result is we eat less and lose weight.

The Dangers:

This medication also comes with its share of side effects, such as nausea, abdominal pain, and even potential risk of thyroid tumours.

The crucial aspect to understand here is that weight loss medications can only aid weight loss while you are taking them. It’s like having training wheels on a bike – they help you balance while they’re on, but once you remove them, you need to balance on your own. When we stop taking the drugs the appetite often returns (as it did for me), sometimes even more intense than before.

The journey of weight loss is much more comprehensive than just modifying food intake. It’s deeply intertwined with our self-esteem, emotions, and how we perceive our bodies. If our focus remains solely on food we stay stuck in all the other areas that fuel unhealthy eating behaviours. Consequently, even if we experience weight loss through medications like Ozempic, it might be fleeting unless we address the underlying issues.

Addressing the Root Causes:

A better approach to weight loss involves addressing issues such as emotional well-being, nurturing body esteem, and fostering a positive self-image. Then we can cultivate healthy eating behaviours that are sustainable in the long run, instead of relying solely on medications. As an emotional and eating disorder specialist I support my clients to navigate through the intricate layers of emotions and behaviours associated with eating.

In Summary:

While weight loss drugs offer a ray of hope for people struggling with weight, especially those with Type 2 diabetes, labelling it as a miracle cure for weight loss oversimplifies the multifaceted journey of achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. True, lasting weight loss is not merely about controlling food intake; it’s about delving deep into why we struggle with changing our behaviours around food and working on these areas. This is the way we will achieve long-lasting change.

When we build a healthy relationship with food and ourselves, the need for external aids diminishes. Only then can we truly maintain our balance, even when the training wheels are off. It’s time we shift our focus from miracle cures to embracing the multidimensional aspects of weight loss and ensuring a healthier, happier future.

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