The dawn of a new year always prompts us to assess our life, our health and our priorities to make a plan for the next 365 days. No doubt, “Lose Weight” is a top priority for many people year-after-year.
While diet and exercise changes are a necessary part of improving your health, there are additional (and effective) tools that can aid in weight loss diet plans, craving control and sustained results: Peptides.
Peptides have become a popular weight loss supplement in recent years, as they work to help break down fat cells and promote weight loss. A peptide is a short chain of amino acids that are linked together and can be thought of as a small protein.
In our bodies, these small proteins typically act as signaling molecules. They bind to receptors on the cell surface and tell other cells and molecules what to do. By attaching to receptor proteins on the surface of certain cells, peptides will stimulate how that cell responds to certain stimuli.
Since peptides can treat very specific conditions in the body, there is a very wide range of benefits. Peptides can be used to improve overall wellness in the body as well as limit the effects of aging in the body. Some of the conditions they can improve are:
- Weight management
- Improving your libido
- Stimulating growth hormones
- Helping with anxiety and depression
- Joint and muscle repair
- Improving mental clarity and focus
- And even preventing skin cancer by increasing the melanin in your skin.
Peptides have specifically shown proven benefits for weight loss. If you are a healthy person with no pre-existing set of conditions, then different peptide therapies can be really effective for reaching your goals.
Semaglutide is a peptide, which is analogous to glucagon-like peptide 1 synthesized by the intestinal epithelial cells. It is primarily given to patients diagnosed with any chronic weight-related condition such as Diabetes Mellitus Type 2, hypercholesterolemia, hypertension, etc.
It acts as a receptor agonist for glucagon-like peptide 1 and manages blood sugar levels in an individual. Semaglutide works by regulating hormones such as insulin, which is ultimately responsible for keeping blood sugars level low. It also downregulates the secretion of glucagon, thus preventing any conversion of glycogen to glucose.
Because of its effectiveness, Semaglutide is a great option for people aiming at weight loss in organic ways.
Semaglutide is injected weekly under the skin in the thigh, abdomen, or upper arm as directed by your provider. It may be used with or without food. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. It is best to start on a low dose first to decrease your risk of stomach/abdominal side effects, and gradually increase your dose.
AOD 9604 is a modified form of amino acids that stimulate the pituitary gland, which in turn can speed up your metabolism and burn body fat. This peptide targets areas of the body where there are abnormally high levels of fat.
You then can experience an even higher caloric burn by exercising and consuming a lower calorie diet while taking AOD 9604. Peptide AOD 9604 regulates how your body metabolizes fat by stimulating lipolysis, or the breakdown of fats and lipids and inhibiting lipogenesis.
The amino acids contained in AOD 9604 are the same as those found in a naturally occurring hormone associated with growth. These are involved in fat reduction and do not seem to affect growth or insulin resistance when administered alone. Therefore, it does not have any adverse effects on human growth or on blood sugar levels.
Our patients have been using AOD as an effective weight loss tool for quite some time. You can read more about AOD here.
Find What Works Best For Your Diet Plans
While there are countless options, social media posts, influencer recommendations, marketing ploys and trending topics that promise results, there are no shortcuts in the weight loss journey.
Our Functional Medicine team is dedicated to helping each of our patients understand their health by using diagnostic testing and assessments to create a personalized weight loss plan. As each weight loss journey is different, the diet plans and recommendations for each person can be different as well.
As effective options become more available, our goal is to ensure our patients and guests have access to tools and resources that propel them in the direction of their weight loss goals. If you’re ready to take the first step in your journey to better health, connect with our team.