When it comes to maintaining a healthy weight, there have been a few game-changers to hit the market in recent years…
I’m talking about prescription drugs that may help you (at least) kickstart your weight loss journey.
One of the most recent (and arguably most popular)?
It was designed to manage Type 2 diabetes. But its weight loss potential has flooded headlines.
Of course, it comes at a STEEP price. And, as I’ve mentioned with other “wonder drugs,” we don’t yet know the long-term side effects (it’s still new).
That’s why, to me, there will never be a substitute for eating right. And new research backs me up…
The mechanism behind satiety
I’ve talked about semaglutide here before.
It’s basically a drug that makes you eat less. (It also supports insulin production, which is why it’s prescribed to diabetics.)
More specifically, semaglutide is what we call a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) agonist. Our cells produce GLP-1 in our intestines. And when our levels rise after a meal, it signals to our brain that we’re full.
So it’s not hard to see how any drug that would facilitate this process might act as an effective appetite suppressant as well.
But what if I reiterated that certain foods can generate the same response? (After all, I’ve seen it firsthand with my patients—and in countless followers of my A-List Diet.)
Food is powerful medicine
New research suggests that certain macronutrients can increase levels of GLP-1.
Those include simple sugars (found in fresh fruit), peptides and amino acids (from lean protein), and short-chain fatty acids (produced by healthy fats).
In other words, a healthy, balanced diet—full of the foods I continuously promote—could be all that stands between you and a healthy, sustainable weight.
And while it might take more time and effort to lose the same amount of weight through smart dietary choices over a drug… in my view, it’s absolutely worth it.
Not to mention, this lifestyle habit is more effective at MAINTAINING a healthy weight over the long-term. Because when it comes to a weight-loss drug, you face the challenge of forking over the expense indefinitely—or the risk of gaining the weight back once you stop taking it.
Start enjoying fresh produce, lean protein (from grass-fed and -finished beef, organic poultry, wild-caught fish and seafood), and healthy fats (from sources like macadamia nuts and avocados).
Then, see if the pounds start melting away.
For more insight into how to lose weight—and maintain it—through dietary choices, order yourself a copy of my A-List Diet book. (The “A” even stands for amino acids!)
“Ozempic without Ozempic: These foods can calm your appetite just like weight loss drug.” StudyFinds, 03/20/2023. (studyfinds.org/ozempic-semaglutide-foods/)