What Is Medical Weight Loss Management?

Weight loss is a personal journey, but that doesn’t mean you have to go it alone. Medical weight loss management offers clinical support and treatments as you combine exercise and diet with scientifically supported treatments. Dr. Paul A. Watterson offers weight loss management in Draper, UT, using one of the leading medications: semaglutide. 

Marketed as Ozempic® and Wegovy®, this prescription drug alters the body’s perception of appetite by mimicking hormone glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1). 

How Does Semaglutide Help You Lose Weight?

GLP-1 is a hormone linked to appetite. More specifically, it is released to secrete insulin and make you feel full. It also slows down the rate at which food leaves your stomach.

Semaglutide works by helping you to feel fuller for longer. This can stop you from giving in to cravings or struggling with hunger pangs on a calorie-restricted diet. 

The enhanced feelings of fullness can be helpful for those who have previously struggled with traditional dieting and need additional support. Research shows that semaglutide is well-tolerated and effective at helping adults who are clinically overweight or obese; a study in the New England Journal of Medicine reveals that participants who took semaglutide lost an average of 14.9% of their starting weight after a 68-week course of weekly injections and lifestyle changes. 

Does Semaglutide Work Without Exercise? 

Combining exercise with semaglutide is beneficial for weight loss management. The goal of the medication is to aid weight loss rather than serve as a substitute for a healthy diet and exercise regime. 

With weight loss management from a professional, you can find the right balance of clinical support, nutritional counseling, and lifestyle recommendations to help you reach and maintain your ideal weight. 

Who Qualifies for Semaglutide? 

Someone with a BMI greater or equal to 30 could be a good candidate for semaglutide. Patients with a BMI of 27 and one or more weight-related health conditions could also qualify for treatment.

Semaglutide is not suitable for patients with gallbladder disease, pancreatic cancer, or medullary thyroid cancer. 

Dr. Watterson will meet with you to discuss your weight, personal medical history, and lifestyle factors to determine if you are a good fit for the medication. If you do not qualify for semaglutide, Dr. Watterson will offer personalized recommendations on alternative weight loss solutions.

Schedule a Weight Loss Consultation Today!

Dr. Watterson is a skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon who provides each patient with an unmatched level of personalized care. At our office in Draper, UT, we strive to make you feel comfortable and understood on your journey toward greater health and self-confidence. 

Please call 801-571-2020 or click here to schedule your appointment.

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Draper, UT 84020



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