The truth about Ozempic and Mounjaro: Are they the miracle weight loss drugs they claim to be?

Written By Brady Wirick

 

Today, I want to talk to you about the current trend of weight loss drugs and the important considerations to keep in mind before jumping on the bandwagon. With my clinical experience and being someone who has had weight issues in the past, I understand the struggles and challenges that come with trying to lose weight, especially when it feels like you’re constantly bombarded with different solutions and products promising quick and easy results.

Here are some statistics that should scare you:

Global Obesity Epidemic: According to the World Health Organization (WHO), worldwide obesity has nearly tripled since 1975.

Prevalence in Adults: More than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were overweight in 2016. Of these, over 650 million were obese.

Rising Childhood Obesity: Over 340 million children and adolescents aged 5-19 were overweight or obese in 2016.

Health Risks: Obesity is linked to a higher risk of serious health conditions, including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer.

Economic Burden: The economic impact of obesity is significant, with estimated costs associated with obesity-related health issues exceeding hundreds of billions of dollars annually.

Obesity and Mortality: Obesity is associated with an increased risk of premature death. Studies have shown that individuals with obesity have a higher mortality rate compared to those with a healthy weight.

Social and Psychological Impact: Obesity can lead to social stigma, discrimination, and lower quality of life. It can also contribute to mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.

Impact on Healthcare Systems: The healthcare systems worldwide are strained by the burden of obesity-related diseases, leading to increased healthcare costs and reduced availability of resources for other medical needs. Bankruptcy is looming!

Trends in Obesity Rates: Despite efforts to combat obesity, rates continue to rise in many parts of the world, posing a significant public health challenge.

Obesity and COVID-19: Obesity has been identified as a risk factor for severe illness and death from COVID-19, further highlighting the importance of addressing obesity as a public health priority.

First and foremost, I want to express my general distrust in pharmaceutical companies.

They have a long history of prioritizing profits over people’s “health”.

Pharmaceutical companies have paid out billions in criminal fines to the department of justice. They also have heavy influence in policy making, including the Bayh-Dole act of 1980 that made it legal for drug companies to reward scientists of the NIH for their research.

I believe it’s important to approach any new drug or product with a healthy dose of skepticism.

Can you name a single chronic disease that medicine has cured in the last 40 years?

This leads me to the topic of the two weight loss drugs that have been making headlines: Ozempic (semaglutide) and Mounjaro (Tirzepatide).

These drugs scare me. I have seen both sides of the coin. I have seen people in my office that they were disasters for. I also have very dear friends that the drugs have been life changers for. My opinion is that you should not use them if you do not plan to change your diet. For this reason, my office actually offers them through our medical team IF you are willing to follow a whole food diet (scroll below for an example)

Both Ozempic and Mounjaro are peptides that pharmaceutical companies have put a label on, touting them as the next big thing in weight loss. The key difference lies in their mechanism of action. Ozempic works primarily by stimulating the release of GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide-1), a hormone that helps regulate blood sugar levels and reduce appetite. On the other hand, Mounjaro targets GIP (glucose-dependent insulinotropic peptide), which also plays a role in regulating blood sugar levels and fat metabolism.

Don’t worry. I will explain this.

Peptides are short chains of amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins. They typically consist of fewer than 50 amino acids and are formed when amino acids are linked together by peptide bonds. Peptides play various roles in biological systems, serving as signaling molecules, hormones, neurotransmitters, and components of enzymes and receptors. They are involved in a wide range of physiological processes, including cell signaling, metabolism, immune response, and tissue repair.

Ozempic is a peptide that stimulates the production of glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). GLP-1 plays a vital role in regulating blood sugar levels by promoting insulin secretion, inhibiting glucagon release (which reduces blood sugar), slowing down gastric emptying, and promoting feelings of fullness after meals. Therefore, by increasing GLP-1 levels, Ozempic helps to improve blood sugar control in individuals with conditions such as type 2 diabetes.

Mounjaro (Tirzepatide) is a peptide that activates both glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) and glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP) receptors. By doing so, tirzepatide helps regulate blood sugar levels by promoting insulin secretion, inhibiting glucagon release (which reduces blood sugar), slowing down gastric emptying, and promoting feelings of fullness after meals. This comprehensive approach to blood sugar management can lead to improved glycemic control in individuals with conditions such as type 2 diabetes.

When it comes to side effects, both drugs have their fair share of potential drawbacks. Ozempic has been associated with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and pancreatitis, while Mounjaro’s side effects include nausea, hypoglycemia, and potentially thyroid cancer. It’s crucial to weigh the potential benefits against the risks before considering these drugs as a weight loss solution.

In my opinion, relying solely on pharmaceuticals to lose weight is not the most sustainable approach. While these drugs may offer some assistance in shedding pounds, they should be part of a comprehensive weight loss plan that includes healthy eating and regular physical activity.

Here at Intermountain Center for Wellbeing, we prioritize a holistic approach to weight loss. We not only offer guidance on how to incorporate these drugs into your weight loss journey, but we also provide education on healthy eating habits and lifestyle changes that promote long-term success. Our goal is to empower individuals to take control of their health and well-being, rather than simply relying on a pill to do the work for them.

In conclusion, while the emergence of weight loss drugs like Ozempic and Mounjaro may seem like a game-changer for those struggling with obesity, it’s important to approach them with caution and a critical eye. Rather than solely relying on pharmaceuticals, consider seeking out our comprehensive weight loss program that focuses on sustainable lifestyle changes. After all, the goal shouldn’t just be to lose weight, but to live a healthier, more fulfilling life that allows you to fully enjoy making memories with your grandchildren.

Remember, there are no quick fixes when it comes to weight loss, and it’s important to prioritize your overall health and well-being above all else. Thank you for taking the time to read my thoughts on this important topic, and I hope it has provided some valuable insight for anyone considering weight loss drugs as part of their journey.

A Nutritious Diet: The Foundation of Success with Weight Loss Drugs

Adopting a nutritious diet while on weight loss drugs is paramount. This diet should be rich in vegetables, lean proteins, and adequate protein intake. Such a diet not only complements the effects of the medication but also supports overall health and well-being.

Key components include:

– Lean Proteins: Prioritize lean meats, poultry, fish, wild game, and eggs.

– Low Glycemic Fruits and Vegetables: Loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber, these should be staples in every meal.

– Healthy Fats: Incorporate sources of mono and polyunsaturated fats, such as olive oil and nuts, to enhance satiety.

– **Fermented Foods:** Options like yogurt and kefir introduce probiotics into the diet, which may boost natural GLP-1 levels.

Conversely, it’s advisable to limit or avoid fried foods, sugary snacks and beverages, highly processed foods, high-fat meats, and alcohol. These can exacerbate side effects and hinder the effectiveness of the medication.

In addition to dietary changes, adopting a healthy lifestyle is crucial. This includes:

– Regular Exercise: A combination of cardio and strength training can help enhance the medication’s weight loss effects.

– Adequate Hydration: Staying hydrated is key, especially to combat potential side effects like constipation.

– Quality Sleep: Prioritizing sleep supports recovery and helps regulate hunger and stress hormones.

See ya next time!

 

2 Comments

  1. Sue preussner

    Awesome article. I agree with what you said about diet in combination with drugs. As you know, I have been the route with taking Ozempic without changing my diet. It doesn’t work.
    Good job.

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    • Brady Wirick

      Thanks Sue! You inspired this one!

      Reply

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