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    How Ozempic Can Lead To Muscle-Wasting And A Slower Metabolism

    July 6, 2024
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    "[I've] taken at least eight family friends' parents off of this drug. The truth of the matter is, Ozempic has some pretty significant side effects. Do your homework on it. The results are not lasting, in very large part."

    — Jillian Michaels, fitness expert & media personality
    Michaels isn't the only one sounding the alarm on Ozempic, a medication once used primarily for managing Type 2 diabetes, that is now popular as a weight-loss supplement. However, concerns about potential side effects, including muscle wasting, have emerged. 
    Muscle-wasting, or sarcopenia, is characterized by loss of muscle mass and strength, which can significantly impact metabolism and long-term weight management.
    What Does Ozempic Do?
    Ozempic works by mimicking the GLP-1 hormone, which increases insulin secretion and decreases appetite, leading to reduced food intake and weight loss. However, rapid weight loss achieved with Ozempic can result in the loss of both fat and muscle mass. Since muscle tissue is more metabolically active than fat tissue, losing muscle can lead to a slower metabolism.
    This reduction in metabolic rate means that the body burns fewer calories at rest, making it harder to maintain weight loss over time.
    This was illustrated by the "Biggest Loser." Though contestants experienced significant weight loss on the show, thanks to a rigid diet and heavy workload, many struggled to maintain their weight loss afterward.
    Studies found that a considerable part of their weight loss came from muscle depletion, leading to a decreased metabolic rate. As their metabolisms slowed, it became increasingly difficult to keep the weight off, despite maintaining a lower calorie intake.

    A Better Way
    Natural remedies, particularly those focusing on blood sugar balance, can offer a healthier and more sustainable approach to weight management. Products like Blood Sugar Balance combine ingredients that support glycemic control and weight loss.

    Berberine, turmeric root, bitter melon extract, alpha-lipoic acid, cinnamon extract, and chromium picolinate may help regulate blood sugar levels and support a healthy metabolism.
    Maintaining stable blood sugar levels can prevent the spikes and crashes that lead to cravings and overeating, ultimately supporting long-term weight management.

    Combining Blood Sugar Balance with lifestyle changes, including a balanced diet and regular exercise, can be beneficial. This approach not only helps in maintaining muscle mass but also supports overall health and well-being.

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