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Men struggle with weight loss almost as much as women. If this includes you, or a man in your life—you may be wondering if Semaglutide is an option?
Yes, Semaglutide is an option for men!
Let’s dive in and take a look at why men lose weight differently and how men are using injections as part of their weight loss journey.

Do Men Struggle With Obesity Too?

Yes, men struggle with obesity nearly as much as women. In addition to the number on the scale, obesity increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers.
Studies find that:

  • Nearly 1 in 3 adults (30.7%) are overweight.
  • More than 2 in 5 adults (42.4%) have obesity.
  • About 1 in 11 adults (9.2%) have severe obesity.

Is It Easier for Men to Lose Weight?

Whether it’s easier for men to lose weight depends on the individual. Making the mindset shifts, lifestyle changes, and nutritional decisions required to lose weight is difficult for almost everyone. There are also hereditary factors and individual health challenges that make losing weight difficult.

Genetically speaking, men tend to lose weight much faster than women. This is due to the biological fact that men have more muscle mass than women. You may have heard it said that women have more fat or “water weight” than men. This refers to men’s bodies having more lean muscle, and women’s bodies having more fat. Fat stores more water, and muscle burns more fat. The average woman has about 50% water weight, while the average man has around 60% water weight. 

Katherine Tallmadge, registered dietitian and author, estimates that even while resting, every additional pound of muscle burns 35 to 50 calories more. In terms of pounds, this means a man can lose as much as 2 times the weight a woman loses per week. This is all relative though, as even men with weight to lose will plateau.

What both men and women have in common, is that muscle mass declines as we age. So, it’s more challenging for everyone to lose weight past their 40s.

In addition to lean muscle mass, there are other factors theat may make losing weight more difficult for men. This is one of many reasons Semaglutide for men is increasingly popular.

Are Men’s Lifestyles Generally Healthier?

Healthline highlights how men are socialized differently in a variety of ways that can make losing weight easier.

Deprivation diets and health fads typically target women. This has some advantages and disadvantages.

  • Some men are less knowledgeable about the health risks associated with processed foods and diets high in fatty meats.
  • Men’s magazines often focus on high-protein diets and nutritional supplements that support building muscle mass.
  • Some men focus more on strength training than nutritional changes, which can still deliver rapid results.

Regardless of gender, we all benefit from taking a well-rounded approach to optimizing our health.

Understanding Semaglutide

This game-changing weekly injection continues to trend on social media. It’s part of pop culture and is referenced in comedy shows, sitcoms, and award shows. We mostly hear of celebrity women who take it, but men take it too—including Elon Musk.

Initially referred to as “the weight loss secret of the stars”, it’s increasingly available to all. But let’s talk about how and why it works.

We detail different injections in the next section, but Semaglutide mimics the naturally occurring gut hormone GLP-1. One of the many benefits of this hormone is that it regulates insulin and blood sugar levels. This is also why this injection began as a diabetes medication. 

GLP-1 also:

  • Tells your brain you are fuller sooner.
  • Makes you feel fuller longer.
  • Minimizes snacking between meals.
  • May minimize alcohol cravings.
  • Reduces internal inflammation.
  • Minimizes the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Now, let’s talk about the benefits of Semaglutide for men—and women!

What Is the Difference Between Different Weight Loss Injections?

The new generation of wellness injections offers more mainstream solutions than their predecessor—diet pills. Unlike many diet pills, they aren’t stimulants that leave you feeling jittery. 

MIC injections—also known as lipotropic injections, these are a combination of B12, methionine, inositol, and choline that minimize the deposit of and removal of fat in the liver.

Glutathione—this is a combination of the amino acids cysteine, glutamic acid, and glycine that help your body build muscle, regulate blood sugar, burn stored fat, and recover after your workouts.

How Often Do You Have to Take Weight Loss Injections?

The injections above are weekly injections. If you want results, you will need to commit. If you can’t commit—it’s probably best to explore other wellness options. This is especially true for Semaglutide for men, women, and qualifying children over the age of 12 years old.

While glutathione and MIC injections contain the same dose of active ingredients per injection, the Semaglutide injections are prescribed incrementally. Semaglutide is prescribed .25 mg for the first week, gradually working their way up to 2.0 or 2.4 mg per week.\

Maximum weight loss is achieved at 2.0 mg, but weekly injections are required. Also, it’s not a rapid or short-term solution.

Can I Afford to Take Semaglutide?

The biggest challenge with some weight loss injections is that they can cost up to $1,400 per month—and they are rarely covered by insurance for obesity. While health is worth an investment, this doesn’t fit comfortably in most budgets.

Thankfully, Valley Medical Weight Loss and Med Spa currently offers Semaglutide injections for $50 per week or $450 for prepaid packages of 10 injections!

Will I Gain the Weight Back if I Stop Taking Semaglutide?

The answer is a plain and simple yes.

Unless you have made major lifestyle changes or continue with other medical weight loss treatments, you will likely regain the weight you lost when you stop your weekly injections.

What Are Semaglutide’s Side Effects?

Semaglutide is a non-habit forming, non-stimulant that appears to be safe and effective for a wide range of patients with obesity, regardless of their age, BMI, or race/ethnicity.

In clinical trials, 95% of patients had little to no symptoms. However, 50% had mild nausea, vomiting, or constipation that faded as their body adjusted to the dosage. Side effects are minimized by gradually increasing the dosage. Talk to your physician if you experience extreme or mild side effects.

Additional side effects include:

  • Excessive feelings of fullness that go beyond the desired results.
  • Feeling dizzy or light-headed.
  • Persistent lethargic feeling.
  • Gastrointestinal discomfort.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Nausea.

Looking For Semaglutide for Men in the Phoenix Area?

If you live in the Phoenix area and you or anyone in your family would like to learn more about medical weight loss injections—we have you covered.

We have 3 convenient locations and once your personalized wellness plan is created, you can walk in for your weekly injections!

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