Morristown, NJ location is opening soon!

How to Use Semaglutide for Weight Loss – A Helpful Guide

A picture of Dr. Hardik Soni

Dr. Hardik Soni

Book Now

Experience the Ethos Spa Difference: Safe, Personalized and Effective Weight Loss with Semaglutide

At Ethos Spa, we understand that the decision to pursue weight loss is a personal one influenced by many factors. As leaders in aesthetic treatments and enhancements, we aim to empower and support our clients on their individual journeys toward their health and beauty goals.

Semaglutide is an exciting new prescription medication that we are thrilled to be able to offer, along with our suite of customized services, to those seeking safe, sustainable and satisfying weight loss.

What is Semaglutide and How Can It Help Me Lose Weight?

how to use semaglutide for weight loss

Semaglutide is an injectable medication that helps regulate blood sugar, appetite and calorie absorption. It is a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist, which means it activates receptors in your body to reduce appetite and food cravings. This leads to eating smaller portions, taking in fewer calories, and losing weight over time.

Here’s a quick rundown of how semaglutide promotes weight loss:

  • Slows digestion so you feel full longer on less food
  • Reduces appetite by impacting hunger-regulating hormones
  • Results in lower calorie intake and subsequent fat burning
  • Improves control of blood sugar and insulin
  • Allows insulin to work more efficiently for weight management

Clinical studies show that people using semaglutide can experience up to 15% body weight reduction over one year. For many seeking noticeable but gradual improvement, semaglutide can be an excellent addition to an overall healthy lifestyle plan.

How Do I Get Started With Semaglutide?

The first step is to schedule a consultation here at Ethos Spa with one of our highly-trained weight loss specialists. They will perform a comprehensive evaluation to determine if semaglutide is appropriate for your individual needs and health profile.

If deemed suitable, your specialist will usually provide a prescription for FDA-approved Ozempic, the brand-name semaglutide injection. You’ll start with a low dose and gradually increase over 5-7 weeks to reach the level that provides optimal appetite control and weight loss effects.

Rybelsus tablets may also be prescribed– the first pill form of semaglutide. While not yet FDA approved for weight loss, oral semaglutide has proven just as effective as injections in clinical trials. Your specialist will advise which medication and dosing regimen is best for your situation.

What Results Can I Expect with Semaglutide?

how to use semaglutide for weight loss

With consistent use of semaglutide, most people lose around 10-15% of their body weight over one year. Some studies found losses up to 20% or more with higher doses. However, weight loss varies based on the individual and other factors.

Aside from graduate reduction in body weight, here’s what you can expect with semaglutide:

  • Appetite suppression and reduced cravings within 1-2 days of starting
  • Steady progress as you consistently use semaglutide long-term
  • Greater loss when combined with healthy eating, activity, and lifestyle modifications
  • Better results with commitment to the full treatment plan

While semaglutide is not a quick fix, it can deliver meaningful improvements in weight and body composition over time. Our specialists will work closely with you to set realistic goals and to optimize your results.

What Should I Know About Injecting Semaglutide?

If you and your specialist determine the Ozempic injected semaglutide is the right option, you’ll be shown exactly how to self-administer the once-weekly dose. It’s a simple subcutaneous injection in your abdomen, thigh, or upper arm using the supplied pen-like device.

Here are some injection tips to make the process easy and comfortable:

Step OneRotate your injection site each week to allow healing.
Step TwoLeave the pen out of the fridge for 30 minutes before injecting.
Step ThreePinch the skin of the injection area; insert the needle fully and hold for 5 seconds.
Step FourPress the plunger button until you hear a click and then hold for 6 seconds.
Step FiveDispose of the pen properly after use.
Step SixReport any swelling, discomfort, or other reactions to your specialist.

With a brief tutorial, you’ll become a pro at the easy, convenient semaglutide self-injection process. It will simply become part of your regular weight loss routine.

How Long Can I Safely Take Semaglutide?

The great news is semaglutide is approved for long-term chronic weight management, not just short-term use. You can stay on it indefinitely as long as you continue benefiting from and tolerating the medication.

There is no set limit on duration, unlike some weight loss drugs. As long as your specialist determines it remains effective for you, you can persist with semaglutide treatment over months or even years.

This really optimizes semaglutide for sustainable results rather than quick weight loss followed by regaining pounds. We encourage you to take a long view of your weight loss journey and to be patient with yourself.

What If I Experience Side Effects or Plateau?

As with any medication, semaglutide may cause mild side effects like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or indigestion – especially when starting. This typically improves within days or weeks as your body adjusts. Stay hydrated and communicate with your specialist for tips.

You may also hit plateaus where weight loss stalls after an initial drop. This is normal. Meet with your specialist to adjust your dosage, diet, or activity plan to reignite progress. Patience and consistency are vital.

At Ethos Spa, your comfort, safety and satisfaction are our top priorities. We will closely monitor your tolerance, progress milestones, and any concerns. You’ll get continuous support to troubleshoot challenges on your weight loss journey.

Let’s Begin Your Customized Semaglutide Weight Loss Plan!

Dr. Hardik Soni from Ethos Spa

Now that you understand the basics of how semaglutide works and what to expect, you’re ready to take the next step! Schedule a consultation here at Ethos Spa with one of our knowledgeable specialists to determine if a customized semaglutide plan is right for your weight loss goals.

We’ll take into account your full health profile, preferences, and any other treatments you may be interested in exploring. Semaglutide can be combined with our non-invasive body sculpting or skin tightening options for total transformation.

Contact us today to learn more about the possibilities and to get started unlocking your best self through safe, satisfying weight loss with semaglutide.

Dr. Hardik Soni

MD, Founder/Lead Physician

About Dr. Hardik Soni

Dr. Hardik Soni is the founder and Medical Director of Ethos Aesthetics + Wellness. His primary focus is on minimally invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures including botulinum injection (Botox and Dysport), dermal fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse), laser hair removal, chemical peels, and laser skin rejuvenation. Dr. Soni believes in a more conservative approach and his first goal is education. Clients are able to determine the ideal treatments after discussion with Dr. Soni regarding the expected outcomes, cost, as well as risks.

Read More