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The Skinny on Weight Loss injections

October 16, 2023

The Skinny on Weight Loss Injections (Semaglutide)

How to properly use “the shot” to reach optimal health

Semaglutide weight-loss injections, (found in popular drugs Wegovy and Ozempic)have soared in popularity in the past year, helping people lose dramatic amounts of weight.  Unfortunately for many, not all that weight is fat. Monitoring what type of weight is being lost is integral for the overall, long-term health of your body.

First, let’s look at what Semaglutide is and how it works. FDA-approved for weight loss, Semaglutide is a weekly compounded injection that helps you shed weight quickly and keep it off. Backed by research, patients lost on average 15% of their total body weight when taking Semaglutide for 6 months or longer, with some seeing better results by adhering to an intentional eating and exercise program.  

How does Semaglutide work?

Semaglutide works by mimicking a hormone called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) that targets areas of the brain that regulate appetite and food intake. GLP-1 stops you from feeling hungry and makes you feel full or satisfied. Similarly, Semaglutide:

·        Reduces stomach emptying so that after eating, you feel full longer

·        Suppresses appetite and food cravings (on average patients eat ~30% less)

·        Reduces blood glucose levels by stimulating insulin secretion and lowers glycogen secretion

Semaglutide reduces feelings of hunger, helping you eat less food. When combined with a healthy, intentional diet and exercise program, Semaglutide will help you lose weight. However, you want to be sure you are losing the right kind of weight.  

Fat loss vs. Muscle mass loss

Many people are seeing the number on the scale drop drastically, but their fat-to-muscle percentage is skyrocketing. They are losing weight but also losing lean mass.  Lean mass is considered everything in the body that isn’t fat (your bones, organs, and muscle). The goal of weight loss should be to lose fat, not lean mass.  

While there are many other clinics offering medicated weight loss injections like Semaglutide, BioJust’s medical weight loss treatment program is more than just a weekly shot. We offer a comprehensive weight loss and exercise program for our patients, so they lose fat while building lean mass to improve metabolism, body composition and strengthen bone density.

BioJust patients begin with a biometric screening to evaluate body composition,  cellular quality, and to capture baseline water, fat, and muscle ratio. We regularly monitor patients throughout the entire weight loss journey to ensure the proper type of weight is being lost.  Our goal isn’t to get you skinny.  It’s to get help you reach your optimal health so you can live happier and healthier!

BioJust patients receive:

·        Comprehensive diagnostic lab analysis, with review from in-house Nurse Practitioner Andrew Dow

·        Biometric screenings with each consult

·        Medical treatment plans rooted in the concept of precision medicine

·        Assistance with intentional eating and exercise programs


Am I a good candidate for Semaglutide?

To be considered a good candidate, you must fit one of the following criteria:

·        Have an initial Body Mass Index of 30 or greater

·        Have an initial Body Mass Index of 27 with at least 1 preexisting co-morbidity (type 2 diabetes, hypertension, or dyslipidemia)


If you need a jumpstart to lose weight, you may be a good candidate for Semaglutide. BioJust can help you maximize your weight loss results in the proper way and help you keep t off for good. Our highly trained medical staff will meet with you during a free consultation to see if Semaglutide is right for you. For more information on BioJust, please call 504.619.8685 or visit