If you sacrifice your health for a weight loss drug - you're doing it wrong

If You Sacrifice Your Health For a Weight Loss Drug - You're Doing It Wrong

Why Muscle Preservation Matters: Insights and Solutions To Side Effects of Popular Weight Loss Drugs

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If you need to use a weight loss drug, then now more than ever, you need the micropeptides in AminoSculpt! Based on current research, if you sacrifice your health for a weight loss drug, you're doing it wrong and Health Direct can help you do it better.

The headlines are dominated by news of semaglutide (brand names Wegovy, Rybelsus, or Ozempic) and Tirzepatide (Mounjaro) as weight loss injections for those with Type 2 diabetes and weight that has been difficult to control. These drugs have been constantly in the headlines, especially as a pill form may become available, because many people who do not meet the medical criteria have been using them for weight loss, leaving the market depleted of the drugs for those who genuinely need them.

It's created a challenging situation. These are drugs that mimic glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1 Hormone.) GLP-1 regulates your appetite, reduces your desire to eat, and therefore lowers your calorie intake – all by fooling your brain. Using them is not a cavalier decision; there are real health consequences (and dramatic expenses) that shouldn't be taken lightly.

How Did We Get Here?

According to the FDA, approximately 70% of American adults are obese or overweight. That's not news to anyone who has been to the mall lately. But the danger of this high number means more adults are at risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, as well as cancer. The societal impact of this public health problem is staggering.

Adults can dramatically reduce their health risks by losing just 5-10% of their body weight. But for some people, no matter how clean their diet and how much exercise they do, the weight just won't go. These are the people who need that added help of prescription medication.

Are GL-P1 Agonists The Holy Grail?

Make no mistake, these new drugs are no silver bullet! Patients in the clinical studies lost just 6 to 12% of their starting body weight. Ozempic was approved in 2017, and Wegovy was approved in 2020, but we still need to learn about the long-term health risks, and the FDA is still finding adverse effects.

For example, the clinical trials for Wegovy tracked just over 4,000 people for 68 months (in clinical research time, that's relatively short.) So, while we have initial data that looks promising for people who just can't lose weight, we are still determining what the long game looks like.

Most of these drugs have side effects like nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, fatigue, flatulence, and eructation (a fancy word for belching). Still, the side effect that caught our attention was a loss in muscle mass. We found this concerning because your muscle mass is the reservoir of energy that powers your immune system. Immune strength is still vital! We aren't entirely out of the current pandemic yet. We also realized our medical-grade liquid collagen has been helping patients preserve and increase muscle mass in just 2 tablespoons a day for over 40 years.

Maintain Your Muscle Mass

But don't get complacent and grab any old collagen you find; not all collagens are created the same, and this is a situation that is crucial to your health if you need to use this classification of drugs. Our medical-grade, liquid collagen is unlike any other you can buy. Most collagen supplements on your local store's shelves are not hydrolyzed (predigested) enough for your body to absorb them effectively while they travel through your digestive tract; the collagen molecule is too big.

Collagen has to be broken down to be helpful. Health Direct is the only company we know of that sells a uniquely hydrolyzed form of collagen called CollaPure.

This is the same collagen used in hospitals, care facilities, surgery centers, and by well-informed practitioners.

It differs from other liquid and powdered collagens because it is digested and cleaned three times into micropeptides using fruit enzymes. Every other company uses acids. The benefit of fruit enzymes is that they are like a lock and key system and only work with one type of lock. If an enzyme encounters a lock that isn't a match, it doesn't become a key to unlocking a process. It just becomes inert. Acids, on the other hand, will burn down whatever they encounter.

The micropeptides in AminoSculpt are quickly absorbed with little or no digestion. They go to work immediately in the body to help rebuild muscle, connective tissue, brain tissue, hair, skin, and nails. If your body does not have the building blocks of protein from amino acids in enough quantity, it will begin to harvest them from your own muscle.

That's right, your body will rob your muscles to continue having the resources it needs for crucial high-energy functions….like making your heart beat, lungs breathe, and kidneys pump.

It's a delicate balance, and introducing a semaglutide-based drug that turns off the signals for food/hunger requires added attention and diligence as well as the added nutritional resources from AminoSculpt's micropeptides.

Another concern about using medications for weight loss is that, typically, all the weight returns once the patient stops using the drugs. Here's a part of the puzzle we have yet to see being addressed in the weight loss world: decreased muscle mass means a lower metabolism which means the body isn't burning fat for fuel. When the chemical agent triggering the brain's reaction is removed, but the body has less muscle than before, the patient ends up with a double whammy – more weight and LESS muscle than they started with; we think this could be a recipe for disaster if not managed properly.

If you need to use these drugs, you must maintain or increase your muscle mass whether you stay on them for a short time or the rest of your life. You cannot afford to cut corners regarding this crucial aspect of caring for your body.

So, while the cute advertising jingles become earworms and we see injection parties with multi-vial deals similar to what we saw with Botox, we have to also acknowledge that the stakes are higher. Wrinkles won't kill you; obesity can. So, if you are starting with new weight loss drugs, please consider using our collagen micropeptides.

Obesity is a health risk; wrinkles you can live with 'em

If you're concerned about your weight but you don't want or need to use a weight loss drug, please consider some of the solutions we have for you. A program of improved digestion with Sculpt n' Cleanse and our clear liquid Ready Fiber in conjunction with AminoSculpt may be the long-term solution you didn't realize was here for you. You might also consider using our products in conjunction with intermittent fasting. Many people find great weight loss success with this eating/lifestyle program.

Want to Learn More?


  • https://www.goodrx.com/conditions/weight-loss/new-weight-loss-drugs
  • https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-approves-new-drug-treatment-chronic-weight-management-first-2014
  • https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/weight-loss/in-depth/weight-loss-drugs/art-20044832

About the Author

Lisa Moretti is a Certified Health Coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN), the largest nutrition school in the world. She was at the top of her cohort in 2015. She's been involved in the natural health and supplement world professionally since 1981.

 *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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