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Achieve Weight Loss That Lasts: The Power of a Holistic Approach

Maintaining body weight in what is considered the “normal” range is one of the key indicators of a person’s health. And yet, many Americans struggle to keep their weight in this healthy range, and try a lot of fad diets, quick fixes and 

The latest “quick fix” is GLP-1s. These drugs are producing remarkable results—15-20% reductions in total body weight—but they shouldn’t be the entirety of a person’s weight loss strategy.

The most effective and sustainable approach involves a comprehensive, holistic program that combines GLP-1s, exercise, and nutrition. This is what we specialize in at NEXGEN Wellness.

This blog post explores the numerous benefits of adopting a well-rounded weight loss plan, highlighting the importance of maintaining good nutrition, building muscle mass, and cultivating healthy habits for long-term success.

GLP-1s: A Key Component in Weight Loss 

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GLP-1 (Glucagon-Like Peptide-1) receptor agonists are a class of medications that enhance insulin production and delay gastric emptying, leading to decreased appetite and lower food intake. 

These drugs, when prescribed and monitored by a healthcare professional, can be a helpful addition to a weight loss program. Patients are seeing truly life changing results using these medications for weight loss, with many averaging a total body weight loss of between 15-20% during controlled trials. 

However, some are touting GLP-1s as a silver bullet for weight loss. While they are undeniably impactful and should be considered as part of a weight loss program, relying solely on GLP-1s without addressing other factors can limit the effectiveness and sustainability of the results.

Exercise: A Crucial Component for Weight Loss 

Incorporating regular exercise into a weight loss plan offers a plethora of benefits beyond shedding pounds. 

Physical activity boosts metabolism, burns calories, and promotes the preservation of lean muscle mass, which can be reduced during a course of GLP-1s. 

It also increases energy levels and improves mood, making it easier to stick to the weight loss journey.

We are devout believers in the widespread benefits that exercise can give beyond weight loss, and see it as an essential cornerstone of a healthy, well rounded life.  

Developing habits for exercise will ensure that even after you stop taking the prescribed medication, you are in the best position to keep the pounds off.

Nutrition: The Foundation of Healthy Weight Loss 

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While weight loss drugs may suppress appetite, they can’t provide the necessary nutrients that the body needs. 

A balanced and nutritious diet ensures that you receive essential vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients, supporting overall health during the weight loss process. 

A well-thought-out meal plan which includes fresh fruits, vegetables, protein and fiber can optimize metabolism and prevent nutrient deficiencies.

Like exercise, good nutrition is a cornerstone of weight loss treatment. As your body is undergoing a rapid transformation, ensuring that the limited calories you do consume are as high quality as possible will ensure that your weight loss journey will be sustainable, healthy and long lasting.  

Building Muscle Mass: The Secret to Long-Term Success 

Weight loss drugs alone may lead to a loss of both fat and muscle mass, which can slow down the metabolism and result in regaining weight after discontinuing the medication. 

Combining exercise, particularly strength training, with a balanced diet helps build and preserve muscle mass. 

Increased muscle mass elevates the basal metabolic rate, allowing the body to burn more calories at rest. There is also substantial evidence that increased muscle mass improves quality of life and reduces the risk of premature death.

Developing Healthy Habits for Sustainable Results 

Weight loss drugs may offer short-term benefits, but they cannot instill the habits necessary for maintaining weight loss over time. 

That’s what the NEXGEN weight loss program is designed to do. Unlike other programs, we don’t just prescribe GLP-1s and send you on your way. 

That simply won’t get you the results you’re looking for long term. 

Our holistic approach to weight loss combines medication, nutrition and exercise in a way that transforms your habits and changes your life.

Changing your perspectives and your mentality around health and wellness is central to sustainable weight management, and we go the extra mile to ensure that your weight loss journey is successful in the near term and long term.

Conclusion: A Well-Rounded Approach to Weight Loss

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While weight loss drugs like GLP-1s can be beneficial when used under medical supervision, a comprehensive approach to weight loss that includes exercise, nutrition, and healthy habits is key to achieving long-lasting results. 

Building muscle mass through strength training and embracing a balanced diet empowers individuals to maintain their weight loss over time. 

While GLP-1s can be a useful tool in a comprehensive weight loss program when prescribed and monitored by healthcare professionals, relying solely on these medications for weight loss has significant drawbacks, such as nutritional deficiency or muscle mass degradation.

By utilizing this powerful medication and adopting healthy lifestyle changes, individuals can experience the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of sustainable weight loss, paving the way for a happier and healthier life.