Like many other people I know, I have gained weight during lockdown. The lack of regular routine, working from home, approximation to the kitchen, and maybe lack of general motivation have left me with a bulging waistline and a desire to get back to a healthier way of life.
Much like most people who have battled with the bulge over the years, I have tried every diet, weight loss shake, soup, low carb plan and supplement you can imagine, so when I came across the ‘Skinny jab” I was both suspicious and skeptical, however, ever the optimist (where weight loss is concerned) I was absolutely up for giving it a go.
My suspicions were rooted in the nature of this product, a daily self injection, it sounds way too good to be true to anyone who’s struggled with weight loss: take an injection and watch as the pounds melt away…..
Commonly marketed online as ‘skinny jab’ the product’s legitimate name is Saxenda and it is different to any other weight loss drugs that are on the market. The active ingredient in Saxenda is the glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist (GLP-1 receptor agonist), Liraglutide. The Liraglutide in Saxenda mimics a naturally occurring hormone called GLP-1, which is released by our intestines after a meal to let the brain know that the body is full. By replicating this process, Saxenda tells the brain not to eat anymore. This allows the person taking Saxenda to feel more satisfied after eating less food, therefore helping to reduce their overall body weight as they begin to consume less calories than they usually would.
I started using Saxenda a good 8 weeks ago on the recommended initial dose of 0.6mg daily. I did this for a fortnight and moved up to a slightly higher dose. I had no side affects whatsoever (that’s not to say somebody else wouldn’t experience any – common side effects include nausea, diarrhoea and constipation) and as the days passed I began to notice a complete lack of appetite and any cravings for sugary foods subsided. I also found it really simple and painless to administer – I know the thought of injections isn’t pleasant but honestly, done correctly you’ll hardly feel a thing.
I ended up losing about a stone in weight over a two month period which I am over the moon with – this obviously is my experience and not a guarantee of success for everyone, but it gave me the kickstart I needed to motivate myself towards a healthier lifestyle in general. My appetite is now much smaller which has really helped me drop the pounds as I think portion control was one of my main problems – Saxenda is perfect for this as it gradually suppresses the appetite enabling you to reduce your calorie intake without even feeling it.
I used an online clinic to order my pens – (the more you order, the cheaper they become) doctor-4-you.co.uk. The process is simple, all you need to do is fill in a medical questionnaire by clicking the ‘start consultation’ button. Once you have completed the form, the information you provide will then be reviewed by a doctor who will be able to decide whether or not Saxenda is suitable for you.
If you are deemed suitable for the medication, the prescription will be issued to you and you will be able to start using Saxenda. It’s important to note that the first injection (dose administration) of Saxenda should be made by a qualified medical professional, such as your own nurse or doctor.
I had a really good experience with doctor-4-you.co.uk and I would highly recommend them for a discreet, thorough and professional service with the added benefit of moving much closer to my weight loss goals. The clinic also offers alternative weight loss therapies which might be more suited to you – visit the website to go through some options.