It’s no secret that semaglutide medications like Ozempic and Wegovy have made a huge cultural splash. Their massive rise in popularity has produced a breathtaking amount of buzz stemming from the way they affect people wanting to lose weight. Still, before you dive in headfirst, maybe we should take a moment to explore what these wonder drugs really offer.
True, these drugs have the magic power to tweak appetite centers, dialing down hunger cues and giving the people taking them a sense of control. Yet, messing with our body’s natural hunger and fullness signals might not exactly be all rainbows and unicorns.
Recently, a client shared with excitement the fact that Ozempic helped her cut down on her cookie consumption from half a box to just five. The downside was, she went on to tell me that those five cookies were what she had for lunch that day! This experience drove home for me the fact that, while such chemical interventions can be useful in managing food intake, they don’t always address the heart of the issue—creating a mindful and holistic approach to making savvy, nourishing choices. In fact, one of the featured effects of these drugs is muting both appetite and nutrition-related intuition. While these meds might help ease food cravings, they won’t (in fact, can’t) perform miracles in transforming our relationship with food. Because the issue is the same, whether you are talking about a restrictive diet, or the “magic” pill of a semaglutide medication. You cannot diet your way to a fulfilling relationship with food. Improving eating strategies is not just about suppressing symptoms; it’s about exploring the emotional and psychological roots that shape our bond with food.