I am not a physician. I’ve little interest in whether or not or not you purchase into the brand new weight reduction drug Ozempic.
What I’m is a 34-year-old man who tried it for 74 days and needs to present you an vital warning should you’re like me and prioritize power and muscle over fat-loss.
Health has been part of my identification since I began understanding with my highschool soccer crew at 13. Since then, I’ve lifted recurrently 4x-5x per week and I’ve at all times labored to construct muscle and power.
Usually, I’m one of many fitter folks in each room. I’m not “holy-shit-look-at-this-specimen-of-a-man!” match, however I’m positively “it’s-nice-to-see-he-has-been-taking-care-of-himself,” match.
I’m the man my mates go to for health recommendation.
So yeah, that’s the place my Ozempic journey will begin.
My Ozempic Earlier than and After (74 Days)
Alright, now for the stuff you in all probability need to hear.
Being an analytical individual and realizing that Ozempic was a drug many individuals can be concerned about, I made a decision to doc my expertise and outcomes.
Clearly, my objective was to have a pleasant thumbnail for this weblog publish of a dad bod model of myself juxtaposed with certainly one of me being completely shredded after taking Ozempic.
My outcomes are way more advanced than that.
In 74 days, I misplaced a TON of weight. Greater than I anticipated.
This is a earlier than and after from the entrance. Oh, and I promise, I’m not depressed 🤣 Simply did not bear in mind to smile. Forgot I might be sharing these.
The one modifying I did was eradicating the background (clearly) and including the textual content overlays. You will simply need to take me phrase on that 😃
Happily for each of us, I did not simply take some photos. I additionally took a DEXA scan (one of the vital dependable physique mass scans you may get) at THE Ohio State College on my first and final days of taking the drug.
The outcomes have been startling. They made me instantly resolve to not take the drug anymore. However do not cease studying simply but! It is perhaps for you…I do not suppose it is not for everybody.
Under you will discover the Dexa outcomes. Be happy to learn over as a lot as you would like, however I will summarize the important thing information as properly.
Ozempic Earlier than and After Statistics (74 Days)
An image is price 1,000 phrases, until you are somebody who cares concerning the fact! On this planet of well being and health, photos hardly ever give the large image of what is going on on. So, listed below are some key earlier than and after metrics price noting.
*Visceral adipose tissue is the most effective kind of fats to lose. It’s the fats that we retailer in our abdomens that covers our organs and causes all types of dangerous well being penalties. It is “hidden fats” however I’m tremendous excited that I misplaced a lot of it.
The primary two (weight and fats loss) are superior!
Nevertheless, all pleasure as misplaced after I noticed the lean mass drop. I misplaced 15.4 lbs of muscle in 74 days!
Why I Misplaced So A lot Muscle on Ozempic
I have been telling myself just a few issues to assist reduce the blow of shedding such an enormous chunk of my muscle mass.
#1 Creatine and Water Loss
Most of our muscle is manufactured from water. Additionally, I finished taking any type of creatine throughout the 74 days of Ozempic. I used to be getting somewhat bit (about 2MG per day of Creatine Monohydrate) by means of a pre-workout drink. I’ve instantly began one other loading section of creatine and am hoping to achieve again extra of that weight. I do not care if it is water or “bloat weight” since that is most of what muscle is anyway.
I want that I had continued taking the creatine throughout my Ozempic cycle. I might have probably loss fairly a bit much less (I can reduce 5 lbs fairly simply simply by not taking creatine for a month) however I might need preserved some muscle alongside the best way.
#2 Much less Resistance Coaching
You already know if you’re engaged on one thing particular and you place different issues on the again burner? I did that with my typical exercises. Though I did nonetheless exercise fairly a bit, I wasn’t hitting heavy weights like regular.
I simply did not have the identical ranges of power when taking Ozempic as I often do. I will cowl that in additional element within the negative effects portion of this text.
#3 Much less Protein
It is simply onerous to switch all of the protein I might usually eat. Even earlier than Ozempic, I took protein shakes day by day, so including extra of these wasn’t doing as a lot because it might sound to forestall muscle loss.
My Facet Results of Ozempic
Like most of you, I learn the horror tales concerning the drug.
For higher or for worse, although, I’m a believer in fashionable medication. I perceive medication can have horrible negative effects and that there’s corruption within the pharmaceutical business.
Nonetheless although, I’m pleased with the danger of them after I really feel the reward is there.
I’ve bipolar dysfunction, and prescription drugs saved my life. Maybe that has made me much less cynical and untrusting of the business.
Happily, though I had negative effects, they have been minimal.
These are those I seen which are price mentioning.
- Diminished power. Not on a regular basis, however typically I felt the necessity to simply sit and chill reasonably than discover one thing to do.
- Lower in need to train. A number of this was because of the truth I wasn’t consuming sufficient carbs. However I’ll cowl far more on this aspect impact shortly…
- Lower in need to create. I’m an entrepreneur and content material advertising and marketing is my bread and butter. Usually, I spend a number of hours a day doing a little type of artistic work. I discovered this harder whereas taking Ozempic. I reduce out of labor early just a few instances to go residence and discover one thing extra partaking, like taking part in baseball with my son or mowing the garden. It was nonetheless a really profitable summer time for my enterprise, however this way of thinking wouldn’t have reduce it after I was first beginning out. I didn’t have that “get up and grind” mentality I often do.
- Some intervals of nausea and dizziness. This wasn’t crippling or far out of the norm for me. I get dizzy and nauseas periodically, and Ozempic appeared to mildly exacerbate this. Maybe as soon as every week I’d really feel somewhat like this for an hour or so. Nothing critical sufficient to wave a white flag on the method.
- Bruising on the injection web site. I’m 99% sure this was a person error. I misplaced the advantage of trying good with my shirt off on the seashore although because the bruises have been giant sufficient that I’d have to clarify why I had them to a number of folks.
- Hair loss (perhaps). I feel different guys my age can relate to the truth that we at all times suppose we’re shedding our hair. I knew that hair loss was a possible aspect impact so I inspected habitually and felt like I did discover thinning throughout the board. My spouse stated that I used to be simply being paranoid, however I feel the reality was someplace within the center. Hair loss is a aspect impact of any weight-reduction plan that restricts energy, so I am not extraordinarily involved with this. I feel the loss was minimal and can come again as soon as I get my energy again up.
That was it. No bloody stool. No projectile diarehia. No evening terrors. No deep melancholy. No need to eat drywall.
I didn’t love these negative effects, however once more, none of them have been extreme sufficient to throw within the towel on the drug. I knew I’d get off it after I misplaced my desired quantity of weight, so I actually wasn’t stressing about these.
How Ozempic Affected My Urge for food
Ozempic helped me drop some weight as a result of it decreased my urge for food considerably.
Considerably is perhaps an understatement. I compelled myself to eat and wanted to drink protein shakes simply to get sufficient energy.
I’ve spoken with a number of individuals who have taken it and everybody who stated that they didn’t drop some weight additionally stated that they didn’t have much less of an urge for food.
Though it really works immediately on fats cells, my weight reduction was principally due to the calorie discount.
One factor that isn’t talked about is that having no urge for food is type of a bummer after some time.
Sure, that feeling of over-indulging on scrumptious meals isn’t nice, however its polar reverse isn’t superb both. I felt a little bit of a void. Though I may nonetheless exit and luxuriate in good meals, it felt completely different. I didn’t lose all of the enjoyment of meals, however it felt very a lot transactional reasonably than pleasurable.
Why I Do NOT Advocate Ozempic to Individuals in My Place
I shared a bit about who I’m and what kind of physique I need to keep.
Robust and muscular.
The reality is, no matter what the health magazines need you to imagine, you can not drop some weight with out shedding some muscle. All we are able to do is figure to attenuate it.
I did a TERRIBLE job of minimizing muscle loss.
Should you match this avatar as properly, keep away from Ozempic until you’re prepared to be extremely conscious about pressure feeding your self energy.
Though I misplaced numerous weight, I completely devastated my muscle mass.
I at all times wish to reply as many questions as doable concerning the matters I cowl, however I haven’t got the time to essentially weave all of them coherently into this text. So, listed below are just a few solutions to questions I feel you would possibly need to know.
Do you remorse taking Ozempic?
Sure and no. I am pumped that I misplaced a lot stomach fats however disillusioned in how a lot muscle mass I misplaced. I will see the place I am at in a month or two after I’ve re-introduced creatine and heavy lifting once more. In a worst case state of affairs, I bought a primary hand expertise with a drug that I feel goes to play an enormous half in society over the approaching a long time. I nonetheless imagine Ozempic is an effective factor for many individuals, particularly those that are clinically overweight, I simply will not be recommending it to anybody who’s already in fine condition and simply needs somewhat extra.
Did you’re taking any dietary supplements whereas on Ozempic?
Sure. I took a B-12 injection known as Bio-Increase and I continued taking my typical Omega-3s and unrelated prescriptions medicines for my bipolar dysfunction.
How a lot did you really eat whereas on Ozempic?
I did not observe my meals (I want I did) however I might say I ate near half of what I usually did. I typical day for me earlier than was between 2,600 to three,000 energy (with the occasional outlier of like 4,000+ on days that I went out or had just a few too many beers).
I needed to have just a few hundred energy each morning to take my prescriptions that required meals and that was fairly onerous as a result of I had no urge for food upon waking up. I might drink a protein shake and eat some kind of fruit (principally cherries) to get these energy in. If I did not have to eat, I in all probability would not be hungry till near 1 PM. There have been just a few days I may have gone your entire day with out consuming if I let myself.
How a lot power have you ever misplaced taking Ozempic?
This half is brutal. I’ve at all times lifted progressively, which suggests I add weight after I can full extra reps than I did beforehand for every train. Immediately I did chest and located that my bench press had been completely decimated.
My bench press was as much as 300 lbs (increased than I’ve had it since I used to be 21) and I used to be benching 225 lbs for 12 high quality reps. Immediately, I used to be struggling to get 225 for 3 reps. I feel a great deal of it’s psychological (I really feel the muscle loss in my arms, shoulders and chest) however time will inform how lengthy it takes me to get again to the place I used to be.
I have never measured the opposite core lifts like squat or deadlift. I am afraid to actually…
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