Natural or Synthetic Weight Loss?

Dr. Shawn Talbott (Ph.D., CNS, LDN, FACSM, FACN, FAIS) has gone from triathlon struggler to gut-brain guru! With a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry, he's on a mission to boost everyday human performance through the power of natural solutions and the gut-brain axis.

There has been a massive surge in demand for a class of diabetes and weight loss drugs known as “GLP-1 Agonists” (Ozempic, Wegovy, Mounjaro) – which is a synthetic way to emulate the effects of a hormone called “glucagon-like peptide 1” that can help people feel full.

Most people don’t know that GLP-1 is naturally produced by your gut – and you can increase your own production by taking the right strains of probiotics such as Lactobacillus plantarum DR7 and Bifidobacterium lactis BPL-1.

There is a good article here about the downsides of the drugs (like nausea, bloating, pancreas and thyroid problems, and rapid weight regain when you stop taking the drugs) – and another article here about how the drug industry is making billions in profits by heavily marketing these drugs to people who don’t really qualify for them (they are approved only for diabetics and severely obese individuals, not those looking to lose a few pounds). Even the diet company Weight Watchers is getting into synthetic weight loss drugs by acquiring a company that prescribes the drugs online and over the phone.

I’ve written about these GLP-1 drugs previously here and here – and have educated about better ways to approach weight loss naturally and support metabolism. By naturally harnessing our microbiome and gut-brain-axis, we can not only help ourselves lose fat, but also improve muscle mass, boost energy levels, and enhance all aspects of #MentalWellness – none of which you’re going to get from a synthetic chemical.

About the Author

Exercise physiologist (MS, UMass Amherst) and Nutritional Biochemist (PhD, Rutgers) who studies how lifestyle influences our biochemistry, psychology and behavior - which kind of makes me a "Psycho-Nutritionist"?!?!

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