In 2024, weight loss feels different.
However, while the future of weight loss might look unlike anything we've ever seen — it's beginning to feel a lot like it did in the past. Because like other forms of weight management, there's actually only so far you can go.
Enter: The great weight loss plateau.
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The force behind it? A drug called 'semaglutide'.
To bring you up to speed, many of these 'weight loss drugs' aren't actually intended for weight loss. The main ones we use here in Australia are actually designed for people suffering from diabetes, but are now being used to restrict hunger and lose weight.
In Australia, diabetes medication currently falls under the Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme (PBS) for those with type 2 diabetes who meet specific criteria. While there are studies that suggest this medication can be helpful with weight management and people are using it for weight loss, a GP can only prescribe it under the PBS for diabetes management.