Weight loss drug semaglutide: What is sustainable?

In the realm of weight loss treatments, semaglutide has gained attention for its potential benefits. However, as a hypnotherapist specialising in weight management, it is essential to take a critical look at semaglutide's limitations and explore alternative solutions that address the underlying mental and emotional factors contributing to eating patterns. In this article, we will delve into the drawbacks of semaglutide as a weight loss drug and what really works. 


Semaglutide, as a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist, regulates appetite and reduces food cravings. While semaglutide may provide some physiological benefits, it grossly fails to address the fundamental mental and emotional aspects that play a crucial role in individuals' eating patterns.

The limitations of semaglutide

Superficial approach

Semaglutide primarily focuses on suppressing appetite and increasing feelings of fullness. However, weight loss involves more than just physiological changes. It fails to address the emotional and psychological drivers of overeating, such as stress, boredom or unresolved traumas.

Lack of lasting behavioural change

Sustainable weight loss requires a shift in mindset and the development of healthy habits. Semaglutide, as a drug, does not provide the tools or techniques necessary to promote lasting behavioural change. It may lead to temporary weight loss while the medication is being used, but without addressing the underlying causes of unhealthy eating habits, individuals will struggle to maintain their weight loss in the long run.

Side effects and health risks

Like any medication, semaglutide carries the risk of side effects. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and constipation are common side effects reported by users. Moreover, as a relatively new drug, the long-term safety profile of semaglutide is still being studied. It is essential to consider the potential risks and complications associated with its extended use.

A holistic approach to weight management

As a hypnotherapist of over 18 years who has worked with over 2,000 individuals purely for weight loss, I advocate for a more holistic and lasting approach to weight loss that addresses the mental and emotional aspects of eating patterns. Hypnotherapy provides a powerful tool for individuals to tap into their subconscious minds, identify underlying emotional triggers, and transform negative behaviours into positive ones.

Uncovering root causes

Hypnotherapy helps individuals explore the root causes of their eating patterns, uncovering subconscious beliefs, emotional triggers, and past experiences that contribute to unhealthy habits. By addressing these underlying issues, individuals can make significant breakthroughs and create lasting change.

Hypnotherapy techniques, such as suggestion therapy and visualisation, empower individuals to develop healthy habits and adopt a positive mindset towards food and their bodies. By reprogramming the subconscious mind, individuals can overcome self-sabotaging behaviours and establish new, healthier patterns.

Emotional well-being

Hypnotherapy focuses on enhancing emotional well-being, reducing stress, and building self-esteem. It helps individuals develop healthier coping mechanisms and manage emotional eating triggers effectively.

While semaglutide may provide some physiological benefits for weight loss, it falls short of addressing the key underlying mental and emotional factors that contribute to unhealthy eating patterns. Hypnotherapy, on the other hand, offers a holistic and lasting solution by targeting the root causes of these patterns and facilitating positive behavioural change.

I encourage individuals to embrace the real mental and emotional challenges in their weight loss journey, enabling them to achieve sustainable results and develop a healthier relationship with food and their bodies. Consulting with a qualified hypnotherapist can provide the guidance and support needed to create a personalised and comprehensive weight management strategy that addresses all aspects of an individual's well-being.

Popping a pill will never be the solution. Discover and release the real mental and emotional issues which will set you free. 

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Written by Adam Cumberland, Senior Hypnotherapist
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Adam Cumberland is the founder of Cumberland Hypnotherapy, he has worked closely with the well known and respected hypnotist Paul McKenna. With over 12 years of experience in his practice on Harley Street, London he is trained to the highest level in Advanced Hypnotherapy.

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