Often branded ‘The Skinny Jab’, Saxenda is a weight loss injection that’s become increasingly popular over the last few years by those wishing to shed excess weight. It contains the active ingredient Liraglutide which is a peptide (short chain of amino acids) which works by mimicking hormone productions in the brain to trick the body into feeling fuller for longer.
Although the drug is licensed for use in the UK, it’s not currently available on the NHS and has been found to have an array of harmful side effects. The good news is, our lead pharmacist Mina Khan is on hand to give her recommendations for the best alternatives to Saxenda that are safe, more affordable, natural and effective in helping you lose weight.
An excellent alternative to Saxenda for weight loss is the natural supplement Chromium. It works in a similar way to Saxenda, as it helps to reduce hunger cravings by improving our body’s response to insulin, helping to control blood sugar after eating.
Formulate Health’s Amlow supplements are therefore a great substitute for Saxenda. They contain Chromium, Amla (a fruit which helps to reduce glucose levels) and Pterostilbene (an Indian Kino tree extract which helps the body maintain healthy levels of cholesterol). The ingredients in Amlow supplements are also 100% natural and have been clinically proven to be both safe and effective.
We’ve all been there, sitting in front of the TV and wolfing down a meal and before you know it it’s all gone! Well, one approach to weight loss encourages you to eat in a more mindful way, putting more emphasis on how we eat rather than what we eat.
One example of this is the raisin exercise, where you eat one raisin as slowly as possible in an attempt to appreciate the taste and texture more, tricking your mind into feeling fuller after eating less. This technique can then be applied to all meals and snacks, which in turn can aid digestion. CBT, mindfulness and breathing techniques have been found to be effective in helping overweight or obese individuals to stick to their weight loss journeys, making this a great altnertive to Saxenda for weight loss.
Did you know that some nutrient deficiencies can actually cause weight gain? Vitamin D deficiencies for instance have been found to decrease bone density, increase levels of fatigue and cause mental health issues such as depression and stress; all of which often result in weight gain. One study even found that the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency is 35% higher in obese individuals than those of a healthy weight.
Making sure your body is getting enough of the nutrients it needs can make a huge difference to your metabolism, energy levels and more. So why not take a look at your current vitamin and mineral intake and see if this could be your suitable alternative to Saxenda for weight loss?
If you’re unsure of which weight loss method to choose or are struggling to lose weight with your current lifestyle, have a chat with your GP. They’ll be able to advise you on the best, most effective and safest Saxenda alternatives for weight loss, making sure that whichever option you choose will be right for you.
We hope this article has been useful and wish you the very best of luck with your health goals, whichever route you decide to go down.