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The Skinny on Weight Loss Injections and Food Noise

It seems that every other post in local groups on social media is about the efficacy of weight loss injections. Where can we get them? Who can prescribe them? What do they cost? Do they have any side effects? While everyone is looking for this seemingly ‘magic pill’ to weight loss, we’re here to tell you that it lives up to the hype…and then some.

A recent article in The New York Times shed light on a fascinating topic: the potential connection between the drug Ozempic and food noise. This unexpected correlation has sparked intriguing discussions among researchers and individuals looking for innovative ways to improve their eating habits and overall well-being. Let’s explore the article’s findings and discuss the benefits of silence during mealtime.

What is Food Noise?

Food noises are the sounds generated while eating and also the thoughts surrounding what you will be eating. This includes chewing, swallowing, and the movement of food within your mouth and as it moves through your digestive system. While some may pay no mind to these sounds, others cannot stand them. Just think of the crunching sound of crispy bread, the slurping sound of refreshing cocktails, the clinking of utensils, and the gurgling sounds of digestion. For some, these noises are disturbing, but they’re more than sounds…they’re sensations that impact our eating habits. These noises can also be thoughts, like, when and what you’ll eat for your next snack, what you’re going to order for dinner, or a craving for a certain sauce on your wings. But, with semaglutide-family of weight loss medicines like Ozempic or Mounjaro, these noises and thoughts become quieter and quieter…..and then non-existent for some.

Understanding the Semaglutide – Food Noise Connection:

These injections help regulate blood sugar levels by stimulating insulin secretion and reducing appetite. While its primary purpose is to manage diabetes and weight, researchers have discovered a potential tertiary effect: reducing food noise sensitivity and essentially, awareness. It’s quite an interesting correlation between the physical aspect of eating and the mental aspect of planning and enjoying a meal.

By reducing food noise sensitivity, individuals can focus more on the act of eating itself and also spend less time daydreaming about not-so-healthy snacks. Mindful eating involves paying close attention to the sensory experience of each bite, savoring the flavors, and appreciating the nourishment we receive from our meals. With the lack of incessant planning in between meals, this may allow individuals to make healthier decisions in terms of food. In addition, embracing silence allows us to be fully present, promoting a deeper connection with the food we consume. This can allow individuals to pay closer attention to their hunger cues and have a more thorough understanding of fullness and nourishment.

Digestion begins in our mind. When we are eating in a calm, relaxed environment, our bodies can “rest and digest.” This allows our body to perform at an optimal level, leading to better absorption of nutrients and improve overall digestion. The minimization of food noise helps make this much more attainable.

It’s important to really understand your goals and relationship with food before beginning a weight loss program, such as injections or cosmetic procedures. At Advanced Anti-Aging, we offer semaglutide injections and hormone replacement therapy programs to help manage and reduce weight for eligible individuals. If you think you may be a good candidate for a weight loss injectable, please contact our office today to get started.