Weight Loss Injections and Influencers – Can You Trust What You See on the ‘gram?
So many different types of products, events and companies are promoted online by influencers – including weight loss injections. However, with events such as the Fyre Festival scandal, it’s easy to be sceptical of what you see online – and rightly so.
Recently, some influencers were caught out, agreeing to advertise a drink that contained cyanide to their followers without researching it, and before the product was even ready. The drink in question – Cyanora, was made up in a successful attempt to catch these influencers out, but it was also revealed that Lauren Goodger admitted to never trying ‘Skinny Coffee Club’ – a weight loss drink that she’d promoted and credited for her weight loss.
The Skinnyjab promotions:
Advertising a weight loss drink that contains natural ingredients is one thing, but some celebrities and influencers are also promoting Skinnyjab – a company that uses weight loss injections to help people lose weight. Amongst these celebrities is Kerry Katona, who posted that she could enjoy indulgent foods at Christmas without “post-festive guilt” thanks to the jabs, which implies to followers that you can eat whatever you like and still lose weight as long as you have the injections – but this simply isn’t the case. However, Katona did state in an earlier post about the company that it’s taken alongside a balanced, healthy diet.
Kerry Katona has also been known to promote Skinny Revolution and Herbalife in the past, accrediting both to her weight loss, and has also admitted to having an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) – making it difficult for followers to know the real reason behind her weight loss.
It’s one thing to promote weight loss coffee which contains natural ingredients, but the weight loss injections used by Skinnyjab are a prescription-only medicine – something that isn’t mentioned on any Instagram posts promoting the company.
The danger of advertising weight loss injections on social media is the fact that many of the posts make it look like a miracle treatment that anybody who isn’t happy with their body can use – but this is the wrong message due to the nature of the injections and what they’re indicated for.
Weight loss injections
The only injections that are licenced for weight loss in the UK are called Saxenda, and they contain liraglutide as the active ingredient. They do work for weight loss, but their purpose is to help obese people to achieve a healthy weight when diet and exercise haven’t worked, and they aren’t a first-line treatment for weight loss, as drug intervention comes after trialling lifestyle changes, according to the NICE guidelines for treating obesity.
Saxenda is only licenced to be used in adults that have a BMI of at least 30, or 27 if the patient has a co-existing weight-related condition such as diabetes, heart disease, or similar problems. It’s important to know that these injections should only be prescribed if a patient meets these criteria, and they should always be used alongside a healthy diet and exercise regime. It’s irresponsible of influencers to promote the weight loss injections whilst talking about being indulgent, as it makes them look like an easy option, when the reality is that there’s no “easy” way to lose weight.
Gemma Collins’ weight loss has also been posted on Instagram, with the TOWIE star similarly crediting Skinnyjab for the achievement, but in an interview, she told journalists that one time she was taking them, she “didn’t eat for 4 days”, and that “You just don’t think about food or being hungry”. This is a dangerous way of promoting the injections, as it can encourage unhealthy habits and make followers think that the Saxenda injections are there to stop you from eating, which isn’t the case at all.
Saxenda does suppress the appetite, but it’s incredibly important to still eat whilst taking the injections, as your body still needs all of the goodness and nutrients from a balanced diet, but the medication allows you to become more satisfied after a smaller portion, meaning that fewer calories are consumed and that you don’t feel as hungry between meals.
Saxenda shouldn’t be seen as a quick fix. It’s a prescription medicine that’s there to help those that need to reach a healthy eight through a mixture of a healthy diet, exercise and drug therapy.
Weight loss help
Saxenda, Orlistat and Mysimba all work in different ways for weight loss help, but they all have the same goal of assisting people with a BMI of over 30 to achieve a healthy weight where diet and exercise alone haven’t done enough.
Prescription medicines for weight loss help can help you to lose more weight than dieting alone, with a majority of patients taking Saxenda during a trial losing at least 5% of their starting weight within 12 weeks. For most weight loss medicines, this is a minimum requirement, and if a patient hasn’t achieved this goal within 3 months of starting a treatment, GPs usually recommend for it to be stopped.
To put this into perspective, an adult weighing 16st at the start of treatment would be expected to lose around 1lb a week with treatment. Whilst this seems like a slow loss, this is 5% of the starting weight, and many people that took Saxenda in trials saw a greater loss of 10% of their initial weight – all due to following feeling more satisfied after smaller, healthy meals than without the weight loss injections.
Orlistat can help with weight loss by stopping around 1/3 of dietary fat from being absorbed by the body, and can help you lose up to 50% more weight than dieting and exercise alone. However, it’s still a prescription medication and should only be used by those who qualify, such as having a BMI of over 30, and have previously had little success with lifestyle changes on their own.
We can’t stress how important it is to follow a healthy lifestyle whilst using these medicines. After all, weight loss is about lifestyle changes that can sustain and maintain a healthy weight, but if you find it difficult to know which foods to eat and how to plan your meals and snacks, you can always access help with this for free on the NHS. If you struggle with maintaining a healthy diet, your GP may be able to refer you to a dietitian to take a look at what foods you should be eating, and they might even be able to help you make healthier swaps or choices. One fantastic resource is the NHS Change 4 Life website which is full of ideas for meals, snacks, and physical activity.
Buy Saxenda online:
Doctor4U is able to prescribe Saxenda to those that need it following an online consultation. We provide all of the information about the medicine on our website, and are always improving on the informative materials that we share. We make all of this information available so that you can make an informed decision about your health, because weight loss injections aren’t a beauty product or salon treatment – they’re prescription medicines that are only licenced to treat obesity.
Doctor4U is safe, legal, and regulated by the MHRA – the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency – which is proven by the official logo that’s displayed on the footer of our website. This is legally required by all companies that sell medicines to the public via a website, and something you should always look for when buying medicine online.
This means that you can trust that any medication you order from Doctor4U comes from a legitimate source and is as tightly regulated as anything you’d receive in your local pharmacy. All orders are subject to approval from one of our GMC-registered doctors, and are dispensed from a UK-based pharmacy.
Saxenda prices at Doctor4U start from £75 for one pen, which if you’re starting from scratch should last for 17 days. This allows you to gradually increase the dosage from 0.6mg to 1.2mg, and spend 3 days at 1.8mg before needing a new pen. If you’re taking the maximum dosage of 3mg per day, each pen will last 6 days before needing to be replaced.
Weight loss injections and weight loss pills do work – but they aren’t a quick fix, and they aren’t available for just anybody to use.
Influencers that are promoting the use of weight loss injections aren’t telling their followers that these jabs are prescription medicines, and they’re often seen as a miracle cure or beauty product, which isn’t the case.
All weight loss medicines should be taken in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise and aren’t just there to be used after periods of being indulgent. Weight loss is about making lifestyle changes for good, and the prescription treatments that are available can help you to achieve this over time.
If you aren’t sure if Saxenda is right for you, please make an appointment with your own GP to discuss whether or not it’s suitable, and what else you might be able to do to achieve a healthier you.