- Tina Bellouk, 52, said she’s lost 70 pounds, and has kept it off with the help of medication.
- Weight-loss drugs such as semaglutide and liraglutide can reduce appetite and cravings.
- Medicines are described by a doctor as helpful tools with other weight loss strategies but they are not a quick fix.
A California woman said the combination of a healthy diet, exercise and weight-loss medication helped her lose and maintain 70 pounds by controlling food cravings and appetite.
Tina Bailock, 52, told Insider that she didn’t diet or struggle with weight until around 2015. After a desk job and injuries kept her from being active, she said, she noticed years of gradual weight gain added up and found herself feeling mental and physical stress from poor diet and sedentary habits.
“I was lethargic, tired, and had no energy,” she said. “I was eating bad food and had cravings for things that I knew wouldn’t make me happy, so it was a self-cycle.”
Baylocq starts working with obesity management platform Inara Health in a weight loss program from diet, exercise, and medications, including liraglutide and semaglutide.
semaglutide was known under the brand names Wegovy and Ozempic It was approved for weight loss in 2021 and became so popular that it was declared underweight by the manufacturer.
Baylog said the combination of strategies helped her lose weight and improve her health and self-confidence.
“Mentally, I feel better than I have ever felt in my entire life,” she said.
Medicines helped reduce cravings and control portion
Before starting a diet program with Enara, Baylocq said she had no idea how to start eating for healthy weight loss.
“I never really counted calories and didn’t really understand them,” she said.
Through Enara, I learned more about healthy eating and was prescribed phentermine and topiramate, two medications that can aid weight loss by decreasing appetite.
In 2018, I started using Saxenda, which is a brand name for a liraglutide company. Last year, I switched to Wegovy.
Both drugs were originally developed to treat diabetes. It helps in losing weight Regulating appetite-related hormones. Saxenda is given a daily injection, while Wegovy is weekly — Baylock said the number of injections works best with her busy schedule.
I immediately noticed cravings for foods that were previously difficult to eat in moderation.
“I no longer have any interest in bacon,” she said. “Who doesn’t love bacon? Sugar, for the most part, I just don’t care about.”
She was also more in tune with her appetite and feeling of fullness.
“I’ll always go for seconds my whole life,” Baylog said. “Now I can’t even finish one plate of food. I’m OK to put it away and save it for tomorrow. I know how to stop now when I’m not hungry.”
Weight-loss medications aren’t a quick fix but can support healthy lifestyle changes
While semaglutide and similar drugs can be useful tools, they work in combination with other drugs Weight loss strategies By moderating the hormonal and metabolic changes that make long-term weight loss difficult, according to an obesity doctor.
It’s not an acronym. What it does is make it bio-reward you rather than trying to fight you,” said Dr. Rami Beloni, MD, bariatrician and CEO and co-founder of Enara.
The main caveat is Patients need to continue taking semaglutide to maintain weight loss. Belloni said he hopes some patients will see continued results by eating a healthy diet and getting more exercise, even if they stop having the injections.
Baylock said she plans to take the drug for another year and then see if she can maintain her weight without the drug long-term.
“Now I need to learn how to live my life without drugs in the new body I made for myself through just exercise and good eating habits,” she said.
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