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Activate GLP-1 Hormone without taking weight loss drugs

Heard about Hollywood’s latest diet craze?

Dozens of A-listers, Hollywood celebrities and billionaire tech moguls have admitted to using semaglutide. Ozempic and Wegovy are both forms of semaglutide, drugs originally developed for diabetes that are now being used for weight loss. But only the wealthy can afford to pay the hefty $900-$1,300 monthly price! These expensive drugs work by activating the GLP-1 hormone. They are also known to cause several negative side effects.

Now, imagine being able to activate this hormone yourself, without any harmful or expensive drugs. We asked a leading, world renowned Metabolic Scientist to explain the how these drugs work to increase GLP-1 hormone levels, how this contributes to weight loss, and how one can activate the hormone naturally.

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About Dr. Ben Bikman

Dr. Ben Bikman, Ph.D. is a leading metabolic scientist and best-selling author of the book “Why We Get Sick”. As a researcher and popular speaker on human metabolism and nutrition, Dr. Bikman has seen the terrible impact a poor diet has on the health and weight of people worldwide.

Have you heard of GLP-1?

When it comes to metabolism, there are many hormones to pay attention to, but one of the most popular nowadays is a hormone called glucagon-like peptide 1, or GLP-1. GLP-1, a hormone released by the small intestine in the presence of nutrients, has important metabolic benefits. The hormone is the target of some of the most popular weight loss and anti-diabetic drugs that are available right now, including the drugs Wegovy and Ozempic.

To understand what the drugs do, it’s crucial to understand what the hormone itself does. GLP-1 inhibits glucagon, which is a hormone that increases blood glucose. Thus, if GLP-1 reduces the amount of glucagon being released, it helps control blood glucose, a huge benefit for T2 diabetics.

People are often quick to point out that GLP-1 can increase insulin, a hormone profoundly important to metabolic health. However, it’s important to note that GLP-1 activation will not always increase insulin. A human can eat pure fat and GLP-1 will go up significantly, and yet insulin won’t budge at all. Thus, while GLP-1 can affect insulin, it does not necessarily do so.

GLP-1 can be sensed by the brain, and when it is, two beneficial things happen: it will induce satiety [1] so a person feels more full and can better moderate diet. At the same time, when GLP-1 is sensed by the brain, it will activate brown adipose tissue [2]. Brown adipose tissue is a fat tissue with a very high metabolic rate. It burns fat and glucose to create heat. Think of brown fat cells as the engine in a car when you’re revving on the gas with your other foot on the clutch. The engine is burning fuel without actually going anywhere. Collectively, this presents a very favorable metabolic scenario.

Now that you understand what the hormone GLP-1 does, let’s discuss what GLP-1 mimicking drugs do.

Semaglutide is the most common GLP-1 mimicking drug (also known as a GLP-1 agonist). Semaglutide has been split up into two doses that the FDA has approved. Ozempic is the lower dose used to target T2 diabetes. It is designed to reduce glucose levels and thereby make the body more insulin sensitive. The higher dose is several times higher than the anti-diabetic version and is called Wegovy. Wegovy is designed to have an anti-obesity effect.

Because these GLP-1 agonists are drugs, not something your body creates on its own, we must appreciate the fact that whenever a substance is put into the body, there will be consequences or side effects. With semaglutide, like with any drug, we must consider if the consequences we want are worth the risks of the consequences we don’t want. The benefits of GLP-1 activation listed above apply to the GLP-1 agonist drugs, and those benefits are significant. But let’s discuss some of the side effects.

Side effects of semaglutide drugs include but are not limited to [3]:

More serious side effects to watch for include pancreatitis[4] and thyroid tumors [5].

One of the mechanisms whereby this class of drugs improves insulin sensitivity is in the direct effect they have on fat cells. The GLP-1 mimicking drug liraglutide, in specific, has been shown to activate the production of more fat cells (an effect known as hyperplasia)[6]. Liraglutide drugs will stimulate the number of fat cells to increase while also activating enzymes in those fat cells to make them stay small. As long as you’re taking the drug, your fat cells are being told to both shrink and multiply. This does have an overall metabolically favorable effect.

A quick primer on fat cells: fat cells come in two varieties: hypertrophic, which are big, and hyperplastic fat cells, which are generally smaller and more abundant. Hypertrophic fat cells can get insulin resistant and pro-inflammatory. If these hypertrophic fat cells can be shrunk but multiplied, while you’re taking the drug, you’ll have weight loss and an improvement in metabolic health. But fat cells live for roughly ten years. What happens when someone decides they no longer want to be on a drug the rest of their lives? Unfortunately, when people quit these drugs, there are reports of some gaining substantial weight back quickly, and they report gaining even more than they had before [7].

The question, then, is if GLP-1 is so beneficial and you don’t want to have to take a drug that mimics it for the rest of your life, how can you activate this beneficial hormone yourself?

As it so often is, the answer is diet

A study published back in 1992 compared the effects of the three macronutrients on GLP-1 [8]. When subjects ate pure glucose, GLP-1 went up for a short time and then came very quickly back down. When subjects ate fat, GLP-1 started low and then increased over a longer period of time. Lastly, when subjects ate pure protein, GLP-1 increased and generally stayed up for around three hours.

Additionally, different types of fat have different effects on GLP-1. A peer-reviewed study fed subjects saturated fats in the form of lard, monounsaturated fats in the form of olive oil, and polyunsaturated fats in the form of safflower oil. They then measured the impact of each fat on GLP-1. Notably, the lard and olive oil (saturated and monounsaturated fats) activated GLP-1, while polyunsaturated fats had no effect.

The answer to activating your GLP-1 and receiving the profound metabolic benefits from this hormone is clear: eat your (healthy) fat and protein together, like it’s found in nature.

Active your GLP-1 Hormone Naturally

According to the best-selling author, professor and metabolic scientist Benjamin Bikman, Ph.D., increasing the beneficial GLP-1 hormone boils down to just three simple, but elusive steps: 

1. Prioritize Protein

The first step is to prioritize protein. Protein is essential, especially as you age, but it needs to be consumed in conjunction with fat, just as is found in nature.

The best sources of protein are beef, eggs, salmon, along with dairy and collagen. These have the highest biological value, are utilized easily by the body, offer the most complete essential amino acid profile, and support lean and toned muscle, healthy joints, cartilage and bone health. Protein is also very satisfying and naturally will help you feel more satiated.

2. Limit Carbohydrates

The second step in improving is to control carbohydrates. We now eat more refined carbohydrates than ever before in human history. We’re not talking about fruits and vegetables. We all could certainly eat more of them. We’re talking about the shelves and restaurants that are filled with foods and products that are extremely high in refined carbohydrates. These harmful foods make up most of the calories in the American diet, they spike your glucose and insulin, and make you fatter, sicker and insulin resistant.

What you should know is that while there are essential amino acids from protein and essential fatty acids from healthy fats, there are no essential carbohydrates!

In other words, of the three macronutrients, carbohydrates are the least necessary for the average person and are the most problematic for those struggling with metabolic problems.

3. Fuel up with [Healthy] Fats

The third step may be the most surprising, but it’s definitely the most important. To help lose weight and improve your overall health, you need to increase the amount of healthy fats that you eat. Yes, you read that right: to get healthier and lose weight, eat more fat!

Our ancestors knew that fatty foods were the most nutrient-dense substances they could eat. They provide you with needed nutrition in the form of essential fatty acids, they are vital for a healthy brain, they help you feel satisfiedcurb your desire for sweets, and even help train your body to burn fat.

However, not all fats are created equal. Most of the fats we all eat today are extremely unhealthy and damaging fats that come from heavily processed seed oils, such as soybean, corn, and canola. We call these “fake fats” because they require an incredible amount of processing and are terrible for your health. Instead, focus on fats that naturally come with preferred sources of protein. Like from beef, pork, eggs, butter, and fatty fish like salmon. Consuming these types of protein with their naturally healthy fat helps your body to truly thrive.

Bringing solutions from the lab to the real world

Even with all the information that Dr. Bikman shares in his speeches and interviews, he is constantly asked by people around the world what they should do for their health.

“Ideally, we all would have the knowledge, time, discipline and budget to plan, purchase and prepare perfect meals.” said Bikman. “But it simply doesn’t happen; people get busy, they get stressed and they make unhealthy choices that derail their health goals.”

It became apparent to Dr. Bikman that he needed to be part of the solution to help people achieve their best health more quickly, and especially to assist those that don’t always have the time, knowledge or discipline to eat healthy. In response, Dr. Bikman and his co-founding team of nutrition and industry experts recently created
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Dr. Bikman says these carefully formulated meal shakes can promote healthy weight management, gut health, brain health, even hair, skin and nail health. HLTH Code Complete Meal features an optimized, science-backed blend of protein, collagen, healthy fats, apple cider vinegar, probiotics, fiber, vitamins and minerals—with no added sugar or any artificial ingredients.

“HLTH Code Complete Meal is based on research, not fads,” said Bikman. “An incredible amount of work went into making this nutritionally balanced and optimized, yet we knew that if it didn’t taste good, no one would use them consistently.”

“A HLTH Code Complete Meal shake is the perfect meal because it’s packed with optimized amounts of necessary ingredients to leave you feeling full and energized for hours,” said Bikman.

“Yet it’s more convenient and affordable than virtually any meal you could make or buy.”

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Can HLTH Code help me lose weight?

Weight loss is rarely easy, involving the right changes in both hormones and caloric balance to signal to the body that it’s time to start burning, not storing, fat. Based on the best available studies on human metabolism, Complete Meal is built to help you lose weight without the need for counting every calorie. Many of our customers find that it’s an effective way to jumpstart weight loss, even when they’ve plateaued on a keto or low-carb diet.

Let’s do the math: A meal from a drive-thru these days is generally ~$10. Sitting down to eat at a restaurant is easily $25. Not only does it replace a meal for a fraction of the price (as low as $3.33/meal), HLTH Code also replaces your protein shake, vitamins, minerals, collagen supplement, probiotics, fiber, apple cider vinegar and so much more!

Yes! Especially if your goal is weight loss. And for our keto friends, as long as your daily meals and snacks total under 25 net carbs, you’ll be fine using HLTH Code up to two times a day. We always recommend enjoying at least one prepared whole food meal, that is high in protein, healthy fats and low in refined carbohydrates.

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