The numbers around the obesity epidemic are difficult to ignore: worldwide, obesity rates have nearly tripled since 1975, and around three-quarters of adults aged 45-74 in the UK are overweight or obese. But it’s a complex issue; one that’s impacted by a number of factors and can be difficult to unpack. Some of these factors include but are not limited to: diet, lifestyle factors, genetics, sleep, mental health, social environment, socio-economic background, medication, hormone imbalances, certain diseases, and physical inactivity.
More and more of us are being impacted by carrying excess weight, and recent research has shown that men are actually more likely than women to be overweight or obese.
While the causes of obesity are complex and often multi-dimensional, the solutions can also be a bit perplexing and there’s a lot of misinformation out there about “quick fixes” and “magic diets”. So what exactly is the best way to take control of your weight, and where do you start?
How we think about weight at Numan
At Numan, we know how difficult it is to lose weight and keep it off for good. But everybody is different, and every body is different. That’s why there’s no true “one-size-fits-all” approach to weight loss, and why what works for some may not work for others. In fact, one study has shown that diets may not actually work in the long term, and some dieters can end up gaining more weight than they had lost.
So, something needs to change.
Diets don’t work on their own.
And there’s a huge amount of people who would greatly benefit from losing even 5-10% of their body weight.
Losing weight and keeping it off is tricky, but it’s possible. More and more research is being conducted into new medications and methodologies that have been proven to really work. And at Numan, we think the changing landscape for the understanding and treatment of healthy, sustainable weight loss can only be a good thing.
What can Numan offer to help with weight loss?
We’ll stop being elusive and get to the nitty-gritty. The newest weight loss solution that you might not have heard of is actually traditionally used to treat type 2 diabetes: a class of medicines called GLP-1 inhibitors.
GLP-1 inhibitors (such as semaglutide and liraglutide) are the active ingredients in medications Rybelsus, Saxenda, Wegovy, and Ozempic. These active ingredients belong to a group of medications that stimulate the production of insulin and trigger the appetite response in the brain, making you feel full. Essentially, the way this works for weight management is by allowing you to focus less on feeling hungry, and more on following a healthy, balanced diet.
What else is included in the Weight Loss Programme?
You won’t just be left to your own devices - the Numan Weight Loss Programme has been curated by experts who are as invested in your weight loss journey as you are. Your journey begins with an online consultation, where our clinical team will review your individual needs and advise on suitable treatment options, which may include lifestyle coaching or a combination of lifestyle coaching and medication.
If it’s deemed safe and appropriate for you to take medication, one of our licensed prescribers will issue you with a monthly prescription of treatment that’ll be delivered swiftly and discreetly direct to your door.
From there, you’ll have access to the Numan app which’ll become your hub for progress. Here, you can effortlessly monitor your weight, track your goals, and collaborate closely with your personal qualified health coach. Our clinicians will also provide you with safety advice and ensure there are no underlying health issues or obstacles to your weight loss goal. They’ll monitor your weight loss and give you ongoing medical support and regular follow-ups to ensure that you’re losing weight safely.
Our commitment doesn't stop with medication. Behavioural and mindset changes are necessary for lasting success. Your dedicated health coach will support you at every turn, conducting regular check-ins, setting actionable tasks, and guiding you to any additional resources you may require.
Beyond tracking progress, the Numan app offers a wealth of guided lifestyle and behaviour change content along with easy access to a clinician and your health coach. This platform equips you with the information and tools needed to adapt your daily routines, habits, and choices for long-term success. Sustainable weight loss hinges on more than just medication, and our app is your companion throughout your journey.
The numan take
While losing weight and sustaining it long-term is a complex issue, we’re here to support you every step of the way. With a combination of expert-led programming, content, and continuous support alongside medication that really works, we’re dedicated to helping people reach their weight goals in a healthy and maintainable way.