Is Your Diet Dangerous?

May 3, 2024
Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Award-winning nutritionist and New York Times bestselling author.

Are you offering yourself up to a risky regimen? When celebrities and entertainers and even your friends tout new and trendy weight-loss methods with rapid results, it can be tempting to jump on the bandwagon. But what’s the real cost of these “quick fixes”? Underneath the promise of fast results lies a complex reality many are unaware of, and the stakes are high for both manufacturers and consumers.

Popular weight loss medications, like semaglutide (marketed under Rybelsus, Ozempic and Wegovy), are  pharmaceutical gold mines; however, all that glitters may not necessarily be gold. Even these popular treatments may come with side effects which could potentially prove hazardous.

A Warning

“Don’t say we didn’t warn you.” But they didn’t. Pharmaceutical manufacturers in the U.S. are legally required to notify customers about all potential harmful side effects of any medication they market – such as semaglutide (sold under brand names Rybelsus, Ozempic and Wegovy). However, lawsuits alleging all possible serious adverse reactions caused by these medications have begun to surface. Litigation regarding a “failure-to-warn” case began on August 2, 2023 (Lawsuit Information Center). reports that of these three semaglutide products, Wegovy is currently the only one specifically approved by the FDA for weight loss. Furthermore, they explain that both Wegovy and Ozempic are administered weekly via injection, while Rybelsus is typically taken daily in tablet form to manage blood sugar levels in Type 2 diabetes alongside diet and exercise.

Too Little, Too Late?

In weight management, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Quick fixes often don’t promote long-term health or last beyond their temporary effects. It’s always prudent to consider what you’re signing up for with these medications.

Recent FDA updates have added warnings to these drugs, notably concerning potential intestinal blockages, which, if left untreated, may be fatal. Other possible serious side effects associated with semaglutide include pancreatitis, vision changes, kidney failure, and even a risk of thyroid cancer—all of which highlight concerns regarding the drug’s safety profile over the long term.

Weight Loss Rebound

What happens when you stop taking these medications? Upon discontinuing semaglutide, individuals often experience rapid weight regain, known as ‘semaglutide rebound.’ This can be both frustrating and counterproductive as it brings back old patterns of eating or worse, creates an endless cycle of weight loss/gain which negatively affects metabolic health and long-term wellbeing.

There are multiple reasons why those prescribed these medications might stop taking them:

  • Medication Shortages: In 2022, the FDA reported shortages of semaglutide due to surging off-label use for weight loss purposes. Eendorsements by celebrities and others often fuel the desire for these drugs. Some, like Susan D., were unable to refill their prescription during these shortages and gained significant weight—10-12 pounds over just 2 1/2 months.
  • Loss of Insurance: Losing your medical insurance could make these medications unaffordable for many people. According to, “…some insurance companies and employers are halting coverage of these medications due to increasing costs.”
  • Counterfeit Medications: The FDA has issued warnings about fake semaglutide found within our drug supply chains.
  • Uncomfortable Side Effects: Discontinuation might occur if the side effects become unbearable or if the medication doesn’t suit the user’s needs.

Fat Flush Plan

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By contrast, the Fat Flush Plan adopts a comprehensive approach. Instead of focusing solely on weight loss, its goal is to foster an environment conducive to sustainable weight loss and overall wellness. Nutrition provided through the Fat Flush plan includes healthy fats, quality proteins, and essential nutrients without extreme restrictions that lead to nutritional deficiencies or hormonal imbalances. Additionally, Fat Flush is designed to naturally promote liver health and address all contributing factors leading to weight gain and poor health conditions.

Long-Term Effects and Sustainable Health

While some may consider semaglutide as a solution for rapid weight loss, potential adverse side effects and concerns regarding long-term metabolic health complications should be carefully weighed. Once discontinued, this medication’s therapeutic effects decrease while your body’s natural regulatory mechanisms may struggle to adjust, resulting in potential weight gain or worsened metabolic health.

In contrast, those who follow the Fat Flush Plan typically experience improved digestion, increased energy levels, and a healthier relationship with food. This holistic approach supports all body systems comprehensively to promote lasting weight loss.

The Bottom Line

While semaglutide offers quick solutions for weight loss, my concern is that their temporary nature and associated risks make them less desirable options for those seeking long-term health transformation. The Fat Flush Plan stands out as a smarter choice, focusing on natural nutrition and lifestyle modifications—not only will you likely lose the weight you want, but you’ll become healthier, too! 

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Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS, is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books including The Fat Flush Plan series and her latest book, Radical Metabolism. She’s been rewriting the rules of nutrition for more than 40 years and is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the field of diet, detox and women’s health issues. 

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