SkinnyJab is a weight loss injection containing Saxenda also know as Liraglutide. It’s popular in the UK. Find out how it works and where to buy.
SkinnyJab is a European hunger-suppressing weight loss injection that’s getting a big promotional push from celebrities in the UK.
At the time of this review, reality TV star Gemma Collins and former Atomic Kitten singer Kerry Katona (recently opened the Manchester SkinnyJab clinic) were busy promoting SkinnyJab via their social media accounts.
The world is full of people who want to lose weight and celebrity endorsements and success stories can have a lot of sway.
People try to identify with their heroes and like to do things that give them the chance to walk in their shoes.
Even if that involves taking up to seven needles in the stomach each week.
SkinnyJab is only available via the SkinnyJab clinics.
Kerry Katona was the celebrity guest for the opening of the Manchester branch and Gemma Collins was there when the Essex branch first opened its doors.
Getting such a good celebrity push has obviously done wonders for moving the brand forward, but some experts feel following the celebrities’ footsteps may be unwise.
As with many of the other wonder weight loss solutions that we hear so much about, there’s a lot of controversy surrounding the idea of using SkinnyJab injections to lose weight.
What Is SkinnyJab and How Does It Work?
SkinnyJab is actually the weight loss product Saxenda in a weaker form.
Both are just branded forms of a weight loss injection called liraglutide. There are no other active components.
The only difference is the strength:
- SkinnyJab: liraglutide (1.2 mcg)
- Saxenda: liraglutide (3 mcg)
It is administered via injection. Patients can opt to have daily injections or a longer-acting Skinny Jab once per week.
Each treatment period lasts from three to four weeks.
There’s really only one important thing to know here.
Two if you want reminding of the fact injections can hurt.
The most important thing is, when you forget about all the celebrity input and concentrate on what SkinnyJab can do, it only controls hunger.
It’s not a fat burner. It doesn’t do any of the other things a lot of the popular diet pills do.
All it does is make it easier for you to resist the temptation to put food in your mouth.
Having said that, many people who have used it say it provides significant hunger control.
When you want to lose weight, hunger is your greatest enemy so this is a big point its favour.
The thing to remember is, it’s not the weight loss injection that makes you lose weight. It’s cutting back on food.
It helps you to do this by keeping hunger at bay.
SkinnyJab users are also given a special meal plan to help them make sure they make the right food choices as well.
If you cut back on food sufficiently, it robs your body of energy.
The need for energy still exists so your body gets what it requires by burning the energy it previously stored as fat.
SkinnyJab Manufacture and Distribution
SkinnyJab is manufactured by Novo Nordisk.
It’s a respected pharmaceutical company based in Denmark. Its distribution is subject to the same rules and regulations that govern other brands of liraglutide.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) approved its use as a weight loss aid back in 2009, but not for normal over-the-counter use.
NICE only permits the injections distribution to people who are extremely overweight.
Two types of people are eligible:
- Obese men and women (BMI 30+)
- Men and women with a BMI of 25-30 and a weight-associated medical condition.
If you are familiar with medical legislation, you will probably realize this is the same for all prescription weight-loss injections.
However, other weight loss medication, are only available via a doctor.
SkinnyJab is distributed via private clinics.
SkinnyJab Cost and Level of Support
Before you can use SkinnyJab you need to attend an assessment at a SkinnyJab clinic.
If the person interviewing you sees you as a suitable candidate it’s all systems go.
The initial SkinnyJab program runs from three to four weeks.
After its conclusion, you may be able to continue with top-up treatment sessions.
One of the good things about SkinnyJab is it’s not just about taking a jab that (hopefully) helps you move closer to your goal of getting skinny.
As already mentioned, there is a meal plan as well.
SkinnyJab customers also get access to personal weight-loss advisers and ongoing telephone support.
The cost of the treatment varies, depending on which treatment plan you want to take.
Either way, the average weight loss is 12-20 pounds during the first four weeks of the course.
The price structure looks like this: (UK SkinnyJab prices)
- 4-Week Course of Injections (1 jab per day): £250
- 4-Week Course of Injections (1 jab per week): £500
The weekly jab is more expensive because it is in this version is chemically engineered to provide week-long hunger support.
SkinnyJab Customer Reviews
It’s difficult to find a reliable source of SkinnyJab customer reviews.
Trustpilot has a few customer reviews.
Many of them are from people who say the injection works well.
There are some negative reviews as well but most of them are from people complaining of customer service issues and/or stating they are not getting the promised level of support.
A couple of reviews read:
It’s much easier to find Saxenda customer reviews (here). It’s the same product but in a higher dose.
Saxenda customer feedback suggests there can be a lot of unpleasant side effects but, again, let’s not lose sight of the fact it delivers a higher dose.
SkinnyJab Side Effects
According to a clinical review published online in December 2016, the most likely SkinnyJab side effects are gastrointestinal.
So nausea, stomach pain, and changes in bowel movement are a possibility. However, such problems are more likely to be apparent during the early treatment stages. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5358074/)
If you are thinking of using SkinnyJab to lose weight, it’s also important to take note of the fact the clinical review states further studies are necessary to determine its “long term efficacy and safety profile.”
SkinnyJab has become a big noise weight loss treatment in the British media.
Some experts have concerns about all the attention it gets.
They also fear using the jab does not encourage responsible dieting.
One doctor says people may use SkinnyJab to lose weight the easy way but quickly return to bad eating habits.
Then, when the weight returns, order another course of injections.
This type of rinse and repeat scenario is not healthy.
Especially when there are needles involved.
There are also concerns about SkinnyJab distribution via private clinics.
If you go to your doctor and get a prescription weight-loss product it reduces the level of risk.
Your doctor has access to your medical history and also knows what medication you are on.
Advisers at clinics only know what you tell them. Hold things back and there can risks.
Many of the people who use this product may be doing so because they see it as a quick-fix solution.
When it comes to weight loss, there are no quick fixes.
In a best-case scenario, some users may find they lose 20 pounds in a month but such rapid weight loss if frowned on by health experts who suggest only losing no more than one to two pounds per week.
If you want to lose the fat around your stomach then exercise your core, eat less and be more mobile.
As with other forms of crash dieting, this kind of fast weight loss is unlikely to be long-lasting. There simply isn’t enough effort involved.
SkinnyJab Review Summary
When you commit to a low-calorie diet, you make lifestyle improvements you carry forward with you into the future.
When these changes produce results over a period of time, your body has the opportunity to adjust.
Making sensible food choices becomes the norm and bad habits are replaced by new and better ones.
Do appetite suppressants have value? Absolutely.
They take the sting out of dieting by helping you win your battle with hunger.
However, suppressing your appetite with SkinnyJab is an expensive choice.
Diet pills are cheaper and can do the same thing. They are also less unpleasant to use.
The other thing to remember is, SkinnyJab will only be available to you if you are sufficiently obese.
At best, it will only be able to take you part of the way.
As soon as you lose enough weight to bring you under the threshold for treatment, away go the injections and all your support is gone.
When that happens you will need to start looking for something to help you go the rest of the way.
There are some very good diet pills that can be with you from day one and continue to be there for you every step of the way.
Unless you have a love of needles, you may as well consider such options instead.
However, forget needles and pills. Both options only provide support.
If you want to lose weight, the first thing you need to look at is getting your diet right.
Remember that before baring your belly or throwing your money around.
Not as a brand. SkinnyJab is also known as Saxenda and may be available in the USA and Canada shortly.