Golnesa ‘GG’ Gharachedaghi lost nearly 30 pounds on semaglutide. Why dropping too much weight is a legitimate concern.

Golnesa "GG" Gharachedaghi says she's "cut back" on semaglutide. (Photo: Getty Images, gg_golnesa via Instagram)

Golnesa "GG" Gharachedaghi is "cutting down" on semaglutide after a nearly 30-pound weight loss.

The Shahs of Sunset alum took to Instagram on Thursday to share updates of her experience on the injectable medication — also known by brand names Ozempic and Wegovy — being touted for weight loss. Since receiving her first dose of the drug in early February, the 41-year-old said "I have lost a little bit more weight than I was anticipating to lose."

"When I started semaglutide shots, I was 138 pounds. Now [I'm] about 110 pounds," she said in her latest video. "I decided I’m only gonna weigh myself on the days of my injections just to document it. And on April 30, I got on the scale and I saw 111 pounds. That’s when I knew, it’s time to cut back."

Gharachedaghi first opened up about being on the medication on Feb. 28, when she posted a video demonstrating how she gives herself the injection. At the time, she had been on the medication for three weeks and had already lost 10 pounds. Now, she's revealing that just about two months later, she found herself nearly 30 pounds down.

While semaglutide was initially developed as a medication for type 2 diabetes, the FDA approved it in February 2021 for chronic weight management in adults who are obese or overweight and have at least one weight-related health condition. Gharachedaghi explained in her initial video that various steroid injections she got for health reasons caused her to gain weight that she was having "a very, very, very hard time getting rid of." Although she didn't mention any other qualifications, she said, "I did what all of the people are doing and lying about — I'm on the weight loss shots, honey."

The celebrity physician and plastic surgeon who, according ot prescribed and manages Gharachedaghi's semaglutide, Dr. Tabasum Mir, didn't immediately respond to Yahoo Life's request for comment. However, Gharachedaghi said that she's had her dose adjusted since noting her weight loss to date.

"I stated cutting down on units and going backwards and backwards, until finally now, I’m just on the maintenance," she said.

Dr. Priya Jaisinghani, a clinical assistant professor at NYU Grossman School of Medicine specializing in obesity medicine, clarifies that the "goal" of this treatment is to "prevent, improve or reverse weight-related complications, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes." However, she tells Yahoo Life that it's important for an individual to determine their "safe rate of weight loss" with their provider for any sort of weight management.

"Clinically significant weight loss is usually defined as weight loss of 5 to 10% of your total body weight. Generally, losing one to two pounds per week is considered gradual and steady," Jaisinghani says.

According to the numbers provided by Gharachedaghi, she's allegedly lost just over 20% of her total body weight.

"Losing weight too quickly or too much weight can have health implications such as hair loss, muscle loss, malnutrition," Jaisinghani says. On the other hand, "when stopping any weight loss intervention, there is always a chance of weight regain," stressing the need "to make lifestyle changes in conjunction with medication."

Gharachedaghi acknowledged the future possibility of weight gain, saying, "Will I come off of it? Maybe. Will I gain it all back? Maybe." In the meantime, however, she's sticking to a lower dose that allows for weight maintenance.

"For now, I’m enjoying the way I look, I’m enjoying what it’s doing for me," Gharachedaghi said. "I am feeling a little bit better about myself now that I have shed all that weight off. I am ready to go into a MILF summer."

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