Does Saxenda (liraglutide) burn fat?

While the process of losing weight involves decreasing the size of fat cells, Saxenda® is not considered a “fat burner.” Saxenda is an FDA-approved weight loss medication that is categorized as a GLP1 receptor agonist.  It works to reduce appetite by mimicking the hormone GLP1 which naturally acts on areas of the brain to decrease hunger.   The term “fat burner” is typically used to describe supplements or medications that can increase the metabolism of fat or energy expenditure.  At this time there are no recommended “fat burner” supplements for weight loss, and there are significant safety concerns related to these types of products.  Of the current FDA-approved medications, none are classified as “fat burners.”

Learn more about how FORM doctors prescribe Saxenda to help patients achieve their weight loss goals.

Saxenda® is a registered trademark of Novo Nordisk A/S.

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Lauren Lemieux, MD

Lauren Lemieux, MD

FACP, ABOM diplomate

Dr. Lauren Lemieux completed her Internal Medicine residency and fellowship in Clinical Nutrition at UCLA. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine, and as a Physician Nutrition Specialist. She is also a fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Lemieux is passionate about helping her patients reach their health goals using personalized nutrition, lifestyle and weight management strategies.

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