Boris Johnson stopped taking a controversial celebrity favourite slimming drug because it made him ill.
The former British Prime Minister, 58, used the first instalment of his new newspaper column to reveal he took semaglutide – also known as Ozempic or Wegovy – after seeing how the £2,700-a-year course of the medication helped a cabinet colleague lose weight.
Johnson, who shares two of his six children with wife Carrie Symonds, 35, explained that he was recommended the drug by a friend, who ‘shared the number of a brilliant physician who had prescribed this magic potion’.
Writing in the Daily Mail, Johnson noted: ‘For weeks I jabbed my stomach, and for weeks it worked.
‘Effortlessly, I pushed aside the puddings and the second helpings. I must have been losing four or five pounds a week – maybe more.’
Once he started using the drug, he said he was no longer ‘raiding the fridge at 11.30pm for the cheddar and chorizo’.
However, it wasn’t long until Johnson started to ‘dread’ the injections because they were making him feel unwell.
As a result, Johnson said he’s now ditched the drug and has decided that ‘exercise and willpower’ are the best ways for him to lose weight.
But Johnson did reveal that he hopes he can be aided by weight loss drugs again in the future.
‘I look at my colleagues – leaner but not hungrier – and I hope that if science can do it for them, maybe one day it can help me, and everyone else,’ he wrote, also sharing his prediction that appetite suppressants will become ‘like statins’ for obesity.
Semaglutide is currently only available privately under the brand name Ozempic for people with type 2 diabetes.
But it is widely used off-label by celebrities and has swept Hollywood, with a string of A-listers said to be on the drug to stay looking trim.
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