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Below, you'll find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Embla. If you can't find the answer you're looking for, simply contact us.

The Embla approach

What is the Embla approach?

At Embla, we believe that the key to lasting weight loss is adopting healthier habits that you can stick to. We view weight loss medication as a temporary aid to jumpstart this process and make adopting new lifestyles easier. Because of this, our approach blends personal one-on-one health guidance from our expert team with appetite-reducing medication, creating the optimal conditions for sustainable weight loss.

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How is Embla different from other programs?

Our holistic weight loss program stands out by integrating medical treatment with highly personalized health guidance. This dual approach addresses both the physical and mental aspects of weight loss, setting us apart from traditional programs—especially other medical ones—that typically focus only on the physical aspect. Moreover, the support we offer is in a class of its own in terms of accessibility and interdisciplinary approach. Our team consists of health coach, doctors, nurses, nutrition experts, and even psychologists, all accessible through our free app.

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What do I get with Embla?

The Embla program provides round-the-clock access to nurses and doctors, personalised guidance from a dedicated health coach available every day via chat and biweekly video calls, and a customised weight loss experience via an user-friendly app with tracking tools, community access, and expert-written health content. We also provide weight loss medication for those who want it, all within a transparent pricing model with no hidden fees and consistent costs, even if medication dosages change

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What are the main benefits of Embla?

Embla creates a uniquely supportive environment for your weight loss journey by offering a dedicated expert weight loss team and the assistance of weight loss medication. This approach ensures you're never alone, and small, achievable changes are enough to reach your goals. On top of this, your personal health coach is available every day via chat and video calls to provide health guidance, motivation, or simply lend an ear, supporting you from start to finish. This means you can achieve lasting weight loss without food noise, restrictions or judgment.

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How does Embla help me lose weight?

Embla helps you lose weight by combining the kickstart effect of weight loss medication, which reduces your calorie intake, with the personalised support of a health coach. The medication effectively initiates your weight loss by controlling your calorie consumption. Meanwhile, your coach works closely with you to tackle the root causes of you having overweight. They guide you in improving your food choices, increasing daily physical activity, and transforming your relationship with food into a positive one. This dual approach ensures both immediate and long-term support in your weight loss journey.

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Why do you use lower medication doses?

Our experience, backed by studies, shows that effective results can be achieved with lower medication doses when combined with healthier lifestyle changes. We prioritise the lowest effective dose for our members to minimise side effects, and only consider increasing it if necessary for further progress.

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What are the expected results from joining Embla?

Our program is tailored to provide meaningful and sustainable weight loss results. On average Embla members lose around 15% of their body weight after staying with us for 6 months. These results may vary depending on various factors. Our health team will give you a clear overview of the factors that influence your expected weight loss.

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The medication

What is meant by medical weight loss?

Medical weight loss includes the use of GLP-1a medications like Wegovy® that mimic the body's own satiety hormone. This makes you feel full faster, helping you eat less and lose weight as a natural consequence.

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What’s the role of medication in the Embla program?

To support your weight loss journey and ease lifestyle changes, we offer the option to prescribe GLP-1a medications like Wegovy. This approved weight loss medication effectively reduces your appetite, delivering faster results for motivation and helping you focus on changing habits rather than food.

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What is Wegovy?

Wegovy® is a GLP-1a medication developed by Novo Nordisk. It contains Semaglutide, the same ingredient found in Ozempic®, a diabetes drug. Wegovy works by helping you feel less hungry and more full, leading you to eat less and lose weight.

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What is GLP-1a medication?

GLP-1a medications promote weight loss by slowing stomach emptying, making you feel full longer, and reducing appetite by acting on the brain's hunger centers.

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Why treat severe obesity with medication?

It's difficult to lose weight and maintain weight loss with diet and exercise alone. Obesity is a complex disease with many contributing factors, including genetics, environment, and behaviour. Appetite-reducing medication can help individuals reduce their food intake, while freeing up mental energy to focus on forming new, healthier ways of living.

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Is the medication safe?

GLP-1a medications like Wegovy® are approved weight loss medications with mild side effects for some people. These can include nausea, diarrhoea, or constipation. However, these usually subside within a few weeks of starting the medication.

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How fast do you lose weight with medication?

It’s common to see people lose an average of 5% of their body weight after 12 weeks of using weight loss medication. At Embla, we see an average weight loss of around 15% in our members during the first 6 months. On average, they lose 1kg per week.

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What are the side effects of weight loss medication?

20-40% of people may experience side effects like nausea, diarrhoea, or constipation, depending on the medication. These are usually temporary. Our healthcare team can adjust dosages or diets to help manage them. Most Embla members have no side effects, and our staff is available 24/7 for guidance.

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How long do I have to be on the medication?

We suggest committing to a weight loss plan for 8-12 months for continuous progress.

Weight loss medication isn't a permanent solution but a supportive tool in your weight loss journey. Long-term success relies on lifestyle changes. The medication boosts initial weight loss and can be used for several months. At Embla, we emphasise health mentoring and providing mental tools to tackle weight loss challenges.

Our members typically stay with us for about 8-12 months or until they reach their desired BMI. If you have mobility-limiting illnesses, this might affect the duration of the treatment.

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Does weight loss medication work?

Research indicates that weight loss medication like Wegovy® is effective for individuals with a BMI over 30. At Embla, we've documented that our members' average weight loss is between 15 - 20% after 8 months.

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Who can be prescribed weight loss medication?

The GLP-1a medications we prescribe to our members are suitable for adults with a BMI of 30 or more, or 27 or more if you have a weight-related health condition like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or sleep apnea.

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Will I get my medication from Embla?

Yes, you will receive your medication from Embla. Our doctors will prescribe your medication, which will be delivered directly to you via our pharmacy partner.

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How do I administer the medication?

For Wegovy®, the most common form of GLP-1a medication, you take it by administering it to yourself via a small injection with a pen, usually once a week. Other variations of the medication require daily injections.

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Why don't you take blood tests before starting treatment?

We have received several inquiries about why we do not routinely take blood tests after starting Wegovy treatment.

Currently, there are no general recommendations for blood tests — such as checking liver values — in connection with Wegovy treatment, unless the patient has known liver problems or other specific disorders.

The primary risks of weight loss medication affecting the liver are gallstones and pancreatitis, but blood tests are only necessary if symptoms arise. Blood tests cannot be used to predict whether you as a patient will develop these diseases.

In accordance with good clinical practice, the purpose of any examination, including blood tests, should be carefully considered before it is performed. Since routine blood tests in connection with Wegovy treatment have no direct consequences for the course of treatment, we do not consider them necessary. This is in line with the current guidelines in the field.

Patients who are already receiving other medications that require regular blood tests and monitoring (such as medication for high blood pressure) should follow their existing monitoring plan.

We hope this is a satisfactory answer and are always available for further questions

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Should you pause weight loss medications before general anesthesia?

There are no general recommendations on needing to pause weight loss medication before surgery under general aaesthesia

However, as a precaution, based on the fact that food stays longer in the stomach when you are on weight loss medication, we still recommend that you pause your weight loss medication for 3 weeks before undergoing surgery with general anesthesia. It is important that the stomach is completely empty before you are anesthetized, as this reduces the risk of anything from the stomach entering the airways before, during, and after the operation.*

However, some departments may recommend something different. Therefore, it is always important that you consult with the staff at the department where you will be operated.You can usually do this during the pre-surgery consultation (also called the preoperative assessment).

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Health coaching

What is a health coach?

An Embla health coach is a registered nutritionist with extensive experience in helping people live healthier lives. They’re trained to be help you identify and overcome various physical and mental obstacles related to weight loss. As a member of Embla, you’re assigned your very own personal health coach who’ll follow and support you for your entire weight loss journey.

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What does health coaching involve?

At Embla, our goal is to help you make the changes you need to live a healthier life, today and tomorrow. However, the path to get there is unique for everyone. For this reason, all health decisions are made with you, not for you. You decide what goals you have, what you want to work on, and how often you want help. Whether you’re battling with emotional eating, find it difficult to motivate yourself to be more active, or feel overwhelmed by food guilt, our health coaches have the necessary expertise to help you overcome your challenges.

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Why do I need a health coach?

Maintaining weight loss effectively requires essential lifestyle changes. The best way to achieve this is with the dedicated and personal support of a health expert. At Embla, we stress the importance of combining weight loss medication with a strong focus on lifestyle changes, as we do not support the use of medication without this critical component.

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Do I decide my own health coach?

We always try to assign the health coach based on your specific needs and challenges. However, if you’re not satisfied with your health coach, you will be assigned another one promptly.

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Your health team

Who does my Embla health team include?

Your Embla health team consists of registered nurses, medical doctors, psychologists, nutritionists, and your dedicated health coach. Available via the Embla app, you always have access to your health team for guidance, wherever you are.

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How do I contact my health team?

The Embla app is the portal to your health team. To chat with a nurse, doctor, or any other healthcare professional, simply reach out to your health coach via the app, and they’ll connect you to the right person.

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What can I expect in terms of availability?

Our health coaches and nurses are available via chat every day of the week, including weekends and holidays. While the response time can vary, our average time to get back to you is 3 minutes. To talk to your health coach via video, you can schedule an appointment directly in your Embla app.

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The Embla app

What can I do with the Embla app?

The Embla app supports your weight loss journey by offering daily tasks to keep you on track such as logging your food, water, sleep, movement etc., reminders for sessions with your health coach, and a chat feature for instant communication with your health team. It also provides medication tracking, weekly reflection prompts, and access to member communities, informative articles, and various recipes for inspiration.

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Why do I need the Embla app?

Embla is 100% digital, which means that our app is the centre of our weight loss program. It’s where you communicate with your health team, log your medication, track your progress, and engage with our communities. You also need it to enter the video meeting for your initial consultation.

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How is onboarding done via the Embla app?

After downloading the Embla app and creating your profile, you immediately gain access to a library filled with useful articles and recipes. In the first few weeks, the app gently guides you on how to use it daily and weekly. You'll learn to log key information like food intake, sleep, physical activity, and your weekly medication (if you're on Medication + Coaching). It also assists in scheduling your first video consultation with your health coach and explains how to contact your health team via chat.

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Where do I download the Embla app?

The Embla app is available for free on both the App Store and Google Play Store.

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Pricing & memberships

What’s included in an Embla membership?

An Embla membership includes two plans: For those with a BMI of 30+, the Medication + Coaching plan offers access to a personal health coach, nurse, doctor, the Embla app for comprehensive health management, and prescribed weight loss medication. The Coaching only plan, for those with a BMI of 27+, provides a personal health coach and full app access for one-on-one guidance on nutrition, habits, physical activity, sleep, and mental health.

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What does Embla cost?

We have two membership plans: Medication + Coaching costs £299/month (50% off for the first month), including prescription and ongoing dose adjustment of weight loss medication. Our Coaching only plan costs £99/month. All prices are fixed.

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Who can join Embla?

Embla membership is open to individuals aged 18 to 70 with a BMI of 27+ for the Coaching plan and 30+ for the Medication + Coaching lan. Note that our medical weight loss program is exclusively available to those who are deemed eligible by our medical team, have a BMI above 30, and meet a set of additional criteria.

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Is Embla covered by insurance?

No. Our business model is based on providing our services directly to customers without insurance involvement.

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Is Embla available on the NHS?

Embla is not available under the National Health Service (NHS).

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Our consultation process

What does the consultation call involve?

In your online consultation, we will explain the Embla program, including coach support, contact with the health team, and details about medication such as usage and potential side effects.

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Why do I need to provide my BMI?

BMI is a simple measurement of your body fat based on the relationship between your height and weight. We need to know your exact BMI to determine whether you’re eligible for weight loss medication. To be eligible for treatment with GLP-1a medications you need to have a BMI above 30, and meet a set of additional criteria. You can calculate your BMI score on our website here.

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About Embla

What is Embla?

Embla is a digital weight loss clinic operating in both Denmark and the UK. Our team includes health coaches, registered nurses, psychologists, nutritionists, and medical doctors. We also have a prominent research department that contributes to international weight loss research through scientific studies.

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How do I join Embla?

To start with Embla, complete our online eligibility questionnaire. If you’re found eligible, book a consultation with a nurse. During the consultation, they'll assess if our program fits you based on your responses. Once approved, you can choose your membership, get assigned a dedicated health coach, and receive your first medication prescription if needed.

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How do I contact Embla?

Our team is available to contact via our free app, on email at: [email protected] or via live chat on our website (bottom right corner). To contact us via the Embla app, create a free account by downloading the app for free on App Store or Google Play Store.

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Where is Embla based?

Embla was founded in Denmark, but is now operating fully in both Denmark and the UK.

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