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Margaret Josephs acknowledges that diet and exercise are not behind her slimmer physique. Josephs said about her journey, “It’s changed my life forever. And it’s not about being overweight or underweight; it’s about my overall wellness.”
The fashion designer isn’t greedy to not share what the methods she did to her body in order to achieve her good-looking figure now. All of which she revealed during an exclusive Tuesday interview with PEOPLE.
She stated, “I wanted to feel healthy and get my body where it should be. I feel fortunate to have discovered something that works well for me.” The “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star even disclosed that she had lost 22 pounds using peptides and hormone replacement therapy.
Josephs sought medical attention because she found it extremely difficult to maintain her weight loss over the past few years. The fashion designer explained, “I’d be working out, eating healthy, and running around constantly, but nothing would happen. Everyone knows I don’t drink alcohol, so that wasn’t it.”
“I just wasn’t feeling my best self. I felt exhausted and lethargic. I labored to find energy in the same manner as before. I was experiencing mental fog.” Jamie Gabel, PA-C, Josephs’s physician assistant, placed the reality star on a wellness program consisting of hormone replacement, peptides to maintain her muscle mass and strengthen her joints, and a mixture of glucagon-like peptide-1.
She stated that GLP-1 is used to treat type 2 diabetes and obesity and that GLP-1 receptor Semaglutide is sold under the brand names Wegovy, Rybelsus, and Ozempic, the latter of which is well-known for its use in Hollywood as a quick fix weight-loss drug.
It is unknown if Josephs’s drink contains Ozempic. However, the “RHONJ” star has been taking peptides since April 2022 and takes one daily, one five days per week, and one once weekly. Gabel noted, however, that his office does not use a one-size-fits-all model for all patients and that the medications may produce gastrointestinal-related side effects such as nausea and constipation.
Josephs is delighted with her results and gushes to the publication, “I’m 126 pounds now, give or take a pound, and I haven’t been that weight since my first wedding in 1994.” She added, “It was the perfect cocktail for me. My arm’s edema has diminished. My skin’s grown tighter. My bones are sturdier. I’m sleeping better. I have more vitality.”
The television personality married to Joe Benigno stated that the new hormones have made her very good sexually. In a previous interview with Page Six, Josephs extolled the benefits of peptide supplementation.
In November 2022, she said, “I take medication for my joints and mental clarity. We’re not growing any younger, and our minds are overflowing with information. Everyone is extremely occupied. I don’t need anything additional to make me feel terrible.”
Andy Cohen asked Fessler directly if she took Ozempic, to which she responded, “You said it. I didn’t. But… whatever works, I’m here.” Although many reality personalities are becoming more forthcoming about their weight loss strategies, some insist that exercising and eating healthy are their only methods.