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Foods to Eat (and Avoid) with Semaglutide

Jun 13, 2024
Foods to Eat (and Avoid) with Semaglutide
Semaglutide is a clinically proven effective weight loss drug. However, you still need to follow a healthy diet to achieve your weight loss goals while taking it. Here are some tips on what and what not to eat while taking Semaglutide.

Semaglutide, the active ingredient in the popular weight loss medications Ozempic® and Wegovy®, is a revolutionary FDA-approved medication. A large Semaglutide clinical trial showed that people lost an average of 15% of their body weight, and one in three lost 20% or more. 

At M. Zafar, MD, SC, which serves Illinois statewide by telehealth with offices in Streator and Flanagan, board-certified physician Muhammad Zafar, MD, offers Semaglutide injections for a low monthly price to those who qualify.

Semaglutide works best in conjunction with healthy lifestyle modifications that include regular exercise and a healthy, balanced diet. Here, Dr. Zafar shares the best foods to eat — and foods to avoid — while embarking on your weight loss journey with Semaglutide.

Best foods to eat with Semaglutide

Whether using Semaglutide to lose weight or help manage diabetes, what you eat is essential. As with all medications, there are potential side effects with Semaglutide. These side effects include nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and vomiting. 

Fortunately, you can reduce your risk of side effects and maximize your weight loss by eating the right foods. 

Everyone’s diet will look slightly different, depending on your health and weight loss goals. But here are a few recommended foods that will help most people.

Lean protein

Lean protein, such as chicken, fish, eggs, beans, and low-fat dairy, can help preserve muscle mass as you lose weight and also make you feel fuller longer. Additionally, lean protein is a low-glycemic food, which helps you manage your blood sugar. 

Vegetables and fruits

Losing weight usually means eating less food and calories. However, it’s still important to get essential vitamins and nutrients, which are found in abundance in fruits and vegetables. If you’re diabetic, stick to low-sugar fruits such as apples, berries, and pears.

Low-fat dairy products

Low-fat dairy products such as yogurt and cottage cheese are packed with protein and vitamins. Additionally, these products are also naturally low-glycemic.

Foods to avoid on Semaglutide

Many foods you should avoid while taking Semaglutide are foods you should also avoid when not taking Semaglutide, because they are generally unhealthy. Additionally, one of the ways Semaglutide helps you feel satiated is that it delays gastric emptying, which means your stomach empties more slowly after you digest your food. 

However, this delayed gastric emptying can cause side effects such as bloating and heartburn. Some foods can exacerbate these side effects and should be avoided. Foods to avoid include:

High-fat foods

High-fat foods such as fried chicken, pizza, and cheeseburgers can make anyone feel a little bloated and gassy. However, eating those foods while taking Semaglutide increases your chances of gastrointestinal issues.

Sugary foods and drinks

If you have diabetes, you already know to steer clear of sugary foods such as sodas, cakes, cookies, and candy. If you’re trying to lose weight, sugary foods and drinks can work against your goals.

Ultra-processed foods

Ultra-processed foods such as white bread, white rice, and sugary cereals are packed with calories but few vitamins and nutrients. Furthermore, they can spike your blood sugar levels. 

If you’re interested in slimming down this summer and need help and support, call M. Zafar MD, SC, to find out if Semaglutide is right for you. You can also request an appointment online through our website.