What to eat on Wegovy?

Embarking on a weight-loss journey can be a daunting task, and for individuals struggling with obesity, finding an effective solution is crucial. Wegovy, the brand name for semaglutide, has recently emerged as a game-changer in weight management strategies. However, as with any weight-loss regimen, understanding what to eat while on Wegovy is essential to maximize the medication's benefits.

What to eat on Wegovy?
Viktor Simunović, Dr.med.
Dr.med. Viktor Simunović
19 October 2023.

However, as with any weight-loss regimen, understanding what to eat while on Wegovy is essential to maximize the medication's benefits.

Do you have to diet on Wegovy?

Yes, diet and exercise are recommended while taking Wegovy.

While Wegovy can help with weight loss by reducing appetite and increasing feelings of fullness, it is still important to follow a healthy, balanced diet and engage in regular physical activity. This will bring the best results and you will maintain a healthy weight.

Diet can help you manage potential side effects of Wegovy

More than half of patients who use this drug experience some side effects. The most common is nausea. Adjusting your diet can help you ease some of these side effects. Here are some tips:

Drinking plenty of water throughout the day and eating fiber-rich food can help alleviate potential side effects like constipation. Aim for at least 8 glasses of water per day.

Stick to a regular eating schedule to maintain blood sugar levels and prevent potential side effects like nausea or dizziness. Aim for three balanced meals and consider incorporating healthy snacks if needed.

Consuming high-fat meals can lead to gastrointestinal side effects, such as diarrhea or indigestion. Limit or avoid greasy, fried, and processed foods.

What is the best diet on Wegovy?

Nothing beats a healthy and balanced meal. Even if you are not on weight loss medications. Here are some tips on what groceries to include in the menu when on Wegovy

  1. Lean proteins

    Choose lean sources of protein such as skinless chicken, turkey, fish, tofu, legumes, and low-fat dairy products. These foods will help you feel full, prevent overeating, and provide essential nutrients.
  2. Whole grains

    Opt for whole-grain foods like whole wheat bread, brown rice, quinoa, and oats. These are high in fiber and can help regulate blood sugar levels and promote satiety.
  3. Fruits and vegetables

    Fill your plate with a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables. They are low in calories and high in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Aim for at least five servings per day.
  4. Healthy fats

    Include sources of healthy fats like avocados, nuts, seeds, and olive oil in your diet. These fats are important for overall health, they lower your appetite and can help keep you satisfied.

What foods should you avoid when taking Wegovy?

There are no actual diet restrictions when taking weight loss medications but avoiding some foods can help in weight balance, alleviate side effects, and make you feel better and healthy overall.

  1. Limit processed foods

    Avoid or minimize intake of processed and packaged foods that are often high in added sugars, unhealthy fats, and sodium.
  2. Sugary foods and beverages

    Reduce consumption of sugary foods and drinks like soda, candy, pastries, and desserts. These can contribute to weight gain and may affect blood sugar levels. They also counteract Wegovy's blood sugar-lowering effects.
  3. High-calorie foods

    Limit foods that are high in calories but low in nutrients, such as fast food, fried foods, and snacks like chips and cookies.
  4. Trans fats and saturated fats

    Avoid or limit foods high in trans fats and saturated fats, including fried foods, fatty cuts of meat, full-fat dairy products, and processed snacks.
  5. Excessive alcohol consumption

    Alcoholic beverages can be high in calories and may hinder weight loss efforts. Moderation is key if you choose to consume alcohol.
  6. High-carbohydrate foods

    While carbohydrates are an essential part of a balanced diet, opt for whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and legumes instead of refined carbohydrates like white bread, white rice, and sugary cereals.

Wegovy and diet soda

Diet soda is a low-calorie or zero-calorie alternative to regular soda that is often consumed by individuals trying to lose or maintain weight.

There is no specific interaction between Wegovy and diet soda, so they can be consumed together. However, it is important to note that diet soda, despite being low in calories, may still have negative effects on health.

Some studies have suggested that artificial sweeteners used in diet soda may contribute to weight gain, metabolic syndrome, and other health issues. Additionally, diet sodas can still contribute to cravings for sweet foods and drinks, which may hinder weight loss efforts.

Also, carbonated beverages can lead to burping or stomach discomfort which can worsen some side effects of Wegovy.

Wegovy and keto diet

A keto, or low-carb diet, is a dietary approach that restricts the intake of carbohydrates, typically including foods such as grains, starchy vegetables, and sugary foods and beverages and replacing them with fat.

The idea behind a low-carb diet is to reduce the body's reliance on carbohydrates for energy and instead promote the use of fat as a fuel source, leading to weight loss.

Keto diet can work well with Wegovy. According to Pharmacy planet, Wegovy helps control appetite so people consume more foods rich in fats. Also, the keto diet can be challenging to maintain and Wegovy can help here too.

Consult an expert to create diet plan when taking Wegovy

Consult with a healthcare professional on EUDoctor to create a personalized diet plan. We have the expertise and knowledge to design a diet plan that aligns with your specific needs, taking into consideration any potential interactions or side effects of the medication.

Contact us and schedule an appointment for initial consultation. Make sure to inform us about your use of Wegovy during the appointment booking process, so we can prepare accordingly.

Remember, consulting an expert is crucial as they can provide evidence-based recommendations tailored to your circumstances. They can also provide ongoing support and guidance throughout your weight loss journey when taking Wegovy.

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