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Obtaining the Best Results with Semaglutide

April 8, 2024 By , , , , , ,

In the past 2 years, I have been working closely with my weight loss patients using Semaglutide as a TOOL to help support the practice of healthy lifestyle habits.  In that process – most of my patients obtain their weight loss goal and feel better than ever. I love the results we see from our patients in our Semaglutide Medical Weight Loss Program in Portland, Oregon. 

Here are 8 tips to help you get the most out of your Semaglutide journey for weight loss.

1. Eat Smaller Portions of Nutrient Dense Food

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Eat small portions with Semaglutide.

In most cases, Semaglutide will make you feel full after a few bites. Due to this mechanism of action,  I suggest keeping portion sizes small.  If you overeat, you can end up with nausea, heartburn, constipation or indigestion.  I recommend digestive enzymes if needed. The Rx Zofran can help with nausea.  You can also try opening up an alcohol pad and seeing if smelling the vapor can help with the sensation of nausea.

Also, if you are eating less, then it is even more important to eat only nutrient-dense food!

2. Concentrate on Eating  Slowly and Chewing your Food

It takes your brain 10-15 minutes (or more) to register that you are satiated. Chew your food. Eat slow. Use a small plate and keep portion sizes small.

3. Avoid Foods That May Cause Nausea or Indigestion

I highly recommend eating a clean diet with Semaglutide. Semaglutide can be an amazing TOOL to help you dial in a lifestyle diet.  I do find that if my patients consume foods such as pizza, fried foods, high-sugar foods, processed foods, or high-fat foods – they do not feel very good.  These can be difficult for your body to digest — and the most likely to cause nausea or indigestion while taking Semaglutide.  I also recommend dialing in a lifestyle diet so that when you do go off of Semaglutide, you can maintain your losses.

4. Drink a LOT of Water – STAY HYDRATED

Consuming enough water is vital for all bodily processes. Hydration becomes even more critical with Semaglutide, I do find hydration can help with nausea. We also store toxins in fat tissue and it is SO important that as you burn fat and release toxins that they can be eliminated. Proper hydration can also mitigate constipation. Try to get in a minimum of 2 liters of water a day.

5. Keep Alcohol to a Minimum

Alcohol can irritate your stomach while you’re taking Semaglutide. Alcohol is also a common culprit for elevating blood sugar levels.  In many cases, we find that Semaglutide patients lose the desire to drink alcohol. This is thought to be due to one of its many impacts on the brain.

6. Keep Weight Loss Goals Reasonable – 1-2 lbs MAX Each Week

Semaglutide is not magic or a “quick fix.”  Weight loss with Semaglutide is slow and I love that about this med.  I prefer that my patients celebrate weight  loss at a rate of one to two pounds per week. Rapid weight loss is considered over 3 lbs per week and this can put you at risk for developing gallstones.

7. Move Your Body

Regular exercise should be a non-negotiable in a human body. Our bodies were designed to move!  Getting movement while on Semaglutide can help you achieve improved weight loss results. Start with something you love.



We LOVE Helping our Patients have Optimal and LASTING Results with Semaglutide.


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