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Semaglutide Aftercare: Foods to Avoid While Taking Semaglutide

It’s common for patients seeking Semaglutide to wonder about their diet expectations during and after treatment. What foods should you eat to maximize Semaglutide results? Are there foods to avoid during this time? More often than not, you will need to make changes to your typical eating habits. Taking care to fuel your body with sustainable energy sources properly has a massive impact on optimizing your results.

The programs the team at Dōcerē create for our patients focus on long-term success. We emphasize the quality of nutrients. This means that rather than restricting the foods you eat, we are here to help you balance your diet. It is much easier to account for the treats and foods you like as you maintain a good diet than it is to cut things out that you love. Through a professionally guided treatment plan, our specialists help you establish a healthy relationship with food.

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6 Types of Food You Should Avoid While Taking Semaglutide

1. Sugary Food and Drinks

Added sugars do not work in your favor while trying to manage diabetes or obesity. Sugary foods can quickly spike blood sugar levels, making it difficult to take the best care of yourself.Examples of sugary foods to avoid to help maintain lower sugar levels include:

  •  White bread
  •  Sweet teas
  •  Energy drinks
  •  Low fat, flavored yogurt
  •  Granola bars
  •  Crackers
  •  Baked goods
  •  Processed snacks
  •  Pre-packed desserts

Check nutrition labels as you purchase foods and try to minimize your added sugar amount.

2. Greasy Foods

Fried and greasy foods cause nausea, bloating, and gas on their own. Combining greasy items too often with a Semaglutide program will likely lead to increased symptoms. Plus, they make it more challenging to keep weight off.

3. Salty Foods

Excessive sodium in any diet can make it more difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle. When you’re taking Semaglutide, monitor your salt intake. Your doctor can help you determine the right amount of sodium to include in your meals and help you create a low-sodium diet if necessary.

4. Fatty Foods

Much like the other food types mentioned, fatty foods (particularly trans and saturated fats) can impede your weight loss management with Semaglutide. Examples of fatty foods are:

  •  Whole milk
  •  Butter
  •  Cream
  •  Cheese
  •  Ice cream
  •  Red meats

Consider replacing some of these foods with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, like fish and nuts.

5. High-Glycemic Vegetables

Some vegetables are better for blood sugar management than others. The Glycemic Index ranks food depending on the rate the body breaks it down to form glucose. High GI foods quickly break down into glucose. This leads to a sharp rise in blood glucose levels, or what’s known as a spike in blood sugar. Low GI foods take more time to form glucose, leaving you feeling fuller for longer in between meals.

6. Refined Grains and Carbohydrates

Many types of pastas and breads also fall into the high GI category. Refined grains no longer contain the rich nutrients and fibers our bodies need. Instead, they are more likely to raise blood sugar and impact your cholesterol. Examples of refined grains include:

  •  White bagels
  •  White bread
  •  Flour tortillas
  •  White rice
  •  Cakes
  •  Many breakfast cereals

Greasy, fatty, processed food types are the hardest for you to digest. That means your body will have a tougher time processing, which increases your risk of nausea.

How to Prevent Semaglutide Nausea as You Lose Weight

Semaglutide is a prescription medication. It is useful for both type 2 diabetes and weight management, depending on your needs. Some patients who take Semaglutide experience nausea or other gastrointestinal side effects as the body gets used to the medication. Besides eating healthy, tips for preventing side effects of Semaglutide include:

  •  Eating slowly and in smaller portions
  •  Drinking clear liquids
  •  Not lying down right after eating
  •  Eating foods that contain more water
  •  Keeping a regular meal schedule
  •  Limiting snacking between meals

Are you considering the long-term weight management abilities that Semaglutide brings? Take a look through these frequently asked questions to learn more about what you can expect.

Alcohol and Semaglutide

Most people find that they are able to drink small amounts with their Semaglutide program. It is not something that must be cut from your diet. However, alcohol is dehydrating and can lower blood sugar. If you choose to drink alcohol while taking Semaglutide, do so mindfully. It’s also important to remember that alcohol is higher in calories and can have an impact on your diet. Eat before you drink, stay hydrated, and limit the amount you consume.

How to Avoid an Increase in Body Mass Index

A large part of your aftercare is continuing to lose weight and avoiding an increase in your body mass index or BMI. Much like any weight loss plan, rebound weight gain can happen. Some patients use Semaglutide to maintain metabolic health over time. Others might use the medication to reach their goal weight and then stop taking it. While it is possible to add pounds back on after ending your Semaglutide program, there are steps you can take to enjoy optimal results. Semaglutide acts as an appetite suppressant, which means that once you stop taking it, your body’s hunger signals become more apparent. This is why it’s important to create a nutrition plan that you can follow in the long-term. It makes it easier for you to continue making healthy choices after reaching your goals.

Average Weight Loss on Semaglutide

Once you have your eating plan figured out, it’s time to watch the scale drop. Many people are curious about how much weight they can expect to lose with Semaglutide. It is important to remember that exact results will vary per person.* Your blood sugar levels should decline within the first week of using Semaglutide. The full effects can take more than eight weeks since this is a long-acting medication. A 2022 study shows a total body weight loss percentage of 5.9% at three weeks and 10.9% at six months in patients with obesity.

Experience Safe Semaglutide Weight Loss in Strongsville, OH

No matter the reasoning for choosing Semaglutide, the professionals at Dōcerē Medical Spa and Laser Center offer you the highest level of expertise and care. We are proud to be the leading Semaglutide provider in the Strongsville area. This is why we work hard to ensure you make the most of your weight loss journey and make sure you have the proper knowledge during your aftercare.

Discover if Semaglutide is the right weight loss treatment for you by scheduling a consultation now. Give us a call at (440) 238-3331 to book your free consultation!

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Dr. Jeffrey Viscomi

Dr. Viscomi received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton. He then went on to graduate from Wright State University School of Medicine in the top 10% of his class. Following residency at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Viscomi began his Family Practice in Strongsville and quickly became a nationally recognized leader in primary care for his unique practice model. Dr. Viscomi is a member of the Aesthetics Practice Association and has completed extensive training in the use of laser in aesthetic procedures.

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