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Ozempic foods to avoid

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Summary

Certain foods should be avoided or limited while taking Ozempic to manage obesity and promote weight loss. High-sugar food and drinks can complicate diabetes and obesity management due to their quick impact on blood sugar levels. High-glycemic foods like white bread / pasta, and breakfast cereals can cause spikes in blood sugar levels, so opting for low-glycemic alternatives like whole grains is beneficial. Alcohol consumption should be moderated while on Ozempic to avoid low blood sugar levels.

Ozempic effectively reduces appetite and cravings for fatty and high-calorie foods, as demonstrated in a 12-week study.

When taking Ozempic no foods are completely off limits, certain food items should be avoided or limited to ensure successful diabetes management and weight loss. It’s important to watch foods that will spike and lower your blood sugar levels;

High-sugar food and drinks pose extra problems for those working to manage diabetes or obesity. Sugar quickly spikes blood sugar levels, making it hard to manage these conditions. 

While white pasta, bread, and breakfast cereals might look to be healthy options, however, they are usually high-glycemic foods. This means the body absorbs them quickly and converts them into glucose, which can also result in a spike in blood sugar levels. It can be beneficial to check the glycemic index of your food. The glycemic index scores carbohydrates, including sugars, on a scale of 0 to 100. Try to look out for anything with a score on the lower side, Like whole grain options which contain more fibre and provide long-lasting energy without the overwhelming sugar overload unlike refined carbohydrates. Alcoholic beverages and Ozempic are found to lower blood sugar levels, which can be dangerous for people with diabetes. So it’s recommended to moderate any alcohol consumption. 

What foods should I eat while on Ozempic?

An effective healthy diet plan usually consists of high amounts of fruits and vegetables that provide essential vitamins and minerals. Fruits and vegetables that contain low levels of saturated fats, increase your intake of fibre to help with digestion and support metabolic rate. Whole grains such as brown rice are excellent sources of fibre that can be swapped into your diet in place of white rice. Also, lean proteins such as turkey or fish are great for making you feel full while at the same time packing fewer calories when compared to red meat options. For those who do not eat meat, there are still options like chickpeas, kidney beans, lentils and spinach that deliver a good amount of nutrition in each bite. If you are unsure on what to eat, it’s best to check in with your healthcare provider.

Can certain foods make the common side effects of Ozempic worse?

A potential side effect of Ozempic is gastrointestinal—things like nausea and bloating. Greasy foods can cause these symptoms on their own, so combining them with Ozempic may increase the odds that you experience them. Greasy foods are also usually high in trans fats, which could hinder your weight loss goals. To help curb these side effects, try eating slowly and having smaller portions, and look for meals high in water content like soups and stews. If you develop any stomach pain, nausea or any unpleasant side effects when starting Saxenda, try these tips to help:

  • Eat bland, low-fat foods, like, toast, and crackers
  • Avoid spicy foods or High-fat foods (fried foods, greasy foods)
  • Eat foods that contain water like soup
  • Avoid sugary foods or desserts
  • Don’t lie down after you eat

Do you still get hungry on Ozempic?

Ozempic can effectively reduce your overall appetite and cravings for food. A 12-week study demonstrated that individuals who took Ozempic experienced a decrease in cravings and a reduced preference for fatty foods and high-calorie foods.

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