How does semaglutide work?
In layman’s terms, first, it slows down the emptying of the stomach, which can lead to a feeling of fullness and reduce food intake. Second, it reduces appetite and cravings, which can further contribute to decreased calorie intake. Third, it increases insulin sensitivity, which can improve blood sugar control and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Finally, it may also promote the burning of fat for energy, which can lead to weight loss.(1)
What should you eat?
First, semaglutide is not a miracle drug but a tool that helps suppress your appetite, which helps you reduce your caloric intake. However, once you stop taking it, if you revert to bad eating habits – both quality and quantity of food – you will gain the weight back.
While you are in the weight management program, you should be retraining yourself on what portions and types of food you should be eating. It is not an accident that we repeatedly hear that two of the best diets in the world are the Mediterranean(2) and Blue Zone(3) diets. As such, as you progress on your journey, we recommend:
Low-starch vegetables like
Green leafy vegetables (i.e., collard greens, kale)
Sugar snap peas
Whole grain foods
Protein-rich foods like
Chicken, fish, eggs
Drink plenty of water
Reduce or stop alcohol
Refined grains and sugar
Foods with added sugar
Remember, this is a journey to reduce your weight, feel better, and live better and healthier going forward.
(1) Lau J, Bloch P, Schäffer L, et al. Discovery of the Once-Weekly Glucagon-Like Peptide-1 (GLP-1) Analog Semaglutide. J Med Chem. 2015 Nov 25;58(22):8826-39.
(3) Blue Zones Diet