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Ozempic Foods to Avoid: Make Your Decisions Wisely

Ozempic relates to a class of medications called GLP 1 (glycogen-like peptide 1). It is a natural hormone that your body produces to maintain and lower the sugar levels in the blood. When you start using Ozempic for weight loss, it stimulates the release of insulin, which helps the body cells take in glucose and lower sugar levels.

This drug helps people lose weight because it slows down the digestion of food in the stomach, so food will take more time to digest, and it will increase the feeling of fullness, which will help them lose weight. It also reduces the rate of stomach emptying, which can cause symptoms of discomfort and unwanted side effects like vomiting, diarrhea, and nausea.

Now, some healthcare professionals are suggesting some foods people might want to avoid on Ozempic to reduce their uneasy stomach. Let’s have a look at those foods in this article!

What Foods Can Make You Unwell On Ozempic?

Ozempic does not have a specific diet or list of foods you cannot eat while taking it. However, because Ozempic may cause stomach upset and other gastrointestinal side effects, avoiding foods that worsen or cause these symptoms is essential.

You should also avoid foods that can cause your blood sugar to rise too quickly. This can help Ozempic and other diabetes medications better regulate insulin production and release in the body.

Here are some things to avoid in your diet to reduce your risk of adverse side effects:

High-fat Foods

Although there is a wide range of foods to avoid, the main focus is fried and greasy foods that use full-fat milk and oil-rich cooking styles. These high-fat foods take longer to digest, and the indigestible portion is more likely to cause an upset stomach.

Fried or greasy foods increase the risk of gut side effects when they are consumed alone. So, when combined with Ozempic, the chances of developing stomach side effects increase. 

Recent health news tells us that a diet enriched with high-fat calories has been shown to cause constipation and slow gastrointestinal motility. Eliminating fatty and spicy foods during Ozempic treatment may help reduce stomach-related side effects (e.g., nausea/indigestion/stomach pain).

Foods With Added Sugar

Ozempics users should avoid sugary foods for weight loss as they are known to cause weight gain. High-fat or added sugar foods include sugar-sweetened beverages like candy and ice cream, doughnuts, processed meats, french fries, fried chicken, fried foods, crisps, and other sugary snacks. Avoiding these foods and eating low-fat foods can help you manage your diabetes better. 

Foods with high glycemic indexes make it difficult to regulate blood sugar levels. Therefore, Ozempic users must carefully limit the sugar, sugar-free drinks, fruit juice, and sugar-free desserts they consume. These should be carefully moderated and replaced when possible.

Processed Carbohydrates

Consumption of high-carbohydrate foods, particularly those highly processed and lacking many nutrients, can cause the sugar levels to spike. High-carb foods include white bread, pasta, high-fructose cereals, starchy bagels, and other processed foods.

For people using Ozempic to lose weight and manage their blood sugar levels, it is crucial to focus on complex carbohydrates. These can be found in fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, whole grains, legumes, and more.

It is reasonable to assume that simple carbohydrates like white bread, processed foods, and other high-fructose foods can worsen the side effects of GLP-1 agonists like Ozempic.

High-Glycemic Fruits and Vegetables

High-glycemic fruits and vegetables contain very high levels of natural sugars. These fruits and vegetables can potentially interfere with the effectiveness of Ozempic if consumed in large quantities or on an empty stomach.

For example, potatoes can cause an increase in blood sugar levels due to their high carbohydrate content. Other foods to limit are corn, peas, and carrots. So, Fruits high in natural sugars, such as apples, oranges, and mangoes, should be avoided during your Ozempic treatment unless your healthcare provider tells you otherwise.

Diabetic patients taking Ozempic medications work on their diet by taking meals high in protein, like lean meats and dairy products, as protein helps control sugar levels better than carbohydrates alone.

Caffeine

Although Ozempic users can consume caffeine while taking the medication, sometimes it can lead to low blood sugar levels or dehydration as it takes many hours to digest. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids during the day while taking this medication.

It is advisable to lower the intake of caffeinated drinks like tea and soda while taking Ozempic, as they can lower blood sugar. 

Alcohol

Alcohol consumption is known to irritate the digestive system. If you drink alcohol while taking Ozempic, it may increase your risk of hypoglycemia, which is a condition in which your blood sugar is too low. If you decide to consume alcohol while taking this medicine, it is best to limit your alcohol intake to one drink a day.

You should also make sure to eat regularly, ideally every couple of hours, while consuming alcohol, as this helps to maintain blood sugar levels and prevents them from falling too low.

High Sodium Foods

High sodium is often present in highly processed foods, such as take-out potato chip snacks, canned foods such as soups, and a lot of the sodium found in the frozen foods of grocery stores.

High sodium levels in your diet can raise your blood pressure and cause heart disease, which is a deadly combination for anyone diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Since added salt is often found in high-calorie and fat-rich foods, with Ozempic, seeing a high sodium count on your nutrition label should put a damper on your stomach.

Foods to Prioritize with Ozempic

Eating healthy doesn’t just mean avoiding certain foods. It also means eating foods that help keep blood sugar levels in check and make you feel full for longer periods of time. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Ozempic helps you lose weight by losing fat and some muscle mass. You should eat plenty of lean protein to keep your energy levels high. However, too much lean protein can lead to constipation and nausea. So, make sure to eat enough protein in small portions. Pair your food protein with vegetables to boost your fiber intake.

While food with refined carbs can worsen constipation, whole grains (brown rice, whole grain bread, oatmeal) are high in fiber and help relieve it. If you want to add more fiber to your diet, do it gradually. Too much fiber can cause gas, cramps, and bloating.

Dehydration is one of the most common side effects of Ozempic use. Therefore, it is crucial to monitor your daily water intake and keep an eye on your thirst. Adequate fluid intake can also help with certain gastrointestinal problems, such as constipation.

Plenty of leafy greens are essential for taking Ozempic as these medications delay gastric emptying. Many healthy fruits and vegetables can also help with hydration. Fibrous foods like leafy greens like kale and spinach are insoluble in water and cannot be broken down by the body. These fibrous foods travel through your digestive system and promote gastric emptying, which reduces constipation.

Exercise is one of the most important ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle while taking Ozempic. Physical activity naturally lowers blood sugar levels and aids in weight loss. It is recommended for adults to engage in at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity exercise. This could be as little as 30 minutes daily, five days weekly. It is said that adults who exercise more and sit less tend to gain health benefits.

Many people use Ozempic through online weight loss programs that do not require a physical examination. However, this can lead to adverse health consequences. Therefore, taking such medications under the supervision of an obesity medicine physician is crucial.

Seeds and nuts in your food are essential to optimize nutritional intake as they contain various beneficial fats and minerals. Although they are high in calories, it is recommended to portion out these snacks to ensure you are consuming the correct portion sizes while taking the Ozempic diet.

Who should not take Ozempic?

It is important to note that this weight loss medication is not suitable for everyone. Some people with certain medical conditions are not suitable for this medication, such as: 

People who have a history of MES (Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Syndrome type 2), medullary thyroid tumors, or have a family history of these conditions are more likely to develop thyroid tumors

Ozempic should be avoided by pregnant women, those who are breastfeeding, or those who are planning to become pregnant, as the effects of Ozempic on pregnancy are not well understood. There is no way to avoid the risk to the unborn child.

The Bottom Line

Although Ozempic is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as an injectable medication for weight loss, it can cause some uncomfortable symptoms such as vomiting,  nausea, diarrhea, and constipation. Certain foods may be more likely to cause adverse reactions with Ozempic.

Additionally, certain foods may interfere with Ozempic’s ability to regulate blood sugar and insulin levels. Therefore, it is crucial to limit or abstain from certain foods. Foods to avoid with Ozempic include greasy, fatty, high in sugar (especially refined carbohydrates), and alcohol.