Suppose you've just started taking Saxenda (liraglutide) or are learning about GLP-1 receptor agonist medications for the first time. In that case, you might be curious about how it works and how to increase its benefits.
Along with improving sleep, exercise, and eating habits, GLP-1s (like Saxenda) work best when combined with lifestyle changes. Many new members ask, "What foods should I avoid while taking Saxenda?"
Liraglutide does not interact with food or medications. There are a few guidelines to follow regarding food to minimise side effects and achieve the best results when taking Saxenda.
Saxenda (liraglutide) is an approved drug glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) medication used to treat overweight and obesity. Saxenda® can help patients lose weight and manage it longer-term when combined with healthy diet and exercise modifications.
Saxenda® is manufactured by Novo Nordisk, which makes Wegovy and Ozempic. Under the brand name Victoza, liraglutide, the active ingredient in Saxenda, is also available for patients with type 2 diabetes. Saxenda works by mimicking your body's natural incretin hormones.
Food consumption is signalled to the brain, endocrine system, and gastrointestinal system by incretin hormones. The result is a complex cascade of hormones and neurotransmitters that effectively communicate feelings of satiety (fullness) and slow the rate at which food is digested.
Furthermore, GLP-1 medications can improve blood sugar levels in people with impaired glucose tolerance or diabetes.
As with all GLP-1s, Saxenda helps you lose weight and stick to healthy habits, but it doesn't cause weight loss. It must be combined with other tactics to support metabolic health and prevent weight regain. A healthy lifestyle may include modifying what you eat, how you exercise, and when you exercise.
To maximise success with Saxenda, our Metabolic Reset combines GLP-1 medication with lifestyle recommendations. The Four Pillars of Metabolic Health are:
Your mind and body will benefit from eating more whole foods and less fast-digesting carbohydrates, improving sleep quality, participating in 150 minutes of physical activity, and managing stressors. Saxenda® can work even more efficiently to help you lose weight when this foundation is in place.
As clinically appropriate and insurance-eligible, all our members will be considered for Saxenda.
Manufacturers recommend Saxenda for adults with excess weight (clinically defined as a BMI of 27) who also have weight-related medical conditions or those with obesity (clinically defined as BMI of 30).
If you have a history of any of the following medical conditions, talk to your healthcare provider before taking Saxenda®:
The majority of people who take GLP-1 medication experience few side effects. Nevertheless, the most common side effects are mild and tend to improve over time.
Saxenda® can cause nausea, constipation, diarrhoea, and stomach pain or discomfort. There may also be the following side effects:
GLP-1 medications pose a relatively low risk of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
It's safe to eat anything while taking Saxenda, but remember that every person's body responds differently to different foods. If enchiladas gave you heartburn before consuming a GLP-1, they might make you feel even worse now.
It would help if you didn't medicate your way out of unpleasant side effects. Rather than eating something that doesn't agree with you, listen to your body. You may not need to eliminate this food from your diet; you may need to consume smaller portions.
The use of Saxenda may cause an increase in resting heart rate in rare cases. Your primary care provider should be informed if you develop palpitations. If you experience severe abdominal pain or other serious side effects while taking Saxenda®, contact Mobi Doctor immediately.
Taking a GLP-1 medication can cause some unpleasantness, as much as we might crave our everyday comfort foods. You may experience bloating, nausea, flatulence, reflux, stomach cramps, and other less-than-enjoyable digestive side effects, such as a difference in taste and lack of satisfaction, bloating, nausea, flatulence, and reflux.
Here are a few food guidelines to keep in mind. You can make a few simple swaps to simplify taking Saxenda for your mind and body and prevent most side effects from becoming bothersome. Here are some tips from our medical team:
If any side effects become bothersome or do not go away, speak with your doctor. The Our Medical Team can provide recommendations and supportive care for any issues. Get immediate medical attention if you experience severe side effects (such as anaphylaxis or shortness of breath).
Before taking Saxenda®, you do not need to eat. It is possible to take the medication at any time of the day, regardless of when you eat. Saxenda should be injected simultaneously every day, so choose a convenient time. Sometimes, that's right after waking up or before going to sleep.
Injecting Saxenda into your abdomen, thigh, or upper arm is relatively painless, thanks to prefilled pens. Our professionals at Mobi Doctor will provide Saxenda injection instructions.
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