What Foods Can I have with Saxenda & Ozempic?

Background

Dieting is a tricky one. On the one hand, we want to lose weight but on the other hand, we don't want to stop eating the foods we love. When using medicated weight loss, it is far easier to reduce your portions and cut down on those unhealthy foods and treats.


Some clients have even reported that they find certain foods you regularly have either do not taste the same or do not have the same effects on them anymore. This is down to how the medication interacts with your body.


Saxenda & Ozempic initially help slow down the digestive process. This means that anything you eat stays in your digestive system for longer. This helps with making you feel more satisfied and full, however, it does mean that you’ll need to adjust your portion sizes in order to feel comfortably full rather than bloated. Many people find that eating from a smaller plate can help with portion control.


Sometimes, if we eat the same old foods we're used to whilst using this medication, we can experience a difference in taste, a lack of sense of satisfaction, bloating, nausea, sulphur burps, reflux, stomach cramps or even loose stool. None of those sound pleasant, right?


So what foods can I eat?

Generally speaking, you can eat most things with Ozempic. However, some people find that they need to eat less of certain foods to feel full and to feel comfortable.

When on a weight loss program, most people decide to cut out certain foods, such as carbohydrates. Others might choose to cut out chocolate or sugar. We have never recommended avoiding any whole food groups, even the ones that are seen as unhealthy, such as fats and carbs. These can actually be useful for our daily functioning and to keep our body & minds in a healthy condition.

As we know, it can be much harder to stick to a diet plan if you’re forcing yourself to restrict the foods that you enjoy. Instead, you should account for some treats within your calorie allowance whilst still maintaining an overall healthy diet - that's what this medication is all about; it helps you to make the healthier choices without the cravings and the hunger, which gets you into a positive mindset and into healthier eating habits. This is so that you can continue to lead a healthier lifestyle without the need for medication.


Whilst there are no foods that are completely off limits, you may need to reduce certain foods. This is completely personal and down to you as an individual; you will quickly learn what foods work for your diet whilst taking Ozempic as the weeks progress.


We love our carbohydrates - for some reason, some of the best foods are high in refined carbs, which unfortunately means they are high in calories and sugars. When using Ozempic and Saxenda, many clients have reported that carbs can cause bloating. Because of this, we advocate for your meals to be higher in protein and fibre, and lower in carbs - particularly the refined, processed carbs.



When you’re trying to lose weight, protein has been proven to help aid you by giving you a sense of fullness and satisfaction, reducing your hunger levels. There are all kinds of options available for both meat eaters and those that eat a plant-based diet. Lean protein is often lower in calories than a lot of carbohydrates, and can be incredibly filling. Good sources of proteins include:

  • Chicken

  • Turkey

  • Tuna

  • Salmon

  • Eggs

  • Chickpeas

  • Kidney beans

  • Lentils

  • Spinach

Protein also helps repair tissue & muscles, meaning it is importan