The 9 Best Snacks for People on Weight Loss Medications


Plenty of people think snacking should be one of the first things to go when you’re trying to lose weight. In fact, a study published in September 2023 in the European Journal of Nutrition found that one-quarter of Americans could be offsetting the benefits of eating healthy meals by snacking on processed junk foods each day.

Of course, the quality of your snacks matter. “Snacks can be helpful in certain circumstances if they are well-balanced,” says Melissa Mitri, RD, owner of Melissa Mitri Nutrition. One of those circumstances? If you happen to be taking one of the buzzed-about weight loss drugs known as GLP-1 agonists or dual agonists.

These drugs mimic hormones that create the sensation of fullness, so often, appetite is greatly diminished for individuals who take them, Mitri explains. “If you’re finding that you feel very full from these medications, it can make it hard to eat enough throughout the day to meet your nutrient needs,” she says. “In addition to taking a multivitamin and mineral supplement, eating small, frequent meals may be more manageable to meet your needs at the end of the day. This may mean incorporating small, healthy snacks into your routine in order to fit in the necessary nutrients your body needs more easily.”

Another advantage of eating in this way is that you’ll be less likely to experience many of the digestive side effects that are commonly reported by people who take these medications. Eating smaller portions and more frequent meals were both found to reduce gastrointestinal side effects in people being treated with GLP-1 agonists, according to recommendations published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine.


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