What to Eat and Avoid


Newer weight loss drugs like Ozempic, Wegovy, Mounjaro, and Zepbound work by dramatically decreasing your appetite and delaying stomach emptying. But when you’re taking these meds, you still gotta eat.

You need enough calories to fuel your day and prevent nutrient deficiencies. And it’s important to choose the right foods to make medicated weight loss a healthier process.

Bonnie Newlin, RDN, of Annapolis, Maryland, says leaning into foods rich in specific nutrients is the best approach. “While using a GLP-1 or GIP agonist [the drug classes these medications belong to], I recommend prioritizing protein and fiber,” she says. “Protein plays a crucial role in maintaining muscle mass, while fiber provides essential nutrients and promotes gut health.”

On the flip side, certain foods aren’t great choices for these drugs. Some foods can be harder to digest, increasing the risk of nausea and diarrhea, Newlin says, or could even impede weight loss.


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