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How to Achieve Optimal Health with New Diabetes Weight Loss Medications?

There is little doubt about the effectiveness of the new diabetes and weight loss medications. Such as Ozempic, Mounjaro, and Wegovy.  They gained popularity quickly for weight loss, and possibly a bit too quick. Simply stated,  these medications reduce your sense of hunger and make you feel full for a longer period of time. They also slow the rate your food is digested and emptied from your stomach.  You will gain back most of the weight you lost once you stop these medications. Unfortunately much of this weight gain only takes a few months.

  The decision to take  these  lifelong medications requires more than  saying yes to the  injection.   While you are on these medications there are common and adverse side effects that you need to know about; these can change over the years. There are common side effects of these medications for people who have type 2 diabetes and those who do not. There are also side effects that are different if you have type 2 diabetes.

For optimal health you need more than just taking the medications. You also need comprehensive knowledge, support , and the skills  for long term success and peak health. This is how I advise, coach, and support you.   I  am a board-certified diabetes care and education specialist and a health coach.  

You want to carefully select food choices since your appetite is reduced and opt for  foods that are easily digestible.  This will help with GI side effects of your weight loss medication. Make  meals and  drinks that are delicious and nutritious.   Avoid eating sweets or fried or greasy foods especially if they are experiencing nausea. Mindful eating and  easy meal planning promotes better health.  Food is individualized. There is no -one - size plate or “diet” that fits all.  Maintain  hydration.  There are healthy options to incorporate other than water that are worthy of consideration.

As you lose fat and weight you need to implement a physical activity program that you can progress with for building muscle, flexibility, and strength.  If you  are older  and not physically active, you are prone to shrinkage of muscle mass. This increases the risks of falls, weakness, and functional decline.  There are progressive approaches  that evolve as you do.  Your  fitness routine should also be based on your  health status and ability.  It needs to be enjoyable. 

Have a healthy and successful weight loss journey.


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