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Tiny Tummy Tips, Issue #59: Ozempic, Wegovy, Rybelsus, OH MY!
June 05, 2024

Ozempic, Wegovy, Rybelsus, OH MY!

Tiny Tummy Tips, Issue #59-- What you Need to Know about GLP-1 Weight Loss Drugs

The words "GLP-1 receptor agonist" might sound like a complicated mouthful.

However, it’s just a class of prescription drugs (often shortened to “GLP-1s”) that include Ozempic and Wegovy. Also Rybelsus, Saxenda, Trulicity, and a couple more. I’d bet money you’ve heard of at least one of them!

These drugs work because they affect a specific hormone in your body called GLP-1. I’m neither for them nor against them, but I think you’d benefit from knowing how they work.

But first a quick reminder: It’s always best to discuss what medications may or may not be best for you with your doctor.

Back to my story...

Here’s what they do…


• Makes you feel full/satisfied
• Reduce appetite
• Delay stomach emptying, which translates to food staying in your stomach longer, and you feeling fuller LONGER

Almost daily I have someone tell me they “have a friend” taking a GLP-1 who’s getting great results. I hear the frustration and conflict in the voice of the person who isn’t taking medication but wants the same results.

Well I have good news!

There are plenty of lifestyle changes that:

• Makes you feel full/satisfied.
• Reduce appetite
• Delay stomach emptying, which translates to food staying in your stomach longer, and you feeling fuller LONGER

Hmmm...wait, you must be saying...isn’t that what GLP-1s do?

Yes. Exactly my point!

So what are these lifestyle changes?!'ve heard them before...likely at nauseam from me, but I’ll just keep reminding you:

1. Eat at regular, structured mealtimes.

It doesn’t have to be the exact same time every day, but try to self-impose some kind of meal schedule, eating every 3-4 hours. This helps your reduce and control appetite.

An overly hungry person makes emotional food decisions, not rational ones.

2. Drink at least 64oz of water or calorie free beverages every day. It’s one of the best appetite suppressants there is. Plus, staying hydrated makes your body work the way it’s supposed to!

3. Eat protein + fiber (vegetables and/or fruits), and even a small amount of healthy plant fat (nuts, seeds, avocado, olive oil) every meal.

This perfect balance of nutrients helps you feel full and stay full and satisfied because it slows stomach emptying. This translates to a LONGER feeling of fullness.

Sound familiar?!

You can create similar feelings of fullness, appetite suppression, and meal satisfaction simply by eating the right foods, regularly.

This is empowering news! Take it to heart.

Now, go to it!

Let me know if I can help.

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In Health,

Suzette Kroll, RDN

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