Southaven Gastroenterologist

Obesity And Weight Loss Management

Obesity is a chronic disease that demands a multifaceted approach in its management. GLP medications such as Wegovy (semaglutide) and Zepbound (tirzepatide) are used to assist in the management of weight loss. These medications act by decreasing the emptying of the stomach and affecting the brain signals for hunger. 

As a result of that there are decreased blood sugars, fatty tissue of the liver, high blood pressure, and LDL. While patients are taking GLP 1 medications it is advisable that they adhere to a healthy, well-balanced diet as well as be involved in an exercise program. 

During the weight loss process, it is normal to lose both fatty tissue as well as muscles. Therefore, it is critical to consume an adequate amount of protein, such as lean meat, fish, eggs, and cheese for the building of muscles. It is also important to consume an adequate amount of fiber, vegetables and healthy snacks.

Avoid foods that are high in fats, highly processed, sugary drinks, pastries, and alcohol.
The most common side effects of these medications include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, dry mouth, and worsening of acid reflux. 

For more information regarding the use of weight loss medications please contact us at 662-280-8222.

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