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5 Ways to Increase Weight Loss With Wegovy

Wegovy injections are an effective weight loss solution, making losing weight more viable for a larger proportion of people. However, it isn’t a miracle cure and there are things you’ll need to do to support your Wegovy journey and maximise weight loss.

Here, we’ll explore the top 5 ways you can maximise your potential weight loss with Wegovy, from eating the right diet to getting a good night’s sleep.

1. Eat healthy foods

One of the best ways you can increase the effectiveness of Wegovy is to change your diet. You should treat this like a journey. Don’t be afraid to try new foods and reintroduce some that you weren’t keen on before. Wegovy works best when you follow a low-calorie diet, your clinician may have already devised a diet plan for you. You’ll likely be looking to eat 1200 to 2000 calories per day.

Eating healthily doesn’t need to be bland. Many natural foods are colourful, flavoursome, and nutrient-dense. You should focus on high-fibre foods like fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins.

Here are some examples:

FruitVegetablesWholegrainsLean proteins
AvocadoSweet potatoQuinoaChicken
ApplesSpinachWholewheat pastaSalmon
BananasAubergineBrown riceSteak
PineappleBroccoliWholewheat pastaTofu
BlueberriesMushroomsSourdough or wholegrain breadEggs
StrawberriesCarrots Lentils and legumes
PomegranatePeppers Natural or Greek yoghurt
OrangesSweetcorn  
Grapefruit   

If you experience any of the common Wegovy side effects, particularly when you increase your dose, like a reduced appetite or feeling sick, it’s important to still eat. Try making high-protein smoothies using natural yoghurt as a base or making vegetable-based soups. Meals like these are easier on your stomach and digestion.

Following a healthy, nutritious diet plan will not only maximise your weight loss but also set you on a healthier path to keeping your weight down.

2. Get moving

Exercise should play a pivotal part in your weight loss program because it has multiple benefits:

  • Calorie burning: Any additional movements you can make during the day will help to burn calories, and shift your weight. It can be as simple as taking the stairs rather than the lift, walking to work rather than taking the car, or even doing some gardening - it all counts.
  • Improves heart health: Regular physical activity helps your heart and is associated with less cardiovascular mortality. It also improves your blood pressure, insulin resistance, and blood fat levels.
  • Builds muscle: Adding exercise to a low-calorie diet plan helps to preserve muscle mass during weight loss. This is important because it will help you to keep your lost weight off and improve your muscle strength and physical function.
  • Better mood: Lots of research has shown that specific exercises can help to improve mood disorders in overweight and obese people, including Pilates, yoga, and walking.

Some things you can do to increase your physical activity levels include:

  • Incorporate daily activities like hoovering, gardening, playing with children, grandchildren and pets into your exercise routine
  • Get an exercise buddy to help keep you motivated
  • If you do a lot of sitting, perhaps for work, have some hand weights close to your desk and take short breaks to complete some reps
  • Take it easy on your joints and try swimming or walking laps in a swimming programme

3. Prioritise restful sleep

Getting good sleep can increase the effectiveness of your weight loss programme. That’s because sleep helps to regulate your hormones, especially those involved with hunger and appetite.

Poor sleep has been linked to an increased body mass index (BMI) and may slow your metabolism, leading to weight gain. There are several things you can do to promote a good night’s sleep:

  • Go to bed and get up at the same time every day (you may choose to use an alarm to wake you up)
  • Create a healthy sleeping environment e.g. cold, and dark, manage noise levels to your liking, avoid eating in your bedroom and bed
  • Turn screens off about an hour before you go to bed
  • Avoid alcohol and heavy meals at least 2 hours before bed
  • If you feel stressed, try meditation or gentle exercise

4. Stick with your Wegovy dosing schedule

The Wegovy dosing schedule is specifically designed to gradually increase, reducing the risk of side effects and allowing your body time to get used to the active ingredient, semaglutide.

Your clinician will work with you to make sure you are receiving the most effective Wegovy dose. If you experience side effects, they may recommend you stick at your current dose before increasing to the next one up.

By tailoring and sticking to your Wegovy plan, you’ll help to maximise the benefit of Wegovy on your weight loss journey.

5. Commit to change

This is likely the most important thing you can do. The earlier you commit to overhauling your lifestyle and committing to change, the easier and more fulfilling your weight loss journey with Wegovy will be.

Inevitably, at times, you will find it challenging, even overwhelming, but by having a goal in mind and sticking to the plan, you’ll be able to navigate any challenges you face.

Refocus your mindset by embracing the changes and viewing diet changes, increased exercise, and other lifestyle improvements as a new way of life that will lead to a new and improved you.

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Summary

At Prescription Doctor, our clinicians are here to support you and we can provide prescriptions for weight loss injections, including Wegovy. But for these to be successful, you will need to commit to making some changes to your lifestyle to reap the full benefits.

Explore our range of weight loss medicines, to help kickstart your weight loss journey.

Authored By

Leanne Edermaniger

Medical Content Writer
Leanne is a science and health content writer focusing on human health and biology while utilising her solid academic background.

Published on: 13/06/2024

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Mohamed Imran Lakhi

MPharm - Lead Pharmacist
Imran Lakhi is the superintendent pharmacist and founder at Prescription Doctor. He has been at the core of our team.

Reviewed on: 13/06/2024
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