Congratulations on starting your weight loss journey. Your first visit was packed with information and may be a little overwhelming. Please see below for a recap and more useful information to help you along the way.
How to store your medication
We prefer that you store your medication in the freezer when you get home. We find that the medication is most potent by storing it this way. If you are traveling or do not have access to a freezer, you may store in the refrigerator.
One hour before you give yourself the shot, take the correct case number out (be sure to check them to avoid injecting the wrong week dose). Leave your syringe out at room temperature for one hour to fully thaw the medication. Should you accidentally leave it out all day, it is still ok to inject the medication as long as it is not left out at temperatures over 100 degrees for extended periods of time.
Please make sure you keep it out of reach of children, animals and anyone who may accidentally inject or ingest the medication.
If you take home the medication, please bring the bag, cases and re-capped needles. Do not throw out the syringe cases as we will be putting your next month doses in them. We will have a $5.00 case charge for each case we need to replace.
A bag replacement fee is $20.00
We are honored to be a part of your weight loss journey.
Some patients will experience a decrease in appetite right away while others it may take a few dose adjustments for this to occur.
Some patients may lose weight the very first week, while again, others may take a little longer. Please do not get discouraged if you do not see results right away. We will work with you to increase the dose and nutritional changes to get you results.
Our goal is not to achieve the highest dose, it is to have consistent weight loss with minimal to no side effects. In doing so we need to assess how your body adjusts to the medication.
We also have a private Facebook group for our patients. Click on the Facebook group link and ask to join the group. You can also go directly to Facebook and look for the group: Healthy Medical Support Group.
Just remember not to provide personal medical questions on that site as everyone in the group can see it.
Some patients may experience side effects as discussed in the videos you watched before your first appointment. Feel free to rewatch the videos. You can find the link below.
Please reach out if you are having significant side effects. We can help!!!
There are several locations to inject the Semaglutide into the subcutaneous fat. (Do not inject into the muscle).
Most patients prefer to inject into the lower abdomen area (avoiding the belly button). You may also inject in the outer thigh area. If you have someone help inject for you, you may choose the upper arm. Please make sure again, they are injecting into the fatty tissue and not the muscle.
Below is a video to explain how to inject.
Nutrition is extremely important to not only achieve weight loss, but to make sure you are consuming adequate vitamins, minerals, calories, and protein.
We recommend tracking your daily intake. There are many applications you can download onto your phone. Choose one that works for you. One example is: My Fitness Pal. It has a free version that is user friendly. This will help you see if you are in need of additional help from our staff to help you achieve a healthy weight loss journey.
Protein is the single most important nutrient for weight loss . A high protein intake boosts metabolism, reduces appetite and changes several weight-regulating hormones.
If you do not eat in the morning, please drink a protein drink to start your day. As you go up on your dose of medication, you may feel less hungry and might not consume enough protein.
You may have more than one protein drink during the day, if needed.
A low-glycemic index diet emphasizes foods based on how they affect blood sugar levels. Foods, specifically carbohydrates since they have the most effect on blood sugar, are given a score between 0 and 100.
High scores of 70 and up include white and brown rice, white bread, white skinless baked potato, boiled red potatoes and watermelon.
Medium scores between 56-69 include sweet corn, bananas, raw pineapple, raisins and some ice creams.
Examples of low scoring foods of 55 and under include raw carrots, peanuts, raw apple, grapefruit, peas, skim milk, kidney beans and lentils.
We recommend pairing a food that has a higher carbohydrate with a protein to reduce the glycemic load and keep blood sugars from spiking and dropping. This will also help decrease nausea from occurring.
Sometimes it is difficult to find recipes that help with your weight loss journey. The link below has lean proteins and low glycemic food choices under the tab “lean and green”.
We suggest you take a multi-vitamin, probiotic and a digestive enzyme while on your weight loss journey. We have several options in our office should you choose to use these. We can also suggest other brands that will help you succeed in your journey.