Frequently Asked Questions

Questions regarding semaglutide (GLP-1) medications

Questions and Answers

Why is supplementing my protein intake important while taking a weight loss medication?

Many individuals taking weight loss medications experience an overall decreased appetite. This can lead to skipped meals, less than adequate protein, and/or reduced micronutrient intake. While an overall decrease in calories is helpful for weight loss, a decrease in protein intake is not.  If you are not able to consume enough protein through meals and snacks, including two (2) servings of the Biocare beverage will help increase your protein intake to help preserve lean body mass. The Biocare beverages are fortified with many vitamins and minerals to help bridge the gap if you are lacking any micronutrients, have added fiber, and are a source of essential fatty acids.

What are the most common side effects of Semaglutides?

The most common side effects of Semaglutides may include: nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, stomach (abdomen) pain, headache, tiredness (fatigue), upset stomach, dizziness, feeling bloated, belching, gas, stomach flu, heartburn, and runny
nose or sore throat. For complete and detailed information, please visit www.wegovy.com or www.ozempic.com. Wegovy®
and Ozempic® are registered trademarks of Novo Nordisk
A/S. Novo Nordisk is a registered trademark of Novo Nordisk A/S.

Do you need to have diabetes to take a GLP-1 medication?

While these medications were originally developed for blood glucose management and prescribed for individuals with diabetes, GLP-1 medications are not exclusively used for diabetes, and some are now also approved by prescription for weight loss. The top drug brands used as weekly injections for diabetes include Ozempic®, Victoza®, Mounjaro®, Trulicity® and Byetta® or Rybelsus® which is a daily tablet. The GLP-1 medications approved by the FDA for weight loss include
Wegovy®, Saxenda® and Zepbound®. Often, those who are prescribed a GLP-1 medication for weight loss take higher dosages than used what is generally prescribed for diabetes management.

What are the typical results on GLP-1 medications for weight loss?

Weight loss results vary depending on the medication prescribed, the dosage, and your medical history. Research is showing that as an appetite suppressant medication,
patients can lose as much as 20 percent of their body weight. However, when deciding to start a GLP-1 medication, it is important to discuss the benefits and risks with a medical care provider.

Will I gain weight if I stop taking a GLP-1 medication?

Weight regain is common when stopping GLP-1 medications. Weight loss can be sustained if intentional changes in lifestyle
are made, such as improving eating behaviors and physical activity. GLP-1 medications work by slowing digestion and promoting appetite suppression. Without the influence of the medication, lifestyle modifications in eating behaviors and physical activity are essential to support sustained weight loss. Working with a medical professional or a registered dietitian is important for sustaining weight loss after ceasing use of GLP-1 medication.

How long can someone stay on GLP-1 medications?

These drugs were first used for the treatment of diabetes, a chronic condition, therefore they are indicted for long-term use. If the drug is stopped, the benefits of blood glucose control or appetite suppression will stop. As a result, individuals
typically experience weight regain unless they have made other significant lifestyle changes. Although prescription of this medication is indicated for long-term use, some people choose to go off of the drug after sustaining weight loss. Weight regain is very common. Preventing this weight regain can be achieved by working with medical professionals and other healthcare providers to create sustainable diet and physical activity lifestyle changes.

What are the most common side effects of GLP-1 medications?

The physiological changes that aid in slowing digestion and altering appetite can also lead to digestive distress in the form of bloating, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal pain. Some individuals may also experience headache, fatigue, dizziness, belching, gas, and heartburn. By changing eating behaviors, like the type of food and timing of eating, most individuals can experience fewer gastrointestinal side effects. The response to taking these drugs will vary between individuals and some patients may not be bothered by side effects.

Are there generic options for GLP-1 medications?

Currently there are no FDA approved generic versions for GLP-1 drugs. FDA-approved, branded medications include the active ingredient of semaglutide. Currently, the patent for these medications is active until December 5, 2031. As long as the patent is active, a generic version will not be made available. The high demand of these drugs has led to an ongoing shortage since 2022, landing GLP-1 drugs on the FDA Drug Shortage
List. Depending on the reason for prescribing the GLP-1 drug, there are alternatives that may be used instead of the branded medication, but it is always best to consult with a physician before exploring these alternatives. Compounding pharmacies have identified the demand of these drugs and the need to make alternative routes for acquiring these medications for patients. These alternative methods of obtaining semaglutide medications may enable patients to get the medications they need even when branded medications are in short supply.
You should always consult a physician before exploring compounded medications.

What are GLP-1 medications and how do they work?

GLP-1 agonists drugs like Ozpemic®, Trulicity®, Mounjaro® and Zepbound® mimic the action of the GLP-1, which is a hormone that targets areas of the brain involved in regulating appetite and food intake. GLP-1 is naturally produced in the body for a short time in response to eating food. The medication extends this effect and promotes an increase in insulin secretion, and a reduction of glucagon production. GLP-1 drugs slow gastric emptying and promote a feeling of fullness. Patients typically experience altered food preferences and reduced interest in food which help many individuals lose weight.

Biocare Beverage

Questions and Answers

What type of food should I eat while on Semaglutide and Biocare?

When taking semaglutide medications, it is critical to make sure your diet incudes lean proteins, high fiber foods, non-starchy vegetables, and healthy fats. It is also important to stay hydrated, so drinking water is also important.

How many Biocare beverages are safe for me to drink per day?

Recommended protein intake varies from person to person. Most individuals benefit from taking two (2) Biocare beverages daily. Taking more than two may be advised for certain individuals, but it is recommended to consult a registered dietitian for a personalized meal plan. Consult a medical provider if you have specific questions about the amount of protein supplements to include in your regular diet.

I only want to drink one Biocare beverage per day instead of two, is that okay?

Each serving of Biocare provides 20 grams of protein, which is the same amount of protein in a three ounce chicken breast. Drinking just one Biocare beverage per day would be okay; however, it is important to make sure the rest of your protein intake is adequate to meet your daily protein needs. Consult with a medical professional and registered dietitian to ensure you are meeting your protein needs.

Are there certain times of day when it is recommended to consume a Biocare beverage?

There is not a one-size-fits-all all model when it comes to the timing of your Biocare beverage. It will vary based on your own schedule, comfort and hunger needs. When thinking about how the beverage would work best for you, ask yourself, “Is there a meal I often skip?” or “Is there a period of time I go longer between eating because I’m not hungry?” If you can identify a meal you often skip — or a longer stretches of time between eating — these are perfect opportunities to include a serving of Biocare to keep your body fueled with protein and essential nutrients.

Can/should I eat solid foods with the Biocare beverage or is it best to consume them alone?

How and when you drink your beverage is based on your preferences and food tolerance. Some people may find that consuming a six (6) ounce serving of Biocare is the perfect amount to be comfortable. Others may want to consume it with some solid food so they don’t feel too full too quickly. It is best to experiment with what feels best for you. If you feel uncomfortably full, plan to take the beverage during times when you have not consumed any protein for more than two-to-three hours.

I am nauseous in the morning since starting my weight loss medication; will Biocare beverages help to settle my stomach?

Experimenting with your diet, timing of meals and portion sizes can typically help alleviate nausea associated with GLP-1 medication use. Biocare includes ingredients that can help alleviate the nausea associated with taking this type of medication. Work with a registered dietitian to find a routine that works best for you.

Do Biocare beverages contain fiber? How will it affect my bowel habits?

Each serving of Biocare includes six (6) grams of fiber from soluble prebiotic fiber and are complemented by a digestively stable probiotic. These are included to promote digestive and gut health, and help to reduce gastrointestinal side effects that are commonly associated with GLP-1 medication use. Soluble prebiotic fiber is able to lower the occurrence of diarrhea and reduce constipation. The digestively stable probiotics can also help reduce bloating and gastric discomfort associated with GLP-1 medications. Together, pre and probiotics can enhance nutrient absorption and help balance the gut microbiome to improve digestive health and well-being. The blend of fiber and probiotic may create a more regular bowel pattern and reduce the gastrointestinal side effects of GLP-1 medication use.

What nutrients are added to Biocare beverages to help with the side effects of my weight loss medication?

Biocare beverages include a specialized blend of digestive enzyme, licorice root extract and a unique form of zinc — along with prebiotic fibers and a probiotic to help alleviate gastrointestinal side effects (such as nausea and constipation) that are associated with taking weight loss medications.

I want to add more variety to the currently available Biocare beverages. Is there something I can add?

Sometimes adding frozen elements such as ice cubes or a small portion (¼ cup) frozen fruit can change the texture and the flavor. Keep in mind that adding fruit will add to the calorie and carbohydrate content of the beverage. Flavor extracts, like orange or almond, are another option — just check that they don’t add sugar or calories. Work with a registered dietitian for ways to incorporate “add-ins” that will fit easily into your overall meal plan.

I have diabetes. How will the Biocare beverage affect my blood sugar?

One Biocare beverages contains 11-13 grams of total carbohydrates (depending on flavor), including six (6) grams of dietary fiber. Each serving also includes healthy fat and protein. This macronutrient combination will prevent blood glucose highs and lows. This supplement is a good addition to a diabetic diet. Please consult with an endocrinologist or medical professional for specific questions.

What is the protein source in the Biocare beverage?

The proteins in Biocare are a specially balanced blend of whey protein concentrate and whey protein isolate. Whey proteins are quickly and easily digested and absorbed compared to other protein sources. The efficient absorption of whey protein ensures the delivery of amino acids needed to protect lean muscle mass. Because GLP-1 medications slow the rate of digestion, whey protein is a great option for improving protein absorption. Leucine — an essential amino acid needed to initiate protein production and aids in muscle preservation — is also added to help maintain muscle integrity during sustained weight reduction.

I am a vegetarian. Can I drink Biocare beverages?

Biocare is a whey-based protein supplement. Whey is a milk derived protein, so it would be suitable for lacto-vegetarians and individuals who consume dairy products.

I am lactose intolerant. Can I drink Biocare beverages?

Although dairy products and dairy isolates are included in Biocare, these drinks contain very little lactose and are generally tolerated well by those who are lactose intolerant. If you are lactose intolerant, consult with a medical professional before starting any new product.

I am sensitive to artificial sweeteners. Do Biocare beverages contain artificial sweeteners?

Biocare contains natural sweeteners including monk fruit extract, stevia leaf extract, and licorice root extract. These are generally well-tolerated sweeteners. If you are concerned with the use of these sweeteners, please consult a medical professional before including them in your diet.

Are Biocare beverages keto-friendly?

One serving of Biocare beverage includes 11-13 grams of total carbohydrates, and six (6) grams of dietary fiber, thus providing only seven (7) grams net carbs. This fits nicely into most ketogenic meal plans. Please refer to a registered dietitian or medical professional for an individualized plan that includes the total grams of carbohydrates recommended per day to remain in ketosis.

Can I continue to use Biocare beverages if I stop taking weight loss medications?

Biocare is safe to consume even without taking a weight loss medication. The macronutrient profile would fit nicely into a low carbohydrate meal plan for weight loss as supplemental protein.

What makes Biocare beverages different from other protein beverages I can get at the grocery store?

Biocare includes specialized ingredients to help alleviate some of the common gastrointestinal side effects from taking weight loss medication. Additionally, two servings per day provide 100 percent of the daily value of essential vitamins and minerals. Biocare is also a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids.

Is it safe for the rest of my family to drink Biocare beverages?

These protein supplements are safe for anyone to consume. However, consult with a medical professional before taking these protein supplements as they are a bioengineered food intended for certain uses. For children under the age of 18, consult with a pediatrician before incorporating these products into their diet.

My Biocare beverage is past the best by date. Can I still drink it?

It is best to consume the beverage before the listed date. While there is not a food safety risk for dry powdered blends such as Biocare, there may be a noticeable decline in flavor.

Are there immediate and long-term benefits from the ingredients in Biocare to address GLP-1 side effects?

There are immediate and long-term benefits from the ingredients in Biocare to address GLP-1 side effects. First, the small six (6) ounce serving size of the reconstituted beverage has high nutritional content, including fiber and digestive enzymes. These play a vital role in alleviating gastric discomfort and optimize nutrient absorption on a daily basis. Additionally, the probiotic supports healthy gut function, and the bioactive compounds were selected for their ability to help reduce gastric distress. These benefits are cumulative, leading to a noticeable decline in discomfort over the first two weeks. Individual results may vary.

Will consuming Biocare beverages help me lose weight faster?

Consuming protein does not help you lose weight faster; however, including the Biocare beverage will help you consume protein throughout the day and meet other nutrient requirements. By better meeting your protein requirements — plus satisfying 100 percent of essential nutrient needs every day — you will be supporting lean muscle mass as you lose body fat. During your weight loss journey, this means you will better able to maintain a higher resting energy expenditure, potentially avoiding weight loss stalls/plateaus and help maintain the healthier weight you achieve.

What is the difference between Biocare and competitors' products?

Many competitors simply rebrand their existing products to connect them to GLP-1/semaglutide users. Biocare was specifically designed with semaglutide users in mind. This includes extra protein for muscle mass, nutrients, prebiotics, and probiotics for missing meals, and scientifically-proven ingredients to help eliminate common side-effects.

Should I tell my doctor I am taking Biocare?

Although we've designed Biocare to be a safe addition to your diet, it's always important to notify your doctor whenever you take new medications, or when you change your diet, or routines.

What is a Behavior Program?

A behavior program is designed to change the way you think and act in a way that promotes sustained weight loss and health. Our behavior program was designed with scientific research to help you live better, even if you do not take weight loss medications or consume meal replacement products. You can find a downloadable version of our program at https://biocarenutrition.com/behavior-program.

Can I use Biocare if I suffer with constipation?

Biocare beverages include a
specialized blend of digestive enzymes, licorice root extract and a unique form
of zinc, along with prebiotic fiber and probiotics to help alleviate common
gastrointestinal side effects associated with taking weight loss medications,
including constipation. Biocare may be a beneficial addition to your diet however, it is important to consult with his physician or healthcare
provider before making changes to your diet or routine.

Since Biocare is sweetened with monk fruit and stevia, why do you add sugar and is it white processed sugar?

Biocare contains a small amount of granulated fruit sugar (2g per serving) to complement the natural sweeteners, monk fruit and stevia extracts, used. While monk fruit and stevia provide sweetness without the calories, a small amount of sugar can help balance their taste, making the overall flavor of the product more enjoyable. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggest that a limited amount of added sugars can be included as part of an overall healthy diet; the minimal amount used in each serving of Biocare contributes just 4% of the recommended daily value of added sugars for a 2,000 calorie diet.

Does Biocare provide appetite suppression?

Biocare is designed to support nutritional needs while
taking appetite-suppressing semaglutide medications.  While Biocare does not contain functional ingredients specific to appetite suppression, it is formulated to promote satiety with 20g of high-quality protein and 6g
of dietary fiber per serving.

Can I take Biocare if I've had weight loss surgery?

Biocare can serve as a protein supplement for bariatric patients who have a medical recommendation to consume whey protein, low-fat, and low-sugar supplements with no restrictions regarding intake of probiotics, prebiotic fiber, digestive enzymes, or other Biocare ingredients. If you are unsure, it is best to consult your medical provider.

Is Biocare FDA approved?

Biocare is manufactured in a facility that is registered and inspected by the FDA and is labeled in compliance with FDA regulations for dietary supplements. While the FDA does not "approve" dietary supplements in the same manner as drugs, Biocare meets FDA standards for safety, quality, and efficacy.

How does Biocare help preserve muscle mass?

Biocare helps preserve muscle during weight loss or reduced calorie intake while using GLP-1 medications with its special blend of whey protein concentrate and isolate. These proteins are more easily digested and absorbed than other sources, allowing for efficient delivery of amino acids crucial for protecting lean muscle mass. This is especially beneficial with GLP-1 medications, which slow digestion, making whey protein an excellent choice for improved absorption. Biocare also includes added leucine,
a key amino acid that stimulates muscle protein synthesis, aiding in muscle tissue repair and growth.

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