Mounjaro – Part Two – Recommendations and Solutions

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I began taking Mounjaro injections on 10/31. As of this post, I have been using Mounjaro for 11 weeks and have lost 33 pounds. Weight loss has pretty consistently been two to three pounds a week. No, I haven’t exercised. Yes, I know if I exercise, I will lose more. However, without getting into our personal circumstances, I have yet to find the time to make it happen – though I plan to.

Mounjaro Pens

What lifestyle changes have I made?

To begin with, I found certain foods I can’t eat anymore because they cause heartburn. These foods include:

  • Peppers
  • Onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Spicy foods
  • Any brand of protein bars
  • Really sweet foods like frosting (I can eat birthday cake but not the frosting)

I am sure there are others, but these come to mind first.

Now, the foods I used to crave no longer have a hold on me. I can ignore cookies, chips, ice cream, and fried foods and not feel deprived. I have occasionally had some of these foods, but perhaps just a bite, and I move on.

I have myositis, and before Mounjaro, my muscle aches and pains impacted my life. I would have difficulty standing up; walking up and down stairs was so challenging; I stayed away from activities requiring walking or standing for long periods. However, since I started taking Mounjaro, all inflammation pain is gone. ALL! I have also been reducing my myositis medications. I will gladly take Mounjaro for the rest of my life if it reduces all this inflammation.

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My solution for specific Mounjaro recommendations

Recommendation – Take injection after a protein-fortified meal 

My Solution – I tend to take it after a Fairlife Core Power Elite Protein Shake.


Recommendation – Start fiber, magnesium powder, or digestive enzymes, so you don’t end up with severe constipation 

My Solution – Don’t let it sneak up on you – believe me, before you know it, you will be constipated and struggling to solve the problem too late. I use Bellway Super Fiber, Swanson’s Triple Magnesium, and Now Super Enzymes.

bellway super fiber

Recommendation – Take a daily multivitamin 

My Solution – First of all, a multivitamin is recommended for everyone but even more so when participating in any weight loss program. I use Pure Encapsulations One Multivitamin.

Recommendation – Eat protein every 3 hours (goal 80g – 100g a day) to maintain muscle mass during weight loss

My Solution – At first, getting that much protein in during the day may be challenging, but incorporating one Fairlife reduces that concern.

Fairlife Core Power Elite

Recommendation – Drink 1-2 servings of sugar-free electrolytes daily if eating low carb

My Solution – I drink Liquid I.V. Hydration Multiplier. I believe it is the best-tasting option.

Liquid IV

Recommendation – Drink 60+ oz of water daily

My Solution – I drink at least 100 oz of water daily. It helps the weight fall off and is an outstanding general health practice. The key to success is always having water with you no matter where you are AND having a bottle that you love. I love my Stanley 40-ounce tumbler with a handle. 


Recommendation – Determine your daily caloric intake 

My Solution – Many apps and websites help you work through what would be best, or you can meet with a dietitian or nutritionist. The Mayo Clinic has a free online calculator.


Recommendation – Once you know your daily caloric goal, track calories.

My Solution – There are many apps to help with this. I use Lose It! Some people use planners or notepads, but I prefer an app.

Lose it app

DO NOT go below 1000 calories – too few calories will stall your metabolism and the scale. 

REMEMBER TO EAT – Appetite suppression may be mild, moderate, or severe. If you have no appetite whatsoever, you still need to eat. Mounjaro lends itself well to intermittent fasting. 

Celebrate non-scale victories. Can you fit into that dress you have been dreaming of? What about those skinny jeans? Or do you not need a seatbelt extender anymore on an airplane? 

Stay in communication with your medical professional. My doctor has been very responsive — I use PushHealth, a telemedicine provider collaboration, and my provider is an obesity doctor. Remember, this is a marathon, not a sprint. There may be periods when you don’t lose weight, while at other times, you may lose BIG. 

Your doctor needs you to communicate the following:

  • Are you losing weight? 
  • What side effects are you experiencing? 
  • Does your insurance cover Mounjaro?
  • If not, what does it cover for weight loss medication options? 
  • Does your insurance require step therapy?
  • Can you obtain the medication, or is that dose experiencing a shortage?

See Mounjaro For Weight Loss – Mounjaro Series Part One and Mounjaro for Weight Loss – Part Three – Side Effects and What Helps


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