Restaurants are reducing portion sizes and offering special ‘Ozempic dishes’ as the popular weight-loss drug takes Hollywood by storm and changes the eating habits of stars.
Hollywood restaurants are reducing portion sizes and offering special ‘Ozempic dishes’ after the popular weight-loss drug changed the way people eat.
Ozempic, known as the “skinny prick,” is the brand name for the diabetes drug semaglutide, which is taken as a weekly injection and has reportedly helped stars like Kim Kardashian and actress Christina Hendricks lose weight quickly.
A talent agent who represents several big names said: “All the restaurants in Beverly Hills are now offering smaller portions because they’re all on Ozempic and can’t finish big steaks and bowls of pasta anymore.”
“It’s not something they advertise because no one admits they’re taking Ozempic, but everyone does, so restaurants are adapting and offering smaller plates, half portions or plates to share.
“You are seeing a lot of expensive things like caviar and oysters coming back on the menu. People can’t eat a lot because Ozempic makes them feel full faster, so if they’re going to eat, they want it to be a luxurious experience.”
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At Spago, known as the ‘restaurant to the stars’, chef Wolfgang Puck will ‘voluntarily reduce portion sizes upon request’. A source at the restaurant said: “Most people still come here for special occasions and want to enjoy our fabulous food, but if a customer requests a smaller portion, of course we’ll accommodate.” We are happy to offer smaller plates to anyone who requests.
Billionaire Elon Musk, the owner of Twitter, has admitted that taking the drug helped him lose 30 pounds.
When asked by a fan about his weight loss on Twitter, Musk replied: “Fasting + Ozempic + no tasty food near me.”
TV personality Sharon Osbourne, who is married to rock star Ozzy, revealed that she lost 30 pounds while taking Ozempic but was “very sick for a couple of months.” She said: ‘Every day I felt nauseous, my stomach was upset.’
The drug delays the clearance of food from the stomach, making users feel less hungry. Kim Kardashian has repeatedly refused to confirm or deny that she is taking the drug, though she has talked about losing 16 pounds in less than three weeks so she could wear Marilyn Monroe’s dress to the Met Gala in New York last year.
David Tornek, who runs Meat Market restaurants in the United States, said, “With so many guests now experiencing pent-up appetites at Ozempic, we’ve noticed the trend for our signature small six-ounce filet mignon increasing in popularity.” We have had to double our inventory to meet this new demand.’
A Beverly Hills doctor said his patients are taking “Ozempic vacations” over the summer so they can enjoy food again. I have patients who have lost 30 pounds, 40 pounds, but they come off the medication when they travel,” he said.
Many people go to Europe this summer and want to enjoy good food in Paris, Rome, London. So they stop taking Ozempic and then start taking it again when they get back to Los Angeles.
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PLEASE NOTE: Chef Wolfgang Puck ‘will voluntarily reduce portion sizes upon request’
Ozempic, known as the “skinny prick,” is the brand name for the diabetes drug semaglutide
Mad Men star Christina Hendricks, who played ambitious secretary Joan Harris on the hit TV show, has not commented on rumors that her recent rapid weight loss is due to the drug.
When the formerly voluptuous actress posted a photo of her new figure on Instagram last week, many of her 1.2 million followers suggested she might be on Ozempic. One wrote: “Literally everyone is on Ozempic.” Another fan jumped to her defense, saying, “She might be dieting and exercising the old fashioned way, good for her.” She is still beautiful.
A spokesperson for Ms Hendricks declined to comment.