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Managing Your Weight

Lifestyle modification is the first line of treatment for weight management – but for individuals who can’t lose enough weight to improve their health, medication or surgery can be used.

At our weight management center,
we create a healthy eating plan
that is right for you!

Healthy eating image with fruits and vegetables

A healthy eating plan gives your body the nutrients it needs every day while staying within your daily calorie goal for weight loss. A healthy eating plan will also lower your risk for heart disease and other health conditions.

A healthy eating plan emphasizes vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat dairy products. It includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, nuts, limits saturated and trans fats, sodium and added sugars, and controls portion sizes


To lose weight, most people need to reduce the number of calories they get from food and beverages (energy IN) and increase their physical activity (energy OUT).

For a weight loss of 1–1 ½ pounds per week, daily intake should be reduced by 500 to 750 calories. In general:

Eating plans that contain 1,200–1,500 calories each day will help most women lose weight safely.
Eating plans that contain 1,500–1,800 calories each day are suitable for men and for women who weigh more or who exercise regularly.

Very low calorie diets of fewer than 800 calories per day should not be used unless you are being monitored by your doctor.

Be Physically Active

Man's feet on a treadmill

Being physically active and eating fewer calories will help you lose weight and keep the weight off over time.

While people vary quite a bit in the amount of physical activity they need for weight control, many can maintain their weight by doing 150 to 300 minutes (2 ½ to 5 hours) a week of moderate-intensity activity such as brisk walking.

People who want to lose a large amount of weight (more than 5 percent of their body weight)—and people who want to keep off the weight that they’ve lost—may need to be physically active for more than 300 minutes of moderate-intensity activity each week.

Medical studies show that keeping a food and physical activity journal DOUBLES your weight loss! Keeping a food record helps you become aware of your eating patterns and identifying areas for improvement.

You can keep a journal or use some of the available apps such as:

MyFitnessPal SparkPeople
Lose It! CalorieKing
FitDay Map My Fitness

Behavior Modification

Behavior management can help manage why you are overweight or obese by understanding the behaviors that surround and cause it. If you change your behaviors around food and exercise, you can change your weight. Each person is different, but most people find talking about their general approach to food helps them sort out what behaviors are harmful to their weight-loss efforts. For example, if you find yourself binging at the movies on candy, popcorn and soda, our behavior management specialists may recommend that you bring your own snack to the movie, or that you stop going to the movies for a short period.

Trigger Foods

Some people find there are certain foods that cause them to binge or overeat. Working with our specialists, you will find creative ways to manage these trigger foods, like not bringing them into your home or avoiding them at social occasions. There are many ways to approach behavior management; you just need to find the right combination for you.

Prescription Weight-Loss Medications

Medication bottle

There are now several FDA-approved prescription weight-loss medications that, when used with diet and exercise, can help overweight (Body Mass Index [BMI] ≥27 kg/m²) adults with a weight-related medical problem, or obese (BMI ≥30 kg/m²) adults, lose weight and keep it off.

Who is a Candidate for Weight-Loss Medication?

Prescription weight-loss medications are generally reserved for people who haven't been able to lose weight through diet and exercise, and who have health problems because of their weight. They're not for people who want to lose just a few pounds for cosmetic reasons.

How Well do Weight-Loss Medications Work?

When combined with a low-calorie diet and regular exercise, weight-loss drugs produce an average weight loss of 5 to 10 percent of total body weight within a year, which is a typical weight-loss goal. Diet and exercise are responsible for part of this weight loss, and medications are responsible for part as well.

Losing 5 to 10 percent of your total weight may not seem like much, but even modest weight loss can improve your health by

Weight Loss Surgery

Stomach surgery

Weight loss surgery is a surgical procedure that decreases the size of the stomach, reduces food intake and can enable you to lose a significant amount of weight. It is a permanent procedure that requires a lifetime commitment to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

With advances in medical technology, there are many available options for weight loss surgery. Gastric bypass is no longer the only plausible surgery for effective weight loss. Referral to our experienced surgeons who offer both traditional bypass surgery and the less invasive methods are available.