Weight Management

Janet R. Schwartz, MD -  - Women's Medicine Physician

Janet R. Schwartz, MD

Women's Medicine Physician located in La Jolla, CA

Dr. Janet Schwartz recognizes that maintaining a healthy weight is critical to a woman’s good health. It reduces your risk of chronic disease, improves your energy levels, and bolsters self-confidence. Dr. Schwartz offers medications and recommendations for lifestyle changes to help you reach a healthy weight. Call her office to learn more about the therapies available to you.

Weight Management Q & A

Why is it important to maintain a healthy weight?

Being at a healthy weight can promote overall good health and prevent, or control, many diseases, and conditions. People who have too much body fat and are overweight have a higher risk of developing specific diseases, including:

  • Heart disease and stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Gallstones
  • High blood pressure and high cholesterol
  • Arthritis in your leg joints
  • Certain cancers

Achieving a healthy weight also boosts your energy levels and makes you feel good about yourself.

What dietary changes are necessary?

Dr. Schwartz can help you understand how certain eating habits contribute to achieving a healthy weight. Learn about proper portion size and the foods that promote good health, such as lean proteins, fresh vegetables and fruits, whole grains, and healthy fats—including olive oil and nuts. Reduce your intake of added sugars, refined grains, and alcohol.

How much do I have to exercise?

Physical activity helps you manage your weight, but it doesn’t have to be a chore or huge time commitment. Just 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise most days of the week provides protection against many chronic diseases and supports a healthy body size. A brisk walk, dance class, or swimming all count toward this exercise goal.

Even if you can’t fit in formal exercise, the more activity you add daily helps with weight management. Park farther out in the parking lot, take the stairs rather than the elevator or make an effort to do more household chores.

What medical support can help me achieve a healthy weight?

Along with education regarding your diet and physical activity, Dr. Schwartz may offer medications to help curb your appetite and reduce cravings. These medications aren’t magical weight-loss tools but do help you support behavioral changes so you can lose excess weight. She prescribes these medications on a case-by-case basis when your weight poses a serious threat to your health. Some people have a genetic predisposition to weight gain due to their hormones; these can often be controlled with medication. 

What other lifestyle changes support weight loss?

Aim to get proper sleep and reduce stressors. Inadequate sleep disrupts the production of hormones that control appetite and hunger. Stress can also prompt you to make poor dietary choices and interfere with your intention to exercise. Feeling overwhelmed by work, family, or social obligations also disrupts hormone production and encourages your body to store fat. Stress reduction therapies, such as yoga, meditation, or other relaxation techniques can help.