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Weight Management Specialist

Shawn Hamilton, MD

Internists located in Irvine, CA

Maintaining a healthy weight is one the best things you can do to protect yourself against high blood pressure, high cholesterol and a slew of other health problems. Yet it’s not always easy to stick to an effective weight maintenance plan. Shawn Hamilton, MD, is committed to developing a weight management plan that is tailored to your needs. Call her Irvine, California, office to set up an appointment or book a consultation online.

Weight Management Q&A

What is weight management?

Weight management is a life plan to help you maintain a healthy weight. Being either underweight or overweight can lead to unnecessary problems — high blood pressure, diabetes, and even some forms of cancer.

In the United States, about two-thirds of adults are either overweight or obese. The reason is that people tend to eat more calories than they burn through exercise. Losing weight means you’re burning more calories than you eat; maintaining your weight involves keeping the calories you eat and burn in balance. You’ll probably experience a weight gain if you eat more than you burn.

What are the elements of a weight management strategy?

To lose weight and keep it off, be prepared to take it slow. Fad diets may lead to quick weight loss, but they also can lead to a rapid weight gain.

Next Dr. Hamilton can help you set up your food diary. A food diary keeps track of what you eat. Often after keeping a diary, people find that they eat more than they think they do.

Then she’ll recommend lifestyle modifications, such as the following:

  • Eating healthy foods, including plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Reducing the portions of your food
  • Drinking water instead of sugary drinks
  • Making exercise a way of life    

What tools are available to determine if you’re overweight?

If you’re concerned about your weight, ask Dr. Hamilton to assess your body mass index (BMI). BMI is designed to measure your level of body fat and is based on the relationship between weight, height, and age. But this number is only an estimate.  

Therefore, it may be just as effective to measure your waist. A waist of more than 35 inches for a woman and more than 40 inches for a man means that it’s time to take action.

What foods should be part of a healthy diet?

You should look for foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. These include fruits and vegetables, whole grains like oatmeal and whole wheat bread, low-fat milk and cheese, and beans and nuts. Stay away from sugary snacks and white bread, rice, and pasta.

If you’re looking for a partner to develop a sound weight management plan, look no farther than Dr. Hamilton. She’ll work with you to help you maintain a healthy weight. Call or book an appointment online today.