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Weight management

Eating a well-balanced diet and exercising are vital to reaching a healthy weight.

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Proper weight management can result in positive life changes, including:

  • Lower risk of certain diseases
  • Better mood
  • Increased energy
  • And more

Weight management online

Everyone's body is unique and different, including their weight. Weight management plans will vary depending on one's goals and lifestyle. You can see a nutritionist online to discuss all types of weight management including weight loss, weight gain, and managing your current weight.

So, how do you know if you need to lose weight, gain weight or maintain your weight? You will need to know your body mass index (BMI) to figure out the best weight management plan for you. You can calculate your BMI here.

What are the BMI categories?

Losing weight

There are a number of diet and exercise programs that can help you lose weight. Choosing the right program will depend on your food preferences or restrictions and lifestyle. Avoid extreme diet plans which can be difficult to maintain over the long term and potentially dangerous to your health. These types of diets can also cause significant weight regain after a period of time. Instead, aim to lose 1 to 2 pounds per week (which is considered a safe rate of weight loss) by eating a balanced diet, reducing portions and getting in more physical activity throughout the day.  

Here are a few ways to lose weight in a healthy way:

Exercise also plays a part in weight loss strategy. The American Heart Association recommends 30 to 60 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic physical activity daily, such as brisk walking to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. With all weight loss plans, it is recommended that you involve your doctor and/or nutritionist. 

By involving a nutritionist, they can help develop a diet plan for you to achieve your weight management goals. They will create a customized plan, just for you and may recommend other options such as medication or weight loss surgey. 

Gaining weight

A majority of the US population is overweight or obese. However, being underweight can also cause health problems. In adults, underweight is defined as low weight for their height or a BMI of less than 18.5 kg/m2. There are many different contributors to being underweight. For some people, this is their usual weight status. For others, it’s due to a medical condition or mental illness.

Here are a few ways to gain weight in a healthy way:

If you think you may have an eating disorder, speak to your physician who can refer you to a behavioral therapist or log in to Amwell and connect to one of our behavioral therapists.

Maintaining weight

Whether you worked hard to lose weight, gain weight or you’re just happy with your current weight – managing your weight can be the biggest hurdle. According to the National Weight Control Registry, individuals who have succeeded at losing weight and keeping it off long-term tend to do the following:

If you’re working to maintain your weight, try these additional strategies to help keep your weight where you want it:

If you’re concerned about your weight, speak to a registered dietitian or physician on Amwell. During a video consult on Amwell, your provider will review your medical history and lifestyle to determine the best treatment plan for you. Your provider may recommend in-person examination by a specialist if necessary.

Once a plan has been made, your registered dietitian (nutritionist) or physician will go over the risks and benefits of the various approaches.

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Nutrition Counseling

Get personalized advice and diet plans from online nutritionists based on your goals and health concerns.

Got questions? We’ve got answers.

See below for answers to some of our most common questions. You can also call us anytime 24 hours a day at 1‑844‑SEE‑DOCS for questions about our services or to speak to a doctor about your symptoms or conditions.

There are certain medications that have been approved for weight loss in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise routine. Most weight loss supplements that you can buy over the counter have little evidence to support their weight loss claims.

The best meal plans and programs will vary based on lifestyle choices, existing health conditions, and dietary restrictions. Here are some questions to consider when choosing a weight loss plan:

Structured versus unstructured program? For example, are you signing up for a 12-week program that includes regular, mandatory visits with a nutritionist or doctor or is it a program that you can meet with the provider at your will? For some individuals, having regular check-ins with a provider is preferable to stay on track and for accountability.

Type of diet? Does the program endorse a certain type of diet like a low carb or low fat diet? Depending on your medical history and food preferences or intolerances one type of diet might be better for you than another.

Supplements included? Some diet plans include supplements. Be careful what you sign up for! As stated above, there is not a lot of strong scientific evidence to support supplement use for weight loss. You may be wasting your money.

Wearable tracking devices included? Some weight loss plans include wearable tracking devices like a fitbit. If you like to keep track of your food, physical activity and sleep habits this might be the plan for you.

Online versus in-person? Do you prefer attending meetings or visits in person or online? There are a number of self-directed online weight loss groups and programs.

To lose weight, base your diet on vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean protein and healthful fats like olive oil, nuts, seeds, and nut butters. Avoid or limit refined, processed foods like white bread, white rice, sugary snacks and breakfast cereals.

Research shows that losing just 5 to 10 percent of your body weight can improve overall health and well-being and reduce risk for chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease.