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Nutrition Counseling

Part of any successful weight loss is changing your diet; both the foods you eat and the quantity. 

Our weight loss specialists will analyze your diet, including:

  • What you currently eat
  • Prior weight loss attempts, including successes and failures
  • If you have lost weight in the past, how you regained it
  • An understanding of the condition you have that may contribute to your extra weight

Small changes in diet

At Johns Hopkins, we believe that small changes in your diet are the best way to help you achieve the healthy weight you want. For example, if you drink soda our weight loss specialists will recommend you stop drinking it or start drinking diet soda.

Some people have heard that low-fat diets are the best approach to losing weight, but then they cut fat from their diets completely. Without fat though, your body cannot metabolize your food properly. Our doctors work with you to understand the importance of a balanced diet, one that encourages you to eat from all the major food groups.

Nutrition education

Behind most people’s weight problems is confusion about what to eat, what not to eat, and what to eat in moderation. Our weight loss specialists will spend time educating you about healthy food choices, and may even suggest you see a nutritionist. Any healthy approach to weight loss will include exercise physiology and behavior management.


Some insurance companies will pay for a consultation by our weight management specialists. Sometimes your eligibility is based on your BMI. [Check your BMI.] Please call your insurance company to determine your eligibility for benefits coverage. Or you may want to use your flexible spending account (FSA), which typically covers these kinds of services.

Endoscopic weight loss

If you are considering a weight loss program, you may want to learn about the Johns Hopkins Concierge Endoscopic Weight Loss Program, a novel approach to weight loss that combines a unique endoscopic procedure with an exercise and nutrition package.