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Weight Management Program

Note: This clinic will move this fall to La Jolla’s UTC Mall at 4303 La Jolla Village Drive. For more information, call 858-657-8860.

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UC San Diego Health – La Jolla

 4520 Executive Drive (Suite 111)

If you are overweight, chances are you already know that losing weight can help improve your overall health and quality of life. But it can be a frustrating experience to reduce weight and keep it off.

At the UC San Diego Health Weight Management Program, we are confident we can help you reach your weight loss goals and provide tools and support to maintain your weight loss.

One size doesn’t fit all — so we offer a variety of safe and effective, nonsurgical plans weight loss customized just for you. Come partner with us to achieve your wellness goals and enjoy a full, healthy life.

Why Choose Us?

Being at an academic health system, we are at the forefront of the latest science on weight control. We are always researching innovative ways and tools to enhance our treatment plans. We understand there is much more to weight loss than focusing on numbers alone. Therefore, we approach each patient as a unique individual and try to understand your specific circumstances when developing a comprehensive weight loss plan.

We specialize in working with people who need to lose weight to resolve chronic health conditions. They include patients experiencing medical complications of obesity, such as diabetes and hypertension / high blood pressure, and those with other chronic conditions, including high cholesterol, fatty liver disease, GERD (acid reflux), metabolic syndrome and sleep apnea.

In addition to individual consultations and structured programs, we have long-term maintenance plans to support your weight loss efforts for as long as you want. We offer seamless coordination of your care by an expert team, which includes obesity medicine physicians, registered dietitians, nurses and health educators. Our team is led by Eduardo Grunvald, MD, director of the Weight Management Program, and Lalita Khaodhiar, MD, both experts in the medical field of weight management.

Losing weight is not easy; it requires commitment. Our entire team will offer all the guidance and information you need along with the support and structure to help you stay on track.

Personalized Weight Loss Strategies for You

Our comprehensive weight loss and maintenance strategies can help you lose weight safely and keep if off successfully.

We will discuss your needs and goals and help develop a weight loss plan that’s tailored for you. You can choose between one-on-one consultations with a weight loss doctor and, depending on your assessment, you could meet with a registered dietitian or health coach throughout your journey. Or choose a structured group session or program — with or without meal replacements. Or pick a combination of these options. We will help you find a solution that’s just right for you.

1. Individual Consultations

We offer individual consultations with weight loss experts, including physicians and registered dietitians. We also help customize dietary and activity plans to meet each person's goals and everyday realities.

Obesity is a complex problem that is also affected by an intricate set of hormones that regulate weight. Over the last few years, medications have been developed that help some people battle the body’s resistance to losing weight.

You can get individual consultations with a doctor who can prescribe weight loss medications and refer you for one-on-one health coaching or nutritional counseling, or recommend surgical options. In addition, you can choose one of the programs below.

2. Group Weight Loss Programs and Maintenance Plans

We offer group programs and maintenance plans that are designed by experts to help you find and maintain your healthy weight.

  • Lifestyle Weight Loss Program: Participants meet weekly in a group setting, and there's no strict diet or meal plan. You’ll learn individualized strategies, and get help to determine food and activity plans that fit best with your lifestyle. Find out more about our Lifestyle Weight Loss Program.
  • Structured Weight Loss Program: You will enjoy weekly classes that provide guidance and accountability for losing weight and keeping it off. In addition, you’ll be on a structured dietary plan using meal replacements along with fruits and vegetables. Discover more about our Structured Weight Loss Program.
  • At-Home Weight Loss Program: This program offers flexible, at-home weight-loss kits that fit your individual needs. Convenient home delivery of meal replacement and program materials come with weekly phone support. View At-Home Weight Loss Program options.
  • Weight Maintenance Plans: After you finish any of the above programs, we also have follow-up plans to help you maintain your ideal weight and long-lasting health by transitioning to healthy dietary and physical activity strategies.

Program Costs and Insurance

Did you know that some of your costs associated with the UC San Diego Health Weight Management Program may be covered by your insurance plan? Check with your insurer.

Our specially designed weight management classes may be reimbursed by your health plan.

Food costs are generally not reimbursable.

At this time, we do not bill your insurance directly. You can pay out of pocket and ask your health insurance plan about which costs can be reimbursed and the steps you need to take. Your doctor can provide a letter of medical necessity, which can be useful when seeking reimbursement for these costs.

You may also be able to use your employer-provided flexible spending account (FSA) or health savings account (HSA) to help pay for some expenses with pretax dollars.