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Dr. Jennifer Warren is a double board-certified physician in family and obesity medicine with more than two decades of experience. Her own personal weight loss journey and a passion to use science to improve lives helped her found her own practice, Physicians Healthy Weight Center in North Hampton. Her positivity is contagious, and her tips will not only help you stay on track, weight-wise but keep you healthy in both body and mind. Warren does not believe in perfection — it’s her professional opinion that, when on the road to personal transformation, there must be room for mistakes. Everyone falls off the wagon, she says, but the important part is getting back up and not letting it run you over.
Dr. Warren, founder of Physicians Healthy Weight Clinic in North Hampton and Dover, has been helping patients lose weight and keep it off for 10 years.
Warren switched from family medicine to obesity medicine when she decided to treat the root cause rather than the symptoms of so many preventable diseases. Excess body fat can result in high blood pressure, heart disease, type II diabetes, osteoarthritis, depression, stroke, and certain cancers.
She struggled with her own weight after her pregnancies, trying over-the-counter supplements and popular diets. Weight management was hardly taught when she attended Tufts University School of Medicine in the 1990s. “Their advice was: Don’t eat fat if you don’t want to be fat,” she says. (This is no longer good advice.)
Martha Stewart Living Magazine: January/February 2014
“The Weight is Over” by Rory Evans
Excerpts featuring Jennifer Warren, M.D.
If the holidays are about indulgence, then January is the time for rebooting a healthy routine. The good news is you can shed pounds while still eating delicious food - without hunger, cravings, or crankiness.
Counter-intuitive as it may sound, the key to losing and maintaining weight is continuing to cook, eat, and enjoy food. “The key to maintaining a healthy weight is not deprivation; it’s the opposite," says Jennifer Warren, M.D., of Physicians Healthy Weight Center in North Hampton, New Hampshire. “Any diet that’s boring or unpleasant or leaves you feeling deprived isn’t sustainable - and is doomed to failure.”
To avoid sampling and nibbling an entire dinner’s worth before actually sitting down to dinner, Warren, for her part, recommends setting aside a plate of bite-size vegetables and fruits: “Try things that are simple, refreshing and not calorie-dense.” Just as you shouldn’t grocery shop when you’re hungry, you shouldn’t
cook hungry, either. “I don’t recommend the so-called ‘sumo dieting’ strategy of not eating all day and then overeating at night," Warren says, pointing out that this is how the heavy-weight wrestlers actually gain pounds. “Going all day without eating results in low blood sugar, which can induce cravings and a loss of self-control." The same can happen, though, when sugary, processed foods dominate your intake throughout the day. According to a study published last year in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a diet of high-glycemic index foods made overweight test subjects feel hungrier and have more cravings than subjects ingesting low-glycemic foods.
The best strategy, then, is to eat well balanced snacks throughout the day. Reach for something you like to eat. "Flavor is important for a sense of abundance, “ Warren says. But she also points out that certain foods can improve your sense of fullness - ones with protein, fiber, or high water content (such as melon, and salad). “They trigger neurochemical changes that help us feel happy and full."
That in turn, helps when you do sit down to a beautifully prepared meal. “Many people find that eating healthfully throughout the day helps them control their appetite and portions,” Warren says. Not that you need to control the portions of low calorie-dense foods such as greens, broccoli and other vegetables. But you do need to keep an eye on those that are surprisingly high in calories in very small portions, like oils, even healthy ones.
And if you have “trigger food” - those morsels of deliciousness of which you could just as readily eat a bushel as a bite - Warren says to “know your history with the food, and honor it." For instance, if you can nibble a small piece of exquisite chocolate and feel satisfied, “stopping at one piece would be a good strategy," she says. If you know from past experience that you can’t stop, limit your exposure - only eat chocolate with a friend when you’re out, she says - so “you can feel happy, guilt free, and in control."
Dr. Warren has been featured as a medical expert in both local and national media outlets.
Dr. Warren has been featured on cnn.com, msnbc.com, cbs.com and in newspapers including The San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, The Miami Herald, The Washington Post, and in dozens of others.
Dr. Warren is a frequent contributing medical expert for the national magazine, Allure. Her personal challenge with weight management is featured in the December 2011 article, see excerpts below. Dr. Warren is also quoted in the December 2010 issue, the September 2008 issue titled "Want to Control Cravings?" and appeared in the March, May, and October 2006 issues, discussing nutrition and wellness. The October 2006 issue of Allure highlighted Dr. Warren as a physician who practices what she preaches and includes a number of real-life food recommendations.
Allure Magazine December, 2011
A nutritionist, a food writer, a Top Chef judge.
We asked women whose lives revolve around eating to share their secrets for staying slim. By Rory Evans
Warren, a physician, is medical director of the Physicians Healthy Weight Center in North Hampton, New Hampshire.
I grew up athletic. I played tennis, taught swimming, rowed crew in college. If I ever felt I needed to lose ten pounds, I exercised more. But in my mid-20s, I gained 65 pounds with my first pregnancy and never fully lost the weight. I put on even more with my second baby. Thirteen years ago, I was skiing with my brother, who had lost a leg to cancer.....
Here is an excerpt from Allure Magazine article featuring Dr. Warren, covered by
Ditch just one tempting food — and lose weight by Rory Evans
Feb, 2010 Edition
Losing weight seems to require an advanced degree in chemistry, titrating fat grams and balancing the pH of your digestive tract by eating starches with vegetables. (Or is it starches with fruits?) But it turns out you can simplify things — just by eradicating a specific (and especially tempting) food. “Sometimes cutting out just one type of food can make a huge difference in weight loss,” says Jennifer Warren, a doctor specializing in weight loss at the Physicians Healthy Weight Center in North Hampton, New Hampshire.
Locally in New England, Dr. Warren has had television news interviews on WMURTV channel 9 for many stories on nutrition, exercise, and healthy weight. She has appeared as a guest on NH Public Television's "New Hampshire Outlook" discussing medical treatment of obesity and was featured on the news talk show "My Prime TV" with Arnie Arneson.
Dr. Warren also co-hosted her own radio show, "Healthy Weight Talk" with her husband Ron Wolfe, on WGIR in Manchester. They discussed the latest news in weight loss, nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle, interviewed guest experts and answered listener questions. She has also been featured on radio interviews on WBZ- AM in Boston, WERZ-FM, The Bay 98.7, and WTSN 1270.
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