Can Your Doctor Really Help You Lose Weight?

A recent summary of clinical trials published in JAMA notes that a visit with your physician can be the best medicine when it comes to weight loss. 

Many of Americans struggle to lose weight, the old adage "diet and exercise" simply doesn't fit into our modern lives, and since it's so much harder to lose weight than it is to gain weight many of us simply choose to stay the same. The study found that the intervention of a physician can actually help change our minds and motivate us to stay on track by encouraging patients to attend weight-loss classes and following up with them, still many physicians chose not to bring this up with even their most overweight patients, for fear of offending them, or a misassumption that behavioral interventions are ineffective.

So it's often up to us as the patient to bring it up. This article lists several questions you should be asking your doctor at your regular checkups, such as:

  • What should my goal weight be?
  • How long should it take to reach my goal?
  • Could a health problem be effecting my weight?

Remember, the best way to lose weight is the old fashioned way, by working at it. Crash dieting (or diets in general), and even medication are often a quick fix and you will gain the weight right back. The best thing you can do for you body is to eat clean (no processed food, sugar, dairy, or red meat) stay away from drinking anything other than water and coffee/tea, and to get at a minimum a half hour of exercise 5-6 days per week. 

Keep an eye out for upcoming posts with information on how to lead a healthier lifestyle and love the body you're in!

Do you have any tips for working with your physician? Let me know in the comment section below!