We all know that gaining weight for most of us is easy. Losing weight can be difficult and can cause low self-esteem and sometimes depression. It is important that you discuss your weight problems with your doctor. Sometimes, we have medical problems that have not surfaced and using over-the-counter medications can sometimes cause problems.
If you have tried to lose weight through off-the-shelf diet pills and diet plans, maybe it is time to discuss your problem seriously with your primary care physician. Although it is embarrassing to discuss weight problems, your doctor will be able to help. You are not the first person with whom they have had this discussion. In fact, the reason you may have been trying to lose weight is because your doctor mentioned it in a previous exam.
Make an appoint with your family doctor for a serious discussion. Write down the attempts you have made, the weight you lost, when you lost it, and how you lost it. You should also list the reasons why you could not stick with your weight loss plan. Write down any questions you have regarding your weight problem. Discuss your weight problem with your doctor at the beginning of your visit. This ensures that you have time for a full discussion and can get your questions answered. Questions you may want answered include how high your cholesterol is and how much weight you need to lose.
After your discussion and answering your questions, your family doctor may suggest various options. These may include seeing a nutritionist to work out an eating plan and exercise. The best way to lose weight is to eat properly and exercise. There are other options such as hypnosis or diet medications. Your doctor will also work with you to set goals and follow-up on your progress.
Your family doctor can recommend ways to help you lose weight. Your success depends on several factors, including:
- You have to determine the reasons why you want to lose weight.
- You have to determine the goals you want to achieve.
- You have to let your family and friends know that you are trying to lose weight so they can support you.
- You have to stick to the decision you have made.
It is not easy to allow other people inside your feelings, but most of the time you find family and friends supportive of the decision you have made. In fact, the buddy system may help you to achieve your goal.
Exercising on a regular basis is difficult. Having a family member or friend to exercise with you can help keep you going. You do not just have to go to a gym every day of the week. Vary your exercise routine with riding a bicycle, walking, home tapes, and a work-out at the gym. Dancing is also a good way to exercise.
Your family doctor can be a good ally for you in your attempt to lose weight and maintain it.