As a culture we are placing more and more of an emphasis on leading a healthier life, from exercising more often to maintaining a balanced diet. Changes to your diet and physical activity can do wonders not just for shedding unwanted weight but also improving your health. No matter whether you are looking to lose 10 or 100 pounds, sometimes losing weight can be challenging. Our bodies don’t all respond the same way and there are many factors to consider before deciding the best strategies for helping you lose weight effectively. That’s why more and more people are turning to their family doctors to help them with their weight loss journey.
Losing weight on your own can be difficult and there are so many diets out there that tout results; however, how do you know if they are the right option for you or that they are even safe? Having a doctor that you can turn to in order to provide you with healthy changes you can make to your routine is invaluable. Furthermore, having a doctor to supervise your weight loss can often increase your accountability and long-term success.
Your doctor will go through your medical history and current lifestyle to see what can be tweaked. Again, many diets out there come and go. Some people swear by Paleo while others love South Beach. Of course, some of these diets are so strict that they are nearly impossible to maintain. Sometimes it’s less about following a diet, per se and more about adopting a healthier eating mentality. A doctor can show you what foods to incorporate into your diet and which foods and drinks to avoid.
Along with recommended healthier dietary options a doctor can also help you pinpoint issues involving your eating habits. For example, you may be a stress eater or you might deal with binge-restriction cycles due to anxiety around eating. Your doctor can craft a weight loss plan that will also address some of these issues surrounding foods.
Whether you already have a fitness routine in place or you want to start incorporating physical activity into your routine, a family physician can also make sure that you are healthy enough for activity and help you create a treatment plan based on your current health and fitness level and the types of activities you prefer. Having a fitness regimen that you actually enjoy is important. For some that means joining a community sports team while others may enjoy brisk walks around their neighborhood every day. You don’t have to join a gym in order to stay physically active.
Having a doctor by your side that your trust can hold you accountable and help you lose weight. If you are having trouble with your weight and feel like you don’t know where to start then talk with your family practitioner today.