When Your Doctor Prescribes Weight Loss
When your health’s at risk, it’s time to get serious.
Take the Initiative With Your Doctor
What should you do if your doctor has not prescribed weight loss, but you
wish your doctor would to give you that extra motivation to lose weight? Go
ahead and schedule an appointment to discuss weight loss for health reasons. If
you’re nervous, it might be helpful to bring along a supportive friend or
family member, and to write down your questions ahead of time.
And how about if your doctor only prescribed weight loss for something
that’s bothering you, like osteoarthritis in your aching knees, instead of
addressing the condition? Remember that weight loss itself often does resolve a
number of medical conditions, so your doctor may be trying to take a
conservative approach. If you aren’t comfortable with the recommendation, ask
whether there is something you can do to help solve your medical condition
while you’re working on your weight loss.
Weight Loss for Health Reasons: What Are the Options?
When you need to lose 50 pounds or more, it can seem like an impossible
task. While weight loss isn’t easy, the good news is that there are a number of
ways you can successfully work toward your goal.
Diet and Exercise
“The best technique for losing weight is to lower your calories, but not too
low, and to increase your physical activity with a starting goal of 30 minutes
at least five days a week, increasing to 60 minutes,” Smithson tells WebMD.
“This is the foundation of losing weight.”
Whether you’ve tried to lose weight in the past or this is your first
attempt at weight loss, it is helpful to consult a registered dietitian for
advice on the types and amounts of foods you should eat. A dietitian will work
with you to design an individualized diet program that works for your
lifestyle, preferences, and health needs. Some dietitians will even make trips
to your home to help you create a home environment that can help you lose
If you’d rather not consult a dietitian, or if your insurance won’t cover
the visit, there are other options available, including commercial weight loss
programs. If you choose to go this route, experts recommend choosing a program
that has proven successful for many people and is backed by scientific
evidence. These types of programs will also provide you with a supportive
community of people who are also working toward weight loss.