Obesity - Treatment Overview
To find out how many calories are burned during various
activities, use the
Interactive Tool: How Many Calories Did You Burn?
For more information on exercise and fitness, see the topic
Fitness: Getting and Staying Active.
See your doctor after 6
months to check your progress. Some people stop losing weight around this time,
because their bodies adjust to fewer calories and their motivation starts to
At this point your doctor may want you to increase your
activity and revisit the dietitian to make further changes to your eating habits. Your
goals may switch from losing more weight to keeping the weight off. Staying
active is very important.
If you have
lost weight but gained it back, don't be discouraged. It is not uncommon to try
several times before weight comes off and stays off. Talk to your doctor about
starting again. It may be helpful to work with others who are trying to lose
weight by following a structured program.
When to consider medicines or surgery
If you do
not lose weight, continue to gain weight, or have lost weight several times
only to regain it, or if your doctor is concerned about a
related health problem, you might need to try
medicines or surgery.
- Obesity: Should I Take Weight-Loss Medicine?
- Obesity: Should I Have Weight-Loss Surgery?
For more information, see the Medications and Surgery sections of this topic.