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Should you talk to a doctor before starting a weight loss program?

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Talk to your doctor before you start any weight loss program if you:

  • Plan to lose more than 15-20 pounds
  • Have any health problems
  • Take medication on a regular basis
  • Plan to use a very-low-calorie diet

From: Choosing a Weight Loss Program WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Choosing a Safe and Successful Weight-loss Program" and "Weight Loss for Life."

Mayo Clinic: "Weight loss: Choosing a diet that's right for you."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 28, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Choosing a Safe and Successful Weight-loss Program" and "Weight Loss for Life."

Mayo Clinic: "Weight loss: Choosing a diet that's right for you."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 28, 2017

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