Nobody likes going to the doctor. And nobody really wants to talk to their doctor about their weight. But, it's something we all need to do -- your physician can be a very helpful ally in your efforts to lose weight.
Before you go to your next check up, consider doing the following:
- Make a list of questions that have been on your mind about your weight since your last visit.
- Ask if there are any reasons why you shouldn't start an exercise regime. Ask if there are particular kinds of exercise your doctor recommends you either avoid or choose in light of your medical conditions (e.g. arthritis).
- Does she recommend a particular diet? My Mom never wanted to try The South Beach Diet no matter how much I talked about it... but as soon as her GI doctor recommended it ... bingo! Sometimes, getting that "stamp of approval" will be the last little nudge you need to get motivated.
- Does the hospital your doctor works at have any special programs for weight loss? Many medical centers have support groups, weight loss programs, or nutritional counseling for patients.