Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Weight Management

Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Weight Management

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When it comes to weight management are you doing well or do you hate the idea of going on yet another diet?  When you get on the scales, how do you feel? Is it something you dread or feel anxious about?

Are you someone that embraces the scales as a monitoring tool and nothing else? If you're like many people, you may be feeling a little anxious when you see how much you weigh. If you're anxious, realize that you have more options than you think.

Weight management is something a vast majority of people struggle with on a daily basis. If you're overweight or even obese there are steps you can take, to manage your weight.  Managing your weight can help you avoid problems related to diabetes, heart disease and a variety of other diseases. 

Weight Management: It's Not Your Fault... Entirely

It's a catch 22, because on one hand you are in charge of how much food you eat on a daily basis.  And you're in charge of the food choices you make.  But on the other hand, because of the "kinds" of foods we eat, pollutants in our environment and the vast number of jobs that don't require physical activity, there are more people than ever who fall into the category of overweight or even obese.  So it's not entirely your fault if you're failing at weight management and are therefore overweight.  No one sets out to be overweight, life happens.  The good news is that you don't have to stay stuck.

If you've tried to lose weight before without success, you may feel that weight loss is a cloud that hangs over your head, that you have no control over. ​ You'll be amazed at how much control you do have.  When you approach weight loss in a systematic way, and follow the three step approach outlined in this article, you gain much more control than you ever imagined. 

Do Any of These Scenarios Describe You?

Here are a few of scenarios that can take you down the wrong path when it comes to weight management:

  • You know that you're overweight, but you don't know what to do about it, so you avoid the scales and continue doing what you've been doing.
  • You've followed countless diets.  You may be currently on a diet that promises quick weight loss, but you're frustrated because you haven't lost as quickly as you had hoped.  You feel like all hope is lost because you haven't achieved a quick solution, so you stop trying.
  • You happen to get on the scales and you're surprised (not in a good way) to find out that you find that you have gained a few pounds. Since it's just a few pounds you feel like it's no big deal. You'll deal with it later.

These scenarios describe someone who is avoiding their weight issues. Even when people are on "diets" they can still be avoiding the problem, because there is no consistency or plan.  Just a cycle of starving and gaining.  Avoidance can lead to an increase in weight.  The reason why is because there no solutions have been created. 

How Weight Management Can Help Improve Your Health

One of the first steps you can take to improve your health is to become aware of your numbers (weight, blood pressure, glucose levels, etc) and ask your doctor how you can manage or even improve them.  Learn as much as possible about health related issues that may limit your ability to lose weight. Talk to your doctor about what you can do regarding weight managment, and things you should avoid.

A proactive approach involves taking action by (1) working with your doctor to learn your numbers and discuss your weight, (2) learning about other weight loss monitoring tools,  (3) creating a plan with small, achievable goals for losing weight and (4) carrying out the plan.  The addition of these four steps can make all the difference in the world when it comes to not only losing weight, but also in managing your overall health.  It puts you in the driver's seat when it comes to managing your weight and taking control of your health.

For example, did you know that losing even ten (10) pounds can make difference when it comes to your health? As a matter of fact losing that first 5-10 pounds could be a good first goal to set in your weight loss journey. 

If you have current health concerns, a doctor's advice is critical to your success. So make an appointment with your doctor to discuss creating a plan to lose weight.  When you discuss your weight, factor in your lifestyle, schedule, and the changes in diet and exercise that will be realistic for you.  If eating a 1200 calorie diet sounds unrealistic, think of ways you can work in additional steps or exercise routines to help you balance the additional calories.

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Taking Control: Managing Your Weight and Your Health

Here is a short list of questions to ask your doctor regarding your weight and how it affects your health.  It helps to write down questions for the doctor or nurse ahead of time. This is a basic list, you can add to it or use it alone. At a minimum, here are the questions that everyone should know. .

Take the first step by working with your healthcare provider to determine what you can do based on your current health situation.

  • How does my weight affect my health?
  • Do I have a health problem that is causing me to be overweight?
  • How will losing weight help me?
  • What is a healthy weight for me?
  • How much weight do I need to lose to improve my health?
  • How long should it take me to lose weight?
  • What are healthy ways to lose weight and keep it off?
  • How can I change my eating habits?
  • What kinds of physical activity do I need to do?
  • Could a weight-loss program help me?
  • What type of weight-loss program would you recommend for me?

Once you have all your questions listed, print out your list and take it with you to your appointment.  You may want to ask a family member or close friend to go with you to take notes.

When it comes to weight management are you doing well or do you hate the idea of going on yet another diet? When you get on the scales, how do you feel? Is it something you dread or feel anxious about?

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