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Finding the Right Weight Loss Doctor

Mark Neumann

According to the CDC, over a third of Americans are obese. Whether you need to lose 15 pounds or 100 pounds, you may need the help of a professionally trained weight loss doctor to protect your health and lose weight in a sustainable manner.

Below, learn the importance of choosing not just a weight loss doctor, but choosing the right weight loss doctor. The goal is to help you understand what to look for in a doctor’s qualifications, the level of support provided, and the doctor’s previous successes.

Ready? Let’s go

Planning Your Visit to a Weight Loss Doctor

Don’t go rushing out the door to get the latest fad diet or to start on that new exercise regimen you found online last night. The first step you need to take is visiting with a health care professional to discuss your weight issues and what you can do about them. Weight loss doctors know how to examine your body, take into account the health issues you may have, and give you advice on what courses of action you can take.

Prepare a series of question ahead of time to guide the conversation. The goal here isn’t to grill your doctor or medical professional; it’s to gauge if they can help you. Practice discussing the issue with a trusted friend or partner ahead of time, especially if you are feeling nervous or scared.

Meeting the Doctor

When you meet the doctor, be sure to bring your notes and questions. Listen carefully to the answers and let the doctor finish speaking. Use your notes to stay focused and have a pen handy to jot down additional information as the appointment continues.

Here are some questions you might want to ask:

· What would be a healthy weight for me? 

· Is there anything in my medical history that may be causing or contributing to my weight gain?

· Are there any exercises I should avoid considering my current health?

· What types of dietary changes should I avoid?

· Do you think a nutrition specialist could help me?

· Do you think I should join a weight-loss support program?

Successful weight loss depends on having an active lifestyle, eating correctly, and managing health issues as you go. Having the right doctor can help you succeed in your weight loss goals.

Don’t be afraid to seek help

Why are you still sitting there? Grab some water and go for a walk!

Dr. Neumann is happy to discuss your health and weight loss goals in more detail. Call (734) 847-4700 to schedule your consultation today.