Diet Doctor Questions and Answers
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A diet doctor is a physician who specializes in physical health, nutrition and weight loss. Diet doctors can create a personalized plan specific to an individual’s unique needs to maximize weight loss and success. A diet doctor can be an internist, a nutritionist, a bariatric specialist or an emergency medicine physician.
What is a diet doctor called?
A diet specialist can be a physician from many different professions, including a dietician, a nutritionist, an emergency medicine physician, an internist or a bariatrician.
What doctor do I see for weight loss?
General Practitioner — Particularly if you only need to lose a few pounds, your family physician should be your starting point for weight loss help. Ask your doctor for guidelines about appropriate exercises, healthy weight loss for your age, any medical conditions, and if there are any foods you should eliminate from your diet. Your primary care physician can provide you with a referral to a specialist if you are experiencing extreme difficulty losing weight or if you are obese.
Internist — An internist is a specialist in all conditions affecting the internal organs, including obesity. Internists are experts in medical care and can assist you in weight loss. They have an astounding understanding of the internal organs and how they interact with one another.
Endocrinologist — Endocrinology is the study of hormones and the glands that secrete them. A multitude of hormonal conditions can contribute to obesity. These include polycystic ovary syndrome, hypothyroidism and Cushing’s disease. Before referring you to a weight loss specialist or advising dietary changes, your doctor may refer you to an endocrinologist if you suffer from an endocrine system-related disorder.
Nutritionist — While dietitians and nutritionists are not typically physicians, they are experts in nutrition. They often have either a master’s degree or a doctoral degree in nutrition and can advise you about how food can affect your overall health, proper diet, and other weight loss issues. Many bariatric medical practices have nutritionists on staff. Your doctor may advise you to consult with a nutritionist in conjunction with other weight loss measures if you are obese.
What is a healthy weight?
Scientists developed a metric to determine the ranges of healthy weights based on height and weight. It is known as body mass index (BMI). BMI is a common tool for determining whether a person has an appropriate body weight by measuring a person’s weight in correlation to their height.
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH):
- A body mass index of less than 18.5 indicates a person is underweight.
- A body mass index of between 18.5 and 24.9 is normal.
- A body mass index of between 25 and 29.9 is overweight.
- A body mass index over 30 indicates obesity.
How do I know if I am overweight?
In general, you are considered obese when your body weight exceeds the normal range by 20% higher. The most common and convenient way to determine whether or not you are at a healthy weight is through the body mass index, or BMI. BMI calculations are done by taking your weight divided by the square of your height.
If you or someone you know is looking to improve their diet and lose weight, come to Metabolic Medical Centers today! Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in dieting and can help you make the best choices for your health. For more information on how a healthy diet can help you, call our office and get in touch with a member of our specialist team. To book an appointment with our dietary specialist, visit our website or speak with us over the phone today.