5 Questions to Ask Your Provider About Medical Weight Loss Program
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What should my goal weight be?
Each individual’s goal weight, or best weight, will be unique. It is best to consult with your doctor to determine what your ideal weight should be. They can provide you with some guidelines based on your age, height, lifestyle, genetics and other factors that will contribute to your weight. Our body compositions also play a significant role in our weight, as someone with a lot of muscle will weigh more than someone with less weight, although they might be similar in age and height, as well as overall size. Your doctor can also help you determine what your ideal weight should be based on how you plan to lose the weight and what factors will come into play for both the initial weight loss and maintaining that loss. We can often have unrealistic or unattainable goals for our weight based on what we see in the media or from our friends.
How long should it take me to reach my goal?
The time needed to reach your goal will depend on many factors. The amount of weight you need to lose will be a large factor, as the more weight you have to lose, the longer it will take to safely lose it. You will also need to take into consideration how you are going to lose the weight. By using a combination of healthy eating and exercise, you can lose weight in a steady fashion. Only doing one or the other, for example eating healthy but not exercising, will still help you lose weight but it will be a slower process. Depending on what you are doing to lose the weight, you can also feel like you aren’t losing weight. For example, if you are following an intense exercise plan that involves building significant muscle, you might feel like you aren’t losing weight because muscle is denser than fat,you may be losing fat and seeing changes in your body and the way your clothes fit, but the numbers on the scale might not be changing. It is important to understand what weight loss looks like for your individual program and if you are losing weight to reach a goal number or to reach a specific size.
How will losing weight impact my health?
Losing weight will have many positive impacts on your health. Modest weight loss can result in improvements to blood pressure, as well as improvements in cholesterol and blood sugars. It also decreases your risk of diabetes, heart disease, certain cancers and stroke. Weight loss can improve the impact on your joints, resulting in better physical mobility and decreased pain in the joints. Depending on your unique situation, your doctor may suggest you can eliminate or decrease the use of medications for some medical conditions that will be improved through weight loss. Your doctor can walk you through the benefits of weight loss for your personal situation so you can understand how your health will be impacted. Outside of the medical benefits, weight loss can lead to improved sleep, increased energy, more confidence, reduced stress, better body image and a more positive overall attitude.
Could a health problem be affecting my weight?
Health problems can absolutely affect a person’s weight. If you are eating healthy and exercising, but struggling with your weight, it is a good idea to reach out to your doctor. With their help, you can pinpoint some underlying health issues that you weren’t aware of or other factors that could be affecting your weight. The type of food you eat and the portion size will impact your weight, so it could be a simple case of eating too much or too little, or not eating the right thing. The same goes with exercise, you could be doing too much, not enough or not intense enough that is holding you back. Your doctor can look at your overall health and provide a diagnosis based on symptoms that could explain the weight. Health concerns such as diabetes, thyroid issues, testosterone decline in men, polycystic ovary syndrome in women and cardiovascular disease can all affect a person’s weight in different ways.
Do any of my medications have weight gain as a side effect?
Quite possibly, yes. If you are unsure, read through the pamphlet included with your medication to find out what the side effects of your medication are. Your doctor or pharmacist can also walk you through the side effects of your different medications. You will have to look at any other changes you have made to rule those out as potential weight gain factors and help you narrow in on the medication as the cause. Talking through your concerns with your doctor about your weight and the impact medications can have on your weight, can help you find alternative medication options or build a weight management plan to counteract the effects of the medication. By making small changes you may be able to get ahead of the potential weight gain caused by your medication, so your weight isn’t impacted.
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