Health Tip: Before You Start Trying to Lose Weight
(HealthDay News) -- You know losing weight will help you get
healthy, but it's always a good idea to have a conversation with
your doctor about your health before you start your weight-loss
The American Academy of Family Physicians lists these things to
discuss with your doctor about your weight-loss plans:
- Ask for educational brochures or other materials from your
doctor about calorie-counting, healthy eating habits and
- Ask your doctor to measure your body-mass index (a measure of
body fat based on height and weight) and your waist circumference,
and ask what that means for your health.
- Explain to your doctor about your current physical activity and
eating habits, and talk about changes that you can make to help
yourself get healthier.
- Consider how many changes you are willing to make to your
lifestyle before meeting with your doctor.
- Ask for information about local specialists such as dietitians
and personal trainers, and whether they may be covered by your
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