What You Should Know Before Starting a Diet?

September 30,2017

If you need or wish to lose weight, you should start with a trip to your doctor's office for a physical. A quick check of your medical history and some basic lab work could save your time, money and frustration. There are so many variables involved in both weight gain and weight loss that it is somewhat shameful to see people jumping from one fad diet to another. Depending upon your age, general health and overall weight-loss goals, a primary care physician can provide important information that you might not know.

Someone who is trying to drop 5 pounds to fit into their favorite outfit does not share a lot in common with someone who gained 20 pounds last year. If you are the former, you can probably cut back on carbohydrates, drink more water and add a little exercise and you can expect to reach that goal rather quickly. On the other hand, if you have experienced unexpected weight gain, some simple lab work might help to identify a hidden cause. As we age, our bodies go through many hormonal changes, such as a small change in a person's thyroid levels could explain why he or she is gaining weight each month.

Once your doctor understands your goals and has a snapshot of your current health, he or she can likely recommend dietary changes that will help you meet your goals for losing weight. Typically, cutting back on processed foods, sugary drinks and empty carbohydrates will do the trick. These adjustments in dietary intake should lead to safe, stable weight loss. If you are obese, your doctor may recommend a more aggressive approach like a ketogenic diet where you convert your body from burning sugar as energy to burning fat for fuel. This helps to eliminate fat stores faster but requires following a strict low-carbohydrate and high-fat diet.

To schedule an appointment to discuss your weight loss goals with a board certified physician, contact either PrimeMED location at (904) 269-0500.