Weight Loss Starts at the Doctor’s Office
How many times have you resolved to lose weight in the past? In the United States, obesity is a major issue. Despite the seemingly endless talk about weight loss and the millions of dollars that are spent on diet programs every year, two-thirds of American adults are overweight and one-third of those adults are considered obese.
If you’ve ever tried losing weight in the past, you probably learned the hard way that diet fads promise major results that just aren’t real, and losing weight on your own is a lot easier said than done.
In fact, it is this exact problem—attempting to lose weight on your own—that leaves so many people with disappointing results. Obesity is a medical issue. Living with excess weight increases your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and a long list of other chronic illnesses that can have a severe impact on your quality of life. Rather than attempting to lose weight without any support, the best thing you can do to get your weight loss efforts going is talk to a doctor.
30 Seconds for Improved Weight Loss Results
This is the finding of a recent study out of Oxford University. The researchers looked at the factors that have the greatest impact on weight loss motivation and success, and found that a simple 30 second conversation is one of the most valuable experiences anyone can have in beginning a new weight loss program. However, not just any 30 second conversation will do. The researchers found specifically that when a general practice doctor spends 30 seconds talking about weight loss, and then provides a direct referral to some sort of medical weight loss program, the patient is much more likely to experience positive weight loss results.
Weight loss surgery is considered the most effective weight loss tool for those who are obese and who have struggled with excess weight for an extended period of time. But unfortunately, many people look past weight loss surgery as an option, thinking it is not for them for one reason or another. Many don’t realize that weight loss surgery programs are customizable, and that your weight loss surgeon will work with you alongside a team of weight loss experts to help you maximize your weight loss potential.
More doctors are being encouraged to bring up weight loss programs, like the use of bariatric surgery, and to encourage patients to take steps to lose weight with medical support programs like these. But you don’t have to wait for your next annual check-up to start making these positive changes. You can learn more about weight loss surgery and how to get started by contacting us for a consultation.