Intermittent fasting, paleo, keto, vegan….there are so many lifestyle changes and diets out there that it can often feel like information overload. We know that a diet that works well for one person may not work as well for someone else, which is why turning to your general doctor to discuss dietary changes can be essential for making sure you are doing it right and that you are doing it safely. After all, restrictive diets are not safe and may pose more risk to your health.
Finding the Right Diet for You
Everyone is different. Their age, health status, food allergies, preexisting health conditions, and activity levels all play a role in determining the right diet. By turning to a general practitioner who already understands your medical history, they can provide you with valuable insight into dietary changes you can make that are safe for you. There is a lot of misinformation out there these days and your doctor can help you separate fact from fiction to find the right diet to suit your goals.
Check for Health Problems First
Your doctor understands your health, medical history, and family history. This means more customized and individualized care and recommendations. When a patient has trouble losing weight there are a lot of factors we look at, including potential health problems. It’s important to rule out diabetes, thyroid dysfunction, and insulin resistance as reasons you may be having trouble losing weight. By running the appropriate tests and either detecting or ruling out certain conditions, we can map out a more effective approach to helping you lose weight and improve your health and wellbeing through a healthier diet.
Regular Support and Monitoring
It’s hard to stick with a diet or program when you have no one to hold you accountable. While friends and family can certainly stop you from veering off course or throwing in the towel, a doctor can also be a valuable teammate on your weight loss journey. A doctor can provide regular check-ins to make sure that your diet is working for you and to tweak anything that isn’t working. A doctor can also provide ongoing and long-term support, advice, and encouragement, which can also go a long way to helping you stick with your weight loss program.
Everyone should be able to live a healthy, happy life. If you feel that your weight is holding you back, a general doctor can sit down with you to discuss healthy eating tips and strategies to help you lose weight safely and effectively. Remember: dieting isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. Talk with your doctor before you start a new diet.