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Health Tip: Talking to Your Doctor About How to Lose Weight

Suggestions to get you started

(HealthDay News) -- It may seem intimidating to approach your doctor for advice about how to lose weight.

Here are some pointers to get you started, courtesy of the American Academy of Family Physicians:

  • Ask your doctor for any available pamphlets or brochures about weight loss, diet and exercise.
  • Have your doctor measure your body mass index and waist circumference, and talk about your results and what they mean to your health.
  • Talk to your doctor about your exercise regimen and diet, and what changes you can make to help you to lose weight.
  • Consider how much change and effort you are willing to make before you talk to your doctor.
  • Ask if there are any specialists who can help you, such as dieticians, nutritionists or physical trainers.
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