At first glance, obesity might not seem like a serious problem. However, studies show that it is linked to diabetes, some cancers, heart disease and more. The good news is that this is one condition that is treatable. Your Family Medical is here to help you kick those extra pounds to the curb and reclaim your health. Today we’re going to share a little bit of information on how your family doctor can support your weight management journey.
Help Obtain an Accurate Baseline
Before making any major changes to your eating habits or activity levels, it is important to have a full picture of your current health. This will help identify any underlying conditions that may be contributing to your weight loss challenges. A thorough physical examination will also give your doctor a way to measure your progress in more than pounds and inches lost. Some areas your doctor may test or pay extra attention to include:
- Blood pressure
- Body Mass Index (BMI)
- Waist circumference
- Cholesterol Level
- Heart Health
- Heath History
- Current medications
If you are already in the habit of getting a regular physical every 1-3 years, this will likely be a short and simple visit. If you don’t currently have a family doctor, Your Family Medical has Lewisville Texas doctors accepting new patients (locations also in Bedford, Benbrook, Boyd and Justin).
Establish Healthy Goals
Your family doctor can also help you establish healthy goals based upon the challenges identified in your physical assessment. Some goals may work in tandem with each other. For example, patients who are struggling with high blood pressure and obesity can improve both by losing weight. Even a 10 pound weight loss can create significant improvements in a person’s high blood pressure.
We recommend asking your doctor for help in identifying which health challenges need to be addressed first. Then, together you can create S.M.A.R.T. goals towards change.
- S: Specific
- M: Measurable
- A: Achievable
- R: Relevant
- T: Timely
Create a Plan Customized for You
There are always fad diets that come and go over the years. Many of these require strict, restrictive plans that are extremely difficult to maintain and often lead to the lost weight returning quickly after reaching your goal.
Your doctor will can help you create a plan backed by evidence-based information about diet and exercise. He or she will also consider your personal health history so that your weight management plan doesn’t negatively impact other health management strategies you may have in place. Our Lewisville pain and wellness clinic (locations also in Bedford, Benbrook, Boyd and Justin, Texas) will connect you to all the resources you need to help you reach your own unique health goals.
Troubleshoot With You
Every now and then many patients will hit a bump in the road with their weight management. These times can be extremely frustrating. It’s important to be able to find help and support in these moments.
Your family doctor can help you troubleshoot these challenges (and more):
- Weight loss plateau
- Tips for strength training
- Exercise ideas for patients living with chronic pain
- Recommendations on supplements and vitamins
- Prescription medication as needed
- Support for maintenance
Our physicians at Your Family Medical are dedicated to doing all that we can to help patients of all ages achieve their wellness goals. We provide means of prevention that are designed to avoid preventable health risks by staying informed through anticipatory actions. We also help patients respond effectively and efficiently to new health challenges that arise over the years. Call today to schedule your first appointment with us – we can’t wait to meet you!