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The One Thing to Do Before Starting a Diet

The One Thing to Do Before Starting a Diet

For most people, starting a diet is not an extremely thought out process. They know they want to shed some weight, so they quickly get to searching for a new diet on the internet or get tips from their friends or family members who had “great success.” But what about the health implications of dieting? Should dieters be giving more thought to changing their eating habits before they begin?

In order to be successful with a diet, you need to make sure your body is actually healthy. The number one step you should always take before starting a diet is talking to your doctor.

Your Primary Care Physician Is Your Weight Loss Partner

While most people think that making their spouse, best friend, or co-worker their “weight loss partner” is good enough, it can actually put your weight loss goals in jeopardy. You need a partner who understands the whole picture of your health, not just your target weight loss goal.

Your primary care physician can help you:

  • Make realistic weight loss goals
  • Understand a healthy goal weight and timeframe
  • Plan out appropriate exercise
  • Take your current medications into consideration
  • Review your family history

All of these factors will play a major role in your overall weight loss success. Without taking all of these matters into consideration, you could be missing a huge piece of the puzzle! Your doctor can address issues that others can’t, including how your current medications may impact your ability to lose weight or affect your eating and exercise plan. If your medication impedes your weight loss, they may be able to switch you to a different option that won’t hinder you.

Additionally, your primary care physician can help you get a better idea of conditions you may be at risk for due to your family history, including high blood pressure or diabetes. By helping you understand these dangers, you can have an even stronger motivation to stick to your diet and exercise plan.

Start Today By Scheduling an Appointment

Are you ready to take the first step towards a new, healthier you? AHMC Anaheim Regional Medical Center is here to partner with you on your weight loss journey. Our medical team can assist you with all aspects of your diet and weight loss plans, from reviewing your family history to helping you come up with a realistic timeframe.

This article contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. The information is not advice and should not be treated as such. The information is not intended to replace the advice or diagnosis of a physician.

If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.