The journey to losing weight can be confusing. The media is flooded with countless fad diets and exercise programs that all promise miracles. The health food market is a multi-billion dollar industry and is saturated with expensive gluten free foods and ‘organic labels’. With so many experts and so many facets of the weight loss industry, it is difficult to know the best place to start.
If you’re serious about losing weight, you should always begin the journey by consulting a doctor.
Being open and honest about health and lifestyle may seem daunting to most people, but a doctor is there to help and will be able to analyse why the weight is packing on and how it is affecting your anatomical and mental health.
A doctor will be able to determine if medical factors such as illness or glandular issues are a catalyst to weight gain. They will be able to provide additional information to combat weight affecting illnesses, as well as creating a diet and exercise regime that suits your body perfectly.
A doctor will ask questions about your current physical activity and diet, including how many meals you consume per day and what types of foods you are eating. Unlike a nutritionist, a doctor may not provide a diet plan on the first consultation, instead they may ask you to take the initiative and keep a food diary for a thorough analysis in the next consultation. If the doctor suspects further issues with weight gain, they have the authority to refer you to a specialist to target and help a specific ailment.
Unlike health industry workers, doctors have the capacity to prescribe prescription medicine or even recommend weight loss surgery if required. A consultation with a doctor does not need to be expensive like health specialists.
Many doctors, such as those at Encompass Medical Centre, provide bulk billing. This allows you to make your weight loss a priority and to be educated on the perfect solution for you, without the large price tag and convoluted messages.
To get the conversation started, book an appointment with one of our GP’s today.
Encompass Medical Centre Mount Waverley
533 Blackburn Road, Mt Waverley
Encompass Medical Centre Kerrie Road
880 High Street Road, Glen Waverley