When do you know it’s time to get help losing weight by going to a weight-loss specialist? These 6 questions should help you decide whether you need help and whether you need professional help from a bariatric MD.
1. Are you Obese? Obesity is defined as having a body mass index of 30 or more. Normal weight is a BMI of 18.5 to under 25. If your BMI is between 25 and 30, you are classified as overweight. You can find BMI calculators online, but you should have your weight evaluated by a medical professional for the most informed information. It’s one reason to see a bariatric doctor.
2. Does your Weight Harm your Health? Do you have one of the health conditions that is the result of, or made worse, by your weight? If you have Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or other weight-related health problems, you need to take action and seeing a bariatric doctor could help.
3. Do you have a Goal Weight? And, more importantly, is it realistic? If you are many pounds overweight and want to return to your lowest high school weight, it might not be something that can or, even, should happen. Again, talking to a weight loss professional can help your set goals that are both sensible and attainable.
4. How long will you need to Diet? It’s important that you know what the future will hold in terms of your diet. What’s a reasonable timeframe to lose the weight you need to lose? If you think you’re looking at a month and it’s really going to take 3 or 4 times as long to reach your goal, you need to know and be ready to go the distance. Otherwise, you may get discouraged and give up. Working with a medical professional can help you be prepared to start and complete your diet plan.
5. Are you Easily Discouraged? Many dieters give up before they really get started. If you need the extra incentive of a quick start to your diet, a diet supervised by a bariatric specialist can help you get off to the fast start that may help you reach the finish line.
6. Have you Tried and Failed? If you’ve tried on your own or, even, tried with a diet group and failed. Seeing a weight loss specialist may give you the help – the medical and emotional support – you need to be successful.
You can bariatric doctors with private practices, but another place to find help is at a medical weight loss center run by a bariatric specialist. Not only will your weight loss plan be overseen by the bariatric doctor; you’ll have the support of the entire professional staff that can include every kind of specialist – even psychologists. You’ll have the experienced, expert help you need to get you over every bump in the road and make getting to a healthy weight a much easier path to follow.