The Health Advocate

by Hannah Whittenly, The Health Advocate

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Serious weight loss should never be undertaken without the guidance of a health care practitioner. When you lose weight, your body undergoes a range of alterations that you can’t detect from the outside. Your entire metabolism changes, as well as a variety of internal bodily functions. Another reason to enlist the help of a health care practitioner is to ensure you lose weight the right way. In your rush to lose weight, you might practice some dangerous dieting behaviors that are not healthy in the long run. Don’t try to go it alone. Use these four tips to find a health care practitioner you can trust.

Look up Their License

Make sure that the practitioner has an active, valid license to help people lose weight. You can do this by accessing the HCP & HCO database. This database is updated regularly and will establish a practitioner’s right to offer professional weight loss advice. This way you can be sure you’re receiving information that’s accepted by the medical community. It ensures your doctor has adequate training about symptoms and other potentially dangerous signs to look for during your weight loss journey as well. With the right licensing and training, you can feel more secure in your care.

Ask for Recommendations

Weight struggles often run in the family. The tendency to gain weight may have a genetic basis. If you have family members who have successfully lost weight, ask for a recommendation on what health care practitioner they used. Most people who are happy with their doctors are more than willing to share that contact information. This will also help you see firsthand the type of results the doctors have been able to achieve for their patients. What worked for your family members may just work for you as well.

Go for a Consultation

Professional health care practitioners are often willing to offer a free, first visit consultation to prospective patients. However, they don’t always advertise this service so that people don’t take advantage of it. Once you have the name of one or two potential health care practitioners that you’re interested in, ask for a consultation. From this visit you’ll be able to better judge whether or not they would be a good fit with your personality and weight loss needs. It will be important to first see if they are someone you can feel comfortable with. You will be trusting them with a very important part of your life.

Ask about the Process

There are lots of ways to successfully lose weight. It’s important that you find a health care practitioner that uses a weight loss process you can live with long-term. Ask about their methodology to ensure you choose the best health care practitioner. You should work with them to determine which weight loss method will be the most successful for you and your unique body. They should have the knowledge about that specific method. If not, you may need to find someone who is more specialized in that method. You will also want to avoid anyone who seems to be selling a gimmick. When it comes to weight loss, the most trustworthy and successful methods are the tried and true ones. Don’t fall for any fads. Take the time to choose a diet that will be the right fit for you and don’t expect weight loss to happen overnight.

Weight loss is a very important aspect of your overall health. The above tips are great ways to find a trustworthy health care practitioner for weight loss. Soon you’ll be on your way to looking and feeling a lot better!

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