What role, if any, does your doctor play in your weight loss?

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Registered: 09-23-2010
What role, if any, does your doctor play in your weight loss?
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Wed, 11-13-2013 - 3:31pm

I just switched doctors (yesterday actually). I had to find one after I had the baby because I needed to get my BP down STAT, but in the two years I've been going to him, I've always felt awkward around him. He wasn't mean or rude or didn't listen, it was just awkward. Very quiet. I wasn't comfortable. So I looked around a bit and finally found one. I really, really like her. 

Anyway, I spoke to her about my weight issues and where I'm at mentally with it, how I go about it, how I've lost in the past (so I know I *can* do it) and all that and I was really drawn to her acceptance. She wasn't in the "well you just have to" mindset. She knows I'm stressed from home life issues and said that I should see a therapist to talk about stuff because I do have a lot on my plate that isn't typical normal stresses (like a special needs kiddo, my husband and his medical issues) and that once I get my anxiety under check THEN focus on the weight. While I will do the therapist thing, I know I'll be focusing on the weight too, but it was really nice to get her input, have her offer suggestions, and genuinely seem like she cares rather than the old "you need to lose weight and you'll feel better." spiel.

How is your doctor? Is he/she sympathetic or of the "you just need to lose weight" mindset? How does that help/hinder your weight loss attempts? 

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Registered: 10-01-2002
How is my doctor- I kinda find doctors who are into fitness and for me I love to see this in a doctor... I have to say my first one was the one who told me about snow shoes which I tried ..I now have a newer doctor this year to which he is a runner and he is one who practices what he preaches... Is he or she sympathetic or of the you just need to lose weight mindset How does the help hinder your weight loss attempts. I know for me I like them into the fitness .. It makes things easier to do it.. * I lost my weight for myself not for anyone but me.. I do it for my Blood pressure and at the age of 60 I just want to get myself into a better body.. I have to say in order to get yourself into this you need a doctor who will offer suggestions for you to lose the weight.. ( if this doctor wasn't into it I may of never of hit my goal weight) My first doctor knew my body type and helped me with the goal I should get too.. That helped me greatly.. * my first one is a bit heavy now but the one I go to now is my family doctor for everyone in this household...I was going to a lady but that lady dropped me and gave me to her partner which was a man and that was not even offered to me... So I left the office... to our family one.. I know in time you also will find the way to help your health with losing the weight...
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Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2002
How is my doctor- I kinda find doctors who are into fitness and for me I love to see this in a doctor... I have to say my first one was the one who told me about snow shoes which I tried ..I now have a newer doctor this year to which he is a runner and he is one who practices what he preaches... Is he or she sympathetic or of the you just need to lose weight mindset How does the help hinder your weight loss attempts. I know for me I like them into the fitness .. It makes things easier to do it.. * I lost my weight for myself not for anyone but me.. I do it for my Blood pressure and at the age of 60 I just want to get myself into a better body.. I have to say in order to get yourself into this you need a doctor who will offer suggestions for you to lose the weight.. ( if this doctor wasn't into it I may of never of hit my goal weight) My first doctor knew my body type and helped me with the goal I should get too.. That helped me greatly.. * my first one is a bit heavy now but the one I go to now is my family doctor for everyone in this household...I was going to a lady but that lady dropped me and gave me to her partner which was a man and that was not even offered to me... So I left the office... to our family one.. I know in time you also will find the way to help your health with losing the weight...
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Registered: 09-23-2010

Thanks, Wren! I think I prefer the middle-ground. I don't want a fitness "fanatic" who won't get that not everyone loves to exercise/has the time to exercise, but I don't want someone who will just allow me to be a slug. At the same time, I don't want (or need!) someone who doesn't get what being overweight is like — or simply isn't sympathetic towards it. Right after I had my daughter I had to see a doctor for my BP and had no choice in picking - I needed a doctor ASAP. I saw this woman, she told me "And you'll need to lose your baby weight." For one, I had — I only gained 16 pounds the entire pregnancy and lost it immediately after having her (she was 8lbs 12oz!). The second issue with that was that I wasn't even a week and a half post-partum and you're harping on me to lose the baby weight?! Mind you I couldn't even walk because me feet were 3x their normal size because of my BP. That's the type of doctor I need to avoid. It only made me feel worse about myself. I know I'm overweight. I know I have to lose weight. No sense in making me feel more awful about it. :/

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Registered: 10-01-2002
I agree no sense stressing over it.. Just see what you can do without a doctor pushing you into it.. * its like riding a bike or quitting smoking One needs to do what they can and let it go.. I myself have done what I thought is best for me and the doctors I have had since I got older seem to be very nice... I was at one time 70lbs overweight and now I a not which is great for me.. I am maintain it.. I fight it each day on what I can eat what I my body can handle..
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