Sounds silly, doesn’t it? Let me first start off with a disclaimer. YOU SHOULD SEE A DOCTOR. THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE. YOU SHOULD NEVER LET ANYTHING STAND IN THE WAY OF YOUR HEALTH.
But, reality is many of us can’t afford to go to the doctor. Many of us don’t want to go to the doctor if we can afford it or have the insurance. But most of us want to lose weight.
This is where the story starts. FYI…if you choose to see a weight loss doctor, make sure they ARE a doctor. Make sure they have the M.D.
The benefits of losing weight and maintaining good weight levels are infinite. (Okay, maybe not infinite, but there’s a lot of great things.) Besides the fact that we feel better and look better and the stress of having to fit into jeans has gone away, the medical benefits of decreasing weight are things like: decreased heartburn, perhaps keeping diabetes away, decreasing your risk of high blood pressure, decreasing your risk for heart problems and stroke, better control of sleep paterns, and maybe helps keep away cancer. There is a benefit to seeing a weight loss doctor if you don’t see any other doctor for whatever reasons that enter your life. (again, not medical advice)
But in my experience, I saw a weight loss doctor for general superficial reasons: I wanted to look better naked.
But what I got? Test results.
In order for the doctor to move forward with helping me (for whatever vain reasons I pursued) there was bloodwork. There was an EKG. Suddenly, I had test results in my hand! No, the tests weren’t to see if I had cancer, but I suddenly had real numbers in front of my. Thyroid numbers, cholestoral numbers, blood pressure, and so many other points that could now guide me.
For fifty-five dollars a month (and it’s a big metro area so that’s a pretty standard price) I was getting a nutritionist who looked at my blood-sugar levels and said: less bread, more peanuts. That may sound trivial, but a swift kick in the butt from a nutrition based doctor put me in check: my cholestoral was low which put me AT RISK for heart problems. I was eating too many carbs and not enough protein (anemic) and not enough good fats! A little googling and help from the doc, and suddenly I wasn’t calorie counting, ate more meat, (which brought my energy levels up), cut back on the carbs (which made me loose weight) and took myself out of the range of potentially being diabetic with heart problems.
The moral of the story? What a great jump-start on my health. I’m fairly young, and many of us young folks think medical problems don’t hit us…and that we have a long time until we’re old. After seeing a weight-loss doctor, he put real numbers in front of me. The best part? I don’t have health insurance, so the initial visit was $150 for all the lab work and $50 a month to keep in touch with him to monitor my nutrition results. Do I have health problems now? Nope. But I’m glad I got the numbers because I potentially avoided some future health problems by getting my weight in check and having a medical professional evaluate my weight loss. Oh…and the heartburns going away too.