If you are currently dieting or just thinking about losing weight, you know how difficult it can be to figure out the best way to go about it. There are so many diet plans out there, and article after article in magazines and online will swear they have finally found the perfect plan to shed ten pounds in one month. Unfortunately, there is no secret trick to weight loss. It takes determination, consistency, and a smart weight loss plan. That’s why speaking to your doctor about your weight loss goals before you start a diet is an essential part of weight loss and total body health.
Read on for the top questions you should ask your physician if you plan to go on a diet that will work for good:
What is my body fat ratio?
Before you ever start a diet, it’s important to know what exactly you’re trying to do. If you have a very high percentage of body fat, you will need a completely different diet plan than someone who has a lower percentage of body fat. If you are completely lacking in muscle, the first thing on the agenda should be weight training and making sure your body is taking in enough protein to build muscle. If you do nothing but starve yourself, your body could end up going into panic mode and holding onto everything you eat by storing it as more fat.
How is my metabolism?
In order to create a diet program that will actually lead to results, you need to know where your metabolism currently stands. If your metabolism is active and normal, then you will need to focus on working out and reducing your calorie intake in areas that will make the biggest impact. If your metabolism is slow, you will need to design a diet and exercise program that provides and burns enough fuel on a consistent basis to get it active again.
What is my weight loss goal?
You should always check with health professional before setting weight loss goals. What you may see as the perfect amount of weight to lose could actually be dangerously high. Or you may need to change your perspective on what the scale says and allow for weight from muscle mass. Your doctor will be able to help you figure out a realistic amount of weight to lose, and he or she can also help you understand how long it may take to get there. It’s important to start with a health-minded perspective before attempting to go full speed ahead with weight loss.
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