Looking to lose some weight? Don’t do it alone. Use your doctor’s help because he might just be your best friend. This is no longer a general piece of advice, it is actually proven that consulting a doctor in regard to weight loss can offer you some serious advantages and it is way better than doing it on your own with a high risk of not doing it right.
Losing wright definitely involves some activities that you won’t like. It’s not easy and it will never be, yet a new study suggests that asking for a doctor’s help can prove more useful on the long run. A report from UPI based on a two year study has concluded that weight loss programs that are supervised by the watchful eye of a physician offer considerably improved results compared to those which are not.
The major issue is that many of these health care programs are not covered by Medicare, so they practically encourage a DIY approach which can be detrimental to the patient’s treatment.
Dr. Wendy Bennett, who is an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins University, was adamant that “the trial supports other evidence that providers are very important in their patients’ weight loss efforts.” Bennett suggested that the success rates of these programs might be boosted if physicians were involved in the future. Patients would then have an increased success rate in weight loss.
The two-year trial was is commonly known as the Practice-based Opportunities for Weight Reduction, or POWER, was conducted on almost 350 people and helped researchers come to this conclusion. You might be surprised to find out that, on average, people who ranked their doctors with high grades lost 111 pounds. That is quite a lot. And it seems that doctors really know their info when they help people this much.
Just for the sake of comparison, the doctors who scored low grades in helpfulness had patients who only lost around 5 pounds in two years. So it is not only important that you go to a doctor, who you are going to is also a big plus. Nobody’s perfect.
The study actually sheds light onto the benefits of teamwork and trust when it comes to weight losing strategies. Its aim was to promote trust in between doctors and patients rather than promoting ways of getting slimmer. Insurers will probably look twice from now on when they offer plans these sorts of treatments. And it is a good start in helping people to actually lose weight.
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