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a general pice of advice

i just wanted to put this out there:

no one should jump into a weight-loss journey without at least consulting with their physician first. it's really important to know what your body needs nutritionally and how it may respond to a sudden decrease in calories coupled with a sudden increase in exercise. know about your heart health/stealth and what if any limitations you may have to impose on your regimen. i say this because, from the forum topics/questions i've read, it seems obvious that many people are dieting, limiting their food intake and exercising without any professional advice or evaluations beforehand.

Thu. Mar 1, 9:11am

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I vehemently disagree. Based on what I see, people have read some of the most advanced data out there regarding diets and nutrition and make excellent choices.

Thursday, March 01, 2007, 9:14 AM

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maybe we're not reading the exact same threads...i'm referring to questions about proper calorie intake, how many hours should i exercise, what kinds of foods should i eat, how much is too much weight to lose in a week, should i avoid sugar, am i eating too much salt, these types of questions indicate a lack of communication with a health care professional. i am really not trying to deny any members' knowledge or anything like that. i am suggesting that, in my opinion, many answers can be found before you begin dieting/exercising/changing your daily food intake by first consulting with your doctor. and if you haven't been to the doctor recently and are very overweight and are suddenly altering your whole daily routine with regard to food and exercise, it is advisable to consult a doctor or other health care provider to ensure you do not endanger yourself.

Thursday, March 01, 2007, 10:47 AM

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When I mentioned to my doctor that I was going to start losing my 80 extra pounds and wanted the green light, he said to stop looking for medical excuses for my weight problem, took my blood pressure, and handed me a food list. He's not the first doctor to react like this - I got it from a female doctor back when I "only" had 30 lbs to lose. Might I add that the male doctor was 50 lbs overweight and the female doctor was about as overweight as I was?

I envy those of you with good, approachable doctors, but I, for one, will never speak to one again about my weight. I'm better off with a subscription to a reputable magazine like Prevention or Self and membership to Weight Watchers.

Thursday, March 01, 2007, 12:05 PM

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moreover, most doctors are not diet/weightloss experts. They recieve very little training on that in med school. Proper advice should come from a nutritionist or a dietician, because they are the ones trained to give that advice.

I for one am very leary of traditional doctors, and wouldn't trust the advice most of them would give about weightloss. I follow a diet that's out of a book, and it was the diet recommended by my mothers *homeopathic* doctor. Later, when my mother had to see a dietician, the dietician said "Great diet choice, how can I help you make it work?" However, when I explained my diet to the medical officer when joining the air force, he had the gall to say "I'm surprised that as a lawyer you would believe that kind of stuff." He can believe what he wants, but my weightloss and improved health are evidence enough for me.

Thursday, March 01, 2007, 12:24 PM

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and let's not forget that doctors are still just people. they may have lots of schooling and knowledge, but they still may have their biases and faults and own problems, etc. some of them may be bitter about the fact that so much of their knowledge is readily available online.

Thursday, March 01, 2007, 2:11 PM

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so do you also just check out automotive sites and diagnose and fix your own car?

Thursday, March 01, 2007, 2:30 PM

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I go to Chilton's to diagnose and fix my car, as do many mechanics and I'm sure they have a great website - I'd go there in a heartbeat! Understanding your car's various systems not only helps you take better care of it and keep it running better longer, but helps keep you from getting ripped off by ignorant or malicious repair shops when you do need to take it in. If everyone knew more about their cars and basic care and maintenance, many major repairs would be unecessary.

For weight loss and exercise tips I often go to mayo clinic - they are a highly reputable institution. I care more about my health than anyone including my doctor, so why shouldn't I research and 'own' my health? Of course I will consult a doctor if I need expertise and experience, but my own doctor uses many of the same websites I do, and even makes recommendations, so why shouldn't I do some of my own research?

Thursday, March 01, 2007, 3:41 PM

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car talk has helped given immeasurable results.

Thursday, March 01, 2007, 4:02 PM

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The problem I've noticed with the getting all your health advice off the interwebs is that there's a HUGE difference between information and knowledge.

Information is what's available online. Knowledge is what's in the head of a skilled professional- information+experience.

Without experience, information is often useless. Having information doesn't mean you understand that information, just like having Lance Armstrong's bike won't make you ride like Lance.

Personally, I've never had very few bad interactions with doctors in my life. If a fat doctor tells you you need to lose weight, does it make it any less true?

Thursday, March 01, 2007, 4:57 PM

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OP, did you consult with your physician before you began your weight loss journey here? I'm curious, what did they say and have they checked in with you for your results?

Thursday, March 01, 2007, 5:21 PM

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