Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Family Docs Not Skilled in Weight Loss Techniques

Patients want information on weight loss, but physicians say they don’t have enough training, according to a Family Practice News article in April. This was based on a survey by Harris Interactive. Many patients can lose weight by increasing exercise and reducing calories. A lower carb diet has been shown to be successful for more people than other diets. Some people do not lose a significant amount of weight, when they cut back on food and increase exercise. Some of these have food allergies that hold weight on their bodies. Others slow their metabolism when they cut back on food. Not infrequently, the latter group has a metabolic problem such as not enough thyroid or an imbalance of neurotransmitters or hormones. HCG injections are not approved for weight loss, but many who are having difficulty find them very helpful. Appetite suppressants are not very helpful because they are temporary, and the pounds are usually regained fairly soon.

See Family Practice News(click here), April 1, 2010, p. 5.

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