Why You Should Consult a Physician Before Starting Your Weight Loss Program

Gyms, exercise videos, weight-loss reality shows: They all have a similar disclaimer, “Consult a physician prior to starting any exercise program.”  This is just a simple reminder that always gets ignored.

You may disregard the warnings and started working out simply because you’re tired of being overweight or unfit.  Consulting with a physician is one disclaimer that you shouldn’t ignore.  And here are a few reasons why.

Your medical history matters

Pre-existing conditions and genetic background can influence the decisions you make for a diet or exercise program.

Some conditions you should discuss with your doctor prior to starting a new diet or exercise program include:

  • Heart disease

  • Asthma or lung disease

  • Diabetes

  • Arthritis

You may also want to consult a physician if you experience concerning medical conditions such as:

  • Shortness of breath

  • Dizziness

  • Joint pain

  • Rapid heartbeat

You might have an underlying medical condition.

Many who chose to disregard the disclaimers usually don’t suffer the consequences.  But there are some people who will find out they have a heart condition or a minor injury that can become serious with strenuous activity.  More than likely, they don’t realize that they are putting their health at risk while attempting to do what they believe is the right thing.

You shouldn’t dive right in

If you weigh more than your ideal body weight, your physician should be consulted to ensure that the exercise regime you want to start is a safe routine without risking your health.  You should always consult with a physician prior to starting a new exercise program to assess your overall health and go over precautions to take to avoid injury.

One size does not fit all

Fad diets cost your overall health for quick results that don’t last.  Your genetic makeup is unique to you and the exercise program you recently read may not be applicable to you.

The role of your physician is to ensure that the program you are about to undertake will be suitable for you with consideration of your age, current physical health, family history, health risk factors, and more.

If you’re looking to start a new exercise program, consult with a physician at Synergy Immediate Care.  We’ll go over your medical history and create a program unique to you and your medical needs.  For more information about our weight loss program, please call 703-942-5331 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chaudri.

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