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6 Things To Ask Your Doctor Before Going On A Pre-Packaged Diet

Aug 12, 2008
Any time you ever go on a diet or exercise program, you are always told to consult with a doctor first. Many people consider this an obligatory warning solely meant to cover the company in case of lawsuits. However, there are at least six questions you can ask your doctor about a pre-packaged diet program such as Nutrasystem, Jenny Craig, or Deliciously Yours to find out more before you start.

1. Do you have any experience with this diet in your practice? You might be surprised to learn that the doctor has many stories to tell you about patients who have previously tried the diet. Whether they have failed or succeeded, news of their experiences can be valuable to you.

2. Do I have any dietary needs that will interfere with my going on the diet? Let your doctor tell you any problems he believes will keep you off the program. If you have any doubts about the diet, consult the website, as Nutrasystem and Deliciously Yours give good information about some conditions.

Then, if you are still interested in the diet, talk to one of the registered dieticians if you are considering Nutrasystem, or a nutrition counselor for Jenny Craig. You might get information about how that particular need is dealt with through special dietary choices. You can take the information back to the doctor and see if she decides that the diet can work for you after all.

3. Am I limited in the amount of activity I can do while on the diet? Most likely your doctor will encourage you to get out and move around as much as possible. Yet, there are some cases where the doctor might say that it is better if you stay away from strenuous activities, at least until you have dropped some weight.

You might be given a particular exercise program to adhere to during and after your time on the diet. Check with the Nutrasystem and Jenny Craig for the complete details of their exercise programs. Since the Deliciously Yours exercise program is administered through eDiets, check with them for that diet.

4. How often do I need to come in for a doctor visit while I am on the diet? Some doctors may suggest that you come in more frequently throughout the diet, especially if you have certain illnesses. Some will make appointments for you to come in more often towards the beginning and goal fulfillment of your diet program. There are other doctors that will not see the need to change your doctor visit routine at all.

5. What will happen to me if I do not lose weight with Nutrasystem, Jenny Craig, or Deliciously Yours? Some people need to develop a drive to succeed at weight loss. That drive can come from knowing that your health is in danger if you do not take steps to get healthier. Your doctor might tell you that you are likely to develop diabetes, high blood pressure, or many other sorts of diseases. It is best to know the possibilities so that you can work hard to prevent them.

6. How will I benefit if I do lose the weight? You might find out that your blood pressure would get lower, your back would stop aching, or your feet would stop swelling. Whatever you learn, it can give you more motivation to stay on your diet plan for as long as it takes to lose the weight.

A talk with your doctor can make you more determined to succeed at losing all the weight you need to reach your goal. It is best to get your doctor's approval before going on any diet such as Nutrasystem, Jenny Craig, or Deliciously Yours. Your doctor's support can help you to do your best.
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Ron Subs works with Beauty Brief as a public relations consultant, more information about diets can be found at www.beautybrief.com
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