What Type of Doctor Should I See for Weight Loss?
Have you tried to lose weight through continuous dieting or crazy exercise routines? While you may see some initial results from these methods, they're rarely permanent and can even damage your long-term health. If you are ready to get serious about your weight loss and do it in a safe and healthy way, it's time to start working with a medical professional. A doctor who specializes in weight management can develop a customized plan for your health to get the permanent results you want.
There are several different types of professionals who specialize in weight management: general practitioners, dieticians, nutritionists, bariatric physicians, and bariatric surgeons. It's helpful to understand the differences between these practitioners so you can find the right one for you.
If you see a general practitioner or internal medicine doctor, you can find advice and support for your weight issues. Many of these doctors provide general assistance for weight management, though there are some who specialize in diet, exercise, and weight issues. A general practitioner can help you approach your weight from the standpoint of your overall health, and may advise a holistic approach to deal with your weight challenges. Your doctor may refer you to a psychologist or counselor if your food and weight issues have an emotional component.
Dietitians and Nutritionists
Generally, dietitians and nutritionists have training in health and weight management strategies to provide non-medical options to support your health. Many provide personalized consultations and advice on how to plan and prepare healthy food.
Bariatric physicians specialize in treating patients who struggle with maintaining a healthy weight. These doctors receive focused training on treatments for obesity and on ways to improve health through positive lifestyle changes. While some people confuse bariatric physicians with bariatric surgeons, it's important to understand that seeing a bariatric specialist doesn't automatically lead to surgery. Many bariatric physicians, including Dr. Gule Rana Masood at Rochester Medical Weight Loss Center, develop comprehensive weight-management programs combining diet, exercise, and behavioral therapy to achieve results without invasive surgery.
While some people find success in their weight-management journey by seeing a general practitioner or nutritionist, there are many unique benefits to working with an experienced bariatric physician, including:
- Multi-faceted approach to maintaining a healthy weight
- Dietary advice to promote healthy food choices
- Exercise plans customized to each patient's needs and limitations
- Behavioral modification therapy
- Sustainable lifestyle changes for permanent weight management
Contact a Weight Loss Specialist Today
If you are ready to find a balanced, safe, and effective approach to weight loss, the experts at Rochester Medical Weight Loss Center are ready to help. Schedule a free consultation and take the first step toward a healthy future.