Losing weight can be challenging. Talk to your doctor or nurse about how to lose weight in a way that’s right for you.

What do I ask the doctor?

When you visit the doctor, it helps to have questions ready ahead of time. You can also ask a family member or friend to go with you to take notes.

Consider taking this list of questions to your next appointment.

  • How does my weight affect my health?
  • Do I have a health problem that’s affecting my weight?
  • How can losing weight improve my health?
  • What’s a healthy weight for me?
  • How much weight should I aim to lose?
  • How long will it take me to lose weight?

You may also want to ask about healthy ways to lose weight. For example:

  • What are healthy ways to lose weight and avoid gaining it back?
  • How can I change my eating habits?
  • What kinds of physical activity are best for me to meet my weight goals?
  • Are there any kinds of physical activity I need to avoid because of my health conditions?
  • Could a weight loss program help me?
  • What type of weight loss program would you recommend for me?

You can also add your own questions after learning how to aim for a healthy weight.