Health Coaching professionals most of the time are not doctors. Doctors prescribe medicine that helps with a condition. Health care coaches “prescribe” lifestyle changes. For the most part doctors know what they are talking about. There are, however, cases where diet doctors do more harm than good. Sometimes doctors will have their patients take medication that suppresses appetite and raises blood pressure. This is counter-productive. Exchanging one bad for another is not the way to a healthy lifestyle. Only through positive dietary changes and an exercise routine that works for you can you achieve your weight loss goals. For more on how “Diet Doctors” can cause more harm than good please read this article.
By Hallie Levine Sklar
Diet Doctors not the Best Medicine?
The weight-loss field is particularly vulnerable to exploitation because there are so many people struggling to shed pounds who don’t know where else to turn. An estimated 68 percent of adults in the United States are either overweight or obese, yet medicine doesn’t have much to offer in the way of help; there are very few effective nonsurgical weight-loss therapies. Diet and exercise are the foundation of any successful weight-loss plan, but for many, even those don’t work. “In the long run, lifestyle modifications lead to substantial, lasting weight loss in 2 or 3 percent of people with obesity,” says Lee Kaplan, MD, PhD, director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Weight Center in Boston. “That’s pretty frustrating for the remaining 97 percent. It’s like having incurable cancer—people will seek any new opportunity for treatment.”
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For actual safe weight loss health coaching and good doctors alike suggest changing your lifestyle to a healthier one. Of course, this is not as easy as it sounds. Like they say though, something worth doing should not be easy.
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