Regular check-ups help people take stock of weight loss plans

The start the new year is one of those times when many people feel the need to “take stock.” Getting organized and streamlining one’s lifestyle are good ways to do so. One thing that should be at top of everyone’s list is making sure that a medical check-up is planned to keep tabs on health concerns.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, people should be proactive when it comes to meeting with their health providers. That includes being prepared with concerns and questions that should be asked during an exam, as well as a list of current medications, including prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs and supplements taken on a regular basis.

This can also be a great opportunity for people who want to start weight loss programs to run their diet plans by their doctors. There are many ways to approach weight loss, including choosing low-fat or low-carb diets and a host of healthy supplements that will curb cravings. One such diet aid is Skinny D, a supplement offered by Dr. Newton’s Naturals that allows individuals to replace one meal a day with a nutrient-filled concentrate. Clinically tested to reduce pounds, it adds a mere 10 calories per serving to the daily calorie count.

When the doctor-patient discussion begins, people should listen carefully and take notes to refresh their memories later. Asking questions is part of a good exchange, particularly if medical tests are planned. Don’t be shy about asking what to expect from new procedures and what the results will tell you.

Be sure to follow up a doctor’s instructions for additional appointments, including a visit to check on the progress of a weight loss program. The waistline isn’t the only thing that needs to be measured. Blood pressure, cholesterol and cardiovascular health are closely related to weight and should be periodically checked as a diet progresses.