Doctor’s play a major role in helping patients with weight loss, says study.
Fat loss was double on average for people overweight who believed they had the most support from their physicians, compared to those who believed their physicians were not as helpful, researchers said. My parents always follow the advice from their doctors and I believe that is why they were so successful with weight loss. Cutting out the fried foods, processed foods and going on daily walks is what really improved their health.
According to the study, about 350 people participated in a U.S. government funded clinical trial on fat loss. Participants filled out two surveys at the end of the study which included questions about their relationships with their primary physicians.
Patients lost an average of 11 pounds that gave their doctors the highest ratings on helpfulness. However, the ones who gave their physicians the lowest ratings on helpfulness only lost 5 pounds. This means that doctors really have a big impact on a patient’s success with fat loss and having a close relationship with them is very important.
This study can be found in the Journal of Patient Education and Counseling. I believe these findings can inspire weight loss programs to give primary physicians a big role to ensure the success of obese patients struggling to lose weight. Weight loss programs make billions of dollars each year and over 34 percent of U.S adults are currently overweight, according the National Institutes of Health statistics. For women who are struggling to lose weight, there is a program called the Venus Factor that focuses on the leptin hormone. The leptin hormone sends signals to the brain telling your body when to stop eating and control your appetite. The Venus Factor shows you ways to control it plus it comes with a 12 weeks diet plan to help women lose a few pounds.
“This trial supports other evidence that providers are very important in their patients’ weight-loss efforts,” Dr. Wendy Bennett, an assistant professor of medicine in the School of Medicine, said in a university news release. If patients follow their primary doctor’s advice I am sure they will stay motivated and have a better chance at improving their health. Dr. Bennett agrees by saying, “Incorporating physicians into future programs might lead patients to more successful weight loss.”
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Source: Bennett W, et al. Satisfaction with primary care provider involvement is associated with greater weight loss: Results from the practice-based POWER trial. Patient Education & Counseling. 2015.