A new study has revealed that the key to weight loss is the support from your doctor.
In the study published in the Patient Education and Counselling Journal, researchers from the Johns Hopkins Medical Center have discovered that those who received support from their doctor lost more weight than those who received little support.
What did the study entail?
The researchers studies 347 obese individuals for 2 years, with each individual offered support from their doctor.
At the end of the 2 year study the volunteers were asked to fill out forms to answer questions about their relationship with their doctors.
Once calculated, the researchers saw that those who visited their doctor regularly were able to lose around 11 pounds on average, while those who did not feel as though they were supported losing only 5 pounds.
Dr Wendy Bennett, co-author and assistant professor of medicine at the University had this to say about the results:
“Incorporating physicians into future programs might lead patients to more successful weight loss.”
“This trial supports other evidence that providers are very important in their patients’ weight-loss efforts.”
With obesity levels on the rise, studies like this are hopefully going to get people thinking about ways to lose weight themselves.
While 11 pounds over 2 years is not a lot, there are certainly other things that you can do to get better results; for example healthy eating and exercise.
Regardless of what you do, obesity is a serious issue that can have a significant impact on your life expectancy and quality of life.
As this study shows though, if you are able to get support, not just from a doctor but also from your family and friends then you will be more likely to achieve your weight loss goals.