You are much more likely to achieve better results if you want to lose weight if you get support from your doctor. This conclusion was reached by a team of researchers from the School of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, USA.

Weight reduction is a serious step that is admirable. Taking it with people with more weight than the norm is in favor of their health, which is a well-known fact. Taking a step towards change is difficult, it is even more difficult to achieve a result that encourages, even more lasting over time. To this end, people turn to the right and wrong diets, take exercise regimens, go to take supplements and medications, some go even further, turning to surgery.

In analyzing the possible methods of weight loss, researchers bring out a missing tool - the role of consultation and support from the GP, which turns out to give the best results in terms of weight loss, taking into account the committed attitude of the medical professional to the patient. and providing adequate advice and moral support to achieve a better quality of life and health.

The study was presented this week in the journal Patient Education and Counseling , which reported that obese patients performed twice as well, relying on such attention.

The idea came from data from a large-scale project called POWER, supported by the US government, analyzing the possibilities of weight reduction methods, where the role of emotional support of the GP in overweight and obese patients is mentioned as a factor. when losing weight.


The present study compares the results achieved by volunteers who participated in a weight loss program, divided into three groups. Some received written instructions and literature, others restrained encouragement, and still others enjoyed live advice from a general practitioner. The highest results were achieved - on average 4 kg more - by people who enjoyed a full relationship with the doctor, compared to those who received a "colder" attitude, whose additional result was an average of 1,800 kg.

The researchers concluded that overweight and obese people who embark on weight loss programs could get better results and satisfaction from their efforts if they discussed possible alternatives for weight loss with their GPs.