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How can a doctor help me lose weight?

Your doctor has several methods to help you in your weight loss journey. Usually you will be interviewed about your typical diet and exercise patterns. You may be asked to fill out a diet and exercise log as well. Your doctor can review these and offer advice to optimize weight loss; he or she may also recommend a daily caloric limit based on your height, weight and weight loss goals. For patients who do not succeed in losing weight with diet and exercise, weight loss medications or surgeries may be discussed.

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