When patients first enter my office, one of the most common goals they have is to shed pounds. They soon find out, however, that it's easier said than done; there are so many factors that go into a person’s weight-loss journey, and these can be both deeply personal and highly varied.
It’s easy to assume that your excess weight stems from poor lifestyle choices like too much junk food and a lack of physical activity, and that all you need to do is find the right diet and workout routine. But what happens when you've already tried all that without seeing any results? Often, the inability to lose weight is a symptom of a bigger underlying health problem or seemingly unrelated issue. Here are some key questions I always ask my patients who are struggling to lose weight: