As a family physician, Dr. Michelfelder fields a lot of questions every January from patients who have resolved to lose weight. He advises them to not try to go it alone. “When you tell other people you are trying to lose weight, they will give you their support, and stop shoving cake and candy your way,” Dr. Michelfelder said.
Structured programs, such as Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig, can be effective. And attending such programs in person tends to be more effective than participating only online, Dr. Michelfelder said.
“For the New Year, most of us should add some weight loss to our resolutions,” Dr. Michelfelder said. “Obesity is now so common in the United States that it causes more disease and years of life lost than smoking.”