(HealthDay News) -- It may seem intimidating to approach your doctor for advice about how to lose weight.
Here are some pointers to get you started, courtesy of the American Academy of Family Physicians:
Ask your doctor for any available pamphlets or brochures about weight loss, diet and exercise.
Have your doctor measure your body mass index and waist circumference, and talk about your results and what they mean to your health.
Talk to your doctor about your exercise regimen and diet, and what changes you can make to help you to lose weight.
Consider how much change and effort you are willing to make before you talk to your doctor.
Ask if there are any specialists who can help you, such as dieticians, nutritionists or physical trainers.