(HealthDay News) -- You know losing weight will help you get healthy, but it's always a good idea to have a conversation with your doctor about your health before you start your weight-loss program.
The American Academy of Family Physicians lists these things to discuss with your doctor about your weight-loss plans:
Ask for educational brochures or other materials from your doctor about calorie-counting, healthy eating habits and exercise.
Ask your doctor to measure your body-mass index (a measure of body fat based on height and weight) and your waist circumference, and ask what that means for your health.
Explain to your doctor about your current physical activity and eating habits, and talk about changes that you can make to help yourself get healthier.
Consider how many changes you are willing to make to your lifestyle before meeting with your doctor.
Ask for information about local specialists such as dietitians and personal trainers, and whether they may be covered by your health plan.