When trying to lose weight, it is important to consider more than the number on your scale. Because being overweight is connected to a number of ailments, patients need to know their overall state of health when they begin to make any lifestyle changes. They then need to consider how their current wellness levels should influence their weight loss efforts for quality results.

For example, if they are pre-diabetic, they may need to consider a particular diet to best address their potential ailment. If they have high blood pressure, they may need medication to help control their health problem. If their knees are very susceptible to damage, some exercises may need to be avoided for a period of time to avoid a weight-related injury. And so on and so forth.

These examples highlight the variety of ways that our physical health should be considered even as we take action to improve it. By undergoing an exam and specific wellness screenings prior to working on losing weight, you will be in a better position to plan meals, exercise, and work on changing your lifestyle in a manner that addresses your specific health needs. To schedule an appointment with us for testing, use our online booking tool, or call (240) 294-4079!


 

FAQs on Physical Exams and Screenings for Weight Loss

 

What Should I Expect During A Physical Exam/Screening?

A physical exam gives our staff a chance to learn about you as an individual. Because of this, we will want to use our time with you to gather important information. We do this by:

  • Conducting a physical exam. During a physical, we will measure your height; check your vital signs (such as heart rate, blood pressure, and temperature); listen to your heart and lungs; and examine your abdomen. Each of these steps will help us find or rule out any problem areas health-wise, allowing us to provide a more comprehensive and personalized care plan.
  • Taking your medical history. A medical history will allow us to consider a number of things that may influence your health, including your previous weights, prior or current ailments, stress levels, exercise and eating habits, medications, and more. We will also want to hear about your family's medical history to see if you may be predisposed to certain conditions.
  • Gather weight-related data. When we first meet with you, we will want to measure where you're starting in your weight loss levels. We do this by calculating your BMI (body mass index) to determine your overall risk of developing weight-related health problems. We also measure your waist circumference to determine if excess fat is being stored around your waist (where it increases the risk of diabetes and heart diseases)

 

Are These Initial Tests Necessary?

Very much so. These initial exams and tests will serve as baseline measures in tracking your progress at each step of your weight loss plan. And in addition to helping us track changes and progress in your weight loss journey over time, your physical exam and initial screenings can help us measure your arrival day vital signs. These are measurements of the body's most basic functions, such as blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, and temperature. Abnormal vital signs can indicate a serious health problem that needs to be addressed a certain way - perhaps with a specific diet, a prescribed medication, or a particular exercise. Elevated vital signs may also sometimes indicate a need to avoid certain things, either temporarily or permanently, in the interest of your health and safety.

Ultimately, knowing your health numbers will allow us to better address and treat your wellness needs - making these initial tests a helpful step in your care journey.

 

What If I Have Additional Questions Or Concerns?

Before you lose weight, you need to know where you’re starting out - and what sorts of health issues your new diet needs to address directly. That’s why we are here to help you determine exactly what you need to do next in your wellness journey. Please contact us at your earliest convenience and our dedicated expert team will help you get on the right track to lose weight.