So I bit the bullet yesterday and made a doc appointment with a weight loss specialist. I've been trying to lose 40 lbs. for the last 5 years and can't ever seem to get ANYWHERE. I've tried it all. Have already been to primary care docs three times over those 5 years with disappointing results.
The first doc, without any discussion of my existing diet/exercise/lifestyle, told me to eat more vegetables. Wanted to put me on anti-depressants, with the logic that if I'm happy (I wasn't depressed) the weight loss would follow. She was always the type to medicate the problem instead of looking for the cause. I pushed for blood work, which she gave in to reluctantly- thyroid came out 'normal' but I never saw the results.
The last time I went was to a new doc... she did so many tests on me that I was still paying them off months later. Wanted me gluten free and on about $80 of herbal supplements per month. And if that didn't work, her backup plan was HCG. Which she said she'd tried herself, lost 14 lbs and admitted she felt horrible while she did it. No thanks.
I still firmly believe that given how I live and have been treating my body these past 5 years, there's no reason why I should be unable to lose even 5 lbs. It's like everything that I do is JUST ENOUGH to keep me from gaining, but my body doesn't want to lose fat for anything. It's making me nuts.
The quick run-down they gave me while making the appointment worries me. Weekly appointments, a strict diet, possible medication. I'm really against any pre-packaged diet food and don't really feel like I NEED appetite suppression help with drugs. I eat a totally reasonable amount and I don't obsess over food, I went vegetarian last year. I barely drink, try to stay away from refined grains/gluten even though I'm not 100% free from it, hardly ever touch fast food or go out to restaurants. I've been reading and working at this the better part of my adult life and I feel like I know what I should be doing, and yet it still makes no difference. My next door neighbor dropped dead at 36, she was taking both diet pills and birth control and was a smoker- but still. I don't like the idea of taking a pill that has an effect on my blood pressure, migraines, sleep quality, etc.
So anyway... hate going into it feeling defensive already, but I am. I'm just hoping they can help pinpoint where I'm going wrong and help me see some progress... without taking phentermine and drinking medifast shakes. I'm sick of doctors assuming that I'm eating badly and not working out. There's something else holding me back, I just don't know what it is.
Anyone have any experiences to share with me about this process or the prescription diet drugs out there right now?