Lose Weight

Questions to Ask

Here are some tips on talking to your health care team about your weight:

  • What do my BMI and waist circumference tell you about my health?
  • Would you recommend losing weight? If so, how much should I aim to lose, and over what period of time? 
  • What’s the best way to reduce my caloric intake?
  • What’s the best way to get a healthy amount of exercise? Are there any limits on the activities I can do?
  • Will I need medications to help me lose weight?
  • Do I need genetic testing, a thyroid test or other tests to assess the factors that may contribute to my body fat?
  • How often should I come in for check-ins while I’m working to lose weight?
  • Should I see a weight-loss specialist or dietitian?


CardioSmart has a wealth of information and tools you can use to help you make changes to adopt heart-healthy behaviors into your everyday life. Here are just a few:

Exercise and Heart Health

Active Lifestyle

Understanding Nutrition: Eat Smart for a Healthy Heart

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Last reviewed: March 2019
Published: December 2017
Medical Reviewers: Asma Aouthmany, MD; Eldad Einav, MD, FACC; Yasmine Subhi Ali, MD, FACC

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