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Healthcare professional holding clipboardAchieving or maintaining a healthy weight can be hard. Sometimes you might need professional advice so don’t be afraid to ask health professionals for help. Longer term approaches to weight maintenance that include frequent contact with health professionals may help you achieve better results.1

You could start by talking to your GP (doctor), who may be able to give you the advice you’re after. If not, they can refer you to professionals with specialist knowledge about weight, nutrition and/or physical activity. Your GP will know which health professionals can help you and which ones are the best in your area.

Different health professionals can help with different issues. A dietitian can offer advice about your diet and offer suggestions on dietary changes. An exercise physiologist can work with you to design a physical activity program tailored to suit you and your weight, age, body type, fitness, lifestyle and goals.

A physiotherapist can give you advice on how to deal with injuries or conditions that make physical activity difficult. They can also suggest appropriate alternative exercise options such as Pilates classes and swimming.

A psychologist can help you look at weight-related problems and make behaviour changes to address them. Weight-related issues might stem from depression, stress, a habit of emotional eating or other factors and conditions that impact on your eating and/or activity levels.

Professional help is not difficult to arrange and you may be able to claim some or all of the cost through Medicare or private health insurance. Start by talking with your GP and take it from there.

[1] National Health and Medical Research Council (2013). Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Overweight and Obesity in Adults, Adolescents and Children in Australia. Melbourne: NHMRC.