14 things to never lie to your doctor about
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3. What you eat
After trying to drop the unwanted kilos around your midsection without much success, you make an appointment to see your doc to figure out a game plan.
If you're not being truthful about your habits, your doctor won't be able to help much.
"Studies have shown that patients underestimate how much they are eating and how often they indulge in unhealthy food," says Dr Tania Dempsey, an integrative doctor based in New York.
"Many patients don't want to admit the difficulties they have with complying with the prescribed diet, so it is easier for them to deny that they are eating anything 'bad'."
Instead of feeling shameful for giving in to sweet cravings or not working out for a week (or several), explain what's tripping you up so your doctor can give her best advice.
After all, since she doesn't eat every meal with you she can only assist based on the info you share.
"If I think that the diet intervention isn't working as expected, first I am going to question why, and then I might have to resort to more aggressive treatment options. If patients admit to their indiscretions, then doctors can work with the patient to develop strategies to keep their diet on track," says Dr Dempsey.
Groundbreaking research shows how certain foods and lifestyle changes can deactivate the genes that cause us to store fat.