Re: wieght loss/doctors opinion
Well, I talked with my regular GP about losing weight (although I'm not overweight, I want to lose 10-15lbs, and I was/am having a lot of trouble doing so), and at first he suggested that I go on a soup and salad diet, which is a horrible idea because I want to know how I can lose the weight permanently, and I can't eat only soup and salad for the rest of my life! But as desperate as I was, I tried it for 2 weeks (5 days a week), and didn't lose anything. So I went back to him and asked if it might be a thyroid problem, and he ordered some blood tests. I took the tests, and I never got a call back from him regarding them (and he only calls the patient, if the tests were not normal). So I guess everything is okay there.
I think talking to a doctor would probably be the best place to start figuring out how to lose weight. I didn't have a great doctor, but a lot of people do, and depending on how much weight you have to lose, s/he might be able to prescribe you something to help. Don't worry about being embarassed or anything, to talk to a doctor about your problem because they hear about this on a very regular basis, and they are there to help you.
Good luck to you!