As directed, a balanced, nutrient-dense meal plan can help to reach a healthy weight.

When to seek immediate medical care

See a doctor immediately if:

  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior

When to make a doctor's appointment

Make an appointment to see a doctor if:

  • Distorted perception of weight or shape
  • Using laxatives or diet aids, or vomiting after eating
  • Excessively exercising to lose weight
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Substance use

Last Updated May 25, 2018

Content from Mayo Clinic ©1998-2021 Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER). All rights reserved. Terms of Use