I ask my patients what kind of health problems they have or think they will have by being overweight. Now many of them are able to repeat at least, "Diabetes, high blood pressure, heart problems. . . ." I encourage them to exercise—such as walking, jogging, and practicing yoga, depending on the status of their health and access to programs. If needed, I give them a calorie chart and ask them to keep a daily list of the food they eat.