As the obesity epidemic continues to affect populations across the globe, with some countries affected more than others such as the United States, losing weight is a priority for many. In this W8MD article, we will review various weight loss programs and the evidence behind them.

W8MD's insurance weight loss

W8MD’s insurance weight loss

At its core, any weight loss program should have a way to help a person take in less calories than they are burning. Some programs focus on the diet, for which there is large scale evidence based scientific support, while others focus on exercise.

Why exercise alone is useless for weight loss?

Although it was traditionally believed that exercise is a very important part of losing weight, recent large scale studies have shown that exercise is not as useful as they originally thought – see why exercise is pretty useless on its own. However, exercise does play a supportive role in addition to a reduced calorie diet and should be used in conjunction with any diet whenever possible.

Roughly, exercise plays about 20% role while diet plays about 80%, according to the author – Prab R. Tumpati, MD, founder of W8MD Weight Loss, Sleep & Medical Aesthetics.

What are different weight loss programs?

Weight loss programs can be classified based on what approach they take to losing weight.

Physician supervised weight loss programs

W8MD weight loss team

W8MD weight loss team

Non-physician supervised weight loss programs

With over 20,000 diet plans, it is almost impossible for an average person to judge which diet to choose.

Recently, US News and World News started ranking the non-physician diet plans based on surveys and expert opinion and here are the top diets as of 2019. Here are the Top Non Physician Diets – US News and World Report as of 2019.

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Weight loss success stories

TOP 30 DIETS RANKED

WW (Weight Watchers) Diet
#1 in Best Weight-Loss Diets

Volumetrics Diet
#2 in Best Weight-Loss Diets

The Flexitarian Diet

#3 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Jenny Craig Diet

#3 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Vegan Diet
#3 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

The Engine 2 Diet
#6 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Ornish Diet
#6 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Raw Food Diet
#6 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

HMR Program
#9 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Mayo Clinic Diet
#9 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

SlimFast Diet
#9 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

DASH Diet
#12 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Keto Diet
#12 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Nutrisystem Diet
#12 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Optavia Diet
#12 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Vegetarian Diet
#12 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Atkins Diet
#17 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Biggest Loser Diet
#17 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Eco-Atkins Diet
#17 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Mediterranean Diet
#17 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Nutritarian Diet
#17 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

South Beach Diet
#17 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Spark Solution Diet
#23 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

TLC Diet
#23 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Flat Belly Diet
#26 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Nordic Diet
#26 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Zone Diet
#26 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Macrobiotic Diet
#29 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

MIND Diet
#29 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

With so many diets, how do you choose the right diet for you?

The simplest answer is – you don’t. Let a trained professional such as an obesity medicine physician that understands your unique situation, cause of weight gain in your case, your family history, diet, and medical history so they can customize a weight loss plan that works best for you.

Here are some tips on how to choose the right weight loss program for you. Ask these questions.

Before your visit with a health care professional, think about the following questions:

You can be better prepared for a visit with a health care professional if you

During your visit, a health care professional may

People who are overweight have a BMI between 25.0 and 29.9. People with obesity have a BMI of 30.0 or higher, and those with extreme obesity have a BMI of 40.0 or higher.

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Medical aesthetics

Questions to ask a health care professional

You may want to ask a health care professional the following questions:

What should I look for in a weight-loss program?

To reach and stay at a healthy weight over the long term, you must focus on your overall health and lifestyle habits, not just on what you eat. Successful weight-loss programs should promote healthy behaviors that help you lose weight safely, that you can stick with every day, and that help you keep the weight off.

Safe and successful weight-loss programs should include

The most successful weight-loss programs provide 14 sessions or more of behavioral treatment over at least 6 months—and are led by trained staff.

Some commercial weight-loss programs such as the W8MD’s insurance physician weight loss program have all of these components for a safe and successful weight-loss under careful physician supervision.

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W8MD’s weight loss, sleep, aesthetic & IV nutrition programs

W8MD’s insurance physician weight loss program is unique in many ways with a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to weight loss that addresses all the complex issues leading to weight gain, both in adults and children. Since its inception in 2011, W8MD has successfully helped thousands of patients succeed in not only losing weight but also keep it off with an ongoing maintenance plan.

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Sleep medicine program uses state of the art technology including the convenient home sleep studies or in lab sleep diagnostic studies to diagnose and treat over 80 different sleep disorders including sleep apnea, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome, insomnia to name a few. Learn more…

Medical aesthetic program offers a wide variety of advanced laser skin treatments including oxygen super facialsphotofacials, microneedling, PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) therapy, non-ablative laser skin resurfacing, botox, fillers and aesthetic treatments. The variety of technology and technique, combined with knowledgeable staff, allows doctors to customize treatment plans to each patient. One-size-fits-all procedures are not performed at W8MD Weight Loss, Sleep & Aesthetic Centers. Learn more…

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