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Weight loss programs

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.

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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

  • Medical weight loss programs
    • Medication based weight loss programs
    • Supplement based weight loss programs
    • Meal replacement Very Low Calorie Diets
    • Combination of the above comprehensive programs
  • Surgical weight loss programs
    • Gastric sleeve
    • Gastric bypass
    • Balloon implants
    • Gastric band or lap band
W8MD Weight Loss, Sleep and MedSpa - The Winning Team

W8MD Weight Loss, Sleep and MedSpa – The Winning Team

Non-physician supervised weight loss programs

  • Diet based weight loss programs
  • Exercise based weight loss programs
  • Fad diets or unhealthy weight loss programs
  • Meal replacement based weight loss programs
  • Low fat diet based weight loss programs
  • Low carbobydrate diet based 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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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)

Obesity

Obesity

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:

  • How can I change my eating habits so I can be healthier and reach a healthy weight?
  • How much and what type of physical activity do I think I need to be healthier and reach a healthy weight?
  • Could I benefit from seeing a nutrition professional or weight-loss specialist, or joining a weight-loss program?

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

  • write down all of your questions ahead of time
  • record all of the medicines and dietary supplements  you take, or bring them with you
  • write down the types of diets or programs you have tried in the past to lose weight
  • bring a pen and paper, smartphone, or other mobile device to read your questions and take notes

During your visit, a health care professional may

  • review any medical problems you have and medicines you take to see whether they may be affecting your weight or your ability to lose weight
  • ask you about your eating, drinking, and physical activity habits
  • determine your body mass index (BMI) to see whether you’re overweight or have obesity

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.

Questions to ask a health care professional

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

  • What is a healthy weight or BMI for me?
  • Will losing weight improve my general health, as well as specific health problems I have?
  • Could any of my medical conditions or medications be causing weight gain or making it harder for me to lose weight?
  • Are there any types or amounts of physical activity I should not do because of my health?
  • What dietary approaches do you recommend I try or avoid?

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

  • behavioral treatment, also called lifestyle counseling, that can teach you how to develop and stick with healthier eating and physical activity habits—for example, keeping food and activity records or journals
  • information about getting enough sleep, managing stress, and the benefits and drawbacks of weight-loss medicines
  • ongoing feedback, monitoring, and support throughout the program, either in person, by phone, online, or through a combination of these approaches
  • slow and steady weight-loss goals—usually 1 to 2 pounds per week (though weight loss may be faster at the start of a program)
  • a plan for keeping the weight off, including goal setting, self-checks such as keeping a food journal, and counseling support

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.

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…

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Quick weight loss

  • Are you frustrated with being overweight or obese?
  • Have you tried and failed many fad diets that do not work in the past?
  • Do you need professional help to understand what is causing you to gain weight?
  • Did you know that your insurance might cover the weight loss doctor visits at W8MD?

What is a Quick Way To Lose Weight?

Overweight and obesity

Overweight and obesity

W8MD’s Quick Weight Loss – 4 Tips

As the United States and rest of the world deal with an epidemic of obesity, and diabetes, dubbed diabesity, more and more people are searching online for ways to lose weight quickly. One of the popular keywords on Google related to weight loss is quick weight loss.

Confusing choices

With over 20,000 diet books with more coming every day, it is not only confusing but also very frustrating. It is important to stick to evidence based measure as opposed to the next miracle diet called, let’s say “grass soup diet”.

Lifestyle change

Unfortunately, weight or obesity, is a chronic health condition that needs long term lifestyle changes, and therefore, quick fixes, are like putting a band aid. Having said that, here are some trips and steps you can take to lose weight.

W8MD’s 4 quick weight loss tips.

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W8MD weight loss, sleep and medspa

Quick weight loss tip 1

Assess your risk – find out your body mass index by simple online tools such as the W8MD’s Body Mass Index Calculator

BMI categories

  • Underweight: BMI is less than 18.5.
  • Normal weight: BMI is 18.5 to 24.9.
  • Overweight: BMI is 25 to 29.9.
  • Obese: BMI is 30 or more.

If you determine you are overweight or obese, move to the next step.

Quick weight loss tip 2

Get a tape a measure your waist circumference so we can determine if you have central or upper body weight distribution.

Classification of Overweight and Obesity by BMI, Waist Circumference, and Associated Disease Risks

Disease Risk* Relative to Normal Weight and Waist Circumference
BMI
(kg/m2)
Obesity
Class
Men 102 cm (40 in) or less
Women 88 cm (35 in) or less
Men > 102 cm (40 in)
Women > 88 cm (35 in)
Underweight < 18.5
Normal 18.5–24.9
Overweight 25.0–29.9 Increased High
Obesity 30.0–34.9 I High Very High
35.0–39.9 II Very High Very High
Extreme Obesity 40.0 + III Extremely High Extremely High

 

* Disease risk for type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and CVD.
+ Increased waist circumference also can be a marker for increased risk, even in persons of normal weight.

Quick weight loss tip 3

Find out what might be causing you to gain weight. In many people, as many as 71% of US adults, suffer from insulin resistance. Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas that helps glucose in your blood enter cells in your muscle, fat, and liver, where it’s used for energy. Glucose comes from the food you eat. The liver also makes glucose in times of need, such as when you’re fasting. When blood glucose, also called blood sugar, levels rise after you eat, your pancreas releases insulin into the blood. Insulin then lowers blood glucose to keep it in the normal range.

Insulin resistance is when cells in your muscles, fat, and liver don’t respond well to insulin and can’t easily take up glucose from your blood. As a result, your pancreas makes more insulin to help glucose enter your cells. As long as your pancreas can make enough insulin to overcome your cells’ weak response to insulin, your blood glucose levels will stay in the healthy range.

Quick weight loss tip 4

Find a weight loss program that can work with your insurance using evidence based measures to lose weight fast and effective such as W8MD’s insurance medical weight loss program.

How can W8MD help?

W8MD Weight Loss, Sleep & MedSpa Intro Video

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.

How to lose weight

If you are overweight or obese and want to lose some weight safely, you are not alone.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, CDC, about 39% of US adults are in the clinically obese category while another third of the population are in the overweight category. Combined together, obese or overweight adults comprise of over two thirds of all adults in the US.

Before we look at how to lose weight, let us examine what truly makes Americans gain weight.

Causes of weight gain

Obesity in the US is generally caused by many factors some of which were a result of the wrong recommendations from the government. 

Did the USDA ended up causing the obesity epidemic in the name of helping people lose weight by their wrong recommendations on healthy food through the failed and now withdrawn food guide pyramid?

See why the food pyramid failed.  The major contributing factors for weight gain include increased insulin resistance which not only leads to weight gain but also increases portions by the profound anabolic effects of insulin.

Other factors for weight gain include lack of proper sleep, many medications especially psychiatric medications, long term patterns of behavior that including sitting still and not exercising enough, genetics are also believed to be a factor, with a 2018 study stating that the presence of the human gene APOA2 could result in a higher body mass index (BMI) in individuals.

W8MD’s 8 steps on how to lose weight.

Before you choose a weight loss program to help you lose weight, here are some steps. Losing weight takes more than desire to lose weight – it takes commitment and a well-thought-out plan.

Here’s W8MD’s 8 step guide to getting started.

Step 1 for losing weight.

Understand where you are in terms of body mass index so you know your starting BMI.

  • Underweight: BMI is less than 18.
  • Normal weight: BMI is 18 to 24.9.
  • Overweight: BMI is 25 to 29.9.
  • Obese: BMI is 30 or more.

Further, obesity is classified as below

class I obesity or mild obesity is a BMI of 30.0–34.9

class II obesity or moderate obesity is a BMI of  35.0–39.9

class III obesity or severe obesity is a BMI of ≥ 40.0

A BMI of ≥ 50 is super obese

Step 2 for losing weight.

Understand what in your case is contributing to your weight gain.

People gain weight when they eat more calories than they burn through activity.

  • Metabolic factors
  • Environmental factors
  • Genetic factors
  • Health Conditions and Medications
  • Stress
  • Emotional Factors
  • Poor Sleep

Step 3 for losing weight.

Identify a safe weight loss program that is right for you to help you lose weight, works with your insurance, has trained and experienced doctors.

Step 4 for losing weight.

Make a commitment. Making the decision to lose weight, change your lifestyle, and become healthier is a big step to take.

Step 5 for losing weight.

Keep a “food diary” for a few days, in which you write down everything you eat. By doing this, you become more aware of what you are eating and when you are eating. This awareness can help you avoid mindless eating.

Next, examine your current lifestyle. Identify things that might pose challenges to your weight loss efforts.

  • Does your work or travel schedule make it difficult to get enough physical activity?
  • Do you find yourself eating sugary foods because that’s what you buy for your kids?
  • Do your coworkers frequently bring high-calorie items, such as doughnuts, to the workplace to share with everyone?

Think through things you can do to help overcome these challenges.

Step 6 for losing weight.

Set realistic goals. Set some short-term goals and reward your efforts along the way.

Step 7 for losing weight.

Identify resources for information and support.
Find family members or friends who will support your weight loss efforts. Making lifestyle changes can feel easier when you have others you can talk to and rely on for support. You might have coworkers or neighbors with similar goals, and together you can share healthful recipes and plan group exercise.

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W8MD Weight Loss, Sleep and MedSpa – The Winning Team

Step 8 for losing weight.

Continually “check in” with yourself to monitor your progress.
Revisit the goals you set for yourself and evaluate your progress regularly.

Know that losing weight is a lifestyle change and not a one time change.

How can W8MD’s insurance physician weight loss program help me lose weight?

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.