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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.

W8MD weight loss, sleep and medspa

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.

Brooklyn NY Weight Loss

Are you trying to lose weight in the borough of Brooklyn, NY?

If so, you are not alone. Over a third of all adults in the beautiful borough of Brooklyn, NY are considered obese and another third overweight.

W8MD’s 8 step to losing weight in Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn New York weight loss step 1

If you think you might need to lose weight in NYC, the first thing to do is to find out how much weight do you need to lose for your weight to come down to a normal range. Find a scale, measure your weight without cloths, if possible, and measure your height if you already do not know your height, then you can use a Body Mass Index (BMI) scale to determine if you are overweight or obese.

How is BMI calculated?

BMI is calculated the same way for both adults and children. The calculation is based on the following formulas:

Measurement Units
Formula and Calculation
Kilograms and meters (or centimeters) Formula: weight (kg) / [height (m)]2With the metric system, the formula for BMI is weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared. Because height is commonly measured in centimeters, divide height in centimeters by 100 to obtain height in meters.

Example: Weight = 68 kg, Height = 165 cm (1.65 m)
Calculation: 68 ÷ (1.65)2 = 24.98

Pounds and inches Formula: weight (lb) / [height (in)]2 x 703Calculate BMI by dividing weight in pounds (lbs) by height in inches (in) squared and multiplying by a conversion factor of 703.

Example: Weight = 150 lbs, Height = 5’5″ (65″)
Calculation: [150 ÷ (65)2] x 703 = 24.96

Obesity

Obesity

Brooklyn NY weight loss step 2

The next step after you calculate your BMI is to see if you are in the underweight, normal, overweight or obese category.

How is BMI interpreted for adults?

For adults 20 years old and older, BMI is interpreted using standard weight status categories. These categories are the same for men and women of all body types and ages.

The standard weight status categories associated with BMI ranges for adults are shown in the following table.

BMI
Weight Status
Below 18.5 Underweight
18.5 – 24.9 Normal or Healthy Weight
25.0 – 29.9 Overweight
30.0 and Above Obese

 

Brooklyn NY weight loss step 3

The next step in losing weight in Brooklyn, NYC is to understand the distribution of the weight. The simplest way to doing this is to measure your waist circumference.

Waist Circumference

W8MD weight loss, sleep and medspa

W8MD weight loss, sleep and medspa

Measuring waist circumference helps screen for possible health risks that come with overweight and obesity. If most of your fat is around your waist rather than at your hips, you’re at a higher risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes. This risk goes up with a waist size that is greater than 35 inches for women or greater than 40 inches for men. To correctly measure your waist, stand and place a tape measure around your middle, just above your hipbones. Measure your waist just after you breathe out.

Brooklyn NY weight loss step 4

Once you measured and interpreted your BMI, and then came to the conclusion that you need to lose some weight, the next step is to find out what might be causing the weight gain. Many things can lead to weight gain including metabolic factors such as insulin resistance which is very common and affects over 70 percent of the population – this is what makes people crave carbs, eat bigger portions, be hungry sooner, and contributes to weight gain in the middle portion of the body.

Here are some of the causes of weight gain

  • Metabolic factors such as insulin resistance that leads to overeating and hunger – use this free online tool called Insulin Resistance Calculator to determine if you might be insulin resistant.
  • Food and Activity. People gain weight when they eat more calories than they burn through activity.
  • Environment. The world around us influences our ability to maintain a healthy weight.
  • Genetics.
  • Health Conditions and Medications.
  • Stress, Emotional Factors, and Poor Sleep.

Brooklyn NY weight loss step 5

While there are over 20,000 books written on the topic of diet, weight loss, and there is a new diet coming every day, do not get carried away – look for evidence based diets that actually work.

Understand the following five proven options to lose weight

5 ways to lose weight according to W8MD

A diet low in calories using Low Calorie Diets (LCD’s) or Very Low Calorie Diets (VLCD)

Obesity is treated using one or more of these 5 proven methods for weight loss:
Weight Loss Option 1.

Weight Loss Option 2.
Increased physical activity most effectively with diet low in calories as exercise alone is not that useful for weight loss

Weight Loss Option 3.
Intensive Behavior Therapy(IBT) by a trained obesity medicine physician

Weight Loss Option 4.
Prescription weight loss medications to curb the appetite, increase metabolism and lose weight – with many new FDA approved diet weight loss medications, there has never been better time to lose weight.

Weight Loss Option 5.
Weight-loss bariatric surgery which shrinks the stomach and forces you to have a Low Calorie Diet (number 1 or number 2). Since the stomach can re-expand after a couple of years, and given the complications, risks of surgery etc., bariatric surgery for weight loss is not for every body.

Brooklyn NY weight loss step 6

If you have health insurance, did you know that your insurance would normally cover screening and weight loss doctor visits as mandated by the Affordable Care Act as obesity is considered a preventable illness?

W8MD Weight Loss, Sleep and MedSpa Team

W8MD Weight Loss, Sleep and MedSpa Team

Brooklyn NY weight loss step 7

Find a weight loss program that is focussed on evidence based medicine, affordable and accepts your health insurance. At W8MD, we accept most health insurances for the weight loss doctor visits, any tests we might do such as EKG, resting metabolic rate test, and if you do get a diet weight loss medication, we can offer that in the office for a small administrative cost of $50.00 biweekly.

Brooklyn weight loss step 8

Once you lose the weight, it is important to maintain it.  It’s about an ongoing lifestyle that includes long-term changes in daily eating and exercise habits. Once you’ve achieved a healthy weight, by relying on healthful eating and physical activity most days of the week (about 60—90 minutes, moderate intensity), you are more likely to be successful at keeping the weight off over the long term. Losing weight is not easy, and it takes commitment.  Working with a trained and experienced weight loss physician can not only be safe and effective, but also cheaper than most non-medical programs.

How can W8MD’s Weight Loss Program in Brooklyn, NY help?

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.

Lose Weight NYC

Compared to some of the other big cities in the United States, the city of New York might be considered a lean city.  While the statistics might support the idea, the numbers are affected due to the high number of super thin individuals in the borough of Manhattan. If you analyze the data and look at the obesity statistics by each borough in the city of New York, you would realize that some boroughs do worse than others.

W8MD weight loss, sleep and medspa

W8MD weight loss, sleep and medspa

What percent of the population of New York City are overweight or obese?

Let us look at the statistics – New York City has it’s share of the overweight or obese.

More than half of adult New Yorkers are overweight (34%) or obese (22%) – combined together, the proportion of the population that is overweight or obese is 56%. It does compare favorably however, when you look at the overall obesity and overweight statistics for the entire US where obesity rates are as high as 39% with overweight at over 30% for a combined 70% for both obesity or overweight.

What are the risks of being overweight or obese in New York City?

People (adults and children) who are overweight are at increased risk for over 50 different medical problems including diabetes heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, arthritis, and cancer.

OK, let us say you are overweight or obese, or just have some stubborn areas of fat while being in the normal weight, where do you find proper help that does not cost you an arm and a leg? With over 20, 000 books written on the topic of diet, it is not only overwhelming but also confusing for the average consumer to understand and focus on what is a proven and reliable diet and what is another fad diet.

How to find the best weight loss program in New York City that actually works?

8 things to do find the best weight loss program in NYC.

Step 1 to losing weight in NYC

Where do you start to understand whether you need to lose weight?

While there are many advanced tests that are available such as body plethysmography, the simpler way to know whether you are overweight or obese is to use the popular BMI (body mass index) scale.

So, you can start with checking your Body Mass Index or BMI available on W8MD.

BMI categories

  • BMI < 18 Underweight
  • BMI > 19 to 24.9 Healthy Weight
  • BMI > 25 to 29.9 Overweight
  • BMI > 30 to 34.9 Mildly Obese
  • BMI > 35 to 39.9 Moderately Obese
  • BMI > 40 is Morbidly Obese

Step 2 to lose weight in NYC

Understand your distribution of the weight plays a major role in determining your health risks associated with being overweight or obese. Also note that you could be normal weight but be metabolically obese with central or abdominal distribution of weight which increases your health risks. The opposite is also true where you can be overweight or obese but be metabolically normal.  A simple and practical way to measure your health risks associated with being overweight or obese is to measure your waist circumference.

Excessive abdominal fat may be serious because it places you at greater risk for developing obesity-related conditions, such as Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, and coronary artery disease. Your waistline may be telling you that you have a higher risk of developing obesity-related conditions if you are:

  • A man whose waist circumference is more than 40 inches
  • A non-pregnant woman whose waist circumference is more than 35 inches

For Asians, correct it down by 5 inches both for men and women.

How to correctly measure waist circumference?

To correctly measure waist circumference:

  • Stand and place a tape measure around your middle, just above your hipbones
  • Make sure tape is horizontal around the waist
  • Keep the tape snug around the waist, but not compressing the skin
  • Measure your waist just after you breathe out
Metabolic weight gain

Metabolic weight gain

Step 3 to lose weight in NYC

Use a free online tool called insulin resistance calculator to find out if you might have underlying reasons such as insulin resistance that makes you gain weight.

What is insulin?

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.

What is insulin resistance?

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. More than 84 million people ages 18 and older have prediabetes in the United States which is about 1 out of every 3 adults.

Step 4 to lose weight in NYC

Find a weight loss program that has staff and physicians that have specialized training in the field of obesity medicine.

An average physician gets so little nutrition education that one study found 94% of all physicians in the US got little or no nutrition education at all! Most physicians not only  have nothing to offer to their overweight or obese patients, but they start blaming their patients for weight gain as if these patients have been on a mission to gain weight. Nutrition and weight gain are complex topics that need specialized education and experience to deal with these issues.

What makes W8MD weight loss physicians different?

Dr Prab R. Tumpati, founder and medical director of W8MD is a board certified physician with significant practice experience in managing sleep disorders, and obesity. As one of the few physicians that have the privilege of a fellowship training in Obesity Medicine, Dr Tumpati is very passionate about educating the public and physicians about how some of the nutritional concepts were misunderstood. Having also passed a written board examination in the field of Bariatric Medicine offered by the American Board of Bariatric Medicine(ABBM), Dr Tumpati has unique experience and is passionate about educating the public about the effects of obesity, specifically, metabolic syndrome in both adults and children. Learn more…

Step 5 to lose weight in NYC

Find a weight loss program in NYC that works with your health insurance for weight loss physician visits and any tests.

Obese woman with central weight gain

Obese woman with central weight gain

What insurances W8MD weight loss, sleep and medspa centers accept?

While each W8MD location accepts a different set of insurances based on what is popular in those areas, we can say that W8MD accepts most insurances. Some of the insurances we accept include, but not limited to the following:

As one of the very few medical weight loss programs to work with most insurances, W8MD weight loss program is the most affordable weight loss program cheaper than even non-physician supervised weight loss programs such as Jenny Craig or Weight Watchers that add up more than the cost of W8MD. With just $50.00 additional cost on top of insurance that includes up to 2 diet medications, W8MD simply is the most affordable, most effective and most sought after treatment for losing weight under the careful supervision of trained weight loss physicians. 

Step 6 to lose weight in NYC

Understand the 5 clinically proven measures to lose weight and consult with an obesity medicine physician to find out which plan is right for you to lose weight.

Obesity is treated with 5 clinically proven measures – despite many fad diets, these 5 are the only proven measures that can help you to lose weight.

Obesity is treated using one or more of these strategies: „

  1. a diet low in calories „
  2. increased physical activity „
  3. behavior therapy „
  4. prescription medications „
  5. weight-loss surgery

Step 7 to lose weight in NYC

Follow up regularly and see it is a long term problem.

Did you that obesity is a chronic medical problem that needs long term plan? The traditional approach of treating obesity as a short term problem is flawed and does not work. Obesity is a long term medical problem that needs a long term approach. It is important to follow up on a regular basis not only reach your weight loss goals but also to maintain it.

Step 8 to lose weight in NYC
Understand that losing weight in NYC is not about a diet but a lifestyle change – you need to keep at it to keep from regaining the weight.

Although the long-term results of losing weight irrespective of the weight loss measure chosen vary widely, weight regain is common. To prevent weight regain, any weight loss plan should always be combined with other ways to lose weight and with an active follow-up program. For most people who have obesity, the condition is long term and requires a lifetime of attention even after formal methods to treat the obesity end. You may need to commit to permanent changes of healthier eating, regular physical activity, and an improved outlook about food.

At W8MD, we offer a maintenance plan once you reached your weight loss goal so that you can keep the weight off and if start gaining the weight, you can start early.

How can W8MD help me lose weight in NYC?

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.

 

Blue Cross Blue Shield Weight Loss

Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act of 2010, all insurances are obligated to provide screening and coverage for obesity treatment for eligible individuals.

Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) Weight Loss Coverage

Being overweight or obese is something majority of Americans deal with on a daily basis. Although most may over simplify this and blame themselves for overeating or under exercising, it is not as simple as “eat less, exercise more” philosophy that they have been advocating while obesity rates kept rising.

Obesity

Obesity

Alarming obesity statistics

About 39% of all US adults are clinically obese, with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or over and taking in to consideration those that are overweight with a BMI of 25 to 29.9, this number raises to about 70% of all adults.

So, in this article, we will examine private insurance coverage, in particular blue cross blue shield plans for obesity screening and treatment with non-surgical interventions.

Although traditionally, insurances denied coverage for obesity, things have changed since the passage of Affordable Care Act in 2010 which mandated preventive services coverage and defined obesity as a preventable illness thus paving the way for at least obesity medicine physician visits and counseling. However, medication coverage still depends on employers who have to opt in for an additional obesity coverage.

Here are some of the frequently asked questions as it relates to BCBS insurance coverage for W8MD’s insurance physician weight loss program.

Is obesity covered by blue cross blue shield insurance?

Most BCBS plans cover screening and counseling for obesity and related conditions

Does Keystone Health Plan East cover weight loss doctor visits?

Yes, and we are in network in our greater Philadelphia offices with Key Stone Health Plan East.

Does W8MD weight loss program participate in most BCBS insurance plans?

W8MD weight loss, sleep and medspa

W8MD weight loss, sleep and medspa

Most W8MD locations are in network with most plans although we might be out of network with a few select plans. Please call the individual W8MD location closest to you find out if we participate in your specific insurance plan.

  • Does BCBS cover obesity treatment?

Yes. All insurances are required to provide preventive services coverage for screening and treatment when required.

  • My primary care doctor cannot help me lose weight. What should I do?

Unfortunately, most health care providers, including primary physicians, are not well educated in treating obesity. Call the nearest W8MD location that has physicians that are specially trained and experienced in managing obesity.

  • BCBS participating weight loss programs

W8MD is in network with most BCBS plans in the states we operate.

  • Is W8MD’s physician weight loss program participate in Blue Cross Blue Shield?

Yes. Call the nearest W8MD location to learn more.

  • Does Blue Cross Blue Shield cover weight loss doctor visits?

Yes. See above on Affordable Care Act mandating preventive services coverage including obesity.

  • Does BCBS cover any tests associated with weight loss program?

Usually yes.

  • Does BCBS cover weight loss counseling?

Yes.

  • How about weight loss medications?

Depends on your employer.

  • What additional costs might apply?
  • W8MD’s biweekly program cost of $50.00 covers up to two diet medications if dispensed in office.

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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