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  • 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.

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.

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.

W8MD Weight Loss, Sleep and MedSpa - The Winning Team

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.

Multiplan weight loss

  • Do you have Multiplan insurance and need to lose some weight?
  • Do you know most insurances, including Multiplan, are mandated to cover weight loss doctor visits?
  • Are you tired of the fad diets that do not work and need the help of a trained weight loss doctor in NYC or surrounding areas?
Overwhelmed Obese Woman Looking confused w8md weight loss program can help

Overwhelmed Obese Woman Looking confused w8md weight loss program can help

W8MD’s Multiplan Weight Loss Program – Brooklyn, New York

If you are a bit overweight or obese, you are not alone. Over two thirds of all Americans are dealing with the issue of being overweight or obese.

Before you start losing weight, here are some of the steps to take and questions to ask.

How do I know if I am overweight or obese?

You can use our BMI calculator to determine if you are overweight or obese. If you have a BMI of 25 to 29.9, you are considered overweight and a BMI of 30 or more is considered obese.

What is a healthy weight?

The answer is different for everyone. But it’s important to know what a healthy weight is for you. A BMI of between 18-24.9 is considered normal for most healthy adults

Using evidence based, clinically proven measures, W8MD’s insurance physician weight loss has helped thousands of patients and is ready to help you. We serve patients in the try state areas of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and accept most insurances including Multiplan. We are adding more locations to reach more people as the nation fights an epidemic of obesity and diabetes.

Here are some of the commonly asked questions when it comes to weight gain, especially in women.

  • How do I know what is the right diet for me?

Each person is different and that is why it is important to work with a trained and experienced weight loss doctor to help you determine the best diet for you.

For many people, underlying metabolic factors such as insulin resistance, nutritional, hormonal, stress, sleep  or genetic factors are at play.

  • Does it matter where on my body I carry weight?

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W8MD Weight Loss, Sleep & MedSpa Services

Yes, the central or upper body weight gain is related to metabolic factors such as insulin resistance and is associated with increased health risk including metabolic syndrome, diabetes, stroke, heart disease etc.

  • What are the health effects of being overweight or obese?

Over 50 different medical problems including diabetes, heart disease, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, and many types of cancers are directly or indirectly related to obesity.

  • What is the best way to lose weight?

Evidence based, clinically proven weight loss measures is the best way instead of another fad diet.

  • Will weight-loss medicines help me lose weight?

Yes, they are proven to work independent of the diet and can help suppress hunger, cravings, increase metabolism and assist in weight loss.

  • How fast should I try to lose weight?

About 2-3 pounds of week is appropriate for most although even slower weight loss is acceptable. Even a small amount of weight loss of about 5 pounds can have profound impact on reducing overall health.

Some other related questions related to women and pregnancy

  • How does being underweight affect my chances of getting pregnant?

W8MD Team

W8MD Team

Being overweight or obese can reduce your chances of pregnancy partly due to the underlying aspects that cause the weight gain such as insulin resistance also cause a common problem in women called Polycystic Ovaries or PCOS, which can reduce fertility.

Some weight loss tips you can start

  • Pick a good time to change. Some times in life are more stressful than others. If you have a big change coming up, such as moving, getting married or divorced, graduating, or taking a new job, it may not be a good time to begin losing weight.
  • Set realistic goals that can be measured. Do not expect to lose 30 pounds in the first month. Set a goal of 1 pound a week and track your progress.
  • Reward yourself with a fun activity (but not an unhealthy treat) when you meet each goal!
  • Work on other health problems first. For example, doctors recommend that if you are severely depressed, you should get treatment for depression before you try to lose weight.
  • Check if you have sleep apnea. If you have sleep apnea, talk to a doctor or nurse about losing weight to help treat sleep apnea or about treating the sleep apnea first.
  • Sleep properly and get at least 7 hours of sleep. Not sleeping enough, or having bad sleep quality, can contribute to weight gain. Talk to your doctor or nurse about the best time to work on weight loss, taking into consideration any other health problems you might have.
  • Plan your meals ahead of time. Most people who eat healthy plan most of their meals ahead of time so that they don’t binge as much on unhealthy food. Figure out which meals you’ll be eating at home for the week ahead. Make a grocery store list for those meals and snacks. Stick to your list when you go shopping.

How can W8MD help me lose weight if I have Multiplan or other health insurance?

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.

Areas Served for weight loss, sleep disorders and medical aesthetics

Greater Philadelphia, King Of Prussia, New Jersey, Delaware, Connecticut, Brooklyn, New York, Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, Long Island, Staten Island, and surrounding areas.

 

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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  • *Certain restrictions do apply. Copays, deductibles etc. might also apply depending on your plan.