causes of weight gain

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.

Obesity help

Obesity help

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in the name of helping people lose weight by their wrong recommendations on healthy food through the failed and now withdrawn food guide pyramid?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.

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Success stories

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's weight loss team

W8MD’s weight loss 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.

Secrets of weight gain revealed in a radio interview

Why it’s so hard to lose weight and what you can do about it? 

Secrets of weight gain revealed!

in a Health Watch Radio Interview by Dr. Prab R. Tumpati, MD – founder of W8MD Medical Weight Loss Centers of America!

During the past 20 years, there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States and rates remain high. More than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) and approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese. Also, another 33% of all adults are in the overweight category.

Weight loss success stories

Weight loss success stories

What do you think is contributing to this?

There are many factors that contribute to weight gain but I think there about 3 things that I see as important.
Hippocrates, father of medicine said “Let Food Be Your Medicine, Medicine Be Your Food”
As we moved away from this concept, and see food merely as “calories in, calories out”, we run in to issues such as obesity.

Here are three things that happened to the modern diet that contribute to the high levels of inflammation that we currently see in the population at large leading to increased disease burden. Understanding these three fundamental principles forms the foundation for a healthy and long life with reduced inflammation level in the body.

What is the most important factor that leads to weight gain in your opinion?

First, insulin resistance or metabolic syndrome, that affects one in three Americans and leads to belly fat accumulation. Unlike the subcutaneous fat which is protective, studies have shown that belly fat produces cytokines and other inflammation causing chemicals leading to increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other conditions. In fact, waist circumference of over 40 inches in men and 36 inches in women(lower in Asian Populations), is one of the five criteria for metabolic syndrome.

Does inflammation play a role in weight gain?

The lack of polyphenols and other antioxidants in the diet is a second factor. Before the modern food processing era, our diet used to have more than 50 percent unprocessed and uncooked food items such as colored fruits, vegetables, and other natural ingredients that are high in antioxidants such as polyphenols. Studies have shown that lack of polyphenols leads to increased inflammation in the body.

3 things wrong with our diet

3 things wrong with our diet

How does Omega 3 fatty acids fit in to this?

Third, the ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids used to be 1:1 but is now at 1:16 which also increases inflammation.

With the above 3 factors, the inflammation levels rise significantly thereby increasing the risk of many health problems including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and even increased risk of certain types of cancers! in this context, it is important to remember that most human diseases start with inflammation!

This interview of Dr Prab R Tumpati MD, founder of W8MD Medical Weight Loss Centers of America will be aired on Monday, July 22nd at 8:00 PM EST on Health Watch Radio 97.5 FM and is available on the link below for online listeners.

http://healthwatchradio.com/why-its-so-hard-to-lose-weight-and-what-you-can-do-about-it/

Tired of being overweight? Try W8MD’s insurance physician weight loss

W8MD's insurance weight loss

W8MD’s insurance weight loss

How to lose weight quick?

 

How to lose weight quickly, but safely and effectively?

To be successful at losing weight, you need to understand the factors contributing to your weight gain and adopt a new lifestyle. While there are 20,000 books written on this topic, many of them with half truths or myths, it is very confusing for many people to understand what is healthy.

How to lose weight quick?

Most people think they are eating healthy to the best of their knowledge but still gaining weight. When I ask them what they start their day with, many a times it is a high glycemic breakfast such as a Bagel, Cheerios, Donuts or skip breakfast entirely. If you look at the Glycemic index of Cheerios, it is very high at 74.

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Weight loss supplements

Here are some tips on how to lose weight quickly!

Choose Low Glycemic Load Foods

It really hurts me to see the commercial on the TV for Cheerios that says “it lowers your cholesterol”. The fact is that high glycemic index and high glycemic load foods lead to insulin resistance leading to the risk of diabetes. Also, since insulin is an inducer of the enzyme that makes our liver make the cholesterol, it can in fact lead to high triglycerides and low good cholesterol.

Secret of losing weight quickly

Weight loss success stories

Weight loss success stories

Reduce Insulin Resistance

While only 30 percent of our cholesterol comes from our diet and 70 percent of it is made in the liver, we never really understood these ratios. We work so hard on the 30 percent path way which is the dietary cholesterol and many a times, we end up messing up with the 70 percent path way which is the cholesterol made in the liver. In order to reduce your weight quickly, live a happy and long life, you need to reduce your insulin resistance. So, if you focus too much on the 30 percent pathway for cholesterol which is the dietary cholesterol and go to the traditional low fatty but high glycemic food choices such as Cheerios, you can end up with worse cholesterol and health risk in the long run by causing insulin resistance, and worse cholesterol profiles as insulin resistance causes liver to make more cholesterol. As we discussed above, about 70 percent of the body’s cholesterol is made in the liver while 30 percent comes through the diet!

Lifestyle Change, Not Fad Weight Loss Diets!

At W8MD Medical Weight Loss Centers Of America, we understand the importance of proper nutrition education given so much misinformation, and we spend a lot of time educating our patients on healthier eating habits. We also stress the importance of behavior change with proper understanding of the healthier food choices.

Medications For Safe And Effective Weight Loss

In addition to lifestyle intervention, W8MD Medical Weight Loss Centers also offers FDA approved weight loss medications including the new Qsymia (a combination of Phentermine, and Topiramate) when clinically appropriate.

W8MD's weight loss team

W8MD’s weight loss team

Generic combination of Qsymia Now Available At W8MD Medical Weight Loss Centers

Since the commercial version of this combination might be a bit expensive, the good news is that W8MD can prescribe the same medications in the weight loss drug, Qsymia, Topiramate(Topamax) and Phentermine also called Adipex for a fraction of the cost. Since both these weight loss drugs are available as generic, you might save big by getting the generic combinations.

Learn more on how to lose weight quick

Call W8MD at 1-800-W8MD-007 to learn more or visit our website at www.w8md.com

You can also watch many free weight loss videos on our youtube channel at Youtube.com/w8md

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How To Lose Weight Safely?

Are you wondering or searching the web for “safe ways to lose weight”? Woman-On-Weight-Scale

If so, you are at the right place. Founded weight loss physicians with extensive practice experience in the field of obesity medicine, W8MD Medical Weight Loss Centers of America’s Unique Physician supervised medical weight loss program can help.

The best part of the program is that most W8MD centers accept health insurance, unlike many of the “cash only” weight loss clinics.

How To Lose Weight Safely?

 

First, use a simple BMI tool that helps you determine your body mass index.

We have all heard the facts to lose weight, you have to eat less and move more. But this is often easier said than done. Many people make repeated attempts, often using different fad diets and weight loss gimmicks and are unsuccessful.

Benefits of Weight Loss 

Did you know that simply losing as little as 10 percent of your current body weight can

make a difference in your health? Achieving this initial weight loss goal will help to lower your risk for heart disease and other conditions, including high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and certain types of cancer.

How much weight should I lose per week?

■ Did you know that a reasonable and safe weight loss is 1–2 pounds per week? While it may take as long as 6 months to lose the weight, it will make it easier to keep the weight off. And it will give you the time to make new healthy lifestyle changes such as eating a healthy diet and increasing your physical activity level.

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■ Did you know that it is better to maintain a moderate weight loss over a longer period of
time than it is to lose lots of weight and regain it?

You can consider additional weight loss after you have lost 10 percent of your current body weight.

Life style to lose weight

To be successful at losing weight, you need to adopt a new lifestyle. This means making changes such as eating healthy foods, being more physically active, and learning how to change behaviors.

Over time, these changes will become routine. But there are some people for whom lifestyle changes don’t work no matter how hard they try. Weight loss medications and weight loss surgery can be options for these people if they are at increased risk from overweight or obesity.

What is the safest way to lose weight?

By far, the safest way to lose weight is to do it under careful medical supervision with a physician with specialty training in the field of obesity medicine. While many doctors claim to be “weight management specialists” or “obesity experts”, only few have thorough education and training.

How many calories to eat to lose weight?

You can ask these and other weight loss related questions to an experienced weight loss physician with training and education in the field of obesity medicine at W8MD medical weight loss centers weight loss locations.

W8MD weight loss physicians set themselves apart from others by their extensive training and experience in treating obesity and any of the 50 obesity related medical conditions.

W8MD weight loss team

W8MD weight loss team

What are the risks of being overweight or obese?

Obesity or being overweight is associated with over 50 different medical conditions.
Being overweight or obese isn’t a cosmetic problem.

What are the risks of being overweight or obese?

Health risk of being obese

Health risk of obesity

If you are overweight or obese you are at risk of developing the following diseases:

  • Coronary heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Arthritis
  • Sleep apnea and breathing problems
  • Some cancers
  •    ● Endometrial 
  •    ● Breast
  •    ● Prostate 
  •    ● Colon

Let us look at the individual obesity related risk factors 

Health risks of obesity

Coronary Heart Disease
Studies have shown that obesity increases the risk for coronary heart disease (CHD). Obesity also can lead to heart failure. This is a serious condition in which your heart can’t pump enough blood to meet your body’s needs.

High Blood Pressure 

Your chances of having high blood pressure are greater if you’re overweight or obese.

Stroke
Being overweight or obese can lead to atherosclerosis (buildup of plaque in your arteries) Atherosclerosis leads to narrow arteries, especially the carotids or other arteries supplying blood to the brain. Eventually, an area of plaque can rupture, causing a blood clot to form. The risk of having a stroke rises as BMI increases.

Type 2 Diabetes
Diabetes is a disease in which the body’s blood glucose, or blood sugar, level is too high. Normally, the body breaks down food into glucose and then carries it to cells throughout the body. The cells use a hormone called insulin to turn the glucose into energy.

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Weight loss success stories

In type 2 diabetes, the body’s cells don’t use insulin properly as the cells become “resistant” to the actions of insulin. At first, the body reacts by making more insulin. Over time, however, the body can’t make enough insulin to control its blood sugar level leading to pre-diabetes, or diabetes. Even when the body is able to keep the blood sugars under control, there are many negative side effects of high insulin levels due to insulin resistance.

What is causing the weight gain, especially around the belly and upper part of the body?

Insulin resistance can caused weight gain around the tummy and upper body. Insulin resistance can also cause metabolic starvation. Diabetes is a leading cause of early death, CHD, stroke, kidney disease, and blindness. Most people who have type 2 diabetes are overweight.

CHECK IF YOU ARE INSULIN RESISTANT WITH THE INSULIN RESISTANCE CALCULATOR!

Abnormal lipids or cholesterol problems
If you’re overweight or obese, you’re at increased risk of having abnormal levels of blood fats. These include high levels of triglycerides and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and low levels of HDL (“good”) cholesterol.

Metabolic Syndrome
Metabolic syndrome is the name for a group of risk factors that raises your risk for heart disease and other health problems, such as diabetes and stroke.

You can develop any one of these risk factors by itself, but they tend to occur together.

What is metabolic syndrome?

You will be considered to have metabolic syndrome if you have at least three of the following risk factors:

  1. A large waistline. This is called abdominal obesity or “having an apple shape.” Having extra fat in the waist area is a greater risk factor for CHD than having extra fat in other parts of the body, such as on the hips.
  2. A higher than normal triglyceride level (or you’re on medicine to treat high triglycerides).
  3. A lower than normal HDL cholesterol level (or you’re on medicine to treat low HDL cholesterol).
  4. Higher than normal blood pressure (or you’re on medicine to treat high blood pressure).
  5. Higher than normal fasting blood sugar (or you’re on medicine to treat diabetes).

More health risks of being overweight or obese

Cancer
Being overweight or obese raises your risk for many gastroinstestinal and genitourinary cancers including colon, breast, endometrial, and gallbladder cancers.

Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is a common joint problem of the knees, hips, and lower back that is made significantly worse due to obesity. Extra weight can put more pressure and wear on joints, causing pain.

Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. A person who has sleep apnea may have more fat stored around the neck. This can narrow the airway, making it hard to breathe.

Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome
Obesity hypoventilation syndrome (OHS) is a breathing disorder where poor breathing due to obesity results in too much carbon dioxide (hypoventilation) and too little oxygen in the blood (hypoxemia).

OHS can lead to serious health problems and may even cause death.

Reproductive Problems
Obesity can cause menstrual issues and infertility in women as insulin resistance in women can lead to poly cystic ovarian syndrome.

Gallstones

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3 things wrong with our diet

People who are overweight or obese are at increased risk of having gallstones. Also, being overweight may result in an enlarged gallbladder that doesn’t work well.

Besides being overweight or obese, here are other risk factors to consider —

■ Cigarette smoking
■ High blood pressure (hypertension)
■ High LDL-cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol)
■ Low HDL-cholesterol (“good” cholesterol)
■ High triglycerides
■ High blood glucose (sugar)
■ Family history of premature heart disease
■ Physical inactivity

Affordable Care Act and Obesity

Did you know that the new Affordable Care Act Passed in September, 2010 mandates all insurances, including Medicare, to provide full insurance coverage for obesity screening and treatment for all adults without copays or deductibles?

W8MD is one of the first obesity medicine program to work with all major insurances for this essential service and is available at WeightMD’s Pennsylvania, and New York City weight loss centers.

How Can W8MD Medical Weight Loss Centers Help?

With a fellowship training in Obesity Medicine, and extensive experience in dealing with the metabolic and nutritional aspects of health and weight gain, W8MD weight loss physicians are uniquely qualified in providing proper guidance on nutrition and wellness. As we are one of the very programs to accept health insurance for the physician visits, you have nothing to lose! Trim Down Your Waist, Not Your Wallet! Think WeightMD (W8MD) for Weight loss!cropped-fbcoverw8md-269.jpg

 

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W8MD’s weight loss centers accepting health insurances
 
Poly-Tech Sleep & insurance Weight Loss Center Philadelphia
1718, Welsh Rd, Philadelphia, PA, 19115

215-676-2334 

Our farthest patient for weight loss comes from Nassau, Bahamas! Testimonials!

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King of Prussia Weight Loss

Poly-Tech Sleep & W8MD’s King Of Prussia Weight Loss Center

987 Old Eagle School Rd, Ste 712, Wayne, PA, 19087 (King of Prussia)

215-676-2334 

Our farthest patient for help losing weight comes from Delaware! Testimonials


New York City Weight Loss

W8MD’s NYC medical weight loss & Sleep Clinic at Sleep Medical Associates, PLLC

Brooklyn weight loss:2632 E 21st Street Brooklyn NY 11235

Manhattan weight loss:401 E 21st Street New York New York 10022

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718-946-5500

Our farthest weight loss patient comes from Dallas, Texas! Testimonials

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New Jersey Weight Loss

W8MD medical weight loss program at Vida Sleep Center of Dr. Felix Roque’s office at 543, 45th Street, Union City, New Jersey, 07087

(201)766-6469. 

This weight loss center in New Jersey bills out of network for insurance.

Weight loss diet

 

Weight loss diet – secret of losing weight!

Weight gain can be caused by many factors including hormonal, genetic, metabolic, nutritional, eating disorders, sleep problems, medications, and other factors.

Are you looking for ways to lose weight? Are you tired of being overweight?

In order to lose weight, you need to first understand what are the factors causing your weight gain. Let us look at some of the causes for weight gain.

cropped-fbcoverw8md-269.jpgWhat is a good weight loss program?

  • A reasonable, realistic weight loss goal
  • A reduced calorie, nutritionally-balanced eating plan or meal replacement
  • Regular physical activity when physically possible
  • A behavior change plan to help you stay on track with your goals
  • Regular monitoring of your progress
  • On going support

Best weight loss diet

Since weight gain is a complex issue with many factors leading to weight gain, the best and the safest way to lose weight is under careful monitoring of a physician trained in Obesity Medicine.

5 proven measures to lose weight

Things to consider

  • Calories count
  • Portions count
  • Nutrition counts
  • Even a small amount of weight loss can lead to big health benefits
  • Strive to develop good habits to last a lifetime

Getting Started

  • Check your Body Mass Index (BMI) – an indicator of body fat – and see where it fits within the BMI categories.
  • Discuss weight loss with your W8MD doctor and decide on a goal. If you have a lot of weight to lose, set a realistic intermediate goal, maybe to lose 10 pounds. Remember that even a small amount of weight loss can lead to big health benefits.
  • Estimate your calorie needs. Using USDA‘s online Adult Energy Needs and BMI Calculator, you can determine the number of calories needed each day to maintain your current weight. To lose about 1 pound per week, subtract 500 calories each day from the daily amount. To lose about 2 pounds per week, subtract 1000 calories daily.
  • Score your current food intake and physical activity level using Food and Activity Logs available at W8MD. Taking a good look at your current habits will help you determine what changes you might make as well as what you are doing right.

How Do I Know Which Weight Loss Plan is Right For Me?

  • Keep in mind that you want to develop lifestyle habits that will help you maintain your weight in a healthy range. A short-term “diet” that you “go on” and then “go off” is not the answer to long-term weight management.
  • In choosing how to go about losing weight, keep in mind key habits of people who have lost weight and kept in off. These people are called “Successful Losers” by the weight control experts who have studied them.
Weight loss success stories

Weight loss success stories

Key Behaviors of Successful Losers 

  • Getting regular physical activity
  • Reducing calorie and fat intake
  • Eating regular meals, including breakfast
  • Weighing themselves regularly
  • Not letting small “slips” turn into large weight regain

Insurance Coverage

2010 Affordable Care Act Mandates Insurance Coverage for Weight Loss

http://www.healthcare.gov/news/factsheets/2010/07/preventive-services-list.html#CoveredPreventiveServicesforAdults

W8MD is among the first medical weight loss programs in NYC, Philadelphia and NJ to accept health insurance for weight loss physician visits.

As sleep problems and weight gain often go together, most W8MD centers can also can address sleep problems.

Testimonials
“I lost 75 lbs with W8MD and feel great. I managed to come off many medications and off CPAP for sleep apnea. My only problem is that I now need new cloths, a problem I will trade for carrying the weight any day” J.W.Smith, CPA

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Call 1-800-W8MD-007 to find a location near you.

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