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.

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in the name of helping people lose weight by their wrong recommendations on healthy food through the failed and now withdrawn food guide pyramid?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