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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?
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Weight loss success stories

What is a Quick Way To Lose Weight?

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.

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
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.

Magnacare weight loss

  • Do you have Magnacare health insurance and need to lose weight?
  • Are you tired of being overweight or obese?
  • Have you tried many fad diets that do not work?
  • Do you need the help of a trained and experienced weight loss doctor?
  • Do you live in or around New York City and need help losing weight with magnacare?

Magnacare weight loss program NYC

In this article, we will review how to lose weight with Magnacare or other similar private or government issued health insurance.

What percent of people in New York are overweight or obese? 

obesity is an epidemic in the city of New York much like rest of the United States although some boroughs of New York are leaner than others – overall, more than half of adult New Yorkers are overweight (34%) or obese (22%).

Is obesity covered by Magnacare insurance?

Most insurances including Magnacare are mandated by the Affordable Care Act to provide Health Insurance Coverage for Treatment of Obesity.

Is W8MD weight loss program in network with Magnacare insurance?

Yes. Our New York City office in Brooklyn, NY is in network with Magnacare.

Losing weight with W8MD

Losing weight with W8MD

What weight loss medications are covered by insurance?

Most plans exclude weight loss medication coverage as it depends on the employer.

Does Magnacare cover visits to W8MD weight loss program?

Medically supervised weight loss program at W8MD is usually covered by Magnacare insurance

How do I know if I should lose weight?

You should start with checking your body mass index or BMI.

A BMI of 25 or higher is overweight. A BMI of 30 or more is obese.

Why should one try to lose weight if they are overweight?

People who are obese are more likely to get serious health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers. Losing weight can lower your chances of getting any of those.

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

  • Pronounced WeightMD, our state of the art W8MD physician medical weight loss, sleep, holistic and aesthetic medicine programs can help you not only to lose weight, and sleep better but also look your best!
  • Since its inception in 2011, W8MD’s insurance physician weight loss program has successfully helped thousands of patients.
  • Weight loss program is unique in many ways with a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to weight loss. The center’s team of practitioners are among the most qualified, dedicated and hospitable professionals in the industry.

Calories to eat to lose weight

If you are one of the over two thirds of Americans that are overweight or obese, you may be searching for how many calories to eat to lose weight. Before discussing the calories to eat in order to lose weight, here are some useful facts that helps in understanding.

Weight loss diet facts: there are about 3500 calories in a pound of body fat, so a reduced calorie diet of 500 calorie deficit per day adds up to 3,500 in a week so you would be expected to lose one pound a week. If your goal is to lose 2 pounds a week, your goal is to eat 1000 calorie deficit diet daily so your total weekly expected calorie deficit would be seven times thousand, ie 7000 calories. As each pound of body fat is about 3500 calories, a 1000 calorie deficit diet is expected to help you lose 2 lbs per week!

If you want to lose weight, the traditional understanding is that you need consume less than what you burn so your body would get the excess calories from the bodies own stores. However, recent research and evidence shows that not all calories are the same.

For example, if your goal is to consume 1000 calorie deficit diet per day in order to lose some weight, it is important to understand that eating a starchy, non balanced diet is not the same as protein based balanced diet. In the first, even if you lose weight, you tend to lose more muscle tissue than fat tissue as the body is not getting the proper nutrition and the body is stimulating a hormone that prevents fat burning called insulin which is stimulated by starch in the food. On the other hand, if you consume the same amount of calories via a balanced protein based diet, then your body is most likely losing the fat tissue as opposed to lose muscle weight!

Weight loss success stories

Weight loss success stories

How many calories to eat to lose weight?

Are you wondering how many calories to eat in order to lose weight? The first step is to estimate the calories you consume currently. You can use a food log with weighing the food, and count calories using online calorie counters or use any of the many smart phone apps that are now available to help you determine how many calories you consume.

Once you know your current calories, the 2nd step is to determine how many calories you would need in order to not to gain weight or to lose weight. W8MD medical weight loss centers website has a daily calorie calculator that takes in to account your age, height, weight and activity level.



Nutrition Calorie Counter

Let’s say you are a 40 year old, sedentary male who is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weigh 200 lbs. Here are the calories you need to take in for not gaining weight or losing weight.
We in put the above data on the Daily Calorie Calculator available on W8MD Website on the right hand side in the bottom right.
Age, years: 40
Gender: Male
Heigth, cm: 178
Weigth, kg: 91
Activity: Sedentary
Daily Calorie Needs
2317 Calories/day
Low calorie diet for weight loss

W8MD low calorie diet for weight loss

Reduced Calorie Diet For Weight Loss

Now we know, the amount of calories to consume in order to maintain the weight. In order to lose weight, we would need to cut down the calories. The next question is, how many calories do I have to cut per day in order to lose one pound in a week?

The answer to that question is – you need to reduce your calories by 500 calories a day so you can lose about 3500 calories in one week. This amount of calorie restriction leads to an expected weight loss of one pound in one week.

But I have tried it and I still did not lose the weight?

Research has shown that most people underestimate their calories. If you can eat products that labelled such as the W8MD’s delicious meal replacement weight loss bars, shakes, smoothies and other weight loss products, then we would know exactly the amount of calories that go in.

W8MD physician weight loss program offers clinically proven Very Calorie Diets of 800 calories with either partial meal replacement or complete meal replacement. In the partial 5+1 meal replacement plan, you will get 5 delicious weight loss supplements in the form of smoothies, weight loss bars, weight loss protein shakes, weight loss soups, and other weight loss products. You would also receive instructions on how to make one of your own meals along with detailed printed instructions on how to count calories. You will also receive food logs so you can keep track of what you are eating.

Low Calorie Diets for Weight Loss!

We also offer 1000 calorie to 1500 Calorie Partial or Complete Meal Replacement Plans. Depending on your body size, and calorie requirements, the W8MD weight loss physician will work with you to determine your weight neutral calories and then make recommendations on how many calories to eat in order to lose the weight safely using calorie restriction.

What foods make up a healthy eating plan?

A healthy eating plan is one that gives your body the nutrients (protein, fat, carbohydrate, mineral and vitamins) it needs every day while staying within your daily calorie level.

W8MD Meal Replacements

W8MD Meal Replacements

  • ■ Eating plans containing 1,000–1,200 calories will help most women or men to lose weight safely provided you are not missing hidden calories and your doctor or W8MD obesity medicine doctor recommends that it is safe for you. 

■ Eating plans between 1,200 calories and 1,600 calories each day are suitable for men and may also be appropriate for women who weigh 165 pounds or more or who exercise regularly.

If you are on a 1,600-calorie diet but do not lose weight, you may want to try a 1,200-calorie diet. If you are hungry on either diet, you may want to boost your calories by 100 to 200 per day. Very low calorie diets of less than 800 calories each day
should not be used without medical supervision.

Examples of healthy food choices

Examples of these foods include fat-free and dairy products; lean meat, fish, and poultry; high-fiber foods such as whole grains, breads, and cereals; fruits; and vegetables. Canola or olive oils and soft margarines made from these oils are heart healthy and can be used in moderate amounts. Unsalted nuts can also be built into a healthy diet as long as
you watch the amount.

Avoid Saturated and Transfats

Foods that should be limited include those with higher amounts of saturated and transfats and cholesterol. These particular fats raise blood cholesterol levels, which increases the risk for heart disease. 

Sources of Saturated Fat

Saturated fat is found mainly in fresh and processed meats; high-fat dairy products (like cheese, whole milk, cream, butter, and ice cream), lard, and in the coconut and palm oils found in many processed foods. Transfat is found in foods with partially hydrogenated oils such as many hard margarines and shortening, commercially fried foods, and some
bakery goods. Cholesterol is found in eggs, organ meats, and dairy fats.

Limit High Glycemic Carbohydrates!

It’s also important to limit foods and beverages with added sugars such as many desserts, canned fruit packed in syrup, fruit drinks, and sweetened beverages (nondiet drinks). Foods and beverages with added sugars will add calories to your diet without giving you needed nutrients.

What is a healthy Eating Plan?
A healthy eating plan includes foods from all the basic food groups. It is low in saturated fats,transfat, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars. It contains enough calories for good health but not too many so that you gain weight. A healthy eating plan also emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products,
lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts. It also allows for reasonable portion sizes to control calories and prevent unhealthy weight gain.

Very Low Calorie Diets (VLCD) For Weight Loss

W8MD’s 800-1200 partial or complete meal replacement plans are delicious, suppress the appetite and hunger as they are rich in protein and other nutrients, and help you lose weight safely and effectively under the careful physician supervision. We can also prescribe any weight loss medication along with any of the partial or complete meal replacement plan.

Cost Effective Weight Loss Program

The best part of the program is that our meal replacement costs as low as $2.20 per meal replaced. According to research on average grocery meal that is prepared at home with ingredients purchased at grocery store, the average home made meal might cost $2.50. So, with W8MD meal replacements, you can not only lose weight, but potentially save on food costs!

If you choose to do without any products, we can provide printed instructions on how to lose weight, keep track of calories, and healthy food choices.

Insurance Covered Weight Loss Program

With binding contracts, mandatory products, or steep setup fees, W8MD program is a natural choice! Unlike the many “Cash Only” weight loss clinics, most W8MD Medical Weight Loss Centers work with health insurance for the physician visits so you can lose weight safely and effectively without any surgery and your insurance might pay for these physician visits. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act of 2010, most insurances do have coverage for obesity medicine physician visits for 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. 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.

Weight loss supplements diet

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.

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

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