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Weight loss programs

As the obesity epidemic continues to affect populations across the globe, with some countries affected more than others such as the United States, losing weight is a priority for many. In this W8MD article, we will review various weight loss programs and the evidence behind them.

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At its core, any weight loss program should have a way to help a person take in less calories than they are burning. Some programs focus on the diet, for which there is large scale evidence based scientific support, while others focus on exercise.

Why exercise alone is useless for weight loss?

Although it was traditionally believed that exercise is a very important part of losing weight, recent large scale studies have shown that exercise is not as useful as they originally thought – see why exercise is pretty useless on its own. However, exercise does play a supportive role in addition to a reduced calorie diet and should be used in conjunction with any diet whenever possible.

Roughly, exercise plays about 20% role while diet plays about 80%, according to the author – Prab R. Tumpati, MD, founder of W8MD Weight Loss, Sleep & Medical Aesthetics.

What are different weight loss programs?

Weight loss programs can be classified based on what approach they take to losing weight.

Physician supervised weight loss programs

  • Medical weight loss programs
    • Medication based weight loss programs
    • Supplement based weight loss programs
    • Meal replacement Very Low Calorie Diets
    • Combination of the above comprehensive programs
  • Surgical weight loss programs
    • Gastric sleeve
    • Gastric bypass
    • Balloon implants
    • Gastric band or lap band
W8MD Weight Loss, Sleep and MedSpa - The Winning Team

W8MD Weight Loss, Sleep and MedSpa – The Winning Team

Non-physician supervised weight loss programs

  • Diet based weight loss programs
  • Exercise based weight loss programs
  • Fad diets or unhealthy weight loss programs
  • Meal replacement based weight loss programs
  • Low fat diet based weight loss programs
  • Low carbobydrate diet based weight loss programs

With over 20,000 diet plans, it is almost impossible for an average person to judge which diet to choose.

Recently, US News and World News started ranking the non-physician diet plans based on surveys and expert opinion and here are the top diets as of 2019. Here are the Top Non Physician Diets – US News and World Report as of 2019.

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TOP 30 DIETS RANKED

WW (Weight Watchers) Diet
#1 in Best Weight-Loss Diets

Volumetrics Diet
#2 in Best Weight-Loss Diets

The Flexitarian Diet

#3 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Jenny Craig Diet

#3 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Vegan Diet
#3 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

The Engine 2 Diet
#6 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Ornish Diet
#6 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Raw Food Diet
#6 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

HMR Program
#9 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Mayo Clinic Diet
#9 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

SlimFast Diet
#9 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

DASH Diet
#12 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Keto Diet
#12 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Nutrisystem Diet
#12 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Optavia Diet
#12 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Vegetarian Diet
#12 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Atkins Diet
#17 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Biggest Loser Diet
#17 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Eco-Atkins Diet
#17 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Mediterranean Diet
#17 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Nutritarian Diet
#17 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

South Beach Diet
#17 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Spark Solution Diet
#23 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

TLC Diet
#23 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Flat Belly Diet
#26 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Nordic Diet
#26 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Zone Diet
#26 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Macrobiotic Diet
#29 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

MIND Diet
#29 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Obesity

Obesity

With so many diets, how do you choose the right diet for you?

The simplest answer is – you don’t. Let a trained professional such as an obesity medicine physician that understands your unique situation, cause of weight gain in your case, your family history, diet, and medical history so they can customize a weight loss plan that works best for you.

Here are some tips on how to choose the right weight loss program for you. Ask these questions.

Before your visit with a health care professional, think about the following questions:

  • How can I change my eating habits so I can be healthier and reach a healthy weight?
  • How much and what type of physical activity do I think I need to be healthier and reach a healthy weight?
  • Could I benefit from seeing a nutrition professional or weight-loss specialist, or joining a weight-loss program?

You can be better prepared for a visit with a health care professional if you

  • write down all of your questions ahead of time
  • record all of the medicines and dietary supplements  you take, or bring them with you
  • write down the types of diets or programs you have tried in the past to lose weight
  • bring a pen and paper, smartphone, or other mobile device to read your questions and take notes

During your visit, a health care professional may

  • review any medical problems you have and medicines you take to see whether they may be affecting your weight or your ability to lose weight
  • ask you about your eating, drinking, and physical activity habits
  • determine your body mass index (BMI) to see whether you’re overweight or have obesity

People who are overweight have a BMI between 25.0 and 29.9. People with obesity have a BMI of 30.0 or higher, and those with extreme obesity have a BMI of 40.0 or higher.

Questions to ask a health care professional

You may want to ask a health care professional the following questions:

  • What is a healthy weight or BMI for me?
  • Will losing weight improve my general health, as well as specific health problems I have?
  • Could any of my medical conditions or medications be causing weight gain or making it harder for me to lose weight?
  • Are there any types or amounts of physical activity I should not do because of my health?
  • What dietary approaches do you recommend I try or avoid?

What should I look for in a weight-loss program?

To reach and stay at a healthy weight over the long term, you must focus on your overall health and lifestyle habits, not just on what you eat. Successful weight-loss programs should promote healthy behaviors that help you lose weight safely, that you can stick with every day, and that help you keep the weight off.

Safe and successful weight-loss programs should include

  • behavioral treatment, also called lifestyle counseling, that can teach you how to develop and stick with healthier eating and physical activity habits—for example, keeping food and activity records or journals
  • information about getting enough sleep, managing stress, and the benefits and drawbacks of weight-loss medicines
  • ongoing feedback, monitoring, and support throughout the program, either in person, by phone, online, or through a combination of these approaches
  • slow and steady weight-loss goals—usually 1 to 2 pounds per week (though weight loss may be faster at the start of a program)
  • a plan for keeping the weight off, including goal setting, self-checks such as keeping a food journal, and counseling support

The most successful weight-loss programs provide 14 sessions or more of behavioral treatment over at least 6 months—and are led by trained staff.

Some commercial weight-loss programs such as the W8MD’s insurance physician weight loss program have all of these components for a safe and successful weight-loss under careful physician supervision.

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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.

Sleep medicine program uses state of the art technology including the convenient home sleep studies or in lab sleep diagnostic studies to diagnose and treat over 80 different sleep disorders including sleep apnea, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome, insomnia to name a few. Learn more…

Medical aesthetic program offers a wide variety of advanced laser skin treatments including oxygen super facialsphotofacials, microneedling, PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) therapy, non-ablative laser skin resurfacing, botox, fillers and aesthetic treatments. The variety of technology and technique, combined with knowledgeable staff, allows doctors to customize treatment plans to each patient. One-size-fits-all procedures are not performed at W8MD Weight Loss, Sleep & Aesthetic Centers. Learn more…

IM and IV nutrition therapy includes booster shots for B12, vitamin B complex, Vitamin C, Detox treatments and IV nutrition therapy. Studies have shown that as many as 39% of those taking vitamins on a regular basis in a nursing home setting were not absorbing the same vitamins they are taking by mouth leading to significant deficiencies. Learn more…

Lose weight Philadelphia

Are you in greater Philadelphia trying to lose weight?

You are not alone. According to the statistics from Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Philadelphia has the second-highest rate of obesity among the 10 counties containing the nation’s largest cities, according to a 2009 report. More than 68 percent of adults and 41 percent of children between the ages of 6 and 17 are overweight or obese.

In this article, we will review causes of obesity in Philadelphia, and how to lose weight safely in greater Philadelphia for both adults, and children.

8 things that can cause weight gain in greater Philadelphia

While many factors make people gain weight, some are more commonly seen and more important than others.

Here are 8 causes of weight gain for people in and around Philadelphia which also apply to people in other parts of the US and world to large degree.

  • Number one cause of weight gain in Philadelphia

Failed Food Pyramid

Although we traditionally were told eating more calories than burning is the cause of weight gain, this idea or concept of energy balance is purely mathematical and helped none to solve the obesity epidemic. Did we miss something as to what truly causes weight gain, eating habits, and hunger? Was this whole idea of eat less, exercise more an oversimplification that leads to the attitude of blaming the victim? Before we look at the what causes the weight gain, let us review what the US Government did in terms of healthy food recommendations in the form of the now failed and withdrawn food pyramid. Did the failed food pyramid contribute to the obesity epidemic?

  • Number two cause of weight gain in Philadelphia

Metabolic Factors

Metabolic factors such as insulin resistance. 

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. Find out if you could be insulin resistant using this free online tool from W8MD.

 

  • Number three cause of weight gain in Philadelphia

Food and Activity

People gain weight when they eat more calories than they burn through activity. This imbalance is the greatest contributor to weight gain.

  • Number four cause of weight gain in Philadelphia

    Unhealthy food

    Unhealthy food

Environment

The world around us influences our ability to maintain a healthy weight. For example:

  • Not having area parks, sidewalks, and affordable gyms makes it hard for people to be physically active.
  • Oversized food portions increase Americans’ calorie intake, making even more physical activity necessary to maintain a healthy weight.
  • Some people don’t have access to supermarkets that sell affordable healthy foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Food advertising encourages people to buy unhealthy foods, such as high-fat snacks and sugary drinks.
  • Number five cause of weight gain in Philadelphia

Genetics

Research shows that genetics plays a role in obesity. Genes can directly cause obesity in such disorders as Prader-Willi syndrome.

Genes also may contribute to a person’s susceptibility to weight gain. Scientists believe that genes may increase a person’s likelihood of becoming obese but that outside factors, such as an abundant food supply or little physical activity, also may be required for a person to put on excess weight.

  • Number six cause of weight gain in Philadelphia

Health Conditions

Some hormone problems may cause overweight and obesity, such as under-active thyroid, Cushing syndrome and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

  • Number seven cause of weight gain in Philadelphia

Stress, Emotional Factors

Some people eat more than usual when they are bored, angry, upset, or stressed.

Studies also have found that the less people sleep, the more likely they are to be overweight or obese.

  • Number eight cause of weight gain in Philadelphia

Medications

Certain medicines also may cause weight gain, including some corticosteroids, antidepressants, and seizure medicines.

Now that we reviewed what causes weight gain, what is it that we can do to help lose weight in greater Philadelphia? Here are some tips.

8 things you can do to lose weight in Philadelphia

Follow recommendations for nutrition and physical activity, including:

 Avoid sweetened drinks including sodas, sweetened teas, sports drinks, and fruit drinks. Drink tap water or seltzer with an ounce of juice instead.

 Limit sugar to 25 grams per day for women and 50 grams for men. Read labels, because sugar is in many products.

 Limit screen time to no more than 2 hours daily.

 Engage in physical activity for 60 minutes per day and reduce sedentary time. Make the activity something you enjoy. Do it every day for at least a few minutes even if you can’t fit in your full hour.

 Fill half of your plate with fruits and/or vegetables. This will help you limit portion sizes of other, more calorie-dense foods.

 Include healthy fats in your diet, such as fish (tuna or salmon), olive oil, or a few unsalted nuts.

 Prepare food at home instead of eating processed, take-out or restaurant food.

 Get professional help when you really need to lose weight and have tried many fad diets in the past.

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.

Also see list of insurances we accept at W8MD greater Philadelphia locations in NE Philadelphia and King Of Prussia, PA

Weight loss doctors at W8MD

Weight loss doctors at W8MD

What users say about our W8MD’s Philadelphia Medical Weight Loss Program?

 

Learn more about W8MD’s Philadelphia Medical Weight Loss Program.

W8MD Weight loss program reviews

I started 7 months ago and have lost 60 lbs. It may sound slow, but it worked for me, and I lost inches. We all have been on diets that you start off great and then fall off. This is the first diet that I have had success on. Dr. Tumpati and his staff is great. If you have any concerns about anything he always guides you through it. I also like that he is a Dr. so if your on any prescriptions he can monitor you as you go along.
I have more energy and feel great. I am very happy that I started with this program. – Rachel on Google Reviews

Dr. Tumpati and his staff are absolutely amazing, kind and caring. He can work with anybody from kids to the elderly. He individualizes the program to suit your needs and will get you the results you always wanted. You will be extremely happy that you came. He is the King of Weight Loss! Ann Marie G.

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I have been following the W8MD plan since March of 2014. I switched doctors to Dr Tumpati in May of 2014. To date I have 40 lbs off and have kept it off since September of this year. It is the easiest plan I have ever been on. I have tried NutrySystem, Jenny Craig and am a lifetime member of Weight watchers. I have never been successful in losing this much weight let alone keeping it off for any significant time.

Dr Tumpati and his staff are wonderful. He takes his time with you and makes sure you are medically stable and healthy enough to begin the program. I have Crohn’s disease and have had 2 bowel surgeries and have spent 15 years in and out of the hospital on numerous meds and dealing with horrendous pain and side effects. Since starting this plan, there is NO trace of Crohn’s disease in my body and I am pain free… including my chronic hip and knee pain. I slept better, my mood is better and overall feel the best I have felt in years!

Do yourself a favor and call them to make an appointment and feel better fast!

Lori on Google

Emblem Health GHI Weight Loss

Emblem health, formerly known as GHI (Group Health Inc.), is one of the leading neighborhood health insurance plans in New York City. With over 3 million members, Emblem Health, is a popular insurance plan in and around the city of New York. After merger with HIP, GHI is now known as Emblem Health.

Overweight and obesity

Overweight and obesity

Do you or your loved ones have GHI Emblem Health insurance and need to lose a few pounds?

If so, you are not alone. About two thirds of the US population are overweight or obese,1 including more than half (about 3 million) of the adults in NYC.

Did you know that you may be able to get free help through your health care plan* under the Affordable Care Act?

Most health insurance plans, including Emblem Health GHI and all plans purchased through the Marketplace, now include obesity screening and counseling as mandated by law.

Does EmblemHealth GHI cover screening for obesity?

Yes. EmblemHealth recommends screening and treating all patients ages 2 and over annually for weight issues/obesity by using the Body Mass Index (BMI).

How do you use BMI to assess weight?

BMI is a quick and easy way to determine if a person is overweight or obese and is recommended by the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). BMI is calculated from a person’s height and weight. For children and adolescents under the age of 16, BMI on growth charts is used to determine a BMI percentile ranking, since BMI norms vary with age and gender.

W8MD weight loss, sleep and medspa

W8MD weight loss, sleep and medspa

BMI Calculators

Measure your patients’ BMI using these calculators:

Yes. 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.

Does EmblemHealth cover obesity counseling if I am overweight or obese?

Yes. The counseling sessions can help you change any unhealthy eating and exercise habits. That, in turn, can help you lose weight and lower the chance of health problems.

Is W8MD weight loss program covered by GHI insurance?

W8MD’s New York City offices are in network with EmblemHealth GHI but not with HIP.

Call 800-W8MD-007

Call 800-W8MD-007

Does Emblem Health cover obesity treatment?

Yes. All insurances are mandated by the Affordable Care Act to cover screening and treatment for obesity.

  • Does Emblem Health GHI cover medical weight loss?
  • Are medically supervised weight loss programs covered by GHI?

Read losing weight with insurance

Weight management resources

Obesity and Weight Management in Adults

Obesity and Weight Management in Children and Adolescents

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