Weight Loss Management

1199 weight loss

1199 is an insurance also called 1199seiu. Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is a labor union representing almost 1.9 million workers in over 100 occupations in the United States and Canada.

  • Are you a bit overweight or obese in greater New York City?
  • Do you have 1199 insurance and want to know if they cover medical weight loss?
  • Do you know W8MD is one of the very few medical weight loss programs in the nation to accept health insurance for visits?

Who gets 1199 insurance?

1199 SEIU is usually seen among workers, spouses, retirees and family members in the following professions:

  • health care which covers over half of members work in the health care field, including hospital, home care and nursing home workers;
  • public services such as local and state government employees; and
  • property services including janitors, security officers and food service workers.

Does 1199 insurance cover medical weight loss physician visits?

Yes. Since obesity is considered a preventable medical condition, and since pre-existing conditions cannot be excluded, all insurances are mandated to cover weight loss physician visits including 1199.

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Does W8MD accept 1199 insurance for weight loss?

Yes, our New York City offices are in network with 1199 insurance for both weight management, sleep disorders, primary care, and preventive care.

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Weight loss success stories

What is covered usually on the 1199 insurance for weight loss at W8MD?

W8MD can bill 1199 for the physician weight loss visits, any test that might be performed such as a breathing test called Resting Metabolic Rate test (RMR), electrocardiogram (EKG), nutritional counseling etc. Since most insurances limit weight loss medication coverage, or exclude it, W8MD typically provides the weight loss medications at the office for a small administrative cost of $50.00 biweekly that provides up to two weeks of two diet medications if dispensed in office.

  • Did you know that being overweight and obesity are epidemic in New York City (NYC) and across the
  • Did you know about two thirds of the US population are overweight or obese,1 including more than half (about 3 million) of the adults in NYC.
  • W8MD’s unique insurance physician weight loss program has helped thousands of patients since 2011 not only to *lose weight but also to keep it off.
  • Please note certain exclusions apply and some plans may not cover weight loss although majority do. Deductions, copays and out of pocket expenses might be applicable based on your specific plan.

Does 1199 cover weight loss surgery?

Most 1199 do need prior authorization and might not cover bariatric surgery

Does 1199 insurance provide weight loss coverage?

All 1199 plans cover physician weight loss visits

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How can W8MD’s insurance weight loss, sleep and medical aesthetic programs help me?

As one of the very few non-surgical weight loss programs to be in network with most insurances including 1199, we do get many 1199 patients for our non-surgical medical weight loss program. If you live near greater New York area, have 1199 insurance and need to lose some weight without bariatric surgery, you can contact W8MD.

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.

What makes W8MD medical weight loss centers different?

W8MD medical weight loss centers of America’s insurance physician weight loss programs.

Our W8MD weight loss program is unique in many ways for reasons as noted below.


Our weight loss program has helped thousands of patients achieve their weight loss goals by using a proven four-step method for safe and effective weight loss under physician supervision:

Our weight loss program offers a physician-supervised very low calorie diet with or without meal replacement supplements

  • We offer appropriate FDA approved weight loss prescription diet pills to suppress appetite and reduce hunger
  • We offer instructions on proper physical activity based on your physical condition and limitations.
  • we offer a comprehensive behavior therapy, and
  • We offer ongoing weight maintenance  and support.
  • We address any underlying metabolic, hormonal, nutritional or sleep related causes of weight gain
  • We will work with you to make any changes needed to make the weight loss program work for you instead of one size fits all approach
  • Our weight loss physicians have one of the highest levels of education, training and experience in the new field of obesity medicine.
  • We have many convenient weight loss centers in many states including New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. More weight loss centers to come soon in other areas and states.

We can help you achieve long-lasting weight loss without feeling constantly hungry and deprived. When you resent your weight loss plan because you feel constantly hungry, it is much more difficult to maintain any significant lifelong changes.

When you feel hungry, you are biologically driven to eat, and diet plans that force you to fight that biological impulse can be difficult to maintain. At W8MD Medical Weight Loss Program, we want to help you achieve lasting weight loss results and make changes that will keep you healthy for a lifetime.

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Lose 20 lbs fast NYC Philadelphia and NJ

W8MD medical weight loss centers weight loss program is dedicated to individualized, affordable treatment and as one of the very physician supervised medical weight loss programs to accept most health insurances for the weight loss physician visits.

No surgery weight loss

Our non-surgical medical weight loss program is based on the latest medical research and utilizes proven methods to lose weight rapidly and keep it off for a lifetime.

Our weight loss physicians are experienced and well trained

Dr. Prab R. Tumpati is a highly trained and respected physician with training in Obesity Medicine, in addition to being board certified in Internal Medicine and Sleep Medicine, and is well versed in the medical treatment of overweight and obesity. Dr. Tumpati oversees all our patients and helps customize their individual weight loss treatments. We are committed to helping you lose weight as safely and efficiently as possible.

What is a healthy and safe weight loss program?

A healthy weight loss program consists of:

  • A thorough history and physical examination that focuses on the complex factors leading to weight gain including hormonal factors such as hypothyroidism, other hormonal imblances, nutritional deficiencies, insulin resistance or metabolic syndrome, stress eating, eating disorders, sleep disorders, medications, genetic factors to name a few.
  • A reasonable, realistic weight loss goal as determined by the weigth loss doctor that fits your particular situation, objectives, and weight loss goals.
  • A reduced calorie, nutritionally-balanced eating plan or meal replacement that reduces the calories by about 500-1500 calories a day so you can expect to lose 1-3 pounds per week
  • A personalized exercise prescription by a physician familiar with your medical history that you can live with. An understanding that exercise alone, without a restricted diet is almost useless as a tool for weight loss.
  • A behavior change plan for long term weight loss success to help you stay on track with your goals and maintain the weight loss.

W8MD’s 8 things to do for fast and safe weight loss in New York City, Philadelphia and NJ

Start with a knowing where you are with a body mass index calculator, a measuring tape, a copy of the last blood work, if have any and understand where you stand.

Step 1 for choosing the best weight loss program
Check your BMI or body mass index  using an online BMI calculator. Go to http://www.w8md.com and find the BMI calculator on the right side of the page, put in your information, and find out your BMI.
Step 2 for choosing the best weight loss program
2. Get a measureing tape and measure your waist circumference in the most prominent part of the belly. Also measure the hip circumference. Understand what might be causing your weight gain – see if you might be insulin resistant that might be causing your belly fat!

If you are male and have a waist of over 40 inches in the most prominent part.

and if you are a female and have a waist of over 36 inches, you may have underlying insulin resistance or metabolic syndrome that may be causing your weight gain, especially in the belly and upper part of the body. (For Asians, the threshold is 35 inches for men and 31 inches for women).

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Weight loss success stories

Understanding the waist to hip ratio.

Step 3 for choosing the best weight loss program
Check if you meet the criteria for metabolic syndrome. Go to http://w8md.com/w8d-healthy-living/w8md-metabolic-syndrome-meter and see if you meet the criteria for metabolic syndrome.
Step 4 for choosing the best weight loss program
Find a weight loss program that accepts health insurance (if you have health insurance)

Step 5 for choosing the best weight loss program
Consult with an Obesity Medicine Trained Physician knowledgeable about metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, and other causes for weigth gain and can help you lose weight safely and effectively using evidence based methods.
Step 6 for choosing the best weight loss program
Start a Low Calorie or Very Low Calorie Diet Plan that cuts you calories by about 500-1000 calories a day so you can lose about 1-2 pounds a week

Step 7 for choosing the best weight loss program

Start walking or other low to moderate intensity exercise program. Understand that exercise alone is useless for weigth loss but in combination with a reduced calorie diet, it helps.

Step 8 for choosing the best weight loss program
Start a behavior change plan to help you stay on track with your goals.

If you have health insurance and want to lose weight without surgery, call 1(800)W8MD-007 to learn more or to find a location near you.

If you are a physician interested in a low cost weight loss franchise, you may also want to contact us.

Philadelphia Weight Loss

W8MD’s Philadelphia Insurance

Medical Weight Loss Center

Like most people in America, people in Philadelphia are searching for fast and inexpensive ways to lose weight fast, and safe! As one of the nations major metropolitan cities, the greater Philadelphia region with the surrounding suburban areas and counties including Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, Delaware and Philadelphia counties in Philadelphia, and Burlington, Gloucester and Camden counties in NJ are home to a large proportion of people who are overweight or obese that are trying to lose weight.

Stop blaming the victim for obesity

Stop blaming the victim for obesity

Here are some of the things to consider before choosing the best weight loss program in Philadelphia that works and is right for you.

Philadelphia weight loss step 1.

Like any thing you do in life, start with understanding where you are starting instead of your actual weight relative to your height. The simplest and easiest way to understand your risk of being overweight or obese in greater Philadelphia area is to find your Body Mass Index popularly know as BMI.

BMI is a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters and serves as a rough measure of a person’s body fatness without actually measuring percentage body fat. Although it has its limitations, it serves as a rough guide to give you a quick and easy idea of where your weight is relative to your height.

  • What are the various BMI categories?

Weight Status and BMI categories

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Weight loss success stories

  1. BMI of less than 18.5 is considered underweight
  2. BMI of 18.5 – 24.9 is considered normal or healthy weight
  3. BMI of 25.0 – 29.9 is considered verweight
  4. BMI of 30.0 or more is considered obese
  5. BMI of 30-34.99 is considered grade 1 or mild obesity
  6. BMI Of 35-39.99 is considered grade 2 or moderate obesity
  7. BMI of >40 is considered morbid obesity.
  • What should my ideal BMI should be?

Your ideal BMI should be between 18-25 although for some individuals, a BMI of up to 27 is considered acceptable.

  • If I am overweight or obese in Philly, what do I do next?

If you are either overweight or obese, you may want to consider losing weight for better health and reduced health risks.

Philadelphia weight loss step 2

Once you know your BMI, and decide you want to shed some pounds, you may want to understand your body weight distribution. It is a well known and accepted fact that distribution of the body weight does play significant role in determining your health risk. For example, if your weight is distributed more in the tummy area of the body or you have excess belly fat, your risk of health problems related to obesity are usually much higher (apple shaped body) versus somebody with a weight distribution in the hips and lower portion of the body (pear shaped body).

How can I tell if I have excess belly fat – is a there a simple way to know what is considered excess?

Yes, all you need is a simple measuring tape. Using any measuring tape that can measure inches, measure the most prominent part of your belly and see what your waist circumference is. For men, the upper limit for healthy waist circumference is 40 inches in the most prominent part. For women, the ideal waist circumference is 35 inches or lower. These are about 5 points lower in Asian men and women respectively.

Philadelphia weight loss step 3.

If you decide you are overweight or obese, and do need to lose some pounds in greater Philadelphia, the next step is to find a weight loss program that accepts your health insurance or if you do not have health insurance, offers a reasonable and inexpensive weight loss program.

Philadelphia weight loss step 4.

Check to see if the unique W8MD’s insurance physician weight loss program is right for you.

Philadelphia weight loss step 5.

Consult with a trained and experienced weight loss doctor that will partner with you without judging you for being overweight or obese.

Philadelphia weight loss step 6.

Check our the inspiring weight loss success stories of people losing weight in greater Philadelphia.

W8MD weight loss team

W8MD weight loss team

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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 w8md.com 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.

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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.

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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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 

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.

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.

Weight loss success stories

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.


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).

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

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.


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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


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)


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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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


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

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


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.

“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

Weight loss success stories

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