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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
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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…

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Benefits of weight loss

  • Why should you lose weight?
  • Does losing weight improve health?
  • What is the healthiest way to lose weight?
  • How much weight loss per week is healthy?
  • What are the health benefits of losing weight?
  • Does losing weight help improve overall health?

Obesity and overweight status is associated with increased risk of over 50 different medical conditions. Losing even a modest amount of weight loss of just about 5% of the person’s body weight have profound positive impact on a persons health if they are overweight or obese.

Overweight and obesity

Overweight and obesity

8 health benefits of losing weight:

  1. Reduced risk of cadiovascular disease
  2. Reduced risk of type 2 diabetes
  3. Reduced risk of high blood pressure
  4. Reduced risk of kidney disease
  5. Reduced risk of many types of cancers
  6. Reduced risk of osetoarthritis
  7. Reduced risk of sleep apnea
  8. Reduced risk of gastric reflux etc.

Studies have shown that even a modest weight loss can reduce cardiovascular disease, the number one killer in the US. Losing weight can also improve over 50 medical conditions some of which include diabetes, blood pressure, sleep apnea, gastric reflex, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis and many other medical problems.

Losing excess weight can also improve:

  • The quality of your sleep
  • Your breathing.

How do I know if I need to lose weight?

You can find out if you’re overweight by calculating your body mass index (BMI). This shows whether you’re a healthy weight for your height. Work out your BMI with the BMI healthy weight calculator.

Does the waist circumference matter?

Yes. The size of your waist is also important. If it’s too large, your risk of health problems is higher.

How can I lose weight safely?

The best way to lose weight is to make small, realistic changes to your diet and how physically active you are.

W8MD Weight Loss, Sleep & MedSpa Team

W8MD Weight Loss, Sleep & MedSpa Team

Here 8 weight loss tips

1. Don’t skip breakfast Skipping breakfast won’t help you lose weight.

2. Eat regular meals Eating at regular times during the day helps burn calories at a faster rate. It also reduces the temptation to snack on foods high in fat and sugar.

3. Eat plenty of fruit and veg Fruit and veg are low in calories and fat, and high in fiber – 3 essential ingredients for successful weight loss. They also contain plenty of vitamins and minerals.

4. Get more active Being active is key to losing weight and keeping it off. As well as providing numerous health benefits, exercise can help burn off the excess calories you can’t cut through diet alone

5. Drink plenty of water People sometimes confuse thirst with hunger. You can end up consuming extra calories when a glass of water is really what you need.

6. Eat high-fiber foods Foods containing lots of fiber can help keep you to feel full, which is perfect for losing weight. Fiber is only found in food from plants, such as fruit and veg, oats, wholegrain bread, brown rice and pasta, and beans, peas and lentils.

7. Read food labels Knowing how to read food labels can help you choose healthier options. Use the calorie information to work out how a particular food fits into your daily calorie allowance on the weight loss plan.

8. Use a smaller plate Using smaller plates can help you eat smaller portions. By using smaller plates and bowls, you may be able to gradually get used to eating smaller portions without going hungry. It takes about 20 minutes for the stomach to tell the brain it’s full, so eat slowly and stop eating before you feel full.

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.

Aetna weight loss

Most insurances including Aetna provide coverage for screening, treatment for obesity as well as dietary or nutritional screening, counseling as mandated by the Affordable Care Act.

Need to lose weight?

You’re not alone. You may be able to get free help through your health care plan* under the Affordable Care Act.

Most health insurance plans, including Aetna, and all plans purchased through the Marketplace, now include coverage for obesity screening and counseling.

Who is considered overweight or obese?

If you have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25 or higher, you are considered to be overweight. A BMI of 30 or more is obese.

Are there benefits to losing weight?

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.

If your doctor finds that you fit the medical guidelines for obesity, you may get counseling sessions on diet and weight reduction. This may include one-on-one meetings, or you may get weight loss advice and support in a group.

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.

Overweight and obesity

Overweight and obesity

Is obesity covered by Aetna insurance?

Yes. The Affordable Care Act mandates screening for all adults irrespective of their weight be covered as well as treatment for those that are considered obese with a BMI of 30 or over, or those that are overweight with a BMI of 27 or higher with at least one obesity related comorbidity.

Is W8MD weight loss program covered by Aetna insurance?

Yes, we are in network with most Aetna plans in our greater Philadelphia, New York City, New Jersey and other areas.

What weight loss medications are covered by insurance?

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

W8MD Weight Loss, Sleep and MedSpa Team

W8MD Weight Loss, Sleep and MedSpa Team

Does Aetna cover obesity treatment at W8MD?

Medically supervised weight loss programs are covered by Aetna insurance

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Does Aetna cover weight loss?

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.