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How to lose weight

If you are overweight or obese and want to lose some weight safely, you are not alone.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, CDC, about 39% of US adults are in the clinically obese category while another third of the population are in the overweight category. Combined together, obese or overweight adults comprise of over two thirds of all adults in the US.

Obesity help

Obesity help

Before we look at how to lose weight, let us examine what truly makes Americans gain weight.

Causes of weight gain

Obesity in the US is generally caused by many factors some of which were a result of the wrong recommendations from the government. 

Did the USDA ended up causing the obesity epidemic in the name of helping people lose weight by their wrong recommendations on healthy food through the failed and now withdrawn food guide pyramid?

See why the food pyramid failed.  The major contributing factors for weight gain include increased insulin resistance which not only leads to weight gain but also increases portions by the profound anabolic effects of insulin.

Other factors for weight gain include lack of proper sleep, many medications especially psychiatric medications, long term patterns of behavior that including sitting still and not exercising enough, genetics are also believed to be a factor, with a 2018 study stating that the presence of the human gene APOA2 could result in a higher body mass index (BMI) in individuals.

W8MD’s 8 steps on how to lose weight.

Before you choose a weight loss program to help you lose weight, here are some steps. Losing weight takes more than desire to lose weight – it takes commitment and a well-thought-out plan.

Here’s W8MD’s 8 step guide to getting started.

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Success stories

Step 1 for losing weight.

Understand where you are in terms of body mass index so you know your starting BMI.

  • Underweight: BMI is less than 18.
  • Normal weight: BMI is 18 to 24.9.
  • Overweight: BMI is 25 to 29.9.
  • Obese: BMI is 30 or more.

Further, obesity is classified as below

class I obesity or mild obesity is a BMI of 30.0–34.9

class II obesity or moderate obesity is a BMI of  35.0–39.9

class III obesity or severe obesity is a BMI of ≥ 40.0

A BMI of ≥ 50 is super obese

Step 2 for losing weight.

Understand what in your case is contributing to your weight gain.

People gain weight when they eat more calories than they burn through activity.

  • Metabolic factors
  • Environmental factors
  • Genetic factors
  • Health Conditions and Medications
  • Stress
  • Emotional Factors
  • Poor Sleep

Step 3 for losing weight.

Identify a safe weight loss program that is right for you to help you lose weight, works with your insurance, has trained and experienced doctors.

Step 4 for losing weight.

Make a commitment. Making the decision to lose weight, change your lifestyle, and become healthier is a big step to take.

Step 5 for losing weight.

Keep a “food diary” for a few days, in which you write down everything you eat. By doing this, you become more aware of what you are eating and when you are eating. This awareness can help you avoid mindless eating.

Next, examine your current lifestyle. Identify things that might pose challenges to your weight loss efforts.

  • Does your work or travel schedule make it difficult to get enough physical activity?
  • Do you find yourself eating sugary foods because that’s what you buy for your kids?
  • Do your coworkers frequently bring high-calorie items, such as doughnuts, to the workplace to share with everyone?

Think through things you can do to help overcome these challenges.

Step 6 for losing weight.

Set realistic goals. Set some short-term goals and reward your efforts along the way.

Step 7 for losing weight.

Identify resources for information and support.
Find family members or friends who will support your weight loss efforts. Making lifestyle changes can feel easier when you have others you can talk to and rely on for support. You might have coworkers or neighbors with similar goals, and together you can share healthful recipes and plan group exercise.

W8MD's weight loss team

W8MD’s weight loss team

Step 8 for losing weight.

Continually “check in” with yourself to monitor your progress.
Revisit the goals you set for yourself and evaluate your progress regularly.

Know that losing weight is a lifestyle change and not a one time change.

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

W8MD’s insurance physician weight loss program is unique in many ways with a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to weight loss that addresses all the complex issues leading to weight gain, both in adults and children. Since its inception in 2011, W8MD has successfully helped thousands of patients succeed in not only losing weight but also keep it off with an ongoing maintenance plan.

Medical weight loss

Losing weight is one of the top priorities for many especially during the New Year’s resolutions time. As the United States and the world fight an epidemic of overweight, obesity, and diabetes, some call diabesity, it is important to examine what truly causes weight gain.

W8MD Team

W8MD Team

What is medical weight loss and how can it help me?

Medical weight loss, as opposed to surgical weight loss, involves non-surgical measures to help you reach your weight gains and to maintain it.

Before we look at the causes of weight gain and strategies to lose weight, let us look at some of the common things people search the internet. Here are some of the commonly searched questions on Google.

  • How do I help lose weight?
  • How can a woman lose weight fast?
  • How can I lose weight fast in 3 days?
  • How do you lose 10 pounds in a week?
  • What is an unhealthy rate of weight loss?
  • What is the best exercise for losing weight?
  • How much weight loss per week is healthy?
  • What are 3 weight management strategies?

How common is overweight and obesity in the US?

First, let us look at obesity rate among adults in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), obesity is common, serious, and costly.

What percent of US adults are obese?

The prevalence of obesity was 39.8% and affected about 93.3 million of US adults in 2015~2016, according to the CDC.

What medical conditions are linked to being overweight or obese?

Over 50 different medical conditions are related to being overweight or obese including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer that are some of the leading causes of preventable, premature death.

What is the annual cost of obesity in the United States?

The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the United States was $147 billion in 2008 US dollars; the medical cost for people who have obesity was $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.

What truly causes obesity?

Obesity is a complex problem that has many causes. Let us look at what truly is causing the obesity, and diabetes epidemic. Although most people oversimplify this and say, it is “calories in, calories out” or “energy balance equation”, those oversimplifications rarely solve any problem and in fact can lead to “blame the victim” attitude.

Did the failed food pyramid play a role in causing the obesity and diabetes epidemic?

Over the past several decades, there has been an overemphasis on low fat diets thinking that fatty foods make one fatty and therefore, low fat foods are a solution.

However, low fat food in practicality ended up being high glycemic and high starch leading to a new problem of increased sugar loading leading to over production of a very anabolic hormone called insulin. Overtime of getting over exposed to insulin, people develop what is called insulin resistance which not only leads to compensatory increase in basal insulin levels but also leads to increased hunger, overeating an bigger portions.

What are the contributing factors for obesity?

Obesity results from a combination of causes and contributing factors, including metabolic factors such as insulin resistance, lack of proper sleep, stress, medications, individual factors such as behavior and genetics.

Losing weight with W8MD

Losing weight with W8MD

What behavioral factors lead to weight gain?

Behaviors can include dietary patterns, physical activity, inactivity, medication use, and other exposures. Additional contributing factors in our society include the food and physical activity environment, education and skills, and food marketing and promotion.

Do genes have a role in obesity?

Genetic changes in human populations occur too slowly to be responsible for the obesity epidemic. Nevertheless, the variation in how people respond to the environment that promotes physical inactivity and intake of high-calorie foods suggests that genes do play a role in the development of obesity.

How could genes influence obesity?

Genes give the body instructions for responding to changes in its environment. Studies have identified variants in several genes that may contribute to obesity by increasing hunger and food intake.

Rarely, a clear pattern of inherited obesity within a family is caused by a specific variant of a single gene (monogenic obesity). Most obesity, however, probably results from complex interactions among multiple genes and environmental factors that remain poorly understood.

What about role of family history in obesity?

Health care practitioners routinely collect family health history to help identify people at high risk of obesity-related diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and some forms of cancer. Family health history reflects the effects of shared genetics and environment among close relatives. Families can’t change their genes but they can change the family environment to encourage healthy eating habits and physical activity. Those changes can improve the health of family members—and improve the family health history of the next generation.

Can certain medical conditions or medications cause weight gain?

Some illnesses may lead to obesity or weight gain. These may include Cushing’s disease, and polycystic ovary syndrome. Drugs such as steroids and some antidepressants may also cause weight gain. The science continues to emerge on the role of other factors in energy balance and weight gain such as chemical exposures and the role of the microbiome.

A health care provider can help you learn more about your health habits and history in order to tell you whether behaviors, illnesses, medications, and/or psychological factors are contributing to weight gain or making weight loss hard.

What are the health consequences of Obesity?

People who have obesity, compared to those with a normal or healthy weight, are at increased risk for many serious diseases and health conditions, including the following:

  • All-causes of death (mortality)
  • High blood pressure (Hypertension)
  • High LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, or high levels of triglycerides (Dyslipidemia)
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Osteoarthritis (a breakdown of cartilage and bone within a joint)
  • Sleep apnea and breathing problems
  • Some cancers (endometrial, breast, colon, kidney, gallbladder, and liver)
  • Low quality of life
  • Mental illness such as clinical depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders
  • Body pain and difficulty with physical functioning

What are the economic and societal consequences of obesity?

  • Obesity and its associated health problems have a significant economic impact on the U.S. health care system.
  • Medical costs associated with overweight and obesity may involve direct and indirect costs.
  • Direct medical costs may include preventive, diagnostic, and treatment services related to obesity
  • Indirect costs relate to morbidity and mortality costs including productivity.
  • Productivity measures include ‘absenteeism’ (costs due to employees being absent from work for obesity-related health reasons) and ‘presenteeism’ (decreased productivity of employees while at work) as well as premature mortality and disability.

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

W8MD’s medical weight loss programs can help!

If you are overweight or obese, and need help losing weight, W8MD can help. Accepting most insurances, with an evidence based practice, with many locations in the US with physicians and staff experienced and well trained, W8MD has helped thousands of patients and is ready to help you.

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How to lose weight for free with insurance!

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? W8MD is one of the first obesity medicine program to work with all major insurances for this essential service and is available at W’eight’MD’s Pennsylvania, and New York City Locations.

· inexpensive, individualized weight loss plan with all of the right ingredients.
· a loss of between 2-4 pounds a week with nutritious, easy to prepare, pre-portioned food and or anorectic medications.
· a consultation with Dr. Prab R. Tumpati, MD, FASBP, a bariatric, sleep and internal medicine physician with experience in treating obesity, its associated conditions and a wide variety of sleep disorders.
· Anorectic and other medications as indicated.
· instruction on nutritional programs teaching you:
o about metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance and whether you are at risk.
o the proper amount of low glycemic foods you should be eating on a daily basis to fit your needs.
o the correct food combination of protein, fats and carbohydrates.

Weight loss centers that accept insurance

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W8MD Weight loss centers that accept insurance for visits

Philadelphia Weight Loss

1718, Welsh Rd, Philadelphia, PA, 19115 Ph: 1-215-676-2334


King Of Prussia Weight Loss

: 987 Old Eagle School Rd, Ste 712, Wayne, PA, 19087 Ph: 215-676-2334 

NYC Weight Loss

2632 E 21st St Brooklyn New York 11235

Ph: 1-718-946-5500. 

W8MD weight loss program New Jersey.

W8MD weight loss, sleep and medical aesthetics

140 E Evesham Rd Cherry Hill New Jersey 08003