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Benefits of losing weight

  • Why lose weight? 
  • What are the benefits of losing weight?
  • What are the consequences of obesity or overweight?

Introduction on Obesity and overweight status

Stop blaming the victim for obesity

Stop blaming the victim for obesity

Obesity is a major public health problem not only in the United States, but also in countries around the world including many developing countries such as India. In the United States, obesity and overweight status combined together affects close to 70 percent of the entire population.

So, what are the costs of obesity to the individual and to the society?

According to a study from George Washington University, obesity is not just a public health problem but also a personal drag on your wallet as it has both direct and indirect costs at the individual level.

Cost of obesity to the individual

George Washington University study shows that the annual cost of being obese is $4,879 for a woman and $2,646 for a man by factoring in obesity related costs such as employee sick days, lost productivity, even the need for extra gasoline. As obesity also leads to reduced longevity, factoring the cost of lost years of life brought women’s annual obesity costs up to $8,365, and men’s to $6,518.

What are the preventable health benefits associated with losing weight?


Research from Yale Preventive Research Center shows that up to 90 percent of diabetes is preventable with lifestyle intervention and weight loss as revealed by Dr. David Katz, MD, director of Yale Preventive Medicine Research Center as published on WebMD.

  • According to the Surgeon General, a weight gain of even a small amount of 11 to 18 pounds increases a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes to twice that of individuals who have not gained weight.
  • Research also shows that over 80% of people with diabetes are overweight or obese, and of the remaining 20 percent, most are metabolically obese meaning they have central or intra-abdominal weight leading to increased risk of diabetes.


  • Cardiovascular diseases are undoubtedly the leading cause of death (mortality) and sickness (morbidity) in this country. Research has clearly shown and it is well accepted fact that the rate of heart disease including heart attack, congestive heart failure, sudden cardiac death, angina or chest pain, and abnormal heart rhythm etc. is increased in people who are overweight or obese defined as a body mass index of 25 or over.
  • High blood pressure is twice as common in adults who are obese than in those who are at a healthy weight.
  • Obesity is associated with elevated triglycerides (blood fat) and decreased HDL cholesterol (“good cholesterol”), factors considered part of metabolic syndrome.


  • Up to 60% of cancers are considered preventable through lifestyle intervention and weight loss as overweight and obesity are associated with an increased risk for many types of cancer including endometrial cancer, colon, gall bladder, prostate, kidney, and postmenopausal breast cancer.


  • Sleep apnea is more common in obese persons, and up to 70% of sleep apnea is attributable to being overweight or obese. The risk of asthma is also higher in people who are obese.

Other weight related problems including the following

  • Research shows that for every 2-pound increase in weight, the risk of developing arthritis is increased by 9 to 13% and losing even a small amount of weight can help improve joint function.
  • Obesity, and particularly insulin resistance that goes along with obesity, leads to infertility issues in women due to Poly-Cystic Ovaries as a result of insulin resistance.
  •  the risk  of gall bladder disease, incontinence, increased surgical risk, and depression.
  • An estimated 300,000 deaths per year may be attributable to obesity.
  • The risk of death rises with increasing weight.
  • Even moderate weight excess (10 to 20 pounds for a person of average height) increases the risk of death, particularly among adults aged 30 to 64 years.
  • Individuals who are obese (BMI > 30)* have a 50 to 100% increased risk of premature death from all causes, compared to individuals with a healthy weight.


  • Even a small amount of weight loss of  5 to 15% of total body weight can reduce the risk factors for over 50 medical problems including diabetes, diseases, and even cancers.
  • Weight loss can improve blood pressure, reduce blood sugar, improve blood cholesterol levels, improve joint paints, prevent osteoarthritis, improve life expectancy by up to 10 years.

 How can w8md medical weight loss centers of America can help?

W8MD Medical Weight Loss Program is a medical weight loss and sleep wellness program for those that are serious about losing weight and gaining control of their weight.

We understand that losing weight and keeping it off is a challenge for many people and a physician trained in the new field of Obesity Medicine can help. That is why we are committed to our proven approach to medical weight loss using evidence based non surgical methods.

We want to give you all the tools you need to succeed in losing weight fast and safe with offices in many states in the United States.

W8MD medical weight loss centers has helped patients achieve their goals by using a an evidence based method for weight loss under the supervision of a trained weight loss or obesity medicine physician.

Our weight loss program focuses on:

A physician-supervised diet such as the 800 plus calorie VLCD or very low calorie diets or LCD or low calorie diets.

FDA approved weight loss medications when medically appropriate,

A personally structured and administered exercise program,

Comprehensive behavior therapy, and

Ongoing weight maintenance support.

We can help you achieve long-lasting weight loss without feeling constantly hungry and deprived as we address the underlying metabolic cause of the starvation, namely insulin resistance.

Our weight loss physicians are highly trained and respected physicians and are well versed in the medical treatment of overweight and obesity.

Our weight loss physicians oversee 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 using evidence based, non-surgical weight loss measures for safe and effective weight loss under medical supervision.

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.

Delicious meal replacements

Delicious meal replacements

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.

W8MD weight loss team

W8MD weight loss team

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.

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.

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.

Weight loss success stories

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.