Weight loss truths and myths – by a weight loss doctor

Are you a bit overweight or obese and tired of it?

Are you searching the web for ways to lose weight fast?

Are you looking for a low cost, cheap or even free way to weight fast and safe?

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While some of these questions can be kind of like an oxymoron – like wanting to lose weight quickly, but want no risks, there are things you can do minimize or eliminate most of the risk, lose weight fast, safe and using scientifically proven methods!

So, what is the secret of losing weight fast?

While there is no secret, here are 8 things you need to be aware of for fast and safe weight loss.

1. Do not look for fad diets of quick fixes for weight loss. If a program is promising to you can eat all you want but still lose weight, it probably is a “fad diet”.

2. Seek Professional Help for weight loss! With so much misinformation, you would need a doctor trained in Obesity Medicine to guide you in this, especially if you have any medical condition associated with weight such as high blood pressure, cholesterol problems, sleep apnea, prediabetes, metabolic syndrome, diabetes or other obesity related conditions.

3. No Fad Diets or Miracle Products for weight loss! If it is a product sold on the internet without evidence based, double blind studies to prove efficacy, it probably is some sort of “scheme”. In order to lose weight, you need to cut down the calories to a very low calorie (VLCD) or Low Calorie Level (LCD) which needs careful physician supervision in most cases. There are no miracle powders you can spray on food that can help you lose weight!

4. Look for a weight loss program that is affordable, willing to work with your insurance, and does not have obligations, setup fees, or mandatory products as your health insurance might cover for weight loss. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act of 2010, all insurances are now mandated to provide coverage for Obesity Screening and Treatment for all adults.

5. Should I try non-medical programs like weight watchers or Jenny Craig’s first?

While most people seem to be under the impression that non-medical commercial weight loss programs are cheaper, think again. According to this report, average money spent on programs like Jenny Craig per pound of weight lost can be as high as 250.00 USD. Using a medical weight loss program that accepts insurance, you not only get the safety and security of a physician level care for safe and effective weight loss, but it can be very much cheaper to lose the weight!

6. Should I try low carbohydrate or low fat?

While both approaches have some merits and disadvantages, low carbohydrate diets have been shown to have a better long term success rate, reduce the risk of insulin resistance or metabolic syndrome, and is considered by most obesity medicine experts as a superior plan for sustained and safe weight loss. Both approaches, however, might need careful medical supervision in most cases.

7. I know why I am gaining weight, I am not exercising!

While exercise is important for maintenance of the weight, recent research shows it is pretty useless as a tool on its own for weight loss as reported on Time, and even bally’s fitness website has some information on this on their website. Read this article on the role of exercise for weight loss.

8. Some people can eat whatever they want and still lose weight. Why cannot I?

While the metabolism is different for each person, in general, you do need to reduce the overall calories in order to lose weight. Each pound of fat has about 3500 calories. So, in order to lose one pound of weight a week, you can cut down your daily calorie consumption by about 500 a day. Use the free Daily Calorie Calculator App available on the main W8MD Website to determine your weight neutral calories.

A number of factors such as your age, genes, medicines, and lifestyle habits may affect your weight. If you would like to lose weight, call W8MD’s unique insurance medical weight loss and wellness program today at 718-946-5500. Together, you may be able to create a plan to help you reach your weight and health goals.


How can W8MD Medical Weight Loss Center’s Insurance Physician Weight Loss Program Help?

Under the careful supervision of a fellowship trained obesity medicine physician and founder of W8MD, Dr. Prab R. Tumpati, MD, our insurance physician weight loss program in New York City is one of a kind program that can help you lose weight safely and effectively. We offer evidence based weight loss programs under medical supervision.

Rapid Weight Reduction Programs

  • Very Low Calorie Diet(VLCD) program for rapid weight loss from 800 calories and up.
  • HCG injection therapy for weight loss (optional)
  • FDA approved diet Pills / Appetite Suppressant Medications
  • Nutritional Counseling Programs

W8MD’s physician weight loss program in New York City

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To stay at a healthy weight, balance the calories you eat with the calories you burn (use up). To lose weight, you need to use more calories than you eat. A healthy diet and physical activity can help you control your weight.

Calories are a measure of the energy in the foods you eat. You burn calories when you are physically active.

How do I know if I’m eating the right number of calories?

Go to W8MD.com and use the free daily calorie calculator tool on the right side of the page to determine the caloried you need to consume for no weight loss or weight gain. This is the number of calories you need to maintain your current weight. If you are overweight or obese, burn more calories than you eat to lose weight.

What are the benefits of losing weight?

If you are overweight or obese, losing weight can lower your risk for serious health conditions like: Type 2 diabetes Heart disease High blood pressure Early death

Plus, eating healthy and being physically active can give you more energy throughout the day. Move more and eat healthy foods to help: Lower your blood pressure Lower your blood sugar Raise your “good” cholesterol Lower your “bad” cholesterol

You may start to see these benefits by losing just 5 to 10 percent of your body weight. For example, if you are 200 pounds, this could mean losing as little as 10 pounds.

Make a promise to eat well, move more, and get support from family and friends. If you need to lose weight, do it slowly over time.

Remember that to lose weight, you need to eat fewer calories than you burn.

Set realistic goals. Start out by setting small goals, like: I want to lose 1 to 2 pounds a week. I will add 10 minutes of physical activity to my daily routine. I will avoid second helpings of meals this week.

Keep a food and activity diary. Write down: When you eat What you eat How much you eat Your physical activity.

Losing weight is never easy. Before you start a diet, talk to your doctor or nurse about a healthy weight-loss plan that’s right for you. Let a professionally trained weight loss doctor work with you to lose weight safey and effectively.

The best part of the W8MD Physician Weight Loss Program is that most W8MD centers work with insurances for the physician visits.

Screening and counseling for obesity are covered under the Affordable Care Act and W8MD Medical Weight Loss Centers is among the first to accept health insurance for the essential weight loss, obesity screening and prevention services. Call W8MD at 1(800)W8MD-007  to learn more. Depending on your insurance plan, you may be able to get these services at no cost to you.