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.
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.
- How is BMI calculated?
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
- BMI of less than 18.5 is considered underweight
- BMI of 18.5 – 24.9 is considered normal or healthy weight
- BMI of 25.0 – 29.9 is considered verweight
- BMI of 30.0 or more is considered obese
- BMI of 30-34.99 is considered grade 1 or mild obesity
- BMI Of 35-39.99 is considered grade 2 or moderate obesity
- 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.
Post by Prab R. Tumpati, MD:
W8MD’s insurance covered medical weight loss program in Greater Philadelphia