- Are you searching for quick and easy ways to lose weight?
- Do you want to know how to lose weight safely?
- Are you confused about the so many diets and choices to help you lose weight?
- Are you tired of all the fad diets that promise everything under the Sun?
- Do you really want to lose weight in a safe manner under careful medical supervision?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you are not alone. About half of all Americans are trying to lose weight at any given time as obesity and being overweight affect up to 70% of all adults in the United States.
Here is an overview of the safe ways to lose weight.
How to lose weight fast and safe?
You have heard it all – eat less, exercise more to lose weight. While it is very simple to say just eat less and exercise more, ask anybody who struggles with weight and you know how difficult it is. In fact, our societies attitude of over simplifications, half truths, and a lot of misinformation about healthy eating habits is what contributes to our weight gain.
According to Dr. Prab R. Tumpati, MD, a practicing obesity medicine physician with a fellowship training in this field, and founder of W8MD Medical weight loss centers of America, obesity is a medical condition and needs to be treated as such. The World Health Organization classified Obesity as a medical condition since 1979 and increasingly, it is being recognized as a medical condition by insurance companies, physicians, and patients alike.
Most people trying to lose weight, are searing the web for quick fixes and want to lose the weight very quickly. The safe and effective way to lose weight and keep it off is to understand the complex factors contributing to weight gain. Healthy weight loss isn’t just about a “diet” or “program”. It’s about an ongoing lifestyle that includes long-term changes in daily eating and exercise habits.
How many calories to eat to lose weight?
In order to lose weight, you need to reduce the total calorie intake by about 500 calories a day per each pound of weight you want to lose per week. This is the formula – one pound of your weight has 3,500 calories. So, if you cut your intake by 500 calories a day for 7 days, you are expected to lose one pound of weight.
Factors Contributing to weight gain
- Metabolic factors such as insulin resistance can lead to weight gain
Hormonal imbalances such as thyroid, and other hormones can contribute to your weight gain.
- Eating Disorders such as compulsive eating, emotional eating, stress eating, bulemia etc. can lead to weight gain.
- Medications, especially psychiatric medications contribute to weight gain and metabolic syndrome.
- Lack of proper sleep, sleep apnea or even insomnia can contribute to weight gain.
- Irregular eating habits, skipping meals, and eating larger portions
High glycemic foods that lead to sugar rush and crash can lead to weight gain
Losing weight is not easy, and it takes commitment. But if you’re ready to get startedget started, we’ve got a step-by-step guide to help get you on the road to weight loss and better health.
A physician trained in dealing with the complex issues leading to weight gain that is willing to work with your health insurance for the visits might be an option for weight loss. As one of the very few physician supervised medical weight loss programs to accept health insurance for the visits, W8MD Medical weight loss program is designed to address the complex issues contributing to your weight gain and can help you lose weight fast, but in a safe and effective way.
In fact, many of our patients lose about 1-3 pounds a week and are successful in keeping it off as we have extensive behavior education for weight loss.
Once you’ve achieved a healthy weight, by relying on healthful eating and physical activity most days of the week (about 60—90 minutes, moderate intensity), you are more likely to be successful at keeping the weight off over the long term.
Even Modest Weight Loss Can Mean Big Benefits
The good news is that no matter what your weight loss goal is, even a modest weight loss, such as 5 to 10 percent of your total body weight, is likely to produce health benefits, such as improvements in blood pressure, blood cholesterol, and blood sugars.2
For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, a 5 percent weight loss equals 10 pounds, bringing your weight down to 190 pounds. While this weight may still be in the “overweight” or “obese” range, this modest weight loss can decrease your risk factors for chronic diseases related to obesity.
So even if the overall goal seems large, see it as a journey rather than just a final destination. You’ll learn new eating and physical activity habits that will help you live a healthier lifestyle. These habits may help you maintain your weight loss over time.
In addition to improving your health, maintaining a weight loss is likely to improve your life in other ways. For example, a study of participants in the National Weight Control Registry* found that those who had maintained a significant weight loss reported improvements in not only their physical health, but also their energy levels, physical mobility, general mood, and self-confidence.
Getting Started to lose weight
Losing weight takes more than desire and the first step is to see if your insurance might cover for these essential services. Since the 2010 Affordable Care Act Mandates Insurance coverage by all insurances for obesity, the chances are high that your insurance might cover these essential and preventive service.
W8MD can help you by checking your benefits with your insurance once you make an appointment and in our experience, most insurances do offer coverage for the weight loss physician visits.
It takes commitment and a well-thought-out plan. Here’s a step-by-step guide to getting started. Make the first step by calling W8MD today at 1-800-W8MD-007. We can only accept 10 new patients in the insurance physician weight loss program at this time at most of our locations.