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8 steps to losing weight fast

If you are overweight or obese, and trying to lose weight, here are w8md’s 8 Steps to losing weight

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  1. Weight Loss Step 1.
    Check your BMI using an online BMI calculator. Go to http://www.w8md.com and find the BMI calculator on the right side of the page, put in your information, and find out your BMI.
  2. Weight Loss Step 2.
    Get a measureing tape and measure your waist circumference in the most prominent part of the belly. Also measure the hip circumference. If you are male and have a waist of over 40 inches in the most prominent part, if you are a female and have a waist of over 36 inches, you may have underlying insulin resistance or metabolic syndrome that may be causing your weight gain, especially in the belly and upper part of the body. (For Asians, the threshold is 35 inches for men and 31 inches for women).
  3. Weight Loss Step 3.
    Check if you meet the criteria for metabolic syndrome. Go to http://w8md.com/w8d-healthy-living/w8md-metabolic-syndrome-meter and see if you meet the criteria for metabolic syndrome.
  4. Weight Loss Step 4.
    Find a weight loss program that accepts health insurance (if you have health insurance)
  5. Weight Loss Step 5.
    Consult with an Obesity Medicine Trained Physician knowledgeable about metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, and other causes for weigth gain and can help you lose weight safely and effectively using evidence based methods
  6. Weight Loss Step 6.
    Start a Low Calorie or Very Low Calorie Diet Plan that cuts you calories by about 500-1000 calories a day so you can lose about 1-2 pounds a week
  7. Weight Loss Step 7.Start walking or other low to moderate intensivity exercise program. Understand that exercise alone is useless for weigth loss but in combination with a reduced calorie diet, it helps.
  8. Weight Loss Step 8.
    Start a behavior change plan to help you stay on track with your goals.

Weight Loss Testimonials: “I would most definitely recommend to go to here. They are very nice helpful and know what they are doing and talking about, I can see that the doctor has experience for sure.”

“I like the Doc. He seem’s to know what he’s talking about nice guy” – J.S.

“After losing 75 lbs, I am cured of sleep apnea, and never felt better! My only problem is that I need new cloths!” – Larry J.

“I came of 5 medications within 2 months of starting the program. This program is amazing and it works”. As they accept insurance, it is as simple as seeing any doctor!” Jorge!

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Our services

  • Nutritional / Complementary Medicine
  • Anti-Aging / Preventive Medicine
  • Environmental Medicine
  • Holistic /Alternative
  • Weight Loss Programs
  • Appetite Suppressant Medications
  • Primary Care Services
  • Sleep Diagnostic And Treatment
  • Allergy Immunotherapy
  • Bioidentical Hormones
  • Candida / Yeast Syndrome
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Colon Cleansing
  • Lyme’s Disease Treatment
  • Nutritional Rebalancing
  • Obesity Treatment
  • Rapid Weight Loss Programs
  • A Menu of Weight Loss Methods
  • Diabetes Dietary Management
  • Metabolic Syndrome / Prediabetes Management
  • Cholesterol Lowering Therapies
  • Wellness and Prevention
  • Diet to enhance fat burning
  • Food allergy elimination
  • Meal or snack replacements
  • Medication for appetite control
  • Metabolic Typing
  • Non-drug aids for appetite control
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Personalized exercise programs

Conditions Treated
Sleep Disorders 

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Our Sleep Medicine Services

  • Sleep Apnea
  • Insomnia
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Sleep Studies
  • Home Sleep Studies
  • In lab sleep studies
  • CPAP / BiPAP titration
  • Board Certified Sleep Doctors

Primary / Preventive Care Services, and Wellness, Holistic Medicine Services

List Of Conditions Treated 

Skin conditions, including

  •  Eczema , hives , and other allergy-related problems

Gastrointestinal Disorders

Endocrine / Glandular Disorders   

sleep disorders and weight gain

sleep disorders and weight gain

Cardiovascular Disease 


Immune System Disorders

Arthritis / Musculoskeletal

Headache / Neurologic Disorders

ADD / ADHD, and other childhood and adult behavioral / emotional problems

Women’s Health IMG_0074.JPG

  • Premenstrual and Menopausal syndromes
  • Prevention for osteoporosis  and cancer , among other diseases
  • Polycystic Ovaries
  • Infertility due to insulin resistance

Men’s Health

Cancer

  • Supportive nutritional programs

Anti-aging Medicine

  • Natural hormones
  • Brain Longevity Programs

Other Diseases and Issues

Therapeutic Services

Nutritional Medicine

  • Health enhancing dietary plans
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Herbs and other nutrients expertly recommended

Rapid Weight Reduction Programs

  • Very Low Calorie Diet Program For Rapid Weight Loss from 800 calories and up.
  • HCG injection therapy for weight loss
  • Diet Pills / Appetite Suppressant Medications includining Phentermine-Adipex-Bontril, Qsymia generic or brand, Topamax, Wellbutrin, Belviq, and other weight loss medications
  • Nutritional Counseling Programs

Holistic Medicine / Anti-Aging Medicine

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Best weight loss medications for fast weight loss Qsymia and Belviq

Weight loss doctorDid you know there are new weight loss medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration such as the combination of Phentermine and Topiramate, marketed as Qsymia or Lorcaserin marketed as Belviq in addition to a reduced-calorie diet and exercise for chronic weight management.

These new weight loss drugs are approved to be used in adults with a body mass index (BMI) of thirty or larger (obese) or adults with a BMI of twenty seven or larger (overweight) that have one or more of weight-related conditions of which there are many including blood pressure problems, cholesterol issues, diabetes, prediabetes etc.

Although there is no generic for Qsymia, the generic combination of Phentermine and Topiramate in somewhat similar dosage can give similar weight loss results for a huge cost saving.

 

The drug Belviq was approved for use in adults who are obese or those that are overweight with certain weight related comorbidities.

How does belviq work for weight loss?

Belviq works by activating the serotonin 2C receptor in the brain which helps a person eat less and feel full after eating smaller amounts of food.

Side effect of Belviq

Common side effects of Belviq include headache, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, dry mouth, and constipation, headache, back pain, cough, and in diabetic patients are low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and fatigue.

Safety of Belviq

There were three randomized, placebo-controlled trials that included nearly 8,000 obese and overweight patients, with and without type 2 diabetes, treated for 52 to 104 weeks.

 

The approved labeling for Belviq recommends that the drug be discontinued in patients who fail to lose 5 percent of their body weight after 12 weeks of treatment, as these patients are unlikely to achieve clinically meaningful weight loss with continued treatment.

Belviq is contra-indicated in pregnant woman and should not be used during pregnancy.

Manufacturer of Belviq

Belviq is manufactured by Arena Pharmaceuticals GmbH of Zofingen, Switzerland, and distributed by Eisai Inc. of Woodcliff Lake, N.J.


 

Qsymia weight loss medication

The FDA also approved another weight loss medication, Qsymia which is a combination of low dose of Phentermine and Topiramate at around the same time in July 2012.

How do these weight loss medications Belviq and Qsymia compare?

Compared to Belviq, the combination weight loss medication, Phentermine and Topiramate is twice as effective in the studies although Belviq might be a bit safer in those that have a history of cardiovascular disease etc. according to Dr. Prab R. Tumpati, MD, a practicing weight loss physician, and founder of W8MD Medical Weight Loss Centers of America.

Learn more on Qsymia on the weight loss medication blog

For more information on Belviq, Qsymia and other weight loss medications:

Approved Drugs: Questions and Answers

CDC: Overweight and Obesity

Cost of weight loss medications

Costing about $150.00 to $200.00 per month, the brand name Qsymia might be a bit expensive. The generic combination of Phentermine and Topiramate in somewhat similar dosages are available at most W8MD Medical Weight Loss Centers of America for a significant cost saving. 

Cost of Belviq

The cost of Belviq is approximately $220.00 and there is no generic available.

Locations for weight loss medications

Philadelphia Insurance Weight Loss Center: 1718, Welsh Rd, Philadelphia, PA, 19115 Ph: 1-215-676-2334 & 1-800-W8MD-007

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King Of Prussia Weight Loss Center: 987 Old Eagle School Rd, Ste 712, Wayne, PA, 19087 Ph: 215-676-2334 and 1-800-986-3007 

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NYC Insurance Weight Loss Center: 2003, Bath Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11214 Ph: 1-718-946-5500 & 718-946-5501 

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Weight loss medications and supplements

What are prescription weight loss drugs? waistmeasure1

Any weight loss medications has to be prescribed and closely monitored by a licensed healthcare provider and may not be for every body. Here is a list of prescription weight loss medications.

Phentermine, a schedule IV controlled substance,  is one of the oldest and most used of all the prescription weight loss medications. It is approved as an appetite suppressant to help reduce weight in obese patients when used short-term and combined with exercise, diet, and behavioral modification. It is typically prescribed for individuals who are at increased medical risk due to their weight.

Trade Names For Phentermine: 

  • Adipex P (immediate release)
  •  Qsymia (with topiramate)
  • Adipex-P
  • Suprenza
  • Ionamin

Phendimetrazine / Bontril

Phendimetrazine (Bontril, Adipost, Anorex-SR, Appecon, Melfiat, Obezine, Phendiet, Plegine, Prelu-2, Statobex) is a stimulant drug used as a prescription weight loss medication.

Qsymia (Phentermine and Topiramate)
The combination of the drugs phentermine and topiramate (trade name Qsymia, formerly Qnexa) is a medication for the treatment of obesity and potentially related conditions such as type 2 diabetes and has been found to lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

Qsymia was developed by Vivus, a California pharmaceutical company. Phentermine is an appetite suppressant and stimulant of the amphetamine and phenethylamine class. Topiramate is an anticonvulsant that has weight loss side effects.

On February 22, 2012, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisors voted 20 to 2 to recommend that the FDA adopt phentermine/topiramate as an obesity treatment.  On July 17, 2012, the U.S. FDA approved Qsymia as an addition to a reduced-calorie diet and exercise for chronic weight management.mature-woman-on-a-diet-eating-offer

Generic combination of Phentermine and Topiramate similar to the combination used in Qsymia can be obtained (when medically appropriate as determined by the weight loss doctor after a physical examination and any tests), at select W8MD Medical Weight Loss Center Locations for significant cost savings over the brand name.

Orlistat is a prescription and OTC weight loss medication depending on the dose. The low dose Alli is over the counter while the higher dose Xenical is prescription only.

Orlistat (Xenical) reduces intestinal fat absorption by inhibiting pancreatic lipase. Some side-effects of using Orlistat include frequent, oily bowel movements (steatorrhea). But if fat in the diet is reduced, symptoms often improve. Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a revised label for Xenical to include new safety information about cases of severe liver injury that have been reported rarely with the use of this medication. Of the  million users of Orlistat worldwide,  cases of severe liver damage have been reported.

Lorcaserin

Lorcaserin (Belviq) was approved June ,  for obesity with other co-morbidities. The average weight loss by study participants was modest, but the most common side effects of the drug are considered benign.

Sibutramine

Sibutramine (Reductil or Meridia) is an anorectic or appetite suppressant, reducing the desire to eat. Sibutramine may increase blood pressure and may cause dry mouth, constipation, headache, and insomnia. Sibutramine has been withdrawn from the market including the United States a few years ago as it’s cardiovascular and stroke risks were felt to be worse than the benefits.

Rimonabant

Rimonabant (Acomplia) is a recently developed anti-obesity medication. It is cannabinoid (CB) receptor antagonist that acts centrally on the brain thus decreasing appetite. It may also act peripherally by increasing thermogenesis and therefore increasing energy expenditure.

Weight loss with Rimonabant however has not been shown to be greater than other available weight-loss medication. Due to safety concerns, primarily psychiatric in nature, the drug has not received approval in the United States or Canada, either as an anti-obesity treatment or as a smoking-cessation drug.

Sanofi-Aventis has received approval to market Rimonabant as a prescription anti-obesity drug in the European Union, subject to some restrictions. However, in October , the European Medicines Agency (EMEA) recommended that Acomplia no longer be available in UK. One month later, Sanofi-Aventis decided it would no longer study rimonabant for any indication.

Metformin

In people with Diabetes mellitus type , the drug metformin (Glucophage) can reduce weight. Metformin limits the amount of glucose that is produced by the liver as well as increases muscle consumption of glucose.

Exenatide

Exenatide (Byetta) is a long-acting analogue of the hormone GLP-q, which the intestines secrete in response to the presence of food. Among other effects, GLP- delays gastric emptying and promotes a feeling of satiety. Some obese people are deficient in GLP-1, and dieting reduces GLP-1 further. Byetta is currently available as a treatment for Diabetes mellitus type . Some, but not all, patients find that they lose substantial weight when taking Byetta. Drawbacks of Byetta include that it must be injected subcutaneously twice daily, and that it causes severe nausea in some patients, especially when therapy is initiated. Byetta is recommended only for patients with Type  Diabetes. A somewhat similar drug, Symlin, is currently available for treating diabetes and is in testing for treating obesity in non-diabetics.

Pramlintide

Pramlintide (Symlin) is a synthetic analogue of the hormone Amylin, which in normal people is secreted by the pancreas in response to eating. Among other effects, Amylin delays gastric emptying and promotes a feeling of satiety. Many diabetics are deficient in Amylin. Currently, Symlin is only approved to be used along with insulin by Type  and Type  diabetics. However, Symlin is currently being tested in non-diabetics as a treatment for obesity. A drawback is that Symlin must be injected at mealtimes.

For best results, appetite suppressant or other weight loss medications have to be combined with an LCD or Low Calorie Diet or VLCD or Very Low Calorie Diets. w8md-pudding-shake-chocolate

Did you know that 1 in 3 people have insulin resistance or are considered “pre” diabetic which could be the main reason that people are overweight? Losing just 5-10% of your weight will help you reduce risks of heart attacks, diabetes and even some cancers.

Under the direction of Dr. Prab Tumpati, W8MD Weight Loss Centers was founded a year ago because of his passion to overcome obesity and to make a difference. Dr. Tumpati has passed a written board examination in the field of Bariatric Medicine and is also Board Certified in Sleep Medicine and Internal Medicine. The doctor’s of W8MD partner with each patient to develop a custom weight management program to best meet their individual needs taking into account their medical history, lifestyle and goals.

Since weight and sleep go together, most of the W8MD centers are able to address sleep issues such as snoring, obstructive sleep apnea, narcolepsy, insomnia and restless leg syndrome to name a few.

Do not buy any of these products online as they may be illegal and you might be criminally liable. Seek help and advice from a professionally trained obesity medicine physician who can evaluate if any of these weight loss medications might be appropriate for you.

Unresearched nonprescription products or programs for weight loss are heavily promoted by mail and print advertising and on the internet. The US Food and Drug Administration recommends caution with use of these products, since many of the claims of safety and effectiveness are unsubstantiated.

Individuals with anorexia nervosa and some athletes try to control body weight with laxatives, diet pills or diuretic drugs, although these generally have no impact on body fat. Products that work as a laxative can cause the blood’s potassium level to drop, which may cause heart and/or muscle problems. Pyruvate is a popular product that may result in a small amount of weight loss. However, pyruvate, which is found in red apples, cheese, and red wine, has not been thoroughly studied and its weight loss potential has not been scientifically established.

Weight loss supplements

Conjugated linoleic acid is claimed to reduce body fat although the evidence is not conclusive. Side effects of conjugated linoleic acid include upset stomach, nausea, loose stools.

Green tea extract is claimed to increase appetite, and  metabolism, fat cell death although the evidence is insufficient to evaluate. Side effects include dizziness, insomnia, agitation, nausea, vomiting, bloating, gas, diarrhea.

Khat is claimed to reduces appetite Proven anorectic long term use (high dosage) may cause liver damage, heart problem

Lipoic acid is claimed to that it increases glucose absorption in muscles rather than fat

Raspberry ketone is claimed to increases norepinephrine-induced lipolysis and there was no clinical evidence in humans

Since some of these supplements do have many side effects, you should always consult with a trained health care professional before using any weight loss products.

How can W8MD Medical Weight Loss Centers Of America’s program physicians prescribe any of the above medications?

Weight loss centers that accept insurance
 
Pennsylvania –Philadelphia Weight Loss
 Poly-Tech Sleep and W8MD Insurance Weight Loss Center: 1718, Welsh Rd, Philadelphia, PA, 19115

215-676-2334 

Our farthest patient comes from Nassau, Bahamas! Testimonials!

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King of Prussia Weight Loss

Poly-Tech Sleep and W8MD Weight Loss Center at King Of Prussia: 987 Old Eagle School Rd, Ste 712, Wayne, PA, 19087

215-676-2334 

Our farthest patient comes from Delaware! Testimonials


New York City Weight Loss

W8MD’s NYC Insurance Weight Loss & Sleep Center at Sleep Medical Associates, PLLC, 2003, Bath Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11214

718-946-5500

Our farthest patient comes from Dallas, Texas! Testimonials

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New Jersey Weight Loss

W8MD medical weight loss program at Vida Sleep Center of Dr. Felix Roque’s office at 543, 45th Street, Union City, New Jersey. 543 45th St, Union City, NJ  07087

(201) 766-6469.

This center bills out of network for insurance.

W8MD weight loss centers

Did you know that 90% of all diabetes, 80% of cardiovascular disease, and 60% of all cancers could be prevented through changes in life style and weight loss

CDC obesity in numbers

CDC obesity in numbers

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 36% of all adults 20 or over are obese and another 33% are in the overweight category.

And 35% of all adults have prediabetes, also called insulin resistance or metabolic syndrome.

There is good news, however. Studies have shown that even a small amount of weight loss can lead to significant health benefits and reduce the need for many long term medications.

New York City Weight Loss

W8MD’s NYC medical weight loss & Sleep Clinic at Sleep Medical Associates, PLLC

2003, Bath Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11214.

Lear more about losing weight fast in NYC | Our weight loss doctor NYC

718-946-5500

Our farthest weight loss patient comes from Dallas, Texas! Testimonials

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W8md is a physician supervised medical weight loss and wellness program aimed at addressing the complex metabolic, nutritional, hormonal, stress, and sleep related factors under the careful supervision of a weight loss physician for fast and effective weight loss.

What makes our weight loss program different?

Unlike the many cash only weight loss clinics, most w8md medical weight loss centers accept health insurance for the weight loss physician visits so you can lose the weight safely and your insurance might pay for the visits.

Since sleep disorders and weight gain go together, most w8md centers also address any underlying sleep problems including sleep apnea, insomnia, rest less leg syndrome to name a few.

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Our medical director, Prab R. Tumpati is a practicing sleep and obesity medicine physician and founder of w8md medical weight loss centers of Ameria.
Having passed a written board examination in the field of obesity medicine in addition to being board certified in sleep medicine and internal medicine, Dr Tumpati has passion to educate and change the behavior and beliefs of people when it comes to losing weight.With no setup fees, no mandatory products, losing weight has never been easier.

Most physicians have nothing to offer their over weight or obese patients other than simply say “lose weight!” or hand out a diet sheet! This is not useful for most patients as obesity needs a more thorough and a structured program with on going support.

Did you know that the 2010 affordable care act mandates insurance coverage for screening and treatment for all adults for obesity?

If you are a physician with an interest in helping your obese or overweight patients, and would like to add w8md program at your office, you are welcome to contact us.

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Call 1-800-w8md-007 or visit http://www.w8md.com for more information or to find a center near you.

Weight loss center locations

Weight loss centers that accept insurance
 
Pennsylvania –Philadelphia Weight Loss
 Poly-Tech Sleep and W8MD Insurance Weight Loss Center: 1718, Welsh Rd, Philadelphia, PA, 19115

215-676-2334 

Our farthest patient comes from Nassau, Bahamas! Testimonials!

Philadelphia weight loss doctor

King of Prussia Weight Loss

Poly-Tech Sleep and W8MD Weight Loss Center at King Of Prussia: 987 Old Eagle School Rd, Ste 712, Wayne, PA, 19087

215-676-2334 

Our farthest patient comes from Delaware! Testimonials


New York City Weight Loss

W8MD’s NYC Insurance Weight Loss & Sleep Center at Sleep Medical Associates, PLLC, 2003, Bath Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11214

718-946-5500

Our farthest patient comes from Dallas, Texas! Testimonials

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New Jersey Weight Loss

W8MD medical weight loss program at Vida Sleep Center of Dr. Felix Roque’s office at 543, 45th Street, Union City, New Jersey. 543 45th St, Union City, NJ  07087

(201) 766-6469.

This center bills out of network for insurance.

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