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Medicare coverage for weight loss

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If you have Medicare, and you are either overweight or obese, you might be eligible for physician or other qaulified healthcare provider supervised medical weight loss

Thanks to the 2010 Affordable Care Act, Medicare and other insurances do offer coverage for obesity screening for all adults and even treatment for all eligible adults.

What does Medicare offer for weight loss? Medicare covers intensive counseling to help you lose weight. This counseling may be covered if you get it in an eligible place such as eligible doctors office (most W8MD medical weight loss centers do participate in Medicare and can help), where it can be coordinated with your other care and a personalized prevention plan.

Eligibility All people with Medicare who have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more or those with a BMI of 27 or more with an obesity related condition such as diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure and others.

Is there any cost to the patient?

You pay nothing for this service if the primary care doctor or other qualified primary care practitioner accepts assignment.

Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Obesity (IBT) The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recognizes the crucial role that health care providers play in educating Medicare beneficiaries about potentially life-saving preventive services and screenings, and in providing these services. While Medicare pays for a variety of preventive benefits, many Medicare beneficiaries do not fully realize that using preventive services and screenings can help them live longer, healthier lives.

What Does Medicare Cover? A screening visit for obesity for all adults irrespective of their weight. If you are over with a body mass index of 27 or more with one or more obesity related conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, etc. you will qualify. Or your body mass index is 30 or over, you would automatically qualify for obesity treatment.

Medicare will cover the following: •An initial assessment of your eating and activity habits •Counseling on diet and physical activity of up to 22 visits to qualified health care providers for weight loss and if you manage to lose 6.6 pounds in 6 months, coverage will be extended for another 6 months with biweekly visits. •Education on how to improve your diet and changes that will help you lose weight and improve your health •Follow-up visits to monitor your diet and weight loss progress.

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If you are looking for an experienced and trained weight loss doctor that participates in Medicare and help you lose weight, you may want to consider W8MD medical weight loss centers of America’s unique insurance physician weight loss programs in New York City, Greater Philadelphia and other places. If you are a physician interested in helping your Medicare or private health insurance patients lose weight, you may want to consider adding a W8MD medical weight loss program at your office. Please visit http://www.w8md.com or call 1800 w8md 007 for more information.

About W8MD medical weight loss centers of America’s program

If you are overweight and have excess abdominal fat, a weight-related medical problem, or a family history of such problems, you need to lose weight. Healthy diets and exercise can help people maintain a healthy weight, and may also help them lose weight. It is important to recognize that overweight is a chronic condition which can only be controlled with long-term changes. To reduce caloric intake, eat less fat and control portion sizes. If you are not physically active, spend less time in sedentary activities such as watching television, and be more active throughout the day. As people lose weight, the body becomes more efficient at using energy and the rate of weight loss may decrease. Increased physical activity will help you to continue losing weight and to avoid gaining it back.

Did you know that 1 in 3 people have insulin resistance or are considered “prediabetic” which could be the main reason that people are overweight? Losing just5-10% 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 in order to help you overcome obesity and seep disorders 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.

And the best part of the program is that most insurance’s cover the doctor visits and most W8MD centers accept health insurance for the weight loss physician visits.

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Check out our website at www.w8md.com to learn more about us. If you have a little or a lot of weight to lose and want to do it without surgery, set up fees and mandatory meal replacements or appetite suppressants, think W8MD for weight loss.

And, if you are a physician, with an interest in helping your obese or overweight patients, and would like to add a W8MD program at your office, please feel free to contact us.

Weight loss appointments

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

weight loss doctor new york city


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.

Is high glycemic food causing your weight gain?

 

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(Week 15) Day 99/366 – Heritage – American heritage has always been carbohydrate addiction (Photo credit: Newbirth35)Do you know what may be contributing to your belly weight? Do you know if you may be insulin resistant? The current diet which is high in carbohydrates or glycemic index leads to a new phenomenon called insulin resitance or metabolic syndrome which in turn leads to belly fat accumulation, weight gain due to the anabolic actions of insulin, and increased health risk, according to Dr. Prab R. Tumpati, MD, a practicing obesity, sleep and internal medicine physician and founder of W8MD Medical Weight Loss Centers of America.What is glycemic index and glycemic load?

Some studies suggest that sticking to foods with a low glycemic index may help prevent diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Some claim it helps with weight loss.

The glycemic index and load concern carbohydrates, or carbs—one of the main types of nutrients in our diets. Carbs with a simple chemical structure are called sugars.

Sugars are found naturally in foods like fruits, vegetables and milk products. They’re also added to many foods and drinks. Complex carbs, like starches and fiber, are found in whole-grain breads and cereals, starchy vegetables and legumes.

 

Your digestive system changes the carbs you eat into glucose, a type of sugar that your body uses for energy. Simple carbs are more quickly digested and absorbed than complex ones, so simple carbs can raise your blood glucose levels faster and higher.

People with diabetes need to manage their blood glucose levels. High blood glucose can damage tissues and organs. In time, it can lead to heart disease, blindness, kidney failure and other problems. If you have diabetes, controlling your blood glucose will prevent or delay these health complications. So it’s important to understand how foods and drinks affect your blood sugar.

“The evidence seems to support the concept that the more complex carbohydrates will lead to better blood sugar control than the more simple sugars,” says Dr. Myrlene Staten, an NIH diabetes expert.

What happens if I am Insulin Resistant?

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Regulation of blood glucose – adapted scheme (glucagon and insulin) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Studies have shown that up to 70% of the United States population currently has some degree of Insulin Resistance. If you are insulin resistant, your basal insulin levels will be high. Since Insulin is the principal anabolic(body building) hormone in the body, people with insulin resistance tend to gain weight, especially in the belly and upper part of the body, one area not good for the body to have a lot of fat! As per research from Mayo Clinic and other places, belly fat produces harmful chemicals that raise body’s inflammation which in turn raises the risk of many health problems including cardiovascular disease. In fact, most human disease starts with inflammation including that of Cancers. No wonder, obese people have higher risk of overall disease risk including that of cancer. Watch this excellent Youtube video to understand insulin resistance.

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Researchers developed the glycemic index to measure the quality of carbs in foods. It shows how the carbs in different foods raise blood sugar. White rice, for example, has a higher glycemic index than brown rice, which has more complex carbs.

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English: insulin resistance model (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But it’s not just the types of carbs that matter. The more carbs you eat, the more your blood sugar rises. “The glycemic index really doesn’t take into consideration how much you eat,” explains Dr. Somdat Mahabir, who studies cancer risk at NIH.

That’s why researchers came up with the concept of glycemic load. It captures both the types of carbs in a food and the amount of carbs in a serving. Essentially, it shows how a portion of food affects your blood sugar. Many things affect the glycemic load, including food processing, how ripe a fruit is, how a food is prepared and how long it’s been stored.

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English: Diagram shows insulin release from the Pancreas and how this lowers blood sugar leves. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Glycemic index and glycemic load aren’t things you’ll see on a label, so they’re not easy to use. But labels do show helpful information: calories, total carbohydrates, sugars and fiber.

“It makes sense for everybody, not only diabetics, to eat the more complex carbohydrates because they will be more gradually absorbed, and blood sugar highs and lows will be smaller,” Staten says. Whole foods with complex carbs will give you more minerals and vitamins, too, and are usually good sources of fiber.

W8MD Medical Weight Loss Program is a medical weight loss and sleep wellness program for people who are serious about losing weight and gaining control of their health. 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 in Greater Philadelphia and New York City. zocdoc-reviews-dr-prab-r-tumpati-md

Our Group has helped patients achieve their goals by using a proven four-step method for safe weight loss:

•a physician-supervised diet and weight loss medication,
•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. At W8MD Medical Weight Loss Program, we want to help you achieve lasting weight loss results and make changes that will keep you healthy for a lifetime.

Weight loss appointments

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

weight loss doctor new york city


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.

Facts and Myths About Weight Loss

    Weight Loss Myth: Fad diets will help me lose weight and keep it off.

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A diet rich in soy and whey protein, found in products such as soy milk and low-fat yogurt, has been shown to reduce breast cancer incidence in rats. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fact:Fad diets are not the best way to lose weight and keep it off. These diets often promise quick weight loss if you strictly reduce what you eat or avoid some types of foods. Some of these diets may help you lose weight at first. But these diets are hard to follow. Most people quickly get tired of them and regain any lost weight.

Fad diets may be unhealthy. They may not provide all of the nutrients your body needs. Also, losing more than 3 pounds a week after the first few weeks may increase your chances of developing gallstones (solid matter in the gallbladder that can cause pain). Being on a diet of fewer than 800 calories a day for a long time may lead to serious heart problems.

Healthy habits may help you lose weight.

Make healthy food choices. Half of your plate should be fruits and veggies.

Eat small portions. Use a smaller plate, weigh portions on a scale, or check the Nutrition Facts label for details about serving sizes

Build exercise into your daily life. Garden, go for family walks, play a pickup game of sports, start a dance club with your friends, swim, take the stairs, or walk to the grocery store or work.

Combined, these habits may be a safe, healthy way to lose weight and keep it off.

TIP: Research suggests that safe weight loss involves combining a reduced-calorie diet with physical activity to lose 1/2 to 2 pounds a week (after the first few weeks of weight loss). Make healthy food choices. Eat small portions. Build exercise into your daily life. Combined, these habits may be a healthy way to lose weight and keep it off. These habits may also lower your chances of developing heart disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes.

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Fresh vegetables are important components of a healthy diet. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Weight Loss Myth: Carbs are fattening. I should limit them when trying to lose weight.

Fact: Carbohydrates (carbs) are the body’s main source of fuel for energy. You don’t have to limit all carbs to lose weight. There are two main types of carbs: simple carbs (sugars) and complex carbs (starches and fiber). Foods that are high in complex carbs—like fruits, veggies, and whole grains—provide a healthy supply of fiber, minerals, and vitamins. But simple carbs from cake, candy, cookies, and sugar-sweetened desserts and drinks (including alcohol) have many calories and few nutrients.

Government dietary guidelines advise eating plenty of unrefined grains, like brown rice and whole-wheat bread, cereal, and pasta. They also suggest that fruit and veggies should make up half of what is on your plate. The Resources section at the end of this fact sheet offers helpful links to these guidelines and the ChooseMyPlate website, which provides information, tips, and tools on healthy eating.

TIP: To lose weight, reduce the number of calories you take in and increase the amount of physical activity you do each day. Create a healthy eating plan that mixes carbs, fat, and protein:

Eat a mix of fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products, fruits, veggies, and whole grains.

Limit added sugars, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and saturated fat.

Eat low-fat protein: beans, eggs, fish, lean meats, nuts, and poultry.

Meal Myths

Weight Loss / Meal Myth: Some people can eat whatever they want and still lose weight.

Fact: To lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you eat and drink. Some people may seem to get away with eating any kind of food they want and still lose weight. But those people, like everyone, must use more energy than they take in through food and drink to lose weight.

A number of factors such as your age, genes, medicines, and lifestyle habits may affect your weight. If you would like to lose weight, speak with your health care provider about factors that may affect your weight. Together, you may be able to create a plan to help you reach your weight and health goals.

Eat the rainbow!

When making half of your plate fruits and veggies, choose foods with vibrant colors that are packed with fiber, minerals, and vitamins.

Red: bell peppers, cherries, cranberries, onions, red beets, strawberries, tomatoes, watermelon

Green: avocado, broccoli, cabbage, cucumber, dark lettuce, grapes, honeydew, kale, kiwi, spinach, zucchini

Orange and yellow: apricots, bananas, carrots, mangoes, oranges, peaches, squash, sweet potatoes

Blue and purple: blackberries, blueberries, grapes, plums, purple cabbage, purple carrots, purple potatoes

For more tips on healthy eating, see the Resources section for helpful links to federally approved dietary guidelines and MyPlate.

TIP: When trying to lose weight, you can still eat your favorite foods as part of a healthy eating plan. But you must watch the total number of calories that you eat. Reduce your portion sizes (see the sidebar to understand portions and servings). Find ways to limit the calories in your favorite foods. For example, you can bake foods rather than frying them. Use low-fat milk in place of cream. Make half of your plate fruits and veggies.

What is the difference between a serving and a portion?

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How to understand and use the US Nutritional Fact Label (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Nutrition Facts label appears on most packaged foods (see Figure 1). It tells you how many calories and servings are in a box or can. The serving size varies from product to product.

A portion is how much food you choose to eat at one time, whether in a restaurant, from a package, or at home. Sometimes the serving size and portion size match; sometimes they do not.

You can use the Nutrition Facts label

..to track your calorie intake and number of servings

To make healthy food choices by serving smaller portions and selecting items lower in fats, salt, and sugar and higher in fiber and vitamins.

Myth: “Low-fat” or “fat-free” means no calories.

Fact: A serving of low-fat or fat-free food may be lower in calories than a serving of the full-fat product. But many processed low-fat or fat-free foods have just as many calories as the full-fat versions of the same foods—or even more calories. These foods may contain added flour, salt, starch, or sugar to improve flavor and texture after fat is removed. These items add calories.

TIP: Read the Nutrition Facts (see Figure 1) on a food package to find out how many calories are in a serving. Check the serving size, too—it may be less than you are used to eating.

Weight Loss Myth: Fast foods are always an unhealthy choice. You should not eat them when dieting.

Fact: Many fast foods are unhealthy and may affect weight gain. However, if you do eat fast food, choose menu options with care. Both at home and away, choose healthy foods that are nutrient rich, low in calories, and small in portion size.

WEIGHT LOSS TIP: To choose healthy, low-calorie options, check the nutrition facts. These are often offered on the menu or on restaurant websites. And know that the nutrition facts often do not include sauces and extras. Try these tips:

Avoid “value” combo meals, which tend to have more calories than you need in one meal.

.Choose fresh fruit items or nonfat yogurt for dessert.

.Limit your use of toppings that are high in fat and calories, like bacon, cheese, regular mayonnaise, salad dressings, and tartar sauce.

.Pick steamed or baked items over fried ones.

.Sip on water or fat-free milk instead of soda.

Weight Loss Myth: If I skip meals, I can lose weight.

Fact: Skipping meals may make you feel hungrier and lead you to eat more than you normally would at your next meal. In particular, studies show a link between skipping breakfast and obesity. People who skip breakfast tend to be heavier than people who eat a healthy breakfast.

WEIGHT LOSS TIP: Choose meals and snacks that include a variety of healthy foods. Try these examples:

For a quick breakfast, make oatmeal with low-fat milk, topped with fresh berries. Or eat a slice of whole-wheat toast with fruit spread.

.Pack a healthy lunch each night, so you won’t be tempted to rush out of the house in the morning without one.

.For healthy nibbles, pack a small low-fat yogurt, a couple of whole-wheat crackers with peanut butter, or veggies with hummus.

Weight Loss Myth: Eating healthy food costs too much.

Fact: Eating better does not have to cost a lot of money. Many people think that fresh foods are healthier than canned or frozen ones. For example, some people think that spinach is better for you raw than frozen or canned. However, canned or frozen fruits and veggies provide as many nutrients as fresh ones, at a lower cost. Healthy options include low-salt canned veggies and fruit canned in its own juice or water-packed. Remember to rinse canned veggies to remove excess salt. Also, some canned seafood, like tuna, is easy to keep on the shelf, healthy, and low-cost. And canned, dried, or frozen beans, lentils, and peas are also healthy sources of protein that are easy on the wallet.

WEIGHT LOSS TIP: Check the nutrition facts on canned, dried, and frozen items. Look for items that are high in calcium, fiber, potassium, protein, and vitamin D. Also check for items that are low in added sugars, saturated fat, and sodium. For more tips, see Smart Shopping for Veggies and Fruits and Healthy Eating on a Budget, both on the MyPlate website (see the Resources section).

Physical Activity Myths

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Weight Loss Myth: Lifting weights is not a good way to lose weight because it will make me “bulk up.”

Fact: Lifting weights or doing activities like push-ups and crunches on a regular basis can help you build strong muscles, which can help you burn more calories. To strengthen muscles, you can lift weights, use large rubber bands (resistance bands), do push-ups or sit-ups, or do household or yard tasks that make you lift or dig. Doing strengthening activities 2 or 3 days a week will not “bulk you up.” Only intense strength training, along with certain genetics, can build large muscles.

TIP: Government guidelines for physical activity recommend that adults should do activities at least 2 times a week to strengthen muscles. The guidelines also suggest that adults should get 150 to 300 minutes of moderately intense or vigorous aerobic activity each week—like brisk walking or biking. Aerobic activity makes you sweat and breathe faster.

For more on the benefits of physical activity and tips on how to be more active, check out the Government’s guidelines for physical activity (see the Resources section for a link).

Weight Loss Myth: Physical activity only counts if I can do it for long periods of time.

Fact: You do not need to be active for long periods to achieve your 150 to 300 minutes of activity each week. Experts advise doing aerobic activity for periods of 10 minutes or longer at a time. You can spread these sessions out over the week.

WEIGHT LOSS TIP: Plan to do at least 10 minutes of physical activity three times a day on 5 or more days a week. This will help you meet the 150-minute goal. While at work, take a brief walking break. Use the stairs. Get off the bus one stop early. Go dancing with friends. Whether for a short or long period, bursts of activity may add up to the total amount of physical activity you need each week.

Don’t just sit there!

Americans spend a lot of time sitting in front of computers, desks, hand-held devices, and TVs. Break up your day by moving around more and getting regular aerobic activity that makes you sweat and breathe faster.

..Get 150 to 300 minutes of moderately intense or vigorous physical activity each week. Basketball, brisk walks, hikes, hula hoops, runs, soccer, tennis—choose whatever you enjoy best! Even 10 minutes of activity at a time can add up over the week.

. Strengthen your muscles at least twice a week. Do push-ups or pull-ups, lift weights, do heavy gardening, or work with rubber resistance bands.

Food Myths

Myth: Eating meat is bad for my health and makes it harder to lose weight.

Fact: Eating lean meat in small amounts can be part of a healthy plan to lose weight. Chicken, fish, pork, and red meat contain some cholesterol and saturated fat. But they also contain healthy nutrients like iron, protein, and zinc.

TIP: Choose cuts of meat that are lower in fat, and trim off all the fat you can see. Meats that are lower in fat include chicken breast, pork loin and beef round steak, flank steak, and extra lean ground beef. Also, watch portion size. Try to eat meat or poultry in portions of 3 ounces or less. Three ounces is about the size of a deck of cards.

Myth: Dairy products are fattening and unhealthy.

Fact: Fat-free and low-fat cheese, milk, and yogurt are just as healthy as whole-milk dairy products, and they are lower in fat and calories. Dairy products offer protein to build muscles and help organs work well, and calcium to strengthen bones. Most milk and some yogurts have extra vitamin D added to help your body use calcium. Most Americans don’t get enough calcium and vitamin D. Dairy is an easy way to get more of these nutrients.

TIP: Based on Government guidelines, you should try to have 3 cups a day of fat-free or low-fat milk or milk products. This can include soy beverages fortified with vitamins. If you can’t digest lactose (the sugar found in dairy products), choose lactose-free or low-lactose dairy products or other foods and drinks that have calcium and vitamin D:

..Calcium: soy-based drinks or tofu made with calcium sulfate; canned salmon; dark leafy greens like collards or kale

. Vitamin D: cereals or soy-based drinks

Myth: “Going vegetarian” will help me lose weight and be healthier.

Fact: Research shows that people who follow a vegetarian eating plan, on average, eat fewer calories and less fat than non-vegetarians. Some research has found that vegetarian-style eating patterns are associated with lower levels of obesity, lower blood pressure, and a reduced risk of heart disease. Vegetarians also tend to have lower body mass index (BMI) scores than people with other eating plans. (The BMI measures body fat based on a person’s height in relation to weight). But vegetarians—like others—can make food choices that impact weight gain, like eating large amounts of foods that are high in fat or calories or low in nutrients.

The types of vegetarian diets eaten in the United States can vary widely. Vegans do not consume any animal products, while lacto-ovo vegetarians eat milk and eggs along with plant foods. Some people have eating patterns that are mainly vegetarian but may include small amounts of meat, poultry, or seafood.

TIP: If you choose to follow a vegetarian eating plan, be sure you get enough of the nutrients that others usually take in from animal products like cheese, eggs, meat, and milk. Nutrients that may be lacking in a vegetarian diet are listed in the sidebar, along with foods and drinks that may help you meet your body’s needs for these nutrients.

  Nutrient    Common Sources 
Calcium   dairy products, soy drinks with added calcium, tofu made with calcium sulfate, collard greens, kale, broccoli  
Iron   cashews, spinach, lentils, chickpeas, bread or cereal with added iron  
Protein   eggs, dairy products, beans, peas, nuts, seeds, tofu, tempeh, soy-based burgers  
Vitamin B12   eggs, dairy products, fortified cereal or soy drinks, tempeh, miso (tempeh and miso are foods made from soybeans)  
Vitamin D   foods and drinks with added vitamin D, including milk, soy drinks, or cereal  
Zinc   whole grains (check the ingredients list on product labels for the words “whole” or “whole grain” before the grain ingredient’s name), nuts, tofu, leafy greens (spinach, cabbage, lettuce)  

How can W8MD Medical Weight Loss Center’s Insurance Physician Weight Loss Programs in New York City And Greater Philadelphia Help?

W8MD is a physician supervised medical weight loss program that is tailored to your needs. You can lose up to 20 lbs in the first month * using our W8MD medically supervised weight loss program.

Our physicians have received a thorough education in the field of bariatric medicine dealing with non- surgical medical weight loss. We also provide extensive counselling on wellness for individuals, families, and small businesses to help keep you healthy!

Adapted from: http://win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/PDFs/Myths.pdf

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How to lose weight for free with insurance!

Did you know that the new Affordable Care Act Passed in September, 2010 mandates all insurances, including Medicare, to provide full insurance coverage for obesity screening and treatment for all adults? W8MD is one of the first obesity medicine program to work with all major insurances for this essential service and is available at W’eight’MD’s Pennsylvania, and New York City Locations.

OUR W8MD WELLNESS PROGRAM OFFERS
· inexpensive, individualized weight loss plan with all of the right ingredients.
· a loss of between 2-4 pounds a week with nutritious, easy to prepare, pre-portioned food and or anorectic medications.
· a consultation with Dr. Prab R. Tumpati, MD, FASBP, a bariatric, sleep and internal medicine physician with experience in treating obesity, its associated conditions and a wide variety of sleep disorders.
· Anorectic and other medications as indicated.
· instruction on nutritional programs teaching you:
o about metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance and whether you are at risk.
o the proper amount of low glycemic foods you should be eating on a daily basis to fit your needs.
o the correct food combination of protein, fats and carbohydrates.

Weight loss appointments

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

weight loss doctor new york city


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.