The best weight loss program in greater Philadelphia

What is the best weight loss program in Philadelphia?

Are you a bit overweight or obese and tired of it? Are you searching the web for the best weight loss programs in Philadelphia? Before you decide on which program to use, here are some of the things you may want to consider. Let us look at what constitutes a great weight loss program and what questions to ask to determine for yourself which is the best program for you.

Anatomy of a great weight loss program

• An Assessment of the causes of weight gain, preferably in a medical setting
• A reasonable, realistic weight loss goal that takes in to account your objectives and the overall Body Mass Index, and Distribution of the weight
• A reduced calorie, nutritionally-balanced eating plan, or very low calorie to low calorie diet with or without meal replacement
• Clear and spesific instructions on regular physical activity based on your physical conditioning
•A behavior change plan to help you stay on track with your goals and offer on going support with trained professionals

Where to start for weight loss?

Check your Body Mass Index (BMI) - an indicator of body fat - and see where it fits within the BMI categories.
Set a realistic and practical weight loss goal. If you have a lot of weight to lose, set a realistic intermediate goal, maybe to lose 10 pounds. Remember that even a small amount of weight loss can lead to big health benefits.  

How many calories Am I eating currently?

Go to w8md main page and use the free daily colorie counter tool available on the right hand side to see what amount of calories you would need to not to gain or lose weight. Now, in order to lose weight, we need to find safe ways to cut the calories down.

How many calories should I eat to lose weight?

. To lose about 1 pound per week, subtract 500 calories each day from the daily amount. To lose about 2 pounds per week, subtract 1000 calories daily.

Food and Activity Logs
Score your current food intake and physical activity level using a food tracker on your smart phone or online.

It is a lifestyle change, not a fad diet!

Keep in mind that you want to develop lifestyle habits that will help you maintain your weight in a healthy range. A short-term "diet" that you "go on" and then "go off" is not the answer to long-term weight management.

Do I need a medical program or should I try it on my own?

While it depends on your situation, by far the safest way to lose weight is to be under the careful monitoing of a physician that is knowledgeable about the causes of weight gain and measures to lose weight.

My doctor has nothing to offer other than simply say lose weight? 

Unfortunately, you are not alone. As 94% of the physicians receive little or no nutritional and weight loss related education, most physicians simply would say "lose weight" or hand out a diet sheet. This is not useful for most people as you already know you want to lose weight. It also does not provide any new information that you can act and it can even make you feel guilty!

How to find a weight loss program that accepts health Insurance?

Most weight loss programs in my area are "cash only". How can I find a program that accepts my insurance?
If you live close to an area where there is a W8MD Medical Weight Loss Program that accepts health insurance for the visits, you might be able to see a weight loss physician using your insurance. Go to to learn more on the locations, and insurances accepted or call 1(800)w8md-007 to learn more.

What questions should I ask about the weight loss program?

Ask these questions before you start the weight loss program

  1. Enquire about the program's features, safety, costs, and results.
  2. What does the weight-loss program include?
  3. Is the program based on evidence based medical science?
  4. Does the program offer group classes or one-on-one counseling that will help me develop healthier habits?

Weight loss products, supplements, medications etc.

  1. Do I have to follow a specific meal plan or keep food records?
  2. Do I have to buy special meals or supplements?
  3. If the program requires special foods, can I make changes based on my likes, dislikes, and food allergies (if any)?
  4. Will the program help me be more physically active, follow a specific physical activity plan, or provide exercise guidelines?

Flexibility and customization for your needs

  1. Is the weight loss program flexible?
  2. Will the program work with my lifestyle and cultural needs? Does the program provide ways to deal with such issues as social or holiday eating, changes to work schedules, lack of motivation, and injury or illness?
  3. Does the program include a plan to help me keep the weight off once I've lost weight?

Credentials of the Staff or Doctor if it is a medical program

  1. What are the staff credentials?
  2. Who supervises the program?
  3. What type of weight-control certifications, education, experience, and training do the staff have?
  4. Did the doctor pass board examination in Obesity Medicine?
  5. Does the doctor belong to any professional societies for weight loss physicians such as the American Society of Bariatric Physicians?

Risks of Weight Loss Program

  1. Risks of the weight loss program
  2. Does the product or program carry any risks?
  3. Could the program hurt me?
  4. Could the suggested drugs or supplements harm my health? If so, will I be monioted for these?

Will they work with my other health care providers?

  1. Do the people involved in the program get to talk with a doctor?
  2. Does a doctor or other certified health professional run the program?
  3. Will the program's doctor or staff work with my health care provider if needed (for example, to address how the program may affect an existing medical issue)?
  4. Is there ongoing input and follow-up from a health care provider to ensure my safety while I take part in the program?

Cost of the Weight Loss Program

  1. How much does the program cost?
  2. What is the total cost of the program?
  3. Are there other costs, such as membership fees, fees for weekly visits, and payments for food, meal replacements, supplements, or other products?
  4. Are there other fees for medical tests?

Follow Up For Weight Loss

  1. Are there fees for a follow-up program after I lose weight?
  2. What results do people in the program typically have?
  3. How much weight does the average person lose?
  4. How long does the average person keep the weight off?

More information on the program

  1. Do you have written information on the program?
  2. Do you have videos, website, social media or other resources?
  3. Can I come by and tour your facility without any obligations?
  4. Can I get a free body composition and or orientation?

Insurance coverage for weight loss

  1. Does my insurance cover any of this?
  2. Do you bill insurance directly for weight loss physician visits?  
  3. I heard certain weight loss related expenses can be tax deductible. Will you help with that?
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