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- Are you an overweight or obese man trying to lose weight?
- Are you wondering what might be causing your weight gain in your upper body?
- Do you know what may be contributing to your belly fat?
- Are you tired of being overweight or obese and needs help losing weight?
- Have tried many of the fad diets and need an evidence based weight loss program?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you are at the right place.
Many men suffer from being either overweight or obese in the United States and losing weight is a top priority for over half of all Americans at given point in time.
Alarming Obesity / Overweight Statistics For Men
According to the Data From Centers For Disease Control:
- Percent of men 20 years and over who are obese: 34.6% (2009-2012)
- Percent of men 20 years or over who are either overweight or obese: 72.9% (2009-2012)
In other words, more than two thirds of all adult men are considered either overweight or obese in the United Sates.
Although the US Government tries to oversimplify the question of what is causing the weight gain by saying it is “calories in, calories out” or the energy balance equation, knowing this fact alone does not really translate in to any meaningful weight loss! In fact, it is a mathematical equation borrowed in to biology and it is not designed to solve biological problems.
Before understanding what is causing the weight gain, it is important to understand how we evolved as a human species. For the most part of the over 2 million years that humans are believed to be on this planet, human societies have been large hunters and gatherers. The hunter gatherer societies have a diet rich in high quality animal protein with little bit of non-grain, non-cereal based, starch mostly from fruits, vegetables, roots etc. They also had a very active life style.
Agriculture started about 5000-10,000 years ago when the focus shifted to a grain based diet. Did you this change lead to the rise in obesity? Is agriculture humanities double edged sword? The answer is yes, according to Dr. Loren Cordain, founder of the Paleo Diet.
Agriculture, on the one hand helped in the rise of our civilization by allowing a few people to mass produce large quantities of grain so others can specialize in arts, science and other crafts leading to civilization. On the other hand, our bodies did not have the full ability to digest the cereal grains fully. According to this very interesting research paper from Dr. Loren Cordain, The number of plant species which nourish humanity is remarkably limited. Most of the 195,000 species of flowering plants produce edible parts which could be utilized by man; however less than 0.1% or fewer than 300 species are used for food. Approximately 17 plant species provide 90% of mankind’s food supply, of which cereal grains supply far and away the greatest percentage, mainly Rice, Wheat, Corn(Maize), and Barley).
In this article, Dr Cordain argues that cereal grains lack a number of nutrients which are essential for human health and well-being; additionally they contain numerous vitamins and minerals with low biological availability.
Furthermore, the inability of humans to physiologically overcome cereal grain antinutrients (phytates, alkylresorcinols, protease inhibitors, lectins, etc.) is indicative of the evolutionary novelty of this food for our species. This genetic maladaptation between human nutrient requirements and those nutrients found in cereal grains manifests itself as vitamin and mineral deficiencies and other nutritionally related disorders, particularly when cereal grains are consumed in excessive quantity. More disturbing is the ability of cereal grain proteins (protease inhibitors, lectins, opioids and storage peptides) to interact with and alter human physiology leading to what are called auto immune problems due to molicular mimicry.
8 Things To Do For Men To Lose Weight Fast
- How to get started for men to lose weight? Here are w8MD’s 8 things you can do as a man to lose weight fast and safe
- Start with understanding your BMI.
- Under the true causes of weight gain including insulin resistance (that affects up to 71% of the entire population of the United States), sleep problems, medications, sedentary life style, eating habits, food addiction, allergies, genetic factors, hormonal imbalances and many more
- Is insulin resistance causing your weight gain?
- Understand the 5 proven measures to lose weight
- Set a realistic weight loss goal of about 5-10% of your body weight in the first phase.
- Find the best weight loss program that is right for you such as the W8MD’s insurance physician weight loss programs
- Once you reach your weight loss goals, stay on a weight maintenance program that helps you keep the weight off!
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How much weight do Americans gain a year during the Holidays?
Although it was believed that Americans gain a lot of weight during the Holidays, in reality Americans gain only about a pound during the winter holiday season. However, this extra weight accumulates through the years and may be a major contributor to obesity later in life.
How much weight do we gain during winter holidays?
Although it is commonly believed that people gain 7 to 10 pounds over a holiday season, but the actual weight gained by most people is one pound.
Cumulative weight gain
Since the holiday weight gain, although small if you just take one year, can add up over time leading to significant weight gain later in life.
Difficult pounds to shed!
Studies have shown that most people do not succeed in losing these extra pounds that easy during the summer months and the cumulative effects of yearly weight gain during the fall and winter are likely to contribute to the substantial increase in body weight that frequently occurs later in life!
Alarming Obesity and Overweight Statistics
According to the data from Centers for Disease Control, obesity and overweight status affects up to 69% of all adults in the United States!
CDC Adult OBesity Statistics
- 35.1% percent of adults age 20 years and over are obese in the United States in 2011-2012!
- Taking both overweight and obesity together, 69% of all adults age 20 years and over are overweight or obese (2011-2012)
CDC children and adolescents
- 18.4% (2009-2010) percent of adolescents age 12-19 years who are obese
- 18.0% (2009-2010) percent of children age 6-11 years who are obese
- 12.1% (2009-2010) percent of children age 2-5 years who are obese
How to avoid weight gain during the Holidays and rest of the year?
W8MD’s 8 tips to avoid holiday weight gain!
- Focus on the protein, not the starch. Remember, fat is not your enemy, especially the unsaturated fats which are healthy fats!
- Drink a glass of water before you start your meal and up to 8 glasses of water a day!
- Avoid skipping meals as this sends the starvation signals to the body leading slowing of metabolism and compensatory over-eating at the next meal!
- Start the day right with a protein based meal such as egg whites or other source of protein and never skip breakfast!
- Build physical activity in your daily routine – you need 8,000 steps a day or more!
- Limit screen time to no more than 2 hours for kids and 4 hours for adults including TV, tablet, computer screens, smart phones etc. Work screen time excluded!
- Do not arrive hungry to a meal! Never eat until you feel stuffed, never go hungry! The body needs nutrition, especially protein on constant basis as the muscle tissue recycles!
- If you did gain a couple of pounds like most Americans during the Holidays, remember W8MD(w’eight’MD) medical weight loss centers of America’s unique insurance physician weight loss and sleep wellness programs available in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania!
How can W8MD medical weight loss centers help?
W8MD is a physician supervised, evidence based non surgical medical weight loss and wellness program with offices in many states in the United States and most W8MD weight loss centers accept health insurance for the weight loss physician visits unlike the many “cash only” weight loss programs.
As one of the very few medical weight loss programs willing to work with health insurance for the physician weight loss visits, W8MD medical weight loss programs in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and other places have helped thousands reach their weight loss goals!*
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Related articles on causes of weight gain
- What really causes us to gain weight?
- Is insulin resistance the root cause of your cravings, and weight gain especially in the tummy?
- Metabolic causes of weight gain – you tube video
What is wrong with our diet?
- Is high glycemic food pyramid type diet cause our weight gain?
- Did the USDA miss the bus when they made the food pyramid?
- Why you should ditch the failed food pyramid!
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- What are the consequences of obesity or overweight?
Introduction on Obesity and overweight status
Obesity is a major public health problem not only in the United States, but also in countries around the world including many developing countries such as India. In the United States, obesity and overweight status combined together affects close to 70 percent of the entire population.
So, what are the costs of obesity to the individual and to the society?
According to a study from George Washington University, obesity is not just a public health problem but also a personal drag on your wallet as it has both direct and indirect costs at the individual level.
Cost of obesity to the individual
George Washington University study shows that the annual cost of being obese is $4,879 for a woman and $2,646 for a man by factoring in obesity related costs such as employee sick days, lost productivity, even the need for extra gasoline. As obesity also leads to reduced longevity, factoring the cost of lost years of life brought women’s annual obesity costs up to $8,365, and men’s to $6,518.
What are the preventable health benefits associated with losing weight?
DIABETES MELLITUS OR TYPE 2 DIABETES
Research from Yale Preventive Research Center shows that up to 90 percent of diabetes is preventable with lifestyle intervention and weight loss as revealed by Dr. David Katz, MD, director of Yale Preventive Medicine Research Center as published on WebMD.
- According to the Surgeon General, a weight gain of even a small amount of 11 to 18 pounds increases a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes to twice that of individuals who have not gained weight.
- Research also shows that over 80% of people with diabetes are overweight or obese, and of the remaining 20 percent, most are metabolically obese meaning they have central or intra-abdominal weight leading to increased risk of diabetes.
- Cardiovascular diseases are undoubtedly the leading cause of death (mortality) and sickness (morbidity) in this country. Research has clearly shown and it is well accepted fact that the rate of heart disease including heart attack, congestive heart failure, sudden cardiac death, angina or chest pain, and abnormal heart rhythm etc. is increased in people who are overweight or obese defined as a body mass index of 25 or over.
- High blood pressure is twice as common in adults who are obese than in those who are at a healthy weight.
- Obesity is associated with elevated triglycerides (blood fat) and decreased HDL cholesterol (“good cholesterol”), factors considered part of metabolic syndrome.
- Up to 60% of cancers are considered preventable through lifestyle intervention and weight loss as overweight and obesity are associated with an increased risk for many types of cancer including endometrial cancer, colon, gall bladder, prostate, kidney, and postmenopausal breast cancer.
- Sleep apnea is more common in obese persons, and up to 70% of sleep apnea is attributable to being overweight or obese. The risk of asthma is also higher in people who are obese.
Other weight related problems including the following
- Research shows that for every 2-pound increase in weight, the risk of developing arthritis is increased by 9 to 13% and losing even a small amount of weight can help improve joint function.
- Obesity, and particularly insulin resistance that goes along with obesity, leads to infertility issues in women due to Poly-Cystic Ovaries as a result of insulin resistance.
- the risk of gall bladder disease, incontinence, increased surgical risk, and depression.
- An estimated 300,000 deaths per year may be attributable to obesity.
- The risk of death rises with increasing weight.
- Even moderate weight excess (10 to 20 pounds for a person of average height) increases the risk of death, particularly among adults aged 30 to 64 years.
- Individuals who are obese (BMI > 30)* have a 50 to 100% increased risk of premature death from all causes, compared to individuals with a healthy weight.
BENEFITS OF WEIGHT LOSS
- Even a small amount of weight loss of 5 to 15% of total body weight can reduce the risk factors for over 50 medical problems including diabetes, diseases, and even cancers.
- Weight loss can improve blood pressure, reduce blood sugar, improve blood cholesterol levels, improve joint paints, prevent osteoarthritis, improve life expectancy by up to 10 years.
How can w8md medical weight loss centers of America can help?
W8MD Medical Weight Loss Program is a medical weight loss and sleep wellness program for those that are serious about losing weight and gaining control of their weight.
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 with offices in many states in the United States.
W8MD medical weight loss centers has helped patients achieve their goals by using a an evidence based method for weight loss under the supervision of a trained weight loss or obesity medicine physician.
Our weight loss programs in greater Philadelphia, New York City and other places can help you lose weight:
A physician-supervised diet such as the 800 plus calorie VLCD or very low calorie diets or LCD or low calorie diets.
FDA approved weight loss medications when medically appropriate,
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 as we address the underlying metabolic cause of the starvation, namely insulin resistance.
Our weight loss physicians are highly trained and respected physicians and are well versed in the medical treatment of overweight and obesity.
Our weight loss physicians oversee all our patients and helps customize their individual weight loss treatments.
We are committed to helping you lose weight as safely and efficiently as possible using evidence based, non-surgical weight loss measures for safe and effective weight loss under medical supervision.
We also offer an affordable telemedicine program for those that do not have W8MD center near them so you can be evaluated by one of our obesity medicine physicians to understand the complex factors that lead to weight gain and to devise a non-surgical strategy to help you fight obesity.