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You are the customer. If your goal is to choose a weight loss company that will deliver high customer satisfaction and quality, you’ll feel confident in choosing a Diamond Certified weight loss program. Each has been rated Highest in Quality in the most accurate ratings process anywhere. And you’re always backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. Here’s why the Diamond Certified ratings and certification process will help you find a top-rated weight loss system and is unparalleled in its accuracy, rigor and usefulness:

1) Accuracy: All research is performed by live telephone interviews that verify only real customers are surveyed, so you’ll never be fooled by fake reviews.

2) Statistical Reliability: A large random sample of past customers is surveyed on an ongoing basis so the research results you see truly reflect a Diamond Certified company’s top-rated status.

3) Full Disclosure: By clicking the name of a company above you’ll see the exact rating results in charts and read verbatim survey responses as well as researched articles on each qualified company.

4) Guaranteed: Your purchase is backed up with mediation and the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee, so you can choose with confidence.

Click on the name of a Diamond Certified company above to read ratings results, researched articles and verbatim customer survey responses to help you make an informed decision.

More than 200,000 customers of local companies have been interviewed in live telephone calls, and only companies that score Highest in Quality in customer satisfaction–a 90+ on a 100 scale–as well as pass all of the credential-based ratings earn Diamond Certified. By requiring such a high score to qualify, the Diamond Certified program eliminates mediocre and poorly performing companies. Read detailed information about the ratings and certification process.

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DIAMOND CERTIFIED EXPERT CONTRIBUTORS IN THE Alameda County – Weight Loss CATEGORY

Dr. Michael Temkin is a veteran physician and owner of LeanMD, Dr. Michael Temkin, a Diamond Certified practice. He can be reached at (925) 365-6648 or by email.

Dr. Michael Temkin

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Dr. Michael Temkin: A Lean Livelihood

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

SAN RAMON — When asked what led him to become a physician, Dr. Michael Temkin says it stemmed from a family influence. “Growing up, most of my extended family members were physicians, including my uncle, who was my mentor,” he remembers. “One thing that struck me about being a physician was you had to have a breadth of knowledge and get to know your patients on a deep level. I saw how my relatives were respected in their communities and how their patients appreciated them, and it really inspired me to follow that path.”

After completing medical school, Dr. Temkin took the uncommon route of becoming a solo practitioner. “I decided early on that I didn’t want to join a medical group or work for a big corporation; rather, I wanted to run my own practice,” he explains. “So, in April of 2000, I literally hung a shingle and opened my doors. I started with zero patients and slowly built my practice over the next 16 years. Now, I have thousands of patients.”

Today, Dr. Temkin says his favorite part of his job is restoring his patients’ health through weight loss. “So many health problems are weight-related, from high blood pressure and cholesterol to sleep apnea and diabetes. By helping my patients lose weight, I’m often able to help them reverse these kinds of issues and get off of medication. There’s no greater reward than seeing a patient lose weight, become more active and basically get their life back.”

A resident of Alamo (where he lives with his wife, Heidi, and their three children), Michael expresses his fondness for the Bay Area setting. “I was born and raised here, and I still love it. My family and I enjoy doing outdoor activities, so it’s the perfect place for us. We love spending time at the coast, hiking in the mountains, going snow skiing in winter, and waterskiing and wakeboarding in summer.”

In regard to his professional career, Dr. Temkin believes in treating patients the way he’d want to be treated. “Relationships are key in health care,” he affirms. “When your patients feel they can trust you, that’s an important building block, both for achieving their treatment goals and maintaining a successful practice.”

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Contractors State License Board (CSLB) (http://www.cslb.ca.gov/)
California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) (www.dca.ca.gov)
Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America (WLSFA) (www.wlsfa.org)
American Diabetes Association (ADA) (www.diabetes.org)
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American Diabetes Association (ADA) (www.diabetes.org)
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Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) (www.eatright.org)
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Federal Trade Commission: Weight Loss and Fitness (https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/topics/weight-loss-fitness)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Weight Loss (https://healthfinder.gov/FindServices/SearchContext.aspx?topic=913)

Know What You Want
Get Serious About Your Weight Loss Goals

Whether you’re overweight, obese, or simply want to lose a few pounds before summer or a big event, it’s important to start by setting a weight loss goal and honestly evaluating your current position and motivations.

Good Alameda County weight loss centers and diet programs can help you meet your goals, but you first need to know your personal goals and other details about your weight gain, lifestyle, personal motivation, likes and dislikes, issues that may contribute to weight gain and weight loss, and more.

Start by talking with your health care provider to confirm that you need to lose weight. It’s also smart to rule out medical problems and potential medical reasons why you may have gained weight. Certain health problems and medications can cause weight gain, so ruling out those possibilities is important. Once you’ve done that, confirm with your doctor that you are physically healthy enough to begin a diet and exercise plan. If you have heart problems, joint problems, a disease or other physical malady, you will want to take that into account as you begin your weight loss journey.

Then outline some of your personal struggles and goals, and confirm your expectations for both your weight loss system and the diet program and staff. Write down your answers to the questions below and include other information you’ll want to remember as you begin your search for an Alameda County weight loss program in Oakland, Fremont, Hayward, Berkeley, San Leandro, Alameda, Union City, Pleasanton, Newark and Dublin and beyond.

 

1.     Do I want a Diamond Certified diet program or weight loss service that is rated best in quality and backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee?

2.     How has my weight changed over the months and years?

3.     Why am I thinking of losing weight?

4.     What types of weight loss programs or diet systems am I opening to trying? (These may include medically-supervised weight loss, diet plans, exercise and diet programs, online weight loss programs, diet support groups, diet supplements and medications, weight loss surgery, etc.)

5.     What is my current height and weight?

6.     What is my current level of activity? Do I exercise regularly? If so, how often, at what intensity, and for what length of time? How much physical activity do I get on an average day? Am I mostly sedentary, or do I move often throughout the day?

7.     What are my current eating habits like? How many fruits and vegetables do I get on a daily basis? How much protein do I eat? What is my fat and sugar intake?

8.     What are my personal weaknesses and strengths when it comes to diet, exercise and healthy lifestyle?

9.     What am I looking for in a diet program or weight loss system?

10.   What is my budget for weight loss services?

11.   Do I want to have support and outside motivation while I’m losing weight, or do I want to do most of the work on my own without support or outside motivation?

12.   What do I expect from the weight loss clinic staff?

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What To Ask In Person
Questions to Ask of Weight Loss Services in Person

1.     What is a healthy weight range for someone of my build?

2.     Do you think I need to lose weight?

3.     If so, about how much weight do you suggest I plan to lose?

4.     Can you rule out a medical problem or medicinal reason for my weight gain or obesity?

5.     What eating habits and dietary program do you recommend for weight loss?

6.     How limited are my food choices?

7.     How much exercise and physical activity do you recommend for me?

8.     Should I enroll in a weight loss program or regimented diet? Or will simply cutting calories and increasing my activity levels be enough?

9.     Do you recommend weight loss pills, powders, drugs or supplements? If so, can do you sell those items? Can you show me proof that they’re effective, safe and legal?

10.     If my weight gain or obesity is severe, should I consider weight loss surgery, non-surgical intervention, or medically-supervised diets?

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  • What To Ask References
    Find Out What Alameda County Weight Loss Clinic Clients Have to Say

    It’s best to choose among Diamond Certified weight loss services in Alameda County because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can’t pass. If you want quality from a weight loss services in Alameda County and the greater Bay Area, including those in Dublin, Newark, Pleasanton, Union City and Alameda and beyond, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company.

    Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies. And you’ll never be fooled by fake reviews. That’s because all research is performed in live telephone interviews of actual customers.

    If you can’t find a Diamond Certified diet program within reach, you’ll have to do some research on your own. In that case, it’s smart to call references provided by your weight loss clinic. References provided by local diet programs are not equal in value to the large random sample of customers surveyed during the Diamond Certified ratings process. Due to the personal nature of weight loss, good Alameda County weight loss centers will only be able to give you names of clients who have agreed to act as references. This will skew the results you get from these reference calls, as these clients are very likely to be ones who have had success and are happy with the weight loss program or diet center. Keep this in mind as you make phone calls, and use the information you learn to help inform your decision while understanding that you’re hearing from the upper echelon of clientele for any given weight loss center.

    Here are some questions you will want to ask Alameda County weight loss clinic clients. Add some questions of your own if you’d like.

    1.     Were you happy with the weight loss services and diet plan offered by (Alameda County weight loss program)?

    2.     How much weight did you lose?

    3.     How long did it take to lose the weight?

    4.     Have you kept it off? For how long?

    5.     What diet plan or weight loss services did you use during your weight loss journey?Did you use calorie restriction, exercise, or a combination of both?

    6.     Tell me about your specific experience with losing weight with this weight loss clinic or diet program.

    7.     Did you find the staff at this Alameda County diet center knowledgeable, friendly, helpful and professional?

    8.     Did you buy supplements or special food? If so, were you required to do so as part of your diet program? About how much did that add to the cost of your diet plan? Do you think it was worth the expense?

    9.     Would you recommend this weight loss clinic or diet plan to others?

    10.  What was the best part about working with this Alameda County weight loss program?

    11.  Is there anything you didn’t like about this company or the diet program?

    12.  What should I know before signing a contract with this weight loss clinic?

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  • Review Your Options
    Find Good Weight Loss Programs in Alameda County

    The Diamond Certified symbol has been awarded to companies that scored Highest in Quality in an accurate ratings process.

    Before deciding on the best weight loss services in Alameda County for you, review your notes and consider the following questions. The company that best fits your expectations and that gave you the best answers during your interview phase may be the weight loss service that can help you meet your goals.

    1.     Does one of the Alameda County weight loss centers or diet plans stand out above the rest in terms of services, ability to meet my goals, willingness to match my lifestyle and abilities, and personal and professional help and guidance?

    2.     Are the weight loss programs able to offer various plans, programs and systems to meet my budget?

    3.     Am I required to purchase weight loss pills, diet foods, or other supplements or program additions? If so, are those items I want to purchase? Or do I feel forced to buy and take them?

    4.     Is the location, times, scheduling and other factors convenient to my home/work location and schedule?

    5.     Is there one program or diet plan that seems to fit in with my lifestyle? Does one stand out as having a better chance of being effective for me?

    6.     Do the Alameda County weight loss clinics offer weight maintenance services and assistance to help me keep the weight off long term?

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  • How To Work With
    What to Look for in a Good Weight Loss System or Diet Plan

    Search online for “diet” or “weight loss” and you’ll be bombarded with weight loss plans, diets, diet programs, supplements, crash diets, crazy schemes for fast weight loss and more.

    How can you weed through the false promises and extreme diets to find realistic weight loss plans and diet programs that actually work?

    Start by realizing that there is no instant cure for being overweight or obese. No matter how exciting the promises, there is no magic pill or powder that can help you lose a lot of weight fast without compromising your health, and no weight loss exercises that you can do that will allow you to drop three sizes in a matter of days. Weight loss and maintaining that weight loss takes time, dedication and effort. Being honest with yourself about your challenges, strengths and weaknesses, and the work it will take to achieve your goals is the first step. Then, the next step is finding a reliable partner and local Alameda County weight loss program in your area that can help you reach your goals and keep your motivation strong.

    Look for a weight loss program that focuses on your entire self and your lifestyle, not just food intake. The most effective weight loss plans promote healthy lifestyle changes and diet that can help you lose the weight in a slow and steady way (about one to two pounds a week) and keep it off in the long run.

    You also want to ensure that the program’s goals, objectives and methods are safe. Ensure that you’re getting your daily recommended allowance of protein, vitamins and minerals. If you’re going to take supplements, meal replacements, herbal formulas or other products, ensure that they’re safe and effective. Most of these products are not evaluated by the FDA, so there may be no objective proof that they’re effective or safe to take. Talk with your medical doctor about any supplements or meal replacements to ensure they’re safe for you to ingest.

    If you plan to lose more than 20 pounds, make an appointment with your physician before you start the weight loss program. Have them assess your general health and look for any medical conditions that may make it harder or dangerous for you to participate in some types of weight loss programs or activities. This is especially important if you have ongoing medical conditions or health problems.

    Make sure the weight loss program you choose has an option for ongoing weight maintenance. Once you’ve lost the weight, you will likely need help keeping it off. Finding a local Alameda County weight loss program that offers weight maintenance and weight gain prevention can help you avoid yo-yo dieting and gaining back the weight you’ve worked so hard to lose.

    Tactics for Successful Weight Loss at Alameda County Diet Centers
    A lot of people say they want to lose weight, but few succeed in losing the weight and keeping it off. Good diet programs in Alameda County can help, but they can’t do the work for you. Here are a few things you can do to be successful at losing weight and at maintaining your weight loss.

    ·      Follow the diet and activity recommendations of your weight loss center.

    ·      Be honest if you’ve let yourself cheat or indulge. Realistically, indulging from time to time or at special events (birthdays, anniversaries, over the holidays) is bound to happen. Don’t punish yourself for having a treat. Instead, focus on getting back on track.

    ·      Eat regular meals and don’t skip meals to accelerate weight loss.

    ·      Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, and focus on high-fiber foods to fill you up.

    ·      Drink the recommended amounts of water to stay hydrated and avoid false hunger pangs.

    ·      Eat more frequent, smaller meals, or allow yourself healthy snacks. Getting too hungry can be a recipe for dieting disaster and overindulgence.

    ·      Don’t cut out your favorite foods. Instead learn and practice portion control.

    ·      Look for ways to increase your physical activity and muscle tone to increase your resting metabolic rate.

    ·      Weight yourself daily, take body measurements, or take stock of how your clothes fit. Follow your Alameda County diet plan’s recommendation for keeping track of your weight.

    ·      Eat some protein and fat at every meal to stay fuller longer.

    ·      Keep a food diary or photograph your meals to keep an accurate record of every bite of food that goes into your body.

    ·      Eat slower.

    ·      Talk with your Alameda County diet program staff about their best suggestions for weight loss and maintaining your positive results.

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  • Be a Good Customer
    How You Can Be a Good Alameda County Weight Loss Center Client

    Your diet program or weight loss clinic can help you achieve your goals. However, your dedication, hard work and commitment to the program and to yourself plays the biggest part in your weight loss successes.

    Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good client when working with Alameda County weight loss services and fat loss diet programs

    ·      Be honest and fair with your weight loss service providers. Let them know what you want from your diet plan and the weight loss clinic staff, the long-term outcome you’re expecting, and share with them details and specific ways they can satisfy your expectations.

    ·      Keep a positive attitude and a professional demeanor, even if you’re facing frustration or a miscommunication.

    ·      Before you choose a weight loss diet plan or weight loss clinic in Alameda County, restate your expectations and goals, and reiterate to your understanding of the agreement. Confirm your role and the role that the weight loss center staff will take in helping you meet your goals. Most problems with local weight loss services occur due to breakdown in communication. Being upfront about your expectations and goals can help prevent miscommunication and frustration.

    ·      Pay for weight loss products, diet counseling, or other diet center fees promptly.

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Check The Work
Review the Invoice for Weight Loss Services

Weight loss services and diet clinics will charge for their services, and they should be upfront about the fees and full price of diet plans, products, counseling, and other weight loss services. As part of this price transparency, they should offer you an invoice for services rendered and products sold. Carefully review all invoices and receipts to ensure you have received what’s being charged for.

Invoices from Alameda County weight loss programs in San Leandro, Berkeley, Hayward, Fremont and Oakland and other areas should include the following:

  • The  diet program name, physical address and  license number.
  • A complete list of services rendered.
  • An itemized list of all products sold or used.
  • The total cost for the services.
  • An itemized amount for insurance billing (if applicable).
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Written Warranties
Get Any Diet Program Promises in Writing

Most diet programs and weight loss clinics can’t guarantee weight loss results due to the personal nature o the services. Your results will vary, and results may well be tied to your own motivation, performance and personal achievement methods. However, some weight loss clinics do provide some kind of guarantee for their own services and products.

If you’ve received any kind of promise or guarantee from weight loss services in Alameda County, including those in San Leandro, Berkeley, Hayward, Fremont and Oakland and Castro Valley, Emeryville, Mt Eden, Russell City, Piedmont, Cherryland or your area, get the guarantees in writing. The following items should be included in any written guarantee document:

·      The Alameda County weight loss service name, physical address and license number.

·      A description of what exactly the guarantee covers and what remuneration or recourse is promised if the terms aren’t met.

·      Any exclusions should be explicitly stated.

·      Your responsibility if you need to redeem the guarantee.

·      How long the guarantee is valid.

·      Any actions on your part that may be required to activate the guarantee or that may invalidate the promises.

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Top 10 Requests
Most Popular Weight Loss and Diet Systems in Alameda County

There are many weight loss programs and diets that can help you lose weight. Alameda County weight loss programs and diet centers in Oakland, Dublin, Fremont, Newark and Hayward and other areas may provide some of the following weight loss services.

Talk with the weight loss centers near you about the programs and diet plans available to you and which are the best fit for your needs and goals.

Medically Supervised Weight Loss Programs
Medically supervised weight loss programs are those supervised by a physician and other medical staff. Some individuals are required to undergo medically supervised weight loss before applying for weight loss surgery. Other individuals are on very low calorie diets that require medical supervision. There are even some individuals who opt for medically supervised diets because they like to be under the care of a physician to regularly monitor their weight loss and to give them medically-sound diet advice. Patients losing weight with a medically supervised program often have their blood pressure, heart rate, blood sugar levels and activity levels monitored, along with any medication levels. Studies have shown that people who undergo medically supervised weight loss tend to lose more weight than those who engage in unsupervised programs, and they tend to keep the weight off longer.

Weight Loss Supplements
Dietary supplements, also known as weight loss supplements, are products intended to assist in weight loss. These supplements may include herbs, minerals, vitamins, fiber, botanicals, amino acids, enzymes and other ingredients in pill, powder and liquid form, and the often claim to limit hunger, burn fat, increase weight loss, and provide other benefits. Weight loss supplements are not monitored by the Food and Drug Administration, so there are no national standards for safety and efficacy.

Low Carb Diets for Fast Weight Loss
Low carb diets restrict the intake of carbohydrates, such as those found in starchy foods and grains., and carbs found in sugars and highly processed foods. Most low-carb diets emphasize increasing fat and protein while cutting out carbohydrates. These diets can be very effective at producing fast weight loss. Individuals with diabetes and metabolic diseases can also see related health benefits.

Extreme Weight Loss Plans
Extreme weight loss is the rapid loss of body weight or the loss of an extreme amount of body weight. Most health professionals caution against very rapid weight loss, as extremely fast weight loss can deplete protein, vitamins, minerals, water and other necessary nutrients within the body. Extreme weight loss can include severe calorie restriction, which can be detrimental if not carried out in a responsible and medically managed way. Extreme amounts of weight loss can be accomplished, but most are done under doctor supervision and through an orchestrated weight loss plan and careful diet and exercise planning.

Weight Management Programs
Weight management programs in Alameda County including those in Pleasanton, Berkeley, Union City, San Leandro and Alameda and beyond  help dieters and those who have achieved their weight loss goals keep the weight off long term. This may include regular weigh-ins, support groups, weight maintenance monitoring, weight loss counseling, and lifestyle management to prevent yo-yo dieting and weight gain.

Weight Loss Clinics
Weight loss clinics in Alameda County include medically supervised weight loss programs, and other supervised weight loss programs that are housed in medical facilities or facilities that offer medical monitoring. Weight loss diets, food planning, exercise plans, clinical weight loss plans, and other targeted weight loss tailored to combat the root causes of weight gain and obesity are all services offered by local weight loss clinics.

Weight Loss Support Groups
Weight loss support groups are support groups for individuals who are in the process of losing weight or those who have lost weight and are working to keep it off. These support groups may be hosted by weight loss diet plan companies, associations, medical weight loss clinics, community groups, church groups, insurance companies, hospitals and clinics, and other organizations. Studies have shown that individuals who are part of a weight loss support group may be more effective at meeting their weight loss goals and keeping off the weight lost.

Meal Replacement Plans for Weight Loss
Meal replacement plans include meal replacement shakes, powders, bars, smoothies and other meal replacements. Diet meal replacements are often in drink or snack form and replace meals with fewer calories than a full meal. They are usually packed with high-density nutrients, vitamins and energy to allay hunger and keep your body satisfied without introducing additional calories. Alameda County weight loss systems can offer meal replacement  plans to assist your weight loss goals.

Weight Loss Programs for Women
Women-focused weight loss plans in Alameda County are known as weight loss programs for women. These programs often include tips to help women lose weight, diet and exercise suggestions, meal plans, and more that are focused on women’s struggles to lose weight and keep it off.

Surgical Weight Loss Solutions
Surgical weight loss such as bariatric surgery, gastric bypass surgery, duodenal switch, gastric balloons, vBloc Therapy, gastric sleeve surgery, stomach banding, biliopancreatic diversion and more are weight loss options when other methods of weight loss have failed or have been ineffective. This is an extreme method for weight loss and is only possible under the guidance and with the recommendation of a physician and gastric surgeon. There are surgical weight loss centers serving Alameda County, including patients living in Oakland, Fremont, Hayward, Berkeley, San Leandro, Alameda, Union City, Pleasanton, Newark and Dublin, Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Emeryville, Komandorski Village, Livermore, Mount Eden, Piedmont, Russell City, San Lorenzo, Sunol and other areas.

Favorite Weight Loss Brands in the Bay Area and Alameda County
There are thousands of weight loss programs and diet systems available, both locally and throughout the country. Some of the most popular are listed below.

·      Nutrisystem

·      Medifast

·      Jenny Craig

·      Atkins Diet

·      Weight Watchers

·      Mayo Clinic Weight Loss Plan

·      Bistro MD

·      Wonder Slim

·      South Beach Diet

·      Biggest Loser Diets

·      Paleo Diets

·      Herbalife

·      21 Day Fix

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Glossary Of Terms
Glossary of Weight Loss and Diet Terms

bariatric surgery
Bariatric surgery is weight loss surgery methods on the stomach and/or intestines that aims to help patients who suffer from extreme obesity lose weight. Bariatric surgery is usually only available to individuals with a BMI of 40 or more, and it is generally considered a last effort when other less invasive weight loss methods have failed.

Also known as: gastrointestinal surgery, weight loss surgery

bariatric surgery
Bariatric surgery is weight loss surgery methods on the stomach and/or intestines that aims to help patients who suffer from extreme obesity lose weight. Bariatric surgery is usually only available to individuals with a BMI of 40 or more, and it is generally considered a last effort when other less invasive weight loss methods have failed.

Also known as: gastrointestinal surgery, weight loss surgery

body mass index
BMI is a way of estimating the relativity of body weight to height, which produces a score that can be used to determine if a patient is of a healthy weight, underweight, overweight, or obese. The scale is most accurate for adults. BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 is considered healthy weight. BMI of 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight, and BMI of 30 or more is considered obese. BMI is not always accurate, as it doesn’t measure actual body fat percentage. Athletes and others with more muscle (and therefore higher weight to height ratio) may get incorrect readings. Other methods of determining weight percentage and body fat percentage may be needed to provide accurate counts.

Also known as: BMI, body mass scale, obesity scale

calories
The basic units of energy found in food are known as calories. Carbohydrates, fats, protein, and alcohol in food and drink provide calories, or food energy. Carbohydrates and proteins provide 4 calories per gram, fat provides 9 calories per gram, and alcohol provides 7 calories per gram. Calorie intake that exceeds calorie expenditure causes weight gain.

Also known as: calorie, food energy

diet
The foods and drinks an individual consumes is known as their diet. Any type of eating plan is also considered a diet. Individuals who are “on a diet” are often consciously restricting calories and adding physical activity to their daily schedules to lose weight.

Also known as: eating plan, weight loss plan

extreme diets
Extreme weight loss is the rapid loss of body weight or the loss of an extreme amount of body weight. Most health professionals caution against very rapid weight loss, as extremely fast weight loss can deplete protein, vitamins, minerals, water and other necessary nutrients within the body. Extreme weight loss can include severe calorie restriction, which can be detrimental if not carried out in a responsible and medically managed way. Extreme amounts of weight loss can be accomplished, but most are done under doctor supervision and through an orchestrated weight loss plan and careful diet and exercise planning.

Also known as: extreme weight loss plans, obesity diets, lose weight fast, fast weight loss, extreme dieting

meal replacements
Meal replacement plans include meal replacement shakes, powders, bars, smoothies and other meal replacements. Diet meal replacements are often in drink or snack form and replace meals with fewer calories than a full meal. They are usually packed with high-density nutrients, vitamins and energy to allay hunger and keep your body satisfied without introducing additional calories. Alameda County weight loss systems can offer meal replacement  plans to assist your weight loss goals.

Also known as: meal replacements, meal replacement shakes, meal replacement bars, meal replacement smoothies, meal replacement powders, replacement meals, weight loss meal replacements, diet meal replacement shakes

low carb diets
Low carb diets restrict the intake of carbohydrates, such as those found in starchy foods and grains., and carbs found in sugars and highly processed foods. Most low-carb diets emphasize increasing fat and protein while cutting out carbohydrates. These diets can be very effective at producing fast weight loss. Individuals with diabetes and metabolic diseases can also see related health benefits.

Also known as: low carb diet plans, high fat low carb diets, HFLC diets

medically supervised weight loss programs
Medically supervised weight loss programs are those supervised by a physician and other medical staff. Some individuals are required to undergo medically supervised weight loss before applying for weight loss surgery. Other individuals are on very low calorie diets that require medical supervision. There are even some individuals who opt for medically supervised diets because they like to be under the care of a physician to regularly monitor their weight loss and to give them medically-sound diet advice. Patients losing weight with a medically supervised program often have their blood pressure, heart rate, blood sugar levels and activity levels monitored, along with any medication levels. Studies have shown that people who undergo medically supervised weight loss tend to lose more weight than those who engage in unsupervised programs, and they tend to keep the weight off longer.

Also known as: doctor assisted weight loss, physician monitored weight loss, extreme weight loss, medical weight loss
metabolism
The process of the body turning food calories into energy the body can use is known as metabolism. Different people have different metabolic rates, meaning that they require and use different numbers of calories in daily function.

Also known as: metabolic rate, resting metabolic rate

obesity
Obesity is the term for excessive body fat. Obese individuals may be at risk for heart disease, some types of cancers, diabetes, joint and bone problems, pain and other health issues. BMI testing, body fat testing, and other methods can help identify obesity.

Also known as: obese, extreme obesity, morbid obesity, diets for obesity

overweight
The term “overweight” refers to individuals with excessive body weight.

Also known as: fat, heavy, being overweight, diets for overweight people

Registered Dietitian
Registered Dietitians have completed college studies in diet and nutrition that are approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Registered Dietitians can offer nutrition and diet advice and may monitor supervised weight loss programs and provide weight loss counseling and diet programs.

Also known as: R.D., dietitian

surgical weight loss
Surgical weight loss such as bariatric surgery, gastric bypass surgery, duodenal switch, gastric balloons, vBloc Therapy, gastric sleeve surgery, stomach banding, biliopancreatic diversion and more are weight loss options when other methods of weight loss have failed or have been ineffective. This is an extreme method for weight loss and is only possible under the guidance and with the recommendation of a physician and gastric surgeon.

Also known as: bariatric surgery, gastric bypass surgery, gastric sleeving, stomach banding, Lap-Band surgery, surgery for weight loss

very low-calorie diet
Very low calorie diets are supervised by  physicians and health care professionals. Most very low calorie diets restrict patients to 800 calories a day or fewer. To achieve this extreme weight loss, obese individuals on very low calorie diets generally ingest prepared weight loss formulas and meal replacements that provide nutrients and minerals in a lower calorie form than natural foods can provide. These diets are not for individuals who are overweight, but are instead reserved for morbidly obese and obese individuals who must lose a lot of weight fast for medical reasons.

Also known as: VLCD, doctor supervised extreme weight loss, extreme weight loss programs, obesity weight loss

weight control
Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is called weight control. This often includes dedication to healthy eating and regular physical activity to maintain permanent weight loss.

Also known as:

weight cycling
Weight cycling or yo-yo dieting refers to losing and gaining weight repeatedly. This type of dieting is not preferred, as individuals prone to weight cycling often gain more weight than they lose each time, resulting in average weight gain over time.

Also known as: yo-yo dieting, regaining weight

weight loss clinics
Weight loss clinics include medically supervised weight loss programs, and other supervised weight loss programs that are housed in medical facilities or facilities that offer medical monitoring. Weight loss diets, food planning, exercise plans, clinical weight loss plans, and other targeted weight loss tailored to combat the root causes of weight gain and obesity are all services offered by local weight loss clinics.

Also known as: medically supervised weight loss programs, weight loss centers

weight loss programs for women
Women-focused weight loss plans are also known as weight loss programs for women. These programs often include tips to help women lose weight, diet and exercise suggestions, meal plans, and more that are focused on women’s struggles to lose weight and keep it off.

Also known as: women-focused weight loss plans, diets for women

weight loss supplements
Dietary supplements, also known as weight loss supplements, are products intended to assist in weight loss. These supplements may include herbs, minerals, vitamins, fiber, botanicals, amino acids, enzymes and other ingredients in pill, powder and liquid form, and the often claim to limit hunger, burn fat, increase weight loss, and provide other benefits. Weight loss supplements are not monitored by the Food and Drug Administration, so there are no national standards for safety and efficacy.

Also known as: dietary supplements, herbal weight loss supplements, weight loss powders, weight loss pills, fat burning pills, weight loss drugs

weight loss support groups
Weight loss support groups are support groups for individuals who are in the process of losing weight or those who have lost weight and are working to keep it off. These support groups may be hosted by weight loss diet plan companies, associations, medical weight loss clinics, community groups, church groups, insurance companies, hospitals and clinics, and other organizations. Studies have shown that individuals who are part of a weight loss support group may be more effective at meeting their weight loss goals and keeping off the weight lost.

Also known as:

weight management programs
Weight management programs help dieters and those who have achieved their weight loss goals keep the weight off long term. This may include regular weigh-ins, support groups, weight maintenance monitoring, weight loss counseling, and lifestyle management to prevent yo-yo dieting and weight gain.

Also known as: weight loss programs, weight maintenance, weight management support groups, weight maintenance monitoring, weight management counseling

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Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions About Local Weight Loss Centers

Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified weight loss services?

Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified weight loss services?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose a weight loss diet program with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local companies who have passed the country’s most in-depth rating process. Only weight loss diet programs rated Highest in Quality earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award. Most companies can’t pass the ratings. American Ratings Corporation also monitors every Diamond Certified company with ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. So you’ll feel confident choosing a Diamond Certified weight loss services.

Q: What are physician-assisted weight loss programs, and how can they help me?
A: Physician-assisted weight loss programs and medically supervised diets are those done under the advice and supervision of a doctor, nurses or other medical staff. Surgical weight loss systems are always medically supervised, but non-surgical weight loss plans may also be supervised and implemented by a physician or medical center.

Q: Do I need to exercise to lose weight?
A: No. Weight loss occurs when the number of calories spent exceeds the number of calories ingested. It is possible to cut your calorie intake and lose weight without exercising. However, most weight loss plans recommend increasing activity as a way to burn additional calories and increase your resting metabolic rate, which can speed up weight loss and tone your body for faster and more noticeable results. Low to medium impact exercise is also good for your heart and other body systems, so some exercise is good. There are studies that show that high impact exercise may actually be defeating for weight loss for some people. High impact and high intensity work outs may burn muscle before fat, leading to the need to eat more protein to build muscle. Some people are hungrier after high intensity workouts and overeat, adding to their calorie intake without creating the calorie deficit required for weight loss. Talk with your weight loss center or diet plan staff to understand their recommendations for exercise and calorie intake.

Q: What does BMI testing determine?
A: The body mass index, or BMI, is often used to determine whether adults are at a healthy weight, or if they’re underweight or overweight. BMI numbers do not measure body fat, however, so some people may have false readings. It’s also important to consider body fat distribution, skinfold tests, waist circumference, MRI testing, circumference ratios, and other ways of testing for excess body fat.

·      BMI of 18.4 or less is considered underweight.

·      BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered a healthy weight.

·      BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight.

·      BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese.

BMI readings can help show whether someone is at a healthy body weight, and can assist people in finding a healthy weight at which they may be able to cut their risk of certain diseases and early mortality. Talk with your health care provider and weight loss center for more details about your body weight and how they calculate a healthy body weight.

Q: What causes someone to be overweight or obese?
A: Obesity and excess body fat can be caused by many factors, including genetic, behavioral, health, environmental and other factors. Calorie consumption that is greater than calorie expenditure causes individuals to store extra body fat, which, over time, can lead to becoming overweight and obese. Diseases, medication, genetic and environmental reasons can contribute to an individual’s body weight. However, most people are overweight or obese due to behavioral reasons, including overeating, eating the wrong things for their bodies, and not getting enough exercise or activity.

Q: How does my resting metabolic rate impact my weight?
A: Resting metabolic rate, or the rate at which you burn calories while living your daily life, varies for each person. Resting metabolic rate is influenced by genetics, environment, nutrition and diet, exercise, age, and other factors. The higher your resting metabolic rate, the more calories your body will burn, which can contribute to being thinner or being able to eat more calories. Daily exercise is believed to increase resting metabolic rate. However, studies seem to show that low to moderate daily exercise is best for increasing resting metabolic rate.

Q: How can I control my body weight and lose weight?
A: Burning more calories than you consume is the key to losing weight; similarly, burning an equal number of calories as you consume will keep your body weight steady. Some people eat less, others exercise to burn more calories, and some use a combination to calorie control and exercise. Different methods work better for different people, so talk with your local weight loss program staff about your options and which  diet and exercise program will work best for you.

Q: What types of weight loss programs are available?
A: Local weight loss programs vary, but most areas have available doctor assisted weight loss diets (also called physician assisted weight loss or medically-supervised diets), weight loss group meetings and diet support groups, weight loss meal delivery systems and diet meal delivery services, online diet programs, meal replacement diet programs, diet supplement programs, surgical weight loss solutions and non-surgical medical weight loss (such as bariatric surgery and stomach banding), specialty diet services (including paleo, low-carb, Dukan, Atkins, Zone, HCG, ultra low-fat, high-fat low-carb, South Beach, vegan and more).

Q: What impact can being overweight or being obese have on my body long-term?
A: Carrying extra weight is bad for your joints, your organs, and your other body systems. Here are some diseases and dangers that increase with being overweight and obese:

·      Diabetes

·      Heart disease

·      Heart attacks and heart failure

·      Cancer—particularly cancers of the prostate, colon and digestive system

·      Gallstones and gallbladder disease

·      High blood pressure

·      Stroke

·      Gout

·      Osteoarthritis and other types of arthritis

·      Sleep apnea

·      Hip, knee and ankle pain and damage

·      Foot pain and bone problems

·       Premature death

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