The IRS will allow people who are diagnosed by a physician as being obese to deduct the costs of the services in this program. The revenue ruling, IR 2002-19, approves the fees related to services (i.e. medical services and nutrition education meetings) when they are occurring for medically valid reasons. A person must be under the guidance of a physician in order to qualify. The ruling does not cover the cost for foods or Meal Replacements, which people would have to pay for regardless of their weight. Click here for further information concerning Medical Weight Loss Tax Deduction Information.
Phase 4: Maintenance: most people start this phase at week 12, though it does depend on how much weight you have to lose.  During this phase I work with you to make the programme become a long term way of life.  I show you how you can gradually expand your food list and explain which foods you should you should keep in moderation.  You will end up in a place where you will instinctively know how to stay in balance.
Currently, she is a PhD researcher specialising in obesity and the prevention of diabetes in ethnic minority groups. As an associate lecturer, she enjoys delivering lectures in universities and engaging with her students. She is also an active member of Diabetes UK, regularly delivering presentations across Yorkshire. Simultaneously, she works for the NHS weight management service supporting patients through a 12-week programme.
The risk of an early death for an obese person is twice that of a non-obese person, according to recent studies. Morbid obesity can cause life-threatening health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, heart attack, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Weight loss surgery decreases your chance for these and other conditions, including sleep apnea, gastric reflux, asthma, arthritis and migraines. Evidence suggests that weight loss also lowers the risk of some cancers that are increased with morbid obesity, including breast, endometrial, colon and prostate cancers.
Sustained weight loss for patients who are morbidly obese—usually defined as being 100 pounds or more over ideal body weight or having a body mass index of 40 or higher—is even harder to achieve. And serious health risks have been identified for people who move from diet to diet, subjecting their bodies to a severe and continuing cycle of weight loss and gain known as "yo-yo dieting."
How much weight will I lose? : it really does depend on how much weight you have to lose in the first place and how well you stick with the programme.  I have seen 3-4 kg lost in the first two phases (2 weeks and 2 days) through to a staggering 10kg.  For most people the first two phases sees the most dramatic loss in weight after which point is does slow down a bit.  One lady on the plan at the moment has lost 7kg and she is a couple of weeks into phase 3 (more relaxed phase where one weekly treat meal is allowed) and is half way to her total weight loss goal.
You don’t have to be an athlete to notice how nutrition can impact your performance. For you it could be your performance at work, in the gym, or at home with your family. Performance tells us a lot about your physiology. Whenever you feel low or are finding your performance is suffering, your motivation and desire to continue with the recommendations will diminish.
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