“A disease of prosperity, obesity, threatens to overwhelm our health care system.”
Weight loss, need not be the hardship most people perceive it to be. Changing your lifestyle can also be reframed as an adventure in active healthy living.
Life is Qi! Life is energy! Calories are just a measurement of energy and the fact is that to be successful at weight loss the energy going into the system (calories) must be less than or at least match the energy going out (exercise). Regular enjoyable physical activity, combined with a delicious but sensible diet can help you burn calories, reduce fat, and lower your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers.
The most effective way to achieve real weight loss
The key to real weight loss is to choose activities that you enjoy and that can help create small but sustainable changes in both diet and exercise. This is really the most effective way to lose weight, and keep it off. Two hundred and fifty calories less each day plus 250 calories more exercise each day adds up to 3500 calories/week, that is losing a pound of fat each week. That doesn’t sound like much but that’s 52 pounds in a year and at a pound a week in weight loss that also stays under the metabolic radar so you body will more easily keep the weight off. This cannot be done by only changing diet or by only changing exercise levels we must do a little bit of both to get the energy equation to balance out. Reducing calories helps get the weight off and exercise helps keep it off.
The Energy output side of the metabolic equation
Daily exercise, is essential for weight loss.
A proper amount of regular exercise is absolutely essential to preserve good health and mobility. Regular exercise stimulates the circulation of Qi and Blood and keeps the muscles strong and the sinews supple: both of these effects contribute to prevention of many diseases and cuts the rate of aging itself in half. In modern industrial societies, where many people engaged in office work lead very inactive lives, proper exercise is all the more important for good health.
The importance of exercise for health has been recognized in Chinese culture since very early times. An ancient Chinese saying states: “Running water does not become stale; a door hinge never gets worm-eaten”.
We need to get some enjoyable moderate-intensity exercise for 20 to 60 minutes on most if not all day’s of the week at a minimum in order to stay healthy. In order to accomplish this over a long enough period of time to have the desired effect, it has to be enjoyable. Just exercising out of self discipline is not going to work. As we get older and metabolic resistance increases we have to keep it up over an even longer period of time to work. Perseverance furthers! If you are doing something you enjoy you are more likely to keep it up long enough to actually start losing weight. The same is true for diet. The first rule in Chinese dietary therapy is that the food must be delicious. That way you are much more likely to keep it up long enough to actually benefit.
Start off slowly and gradually
As Woody Guthrie once said “take it easy but take it”. Nothing will set you back quicker that getting an injury.
• Being overweight can be hard on the joints. Choose enjoyable low impact activities that minimize your risk of injury, Tai Chi, and water exercise, for example, are easy on your joints and a whole lot of fun.
• Drink plenty of fluids before, during, and after exercise, and be careful not to overdo it.
• Start slowly and gradually progress the intensity and duration of your workouts.
• Find an exercise partner to help keep you motivated and consistent about your
• Set realistic weight-loss goals no more than one to two pounds per week and stick to a healthy, calorie-controlled diet.
Exercise is medicine Your Prescription for Health Series
For appropriate cautions and getting started right advice from the American college of sports Medicine’s Exercise is Medicine Initiative see the link below.
Tai Chi & Weight Loss Study
Yes Tai Chi can help with weight loss. Enjoyable in it’s own right Tai Chi can lead to long term compliance with physical activity recommendations. Researchers at the University of Queensland, Australia have found that the gentle, yet powerful, exercise known as tai chi helps with obesity and excess weight, in a number of ways. (see below)
Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/tai-chi-diet-depression.html#ixzz1EPZMYiI8
Food must be delicious and exercise should be fun
To make any kind of weight loss permanent it is essential that the healthy new diet be as enjoyable as the old unhealthy diet. This takes a little bit of effort but can also make healthy eating an adventure. The average supermarket has over 25,000 items post of those are healthy. How many of those have you really tried. We tend to be creatures of habit and the same foods go in the cart on every shopping trip. Try an experiment. Each time you go shopping try one new healthy food item that you have never tried before. That way in a year you have 52 new foods you have tried. Lets say half of them were awful, don’t buy those again. But if half the new foods you tried taste good buy those again and in one year you can completely change your diet with all healthy foods that you enjoy, no hardship. The same goes for physical activity, Try a dozen different forms of exercisee until you find some thing enjoyable. French researchers have found that 90% of all the enjoyable activities in the world involve some form of physical activity.
Chinese Medicine and Weight Loss
Traditional Chinese Medicine has a number of techniques that can make weight loss a little easier. Certain points around the body, help increase hormones that boost metabolism and help burn fat.
Ren 4 Guan Yuan & Pc 6 Nei Guan in particular and there actually is an acupuncture point known as “The Chocolate Point”that can kill your appetite for about a week.
Other useful points include
Sp 6, St 25, St 40, Bl 20, Lu 7 Ren 9, Li 11, St 44, Sj 6, Sp 15, Sp 14 (1.5 cun below Sp 15)
(Ren 9 & Ren 7 and St 25 in a cross around belly button do.)
Pinch – Ban Men Point (all around the base of thumb)
Herbal Teas and Formulas
Green tea boosts metabolism and helps burn fat and is healthy for you in so many way’s that it forms the basis of most Chinese Medicine herbal remedies for losing weight.
Green tea in general helps to boost metabolism and helps the body burn brown fat stores. Pu errh tea is a fermented green tea that is used extensively in Asia. Also useful are teas made of ren shen (ginseng), wintermelon, and Mung bean.
Bojenmi literally means “maintain health and nice appearance, reduce fat tea” The main ingredient is green tea leaf from Fujian Province (reported to be 50% of the product contents), which have been shown to help lower blood lipids. An extract of other herbs is sprayed onto the tea leaf to make the finished beverage product, which is prepared by steeping in boiled water for 3-4 minutes. The other ingredients are:
These herbs are traditionally used to enhance digestion, remove food stagnation, resolve accumulations of phlegm and moisture, and provide a slight laxative action.
Jian Fei Cha
Natural herb tea. This smooth and delightful tea can be used as part of an overall weight loss program. It is without caffeine and any other additives, safe to use. Enjoy this reliable drink the gift of mother nature.
Tonify digestion and quickening the blood, reducing the fat.
If you are pregnant, do not use.
Alistmatis Tuber, Lotus leaf, Hawthorn fruit, Senna Leaf, Herba Gynostemma
These teas are available at the acupuncture clinic