What you need to know about Obesity

As an acupuncturist, I have many successful experiences treating patients who want to lose weight. I use acupuncture to build and balance the energies, and the patient experiences the weight come off with fewer cravings, better energy, better mental balance and they tend to be happier. But there are things I want the person losing the weight to know.

First, there are several factors that go into losing weight, so if you are just focusing on the eating aspect, you are setting yourself up for eventual failure. Go about it in a way where you will succeed for the long run. Plan to be healthy for the rest of your life, not just until the weight comes off. That means you have to have healthy exercise, healthy life style, healthy habits and a healthy diet.

Remember if you go for a quick loss program, it shows you are approaching it with strong emotions rather than good logic and a steady discipline. Approaching the problem from an emotional outset, means you will fail due to emotions also. Getting the emotions under control is key.

Proper exercise is the key to losing weight. Proper diet comes after exercise. So get the order and priorities right! About exercise, I tend to favor muscle exercises over cardio, but I do not believe in just one without the other. 15-30 minutes of cardio, then 20-40 minutes of muscle work, and finish with 5-10 minutes of stretching. ChiGong and/or Taiji should be a separate workout in the morning. Exercise should be done at least 4 days per week. Make exercise a part of your regular life for the rest of your life.

Plan your program with discipline in mind. Never go for the quick fix, quick loss, quick pill.  I like to say, “what goes away quick, comes back quick.”  So when it comes to weight loss, do no more than 2 pounds a week, no more than 8 pounds a month. I prefer to see a loss of one pound per week for those that are overweight.

During the process, it is okay to not loose weight during any particular week , but make sure you don’t gain during that week. Try to resume back to your disciplined program as soon as you can to make progress.  If you come to a period where no more weight will come off, no matter how hard you try, then shift your mental goal from weight-loss to weight control. Just keep the progress you made, and go about your health building program.

Step 1: Start out with a good gentle colon cleanse.

Step 2: Raise the metabolism

Step 3: Balance the energies

Step 4: Keep the progress you have made.

Remember health is for life, not a short-term project. Health is earned!

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