Obesity or being overweight has become a cause for concern. Not because Hollywood gives the impression that we need to look like Jennifer Anniston, Kate Hudson, Zach Effron, or Channing Tatum. I would love it if we all could forget about the unrealistic expectations that the media puts on both men and women. Our focus needs to return to our HEALTH. We need to look at factors that indicate our true health not just the superficial standards of perfection. Yes, the amount of body fat we have needs to be accounted for but also factors such as: cholesterol, blood pressure, our ability to keep up with our kids, etc.
Being overweight is in most cases attributed to the caloric intake exceeding the energy expenditure. This can start in childhood or may start to occur in adulthood. The other less common causes for obesity are: various endocrine disorders, metabolic disorders, abnormal hypothalamus function. Examples are: diabetes, insulin resistance, PCOS, etc. It is important to work closely with your doctor to address these metabolic conditions.
We need to ensure that we are maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle. This means eating a diet with a healthy balance of protein, carbohydrates and fats. We are surrounded by processed foods and unfortunately these choices are often more convenient and less expensive than the healthier options. We need to try and keep these foods to a minimum. Combined with an active lifestyle is the first step to maintaining a healthy weight.
Did you know that Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help? When we see an accumulation of excess weight we will often see one of a few imbalances within the channels of the body. These imbalances may have started to develop due to improper diet or lifestyle choices that are not ideal. Typically the Spleen, Stomach, Liver and Kidney channels are most often players in weight gain. Acupuncture and/or Chinese herbs can help to regulate the imbalances in these channels. When the channels are balanced and then combined with a healthy diet and moderate exercise weight loss is inevitable. If you are trying to eat right and exercise but not seeing those changes it may be directly related to these imbalances.
An example. The Spleen and Stomach channels are responsible for Transforming and Transporting the food that we eat into good and usable energy and waste to be excreted. If there is dysfunction there then the food that we eat will not be processed effectively and generates the accumulation of phlegm in the body and fat. We also see with imbalances in these channels increased cravings for sugar and fats which when consumed leads to further weight gain and more damage to these channels. We also utilize points where necessary to help you curb cravings and reduce excess hunger.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine will ensure that your body is balanced and working WITH you to achieve the weight loss goals that you may have. We also can work together and look at your nutrition. Dietary therapy is an important part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. I am happy to sit with you and look at your eating habits and help you determine where there are successes and areas that need improvement. It is important to address all areas of our lifestyle and habits to get ourselves on the track to acheiving our goals.
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