What is Obesity?
A person gains weight when they take in more energy or calories than they use in any given day. If a person’s diet and lifestyle consistently create a pattern of consuming more energy than they use, they will continue to gain weight in the form of fat to the point of being overweight. A person is considered obese when he or she is not only overweight, but also when his or her extra body fat presents significant health risks in the form of diabetes, hypertension, heart attacks, coronary heart disease, strokes, depression, and infertility. Eight out of ten adults in America are currently considered overweight, and 40 million people are considered obese. With fast-food restaurants selling 1,000-calorie sandwiches, our stress and emotions shifting our body chemistry, and the destruction of regular, consistent eating habits, our country’s metabolism is slowing down. Our population’s collective weight gain and rise of obesity is the result.
How can I treat Obesity?
Traditional Chinese medicine considers obesity to be an accumulation of dampness and phlegm, as well as reduced functionality of the spleen and kidney networks. Treatment focuses on proper nutrition, increased physical activity, and the balancing of emotions to dispel the dampness and increase the body’s metabolic functions. It is recommended that one stay away from fad diets and, instead, eat a diet rich in wholesome organic foods without preservatives, and to adopt a pattern of eating five smaller meals a day. Foods to be included in this diet include lean proteins, complex carbohydrates such as brown rice and millet, legumes, nuts, vegetables such as broccoli and spinach, fruits such as apples and cherries, and plenty of hot water. Other remedies include substituting sugar with natural alternatives, such as stevia or brown rice syrup, and substituting green or black tea for coffee. Physical activity should be increased to help speed up metabolism in the form of walking to more destinations, walking up stairs instead of taking the escalator or elevator, and of course, practicing a daily exercise regimen of cardiovascular activity.
What should I avoid in my lifestyle for Obesity?
To prevent obesity, it is very important to avoid spicy foods, starchy foods, fatty and greasy foods, simple sugars and sweets, dairy products, sodas, coffee, alcohol, eating while stressed, eating quickly, and eating after 7 p.m.
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