Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
I have angina and high cholesterol. How can I lose weight quickly and healthfully?
A: Quick weight loss is actually counterproductive to your condition. What you need is gradual but steady weight loss. Even 10 pounds of weight loss can dramatically impact your cholesterol levels and related conditions. Check with your cardiologist about taking up exercises. I suggest qigong and walking; a 30-minute daily walk can do wonders for your metabolism. Also, eat smaller, more frequent meals.
Chinese medicine can help reduce the cholesterol with natural herbal products, but your cardiologist may want you to take Western medication to rapidly reduce the levels. Angina is a serious concern and indicative of possible heart problems; it is important to be diligent about your diet and exercise routine. Garlic is a wonderful food that can help reduce cholesterol, as well as aloe juice and hawthorn berries, which are good for the cardiovascular system.
You may also try the specially formulated herbal formula “B-Slim” from the Traditions of Tao to supplement your new weight-loss plan. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.