Most weight-loss strategies focus on counting calories, adding points, measuring food, and denying food cravings. This limited view punishes the body, and many dieters who follow these strategies ultimately regain the weight they worked so hard to lose. In reality, excess weight is the body’s way of showing that it’s out of balance. Learning how to listen to the body instead of discounting it offers the greatest guidance of all.
From the TCM perspective, excess weight is a symptom of a greater health problem. It’s the end result of a series of internal events in the body that usually begin with a Qi deficiency and a Qi imbalance. TCM understands that if the root cause of excess weight is not addressed, weight loss will never be permanent.
Do you want the secret to sustainable weight loss?
In order to enjoy good health, including healthy body weight, you must have sufficient Qi for the body to maintain its daily functioning. This Qi is the body’s precious fuel. It nourishes and enables the body to digest food, process emotions, maintain daily activities, and prevent health imbalances.
Health problems, like headaches, PMS, and emotional difficulties such as frustration and depression, are signals that the body is having functional difficulties. Frequently, the relationship between the Spleen and Liver organ systems—both key to proper digestion—becomes imbalanced. A balanced body does not have weight issues. So when attempting to lose weight, it’s important to partner with the body, build energy, and recognize the role your emotions and daily activities play.
The following tips will help you build a partnership with your body. These principles help form the foundation of our Dragon’s Way Qigong® program.
Seven Tips to Find Balance
- Eat mostly fresh foods that are available locally and in season.
- Cook vegetables to make them easier to digest. (The Qi needed to “cook” and process these vegetables can now be used for healing.)
- Eat soup and warm foods in winter.
- Food cravings are actually signals from the body requesting energetic support. Listen and honor your body!
- Eat until you are 70-80 percent full.
- Find a quality Qigong practice to build your energy and release stress.
- Recognize there is no such thing as a diet, rather a smart way to live life.
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