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Chinese Medicine And Weight Loss

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Dr. Daoshing Ni reminds women that the way they gain and lose weight is different from the way men do. Our bodies are completely different from theirs.

Dr. Dao recommends a program with very slow weight loss. Meals should not be skimpy. Meals should be nourishing, containing foods of good quality.

Dr. Dao looks at lifestyle, to see what changes are possible, and might help with weight loss. Stress and exercise are also important considerations.

(Transcribed from video interview)

Dr. Dao:
Traditional Chinese men look at weight management as a comprehensive approach. One of the things that we look in women is a woman’s bodies are designed to hold weight.

So frequently compared to men, and this is one thinks a mistake, any woman should not compare their weight loss regimen with the men, okay?

They are just totally different. Your body is a totally different make up. Your body tends to hold fat a little bit more than men.

Some of us, we say a lot more, but it’s a little bit more than men so what happens is that when you are trying to lose weight you do not, and here’s the key – you do not want to lose too much weight in a short period of time, because every time you do that, when you put your body into this really flight state where your body will try to gain more weight in a greater way much later.

So frequently a lot of times losing weight in a quick hurry doesn’t really help.

So the way to really approach the weight loss and weight management in Chinese medicine very first, we do lifestyle counseling.

We got to look at the lifestyle and we look at how you eat, the kind of food you eat. We look at what’s the reasonable amount of weight that you should lose.

I usually advice my patients not to lose more than one pound a week, okay? When you are starting to lose more than one pound a week most likely you are getting those weight back, okay?

We want to lose weight in a very sustained way so what I mean is this weight will not come back forever, okay, and the key is you got to change your lifestyle first.

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