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Weight Loss Tips From Chinese Medicine

Updated: Jun 27, 2021

In this article, we'll take a look at tips from Chinese Medicine that may help to assist you with weight loss. Simple practices from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can be used in your day-to-day life to help you with weight loss. You can take this holistic approach towards weight management and see great results. If you're interested in learning more about dieting and healthy lifestyle choices from a Chinese Medicine perspective, be sure to visit our Diet & Healthy Lifestyle page. Without further delay, let us get into it.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics showed that 67% of Australian adults were overweight or obese in 2017-2018. Weight management has become a growing issue worldwide. Being overweight or obese can increase the risk of physical and mental health issues which include;

  • Heart disease

  • High blood pressure, and cholesterol

  • Increased risk of a stroke

  • Joint pains

  • Reproductive issues

  • Mental health issues

Recognizing the importance of maintaining a healthy weight is the first step towards taking the actions necessary in dieting and lifestyle choices to create change. We hope to help educate and assist you in your process towards achieving long and lasting results in weight loss. Taking five minutes to read this article may prove helpful for you going forwards.

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The Right Time To Eat

According to the Chinese Medicine Body Clock, there is an ideal time to eat during the day. It recommends that the best time to eat a meal is between 7 am to 11 am. In Chinese Medicine, we believe that the human digestive organs are at their strongest point during these times of the day and your stomach and spleen are functioning at their peak performance. It would be the best time for you to have your ‘heaviest’ meal of the day during this period from 7 am to 11 am. It allows more time for your body to utilize energy from the food throughout the day instead of storing the energy as body fat.

Additionally, the least ideal time to eat is after 6 pm according to the Chinese Medicine Body Clock. The body enters into a self-repair state at night. The last thing the body wants at this point is for more food to be digested. If you consume your heaviest meal too late during the afternoon or evening, your body is more likely to store more of the calories that from food as body fat.

Eat "Warming" Foods & Beverages

The stomach and spleen do not respond well to cold temperatures. Too much cold food and beverages can be damaging to your digestive function.

When your digestion is functioning poorly you may experience nausea, acid reflux, bloating, or even bowel issues. Excessive consumption of cold foods and beverages can produce an excess of "internal phlegm". Too much internal phlegm in the body, can create an internal environment where it becomes easy to gain weight and at the same time difficult to lose it.

Consider adding warming spices including cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and turmeric into your food. These spices are considered warming and can help to aid your digestion. In addition consider reducing your intake of iced beverages, instead choose to have room temperature or hot drinks.

Avoid Sugar and Grease

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, too much intake of sweet and greasy foods can cause your body to produce excessive internal phlegm which makes it difficult to lose weight. Sugar is very addictive and can be difficult to quit, however, in order to effectively lose weight, sugar intake has to be reduced (especially refined sugars). Numerous studies have shown that physical or emotional distress increases the intake of food high in fat, sugar, or both.

Manage Stress and Tension

Continuing from the point above, it is important to manage stress and tension as these factors can contribute to fluctuations in our weight. Emotional eating as a result of dealing with stress is a pattern of eating where people use food to help them deal with stressful situations.

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine therapies can help you to reduce your levels of stress and create a greater sense of well-being. Acupuncture can release hormones such as endorphins. From a physiological perspective, the stimulation of acupoints promotes the release of ‘happy hormones' (endorphins), and other natural chemicals that help the body to relax and turn off its stress response.

Health Wise has over thirty years of clinical experience. We aim to deliver the best Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine treatments in Hong Kong. If you would like to make an appointment, feel free to contact us. Alternatively, you can call (852) 2526 7908 or Whatsapp (852) 9855 2840 or email for bookings.

Move and Excercise

Exercise consistency is more important than exercise intensity. It is far more important to exercise consistently rather than exercising occasionally with high intensity. Finding an exercise routine that you can enjoy is important. Many people forget that walking is also a form of exercise, and can contribute great benefits towards your overall health and well-being.

Additionally, high-intensity training has great benefits, but it should be done in moderation to allow our body to fully recuperate. Overall, it is better to do consistent exercise more often than to do intense exercise every so often.

Herbs for Weight Loss

Stay tuned for our next article if you would like to learn more about herbs for weight loss!

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