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Weight Loss the Traditional Medicine Way

You didn’t gain all your weight in one day; you won’t lose it in one day. Be patient with yourself.

— Jenna Wolfe

I have a love/hate relationship with summer. I enjoy the sun and outdoor activities. I do not enjoy the fact that my winter weight gain is on display for the whole world to see. And don’t even get me started on my worst nightmare – bathers!!!!!!

What am I going to do? How will I get through the horror? Luckily, Traditional Medicine offers some natural ways to help you reduce weight and find your summer sweet spot.

In Traditional Medicine weight gain is believed to be caused by “dampness”. Dampness is caused by an imbalance in the intake of food, its absorption and digestion. If you eat too much fat or too many sugary snacks your weight goes up. Eat a balance of sweet, sour, salty and fatty foods and your body stabilises and weight gain is averted.

Here are some ways to help stop dampness and start you on your way to summer fun.

1. Reduce your intake of sweet, salty and fatty foods. These can all lead to weight gain and imbalance. Try to eat more foods with a bitter or sour flavour profile. Combining bitter and sour or pungent foods with increased exercise and healthier lifestyle choices is the best place to start your journey to find balance.

2. Sleep. Believe it or not – poor sleep and the resultant stress it causes is one of the major factors in weight gain. The good news is that regular acupuncture treatments may help with achieving better quality of sleep and therefore reducing your stress levels. This in turn will help your body find its natural middle ground.

3. Traditional Medicine herbs may also help with weight loss and appetite suppression. Try lotus leaf, ginger and ginseng. Bo He Wan is an over-the-counter weight loss formulation that contains many different herbs designed to promote weight loss. For best results, try consulting a Traditional Medicine practitioner for individualised assistance.

4. Try Tai Chi. It combines gentle movement with the added benefit of social interaction. Take a class outdoors in the sunshine and you’ve added much needed (and often sorely lacking) Vitamin D into the equation. The best of both worlds.

Summer doesn’t have to be the season of shame. With a few simple changes and a little extra effort – you can shine as bright as the sun outside!

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