Dr. Maoshing Ni, L.Ac., D.O.M., Ph.D.
It is a time-honored tradition to make
resolutions at this time of year. If your resolution is to lose weight -
and keep it off - then keep reading! Here are six simple tips that
will have you losing weight in a balanced and healthy way.
1. Lose weight with water.
Water is essential for everybody - it is also the key to losing weight.
If you haven't been drinking enough water, your body has developed a
pattern of storing water. This water retention equals extra unwanted
By drinking more water, you are not only flushing out toxins, you are
also teaching your body that it no longer needs to store water. Drink at
least 60 ounces of water (about 8 glasses) a day. Boil water and add
sliced lemons, and drink this throughout the day to help with fluid
retention. If you are still not sold on the merits of water, try this on
for size: water is a natural appetite suppressant.
2. Soup up your weight loss program.
A simple dietary change will have you shedding pounds: eat a bowl of
soup at least once a day. Nutritious, low-salt soups will nourish you as
they flush waste from your body. People who eat a serving of soup daily
lose more weight than those who eat the same amount of calories but
don't eat soup. Go for homemade soup whenever possible, as canned soups
are loaded with salt and chemicals.
3. Eat early to keep weight off.
The human body follows a circadian rhythm, which means that the same
foods eaten at breakfast and lunch are processed differently than when
eaten at dinner. Studies show that when you eat your daily protein and
fat at breakfast you tend to lose weight and have more energy; however,
eating the same things at dinner tend to increase tendencies toward
weight gain. I suggest that you eat your last meal of the day by 7 p.m.
4. Eat smaller meals, more frequently.
Follow an eating schedule with five little meals every day. Eating
steadily through the day keeps you from becoming famished and overeating
at your next meal. Make a low-fat trail mix from raw almonds, pumpkin
seeds, dried plum, and apples and have it available at all times to
avoid the tempting lure of high-calorie snacks.
5. Adopt a balanced approach to your diet.
Most of the fad diet programs out there nowadays are extreme in a few
recommended foods, or else deprive the body of food altogether. This
works in opposition to our metabolism and the results usually don't
last, producing a yoyo effect that depresses your metabolic function -
not to mention your self-esteem. We are natural beings that need a
balance of nutrition from all sources.
Your diet should consist of a balance of organic sources of lean
protein, complex carbohydrates, whole grains, legumes, nuts, fruits, and
vegetables. Instead of white rice and pasta, opt for brown rice, bulgur,
millet, or buckwheat.
Eat more green, chlorophyll-rich foods such as broccoli, kale, spinach,
and asparagus. Eliminate candy, sugar, soda, and all simple sugars from
your diet. Excess sugar ends up being stored as fat in your body, which
results in weight gain. Also, keep dairy to a minimum because most dairy
products are high in saturated fat. Avoid fatty foods, processed or
6. Walk off the weight.
The No. 1 cause of weight gain is inactivity. Physical activity is the
key to speeding up your metabolism and burning excess calories. The best
way to be physically active is to use your legs! Walk as often and as
long as you can. Always take the stairs instead of the elevator.
Step outside during your break at work and take a walk around your
building. Consider joining a local hiking club. Try taking a walk 30
minutes in the morning or 30 minutes in the early evening.
I hope this article helps you shed some pounds and add on the years! I
invite you to visit often and share your own personal health and
longevity tips with me.
May you live long, live strong, and live happy!