by Lorenzo Phan
According to the Center for Disease Control, healthcare costs associated with obesity are reaching $150 billion annually. In the U.S., obesity is responsible for more than 300,000 deaths a year making it the leading killer of Americans because of its associations to diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol, sleep apnea, asthma and heart disease.
Many Americans get frustrated with dieting because they are unable to keep the weight off. They lose some weight only to gain it right back. Several popular diets work temporarily but fail because it is too difficult to stay on them. As a result, these diets are not effective in achieving or maintaining an ideal weight in the long run.
What works? The addition of acupuncture treatments to a sensible regimen of healthy eating and exercise is a break-through in weight management. Gaining popularity in the U.S., it enables an individual to lose weight gradually and keep it off. It is important to find a licensed acupuncturist who also has a thorough knowledge of nutrition and specific exercise focused on burning abdominal fat, increasing metabolic rates, and enhancing energy level.
Many Americans crave sweet, salty and fried foods which are unhealthy and may lead to diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart attack and stroke. Acupuncture curbs food cravings. It also helps with stress and mood, which are known to be triggers of overeating behavior. Acupuncture benefits include better digestion, increased metabolism, a balanced central nervous system, a stronger immune system, and a deeper sense of relaxation and general well-being. These benefits are being validated through research conducted all over the world.
Nutrition. Individual nutrition counseling will focus on making healthier food choices. Foods with high water content are especially important because they have an impact on satiety. These foods have larger volume but relatively fewer calories. Foods naturally rich in water includes fruits, vegetables, low-fat milk, cooked grains, lean meats, poultry, fish and beans. By staying on a plan with healthy food choices, individuals can lose weight and look great. Change requires planning, knowledge, commitment and determination. These changes in eating habits can help to maintain ideal body weight for a lifetime.
Staying fit. Exercise also delivers countless benefits to one’s general health. Several beneficial forms of exercise include tai chi, yoga, Pilates, cardiovascular, strength and flexibility training. Each form of exercise focuses on burning abdominal fat, speeding up metabolic rate, and increasing energy.
Lorenzo Phan, DOM., L.Ac., is the owner of Acupuncture & Skin Care Clinic located at 725 W. Granada Blvd, Ste. 15 in Ormond Beach. For more information, call 386-615-1203 or visit AcuBeautyTherapy.com.