Weight Loss is a reduction of body weight that is a consequence of
voluntary or involuntary circumstances. When a person loses weight he
usually experience a loss of body fat, but may lose muscle as well.
Weight gain on the other is an increase in body weight in the form of increase fat storage that may be voluntary or involuntary.
Weight loss or gain that is voluntary is based on the person’s choice of what and how much he eats, and how often he exercises. Involuntary change of weight status is the result of disease.
Both weight loss and gain are all about calorie intake and usage. When a person takes in more calories than he uses, the body stores the excess as fat. However, when a person either takes in less that the body needs or burns more calories that he or she eats weight loss occurs.
Though there are many methods to determine if a person is overweight most experts agree that the best tool to measure body fat is the BMi or body mass index. Body Mass Index is based on weight and height of the individual. The standard numbers used are as follows: Adult BMI = <18.5 –Underweight; 18.5-24.9- Normal weight; 25-29.9- overweight; >30- Obese.
Although Americans spend over 33 billion dollars annually on weight loss programs, the failure rate remains enormously high at 95 percent. In the United States approximately 40% of the population is overweight. Obesity rate has been rising with one in four American adults affected. Excess weight is a problem for both men and women, though there are more men that are overweight, more women deal with obesity. The numbers of overweight adolescents is also grim, one in six Americans between ages 12 and 19 are overweight. Worldwide over a billion people are overweight.
Though both allopathic medical doctors and holistic health professionals deem the best method for losing weight is reduction of food intake and increased exercise, they will employ different modalities to aid in the process.
Conventional methods utilized in weight loss include among others; medications that suppress appetite or block absorption of fat and bariatric surgery (geared toward treating obesity) that reduces the volume of the stomach. In addition, many different diets have been popularized as well as meal replacement products.
Alternative modalities used to achieve weight loss are usually used in combination to create a synergistic effect. They include among others: Hypnosis, aromatherapy, homeopathy, herbal remedies, vitamins and supplements, ear stapling, as well as acupressure and acupuncture.
Weight loss according to Traditional Chinese Medicine is in essence the result of an imbalance within the body. The imbalance is caused by stagnation and improper flow of Qi in the spleen and liver organ systems. The spleen Qi disharmony is responsible for the slowing of the metabolism, lack of energy and water retention. The liver Qi stagnation is theorized to be the culprit in compulsive eating and certain cravings.
A number of research studies have demonstrated great promise in use of acupuncture for weight loss. Results of a clinical study on the benefits of acupuncture for weight loss showed that the group receiving acupuncture lost an average of three times more weight than the control group. While a study conducted in Australia resulted in appetite suppression in 95% of the participants who received acupuncture.
Dr. Elisha expertly utilizes acupuncture as part of a comprehensive fitness program for weight loss. The holistic approach includes a diet and exercise plan as well as herbal and homeopathic remedies. Let Dr Elisha assist you in reaching your fitness goals.
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