Consider all of the different ways that losing weight may improve your social life, your medical and psychological health. studies show that just a 5 to 10 percent decrease in your weight can change your health. Health Benefits of Losing Weight:
- Decreased risk of diabetes
- Lowered blood pressure
- Improved cholesterol levels
- Decreased risk of heart disease
- Decreased risk of certain cancers
- Decreased joint pain and back pain
- Decreased risk of stroke
- More active social life
- Greater confidence
- Better sleep
- Decreased stress
- Improved body image
Four popular weight loss strategies
- Cut calories
Some experts believe that successfully managing your weight comes down to a simple equation: If you eat fewer calories than you burn, you lose weight. When you cut calories, you may drop weight for the first few weeks, for example, and then something changes. You eat the same number of calories but you lose less weight or no weight at all. That’s because when you lose weight you’re losing water and lean tissue as well as fat, your metabolism slows, and your body changes in other ways. So, in order to continue dropping weight each week, you need to continue cutting calories.
- Cut carbs
A different way of viewing weight loss identifies the problem as not one of consuming too many calories, but rather the way the body accumulates fat after consuming carbohydrates—in particular the role of the hormone insulin. Most low-carb diets advocate replacing carbs with protein and fat, which could have some negative long-term effects on your health.
- Cut fat
It’s a mainstay of many diets: if you don’t want to get fat, don’t eat fat. Not all fat is bad. Healthy or “good” fats can actually help to control your weight, as well as manage your moods and fight fatigue. Unsaturated fats found in avocados, nuts, seeds, soy milk, tofu, and fatty fish can help fill you up, while adding a little tasty olive oil to a plate of vegetables.
- Follow the Mediterranean diet
The Mediterranean diet emphasizes eating good fats and good carbs along with large quantities of fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, fish, and olive oil—and only modest amounts of meat and cheese. The Mediterranean diet is more than just about food, though. Regular physical activity also major components.
Acupuncture for weight loss
Acupuncture is an ancient traditional medicine that involves inserting thin, filiform or solid needles into specific points on the body. Acupuncture needles are typically inserted into the skin about 1/4 of an inch deep, up to 1/2 an inch, depending on the style of acupuncture and the desired effects to improve the flow of Qi (energy) through the body. Advocates of acupuncture for weight loss believe that acupuncture can stimulate the body’s energy flow (chi) to impact factors that can reverse obesity such as: increasing metabolism, reducing appetite, lowering stress and affecting the part of the brain that feels hunger. Weight gain, according to traditional Chinese medicine, is caused by body imbalance. That imbalance, according to ancient teachings, can be caused by a malfunctioning: liver, spleen, kidney, thyroid gland, endocrine system.So, for weight loss, acupuncture treatments commonly target these areas of the body.
While acupuncture can treat a myriad of health conditions, for weight loss, acupuncture along with a healthy diet and lifestyle shows a measurable effect over health and lifestyle alone.