Obesity: You are what you eat. What about exercise



Balances in weight control

There are many balances in weight control: in versus out, anabolic versus metabolic, excess versus deficiency, yin versus yang, craving versus hunger, overfeed versus starvation, satisfaction versus fullness.

In and out is the same meaning as anabolic and metabolic, which is calories take-in and spend-out. Excess and deficiency is that when there is excess of calorie and nutrient, deficiency will show up. Abdominal fat means something is out of the balance, hypertension and metabolic syndrome being about to follow up. Chinese medicine considers obesity as yin deficiency that the built up of fat is not the excess of real good yang, but a out-of-balanced state.

Craving and hunger is that craving is always specific, and mostly sugary or starchy food. While at this time people need to ask themselves: am I really hungry. If the answer is yes, replenish with something non-sugary and non-starchy. Overfeed and starvation seem easy to understand, but how starvation is involved obesity? When one’s appetite is too good after a starvation, he or she will overfeed. Modern food is highly refined, so even people are overfeeding themselves, the fact of matter is that they are starved of nutrients. Food with low nutrient value is a major contributor in obesity. The best amount of food is about 80% of fullness, with just satisfactory being the ideal state physiologically and psychologically.


Do you see any exercises here? Only the first one: in and out. Is it that important? In weight control, no. Obesity is all about what you eat. Seek guidance with a professional, and it is about eat well and lose weight. Enjoy the good food and a nice figure.