Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
I am having trouble losing weight since my hysterectomy. I am careful to eat well and exercise daily, sometimes running over three miles a day. How can I get the weight off?
A: I think your physical activity level is not the problem, if you are exercising as you say. I believe this may be hormonal and metabolic issue. I suggest you have a physical and have the thyroid function checked. Often, the hypothyroid function can make it difficult to loose weight.
As for the weight loss, you need to kick-start your metabolism, so I suggest the following:
1. Avoid the fad diets and fast-acting solutions that guarantee incredible weight loss while you watch television and eat deserts.
2. Eat five times per day, a quarter of the portion that you were originally consuming per meal. Your last meal of the day should be no later than 7 PM.
3. Eliminate sugars and increase your water intake to 60 ounces per day. Keep dairy to a minimum. Instead of drinking coffee, drink green tea. Also, you can drink a tea made from boiling a lemon (with the peel).
4. Eat more complex carbohydrates and ample quantities of fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoid fatty foods, processed or fried foods, and sodas.
5. Walk 30 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the evening, two hours before bed. For toning you might replace one of the walks with some stretching with activities such as tai chi or a mild form of yoga.
You may find these specially formulated Traditions of Tao products helpful for weight loss: “Abundant Energy” and “B-Slim”. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.