Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
What is the best way to lose weight and get healthy?
A: Weight loss is a complicated matter, and unfortunately, there is no one best way to do it. There are, however, some practical recommendations I will give you. First, I recommend you check your thyroid function; this is a simple test your physician can conduct to make sure your body has enough energy for metabolism. Additionally, I would check to rule out diabetes or pre-diabetic conditions. The reason that most diets don’t work is because they are contrary to our nature. Instead of dieting, I suggest you try to change your nature.
If you follow these, you should see results:
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 water intake to 60oz. 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. 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.
Additionally, you may try the following products from the Traditions of Tao to supplement your new weight-loss plan: “Abundant Energy” and the “B-Slim”. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.