In the U.S. alone, nearly 70 percent of the population has been classified as overweight or obese.
Millions of people try to lose weight but usually gain it all back; and sometimes even more. Even if they do lose weight, it’s not always in the places where they want to lose it.
But obesity is more than just a weight problem. It can lead to serious medical conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, cancer, and diabetes. Diabetes related to chronic obesity is now reaching epidemic proportions in this country, affecting some 26 million people.
Today, medical science is showing that a metabolic disorder or imbalance is the main underlying cause of obesity and its related health problems. Many weight loss programs focus mainly on diet and workouts rather than addressing underlying metabolic issues. Since the metabolism is not changed, most people fail to achieve their weight loss goals. One of the most important factors in losing weight and keeping it off is to bring balance to the underlying metabolism.
Many times we try to lose weight quickly, but this brings up a BIG red flag for our health. When you burn fat, the body produces chemicals called ketones, which your body needs time to detoxify. Losing more than about 2 lbs of weight a week is too much for your body to handle, because it cannot detoxify the ketones quickly enough. This is very harmful to the body.
Another difficulty for many of us trying to lose weight is that we work out hard to burn up calories, but while we are burning some fat, we do so by using a lot of muscle energy. The body then sends this message to the brain and the natural response is a signal to eat more to replace this energy, and even build more muscle. Therefore we tend to get very hungry after workouts and often eat even more than usual, making it a struggle to lose weight through appetite suppression.
The Key to Successful Weight Loss
“The Key to losing weight, and something few people know the secret how to do”, says Dr. Dongxun Zhang, founder of Fit-150: Ideal Metabolism-Ideal Weight®, “is to burn fat without burning muscle energy. Then instead of struggling with hunger, your appetite becomes balanced, and you effortlessly shed unwanted pounds.”
Another key tool for balancing the metabolism and losing weight is the use of our minds through focused intention. "Your mind has the remarkable ability to accelerate evolution through the power of focused intention. Your mind can actually tell your body how and when to change. You are what you intend to be.
The stronger, clearer, and more specific your intention for your life is, the stronger, healthier and longer your life can be and, the better your ability to change. For instance, we often see that those who want to live longer -- who have a strong intention or goal for living -- many times do live longer.
For example, the American presidents, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, although not in good health, both had the strong intention to live until the 50th anniversary of the country. They both passed away on July 4th, 1826 - the 50th anniversary of the United States. Jefferson was 83 and Adams was 90. The clear intention of these men helped them live a long life at a time when most people died in their 40s. (Dr. Dongxun Zhang).
With the right knowledge and guidance we can learn how to harness this power of intention, and apply it, along with appropriate exercises, to lose weight, bring balance to our metabolism, and create the body we always wanted.
Teresa Mullan Frease is a lead instructor and coordinator of Dr. Dongxun Zhang’s Fit-150: Ideal Metabolism-Ideal Weight® health and fitness program. Teresa teaches both Jingui Golden Shield Qigong and Fit-150: Ideal Metabolism-Ideal Weight® workshops and for weight loss in Austin.