Losing Weight the Oriental Way

The Chinese have a long-standing reputation for being both inscrutable and wise. For centuries their sages have claimed that everyone could live to be a hundred if they took a hundred steps after every meal. To Westerners this may seem an odd promise to make, for many of us have been brought up to believe that the digestion of food is enhanced by sitting down and resting. Weren’t we told as children that we couldn’t swim for two or three hours after a meal, for fear that we’d suffer cramp by drawing blood from our intestines?  So who is right, Confucius or Grannie?  The scientific answer was finally provided two years ago, when a study was published in the Open Nutrition Journal, which showed that thirty minutes light exercise after a meal reduces the rise in blood sugar and insulin levels that occurs in people with impaired glucose tolerance. These abnormal biological changes are particular common in obese people, and are associated with their increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular complications.

After every main meal we should attempt to take a gentle post-prandial stroll. Adopting that one simple habit would go a long way toward overcoming the obesity plague. A middle aged spread will develop if you eat fifty calories a day more than you need to meet your calorie requirements. That’s the equivalent of just ten minutes extra walking a day. Most people could find time to take that gentle stroll after lunch, but it’s even more important that it should be taken after the evening meal. Many people today suffer what has come to be known as ‘The Night-Eating Syndrome’. They’re too busy to eat properly during the day, and at night they’re too hyped up to go to sleep. To fill the hiatus they comfort eat, in the hope that this will help them forget their day-to-day worries and lull themselves to sleep. In the process they may consume at least a quarter of their daily calories after they’ve finished their evening meal. Since none of these calories are burnt up while they’re watching TV, they’re transported immediately to their fat stores. The solution to this dilemma is to find relaxation, not by eating, but by going out to ‘put the town to bed’. When you do this, try to put your conscious mind on automatic pilot and let your senses take command. Then you’ll find peace of mind by becoming both a wanderer and a wonderer. When the traffic noise abates, and the lights are dimmed, you’ll be better able to see the stars and feel the rustle of the wind. As you do this, try to look at the world with the eyes of a child. Follow the example of the Kalahari bushmen, who achieve a sense of oneness with nature which they describe as ‘walking with the moon and stars.’

By taking this exercise you’ll prepare yourself for sleep and also give a boost to your Basal Metabolic Rate, which will remain raised for a few hours after you fall asleep. This will help to you keep warm and also continue to burn up calories during the early watches of the night. Groove this habit and in time you’ll build up your leg muscles. This is advantageous, since the maintenance of muscle tissue consumes nearly three times more energy than the upkeep of the body’s fat stores. So once again you’ll be shedding pounds, even when you’re tucked up in bed. What slimming remedy could be easier than this – or more enjoyable to practice?

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