An article in the New York Times, Government’s Dietary Advice: Eat Less, discusses how the US government updated nutrition guidelines to recommend that Americans start eating less calories by drinking water instead of soda, consuming less fat and sugar, and increasing fruits and vegetables.
I think most people who struggle with weight gain are aware they should make changes to their eating habits. Just telling them to “eat less” probably won’t help. Behavioral patterns can be hard to change, especially when it comes to eating behaviors. Most people need support and guidance to make significant dietary changes.
Obesity is on the rise in this country, and as such so is diabetes, heart disease, and other debilitating yet preventable diseases. We need some ways to educate people on how to manage their weight. One option is to seek a local acupuncturist who is trained in dietary therapy as well as Chinese herbs and acupuncture. My Portland acupuncture clinic helps people lose weight in the following ways. I use acupuncture and Chinese herbs to help reduce cravings and boost mood, as well as support digestion and metabolism. I also work with patients to modify their diet and exercise behaviors over time in achievable steps. I work closely with my patients to find manageable, long-term modifications to their behaviors that impact weight.
If you are looking for acupuncture in Portland to help with digestion, weight loss, diet, exercise, or other health issues, please give me a call me at 503-281-6909 to see if I can help. And if you are looking for acupuncture outside of Portland, I would be happy to make some recommendations for acupuncturists in your area.