From Ketogenic diets to K-Pop celebrity diets, there are numerous ways and diet methods people try out just to lose weight and look slender. These diet methods may not always be healthy for you and may even put your health at risk.
What if we told you that there’s a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) method in Singapore that can help you regain a healthy body constitution while also promoting weight loss and fat burn? Check out this list of food to include in your daily meals to help you reach your health and wellness goals.
1. Drying The Body
Excess dampness and phlegm in the body, according to TCM, affects weight loss and signifies the digestive system’s inability to transport fluids within and out of the body. To help in your slimming process, here’s what you can do.
I. Rid Body of Excess Water
This involves absorbing tissue fluids in your body and then allowing them to be expelled through excretion.
Foods such as adzuki beans, garlic, wax gourd, corn and corn silk promote urination. Other foods that help to ‘dry’ your body or absorb dampness such as broad beans, celery and scallion can also be added to your diet in moderation.
II. Cool Body to Facilitate Passage of Water
According to TCM, a heaty body constitution can cause dampness to be trapped in your body, resulting in weight gain or stagnation of weight. The strategy is to therefore cool your body down in order to facilitate the flow of water and promote weight loss.
Food and herbs with cold energy and bitter flavour typically help in this area as the cold energy cools your body while the bitterness dries it. Bitter gourd not only helps to cool your body but also contributes to relieving constipation and lowers your blood sugar levels. Mung beans are also beneficial to your health because they help to eliminate body heat and aid in detoxification.
III. Warm The Body
Everything in TCM, including weight loss, is about balancing your body’s Qi, which also means you can’t have an overly warm or cold body constitution. If your body is too cold, it can also disrupt the flow of water and your slimming process.
Foods with warm energy and a pungent sweet flavour produce the best results; warm energy increases your body heat, while the pungent and sweet flavour aids in perspiration and urination. Both cinnamon and ginger are great for this purpose and can be made into warm desserts for easier consumption if you’re not a fan of these flavours.
2. Preventing Dampness
You’ll need to prevent the dampness and phlegm from getting trapped in your body again once you’ve gotten rid of them. To do so, TCM suggests increasing the kidneys’ ‘burning fire’ to ‘burn away’ the dampness and phlegm.
Foods to include in your meals include animal kidneys, liver, and fruits and vegetables such as dried green raspberries, cherry, yam walnut, leeks, black beans and bitter gourd seed.
3. Improve Digestion
It is important to have a healthy digestive system that functions properly in order to achieve good health and weight loss. A healthy digestive system improves metabolism and can effectively break down food to convert it into energy, blood, and revitalise organ functions.
Cinnamon bark, hawthorn berry tea, and liquorice root help to warm the stomach and strengthen the spleen; chamomile and peppermint help to relieve indigestion; and citrus fruits, dark greens, artichokes, and warm spices promote digestion.
There are many other ingredients you can add to your diet for a wholesome and healthy weight loss journey in addition to the foods mentioned. There are also TCM slimming massages and treatments, such as acupuncture, that can help with fat burning and weight loss. Contact us today to find out more and kick start your journey to a healthier lifestyle.