Here’s something you intuitively know but probably haven’t thought much about: weight loss is a matter of energy.
What you know is that if you feel like you have no energy, the pounds come off slowly. People usually put it this way, “'I'm tired. I don’t feel like exercising, and therefore I can’t lose weight.” It’s true that having no energy points to a problem, but if your energy were great, you would be unlikely to be overweight in the first place. Exercising is unlikely to solve your problem.
Every inch your waist expands represents a loss of energy in your system. Put a different way, an increase in waist size represents a decrease of the “energy-of-the-middle.” In Chinese medicine this is associated with the energy of the stomach and the spleen. Note, this is a little bit different than putting on weight in your hips and thighs, which I will discuss another time.
The energy-of-the-middle is what takes in food, transforms it, and sends it to your muscles as energy. In other words, it is your metabolic energy.
I hear the following complaints a lot:
“My metabolism is shot.”
“I just eat a little bit and I still gain weight.”
“My appetite is low.”
“I have to work so hard to just lose an ounce.”
These are just a few statements that point to weakness in the energy-of-the-middle. I also get statements like
“My thyroid is shot. I have no energy.”
The energy of the stomach is closely associated with the thyroid in Chinese medicine and, I suspect thyroid issues occur along with weakness in the energy-of-the-middle.
Metabolic energy is important for losing weight. It would be difficult to get too much of it. The key strategy for maintaining a healthy weight is to first focus on where energy is weak. Then you devise a strategy to build up where you are weak. If you are interested in your own specific energetic issues, then I recommend you come in and let me test your energy meridians with the Digimeridian machine. This can lead to some precise recommendations on how to help your own system with weight loss.
Not always is weak energy the main cause for becoming overweight. Often there is an excess or toxicity that leads to weakness of the-energy-of-the-middle. The number one culprit here is the liver, which gets overheated and "invades" the-energy-of-the middle, weakening it. In fact, it appears that a poorly functioning liver is at least a partial cause of most obesity.
The liver is a subject for a future blog.