Everyone acknowledges that eating too much and not exercising enough is the cause of obesity. It would seem obvious, therefore, that the key to losing weight is to eat less and exercise more, but strangely enough, I have encountered some people who have lost weight a different way.
One was a woman who was 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighed 178 pounds. She suffered from severe constipation, and was so fatigued all day long that she always wanted to sit or lie down. She was always drowsy during the daytime, yet suffered insomnia at night.
She tried many ways to lose weight including such extreme methods as fasting for ten days or eating only an apple each day and then doing a lot of frantic running. Neither of those plans caused her to lose more than one or two pounds, and she always gradually added it back on. She can’t remember how many times she tried to lost weight, but she does remember that each time she failed. She was actually getting heavier each time, and she hated the fact that she just couldn’t eat food that she knew was delicious. The whole business of failing to lose weight made her very sad, and she gradually lost confidence in herself. That caused a psychological wound that was worse then the obesity itself.
She came to see me as she was bipolar and had had a panic attack. She didn’t mention anything about her obesity because she had already given up on solving the problem. After consultation with her, I found that obesity was the real problem and suggested that she should try again to control weight while I was treating her mental problem.
During her physical examination, I noticed that her pulse was very weak, and after discussion with her, it was apparent that her difficulty in losing weight was due to digestive deficits combined with a long term lack of good nutrition. Her body, therefore, lacked the energy to perform its normal functions. That was evident in the fact that her metabolism was low and her digestive functions were very weak. Her body lacked the energy to properly pass toxins to the outside. As an example of that, imagine an assembly line that has been shut down due to a lack of energy. Mountains of components pile up at one end and everything gets blocked up. The only way to clear the assembly line is to provide more power so that things can get moving again.
To treat her kind of obesity, I suggested that she improve her nutrition by eating all kinds of meat – beef, chicken, lamb – and adding sufficient fruits and vegetables to help the hunger pains disappear. In addition to the change in diet, she would have to get enough exercise.
She was surprised to hear my diet plan, but agreed to try it at least and said, “If it works, I will be extremely happy. It will be a joyful weight loss for me.”
I told her that it was also very important that she should massage her abdomen every day using a circular motion around her belly button – 200 times – clockwise. She should massage from under her sternum to her belly button 100 times too.
She returned to my office two months later and had lost 19 pounds without feeling hungry even once. She had not experienced another panic attack. She felt that she was no longer bipolar.
Now I’ll tell you a case of unhappy weight loss that a 29 year old woman experienced. Her beauty was stunning – apple cheeks, a nice figure, and a healthy glow radiated from her. She wanted me to help her lose at least 20 pounds.
I didn’t agree with her idea that she should be thinner and immediately told her that she was already at a healthy weight. She didn’t like hearing that, and said that as I wouldn’t help her she was going to purchase weight loss medications and apply various weight loss methods that she’d heard of. With that, she left the office.
When I saw her again, she had lost about 15 pounds. The healthy glow she’d had was gone and her skin looked with a sickly color. I felt that she had been imprudent. The weight loss had disordered her body’s functions. She should never have done it.
In my clinical practice, I have often encountered such women. They tend to value beauty above everything else. Though many of them are not overweight, they insist on losing poundage.
Obesity can affect your health and may eventually take your life. It is unfortunate that many women fail to realize that inappropriate weight loss can do exactly the same thing.
Before trying to lose pounds you think you don’t need, consider the French model, Isabella Caro who recently made international news by dying because of self-imposed anorexia. She was an example of what can go wrong.