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Dr. Alex Tatevian has maintained a monthly acupuncture column in the health section of the Federal Hill Gazette since 1999.      
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  Federall Hill Gazette; January 2003

Losing weight for your new year resolution?

   When coupled with a healthy diet and exercise, acupuncture is an effective weight loss agent. Acupuncture facilitates the weight loss process in three significant ways:
    - Acupuncture regulates appetite control and tames cravings
    - Acupuncture gently adjusts the body’s metabolism to initiate weight loss.
    - Acupuncture, when locally applied to targeted fat deposits, increases blood flow in the area.
    This increased vascular activity carries away deposits from clusters of fat cells. Targeting fat deposits of specific areas can help to actually reshape the body.
    It is important that acupuncture modulates a responsible regimen for weight management to prevent the negative effects of dramatic weight loss on the body’s immune system, muscle strength and tone.
   Acupuncture can control cravings, so whichever diet you choose, it will be easy for you.
    Perhaps the most effective and safe diet is the Atkins diet. It seems provocative and eccentric but apparently useful for sustainable weight loss. Atkins allowed people to eat ''truly luxurious foods without limit,'' as he put it, ''lobster with butter sauce, steak with béarnaise sauce . . . bacon cheeseburgers,'' but allows no starches or refined carbohydrates, which means no sugars or anything made from flour.
    We live in a modern society that has successfully eliminated physical activity from our daily lives. We no longer do strenuous physical labor or even walk up stairs, nor do our children bike to school or play outside, because they would prefer to play video games and watch TV.
    20 minutes on treadmill, twice a week is merely a bargain to retain one's self-esteem and doesn’t do much for physical fitness or weight loss.
    Try swimming. You don’t have to consider yourself a good swimmer to benefit from it. Simply trying to stay afloat, you will burn as many calories as sweating for the same amount of time. Even warm water that is at least 10 degrees colder than your body, makes you spend energy to maintain body temperature, is a weight loss agent.
    And please remember: loosing weight too rapidly is dangerous for your health, it makes you look older and it is senseless, you will gain it all back in no time at all. The best pace is 1-2 lbs. per week. My patients loose 15-25 lbs. in 2-3 months.
    Acupuncture aids with long-term weight maintenance and helps you to stay lean.
    Good Luck!
   
   Alex Tatevian, DA
   
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   Acu Well Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine
   141 Airport Road, Warwick, Rhode Island (RI) 02889
   Phone (401) 738-9355
 
 
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