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| Fen-Chi for Weight Loss? |
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Arlene Perkins
Posted on: June 6, 1998
I have been on an exercise program for quite some time. I run 4 miles, at least, 4 times a week. This has been consistant for about a year. My question is, since I have been exercising in this fashion what effects (short or long) could taking Fen-Chi have on my body? An analysis was done to determine my body fat. It reads as 25%, at age 34, height 5’2", 127 lbs. I know it will take time to acheive my goal in eliminating unwanted fat.
I have no information on the short or long term effects Fen-Chi as a weight loss program. It contains ephedra, diuretics and ginger. Ephedra is a stimulant which is harmful in cases of heart problems. Long term use of diuretics can cause kidney problems. You should consult your doctor before starting Fen-Chi.
A nutritious diet is the best accompaniment to your exercise program. Foods to be avoided because they cause health problems and an increase in weight and are: sugars, sweeteners, fatty, fried or processed foods, white flour products and dairy products. Foods to be increased are fresh raw fruits and vegetables, soy products, whole grains, water, juices. Herbal teas and Dandelion coffee can replace caffeine drinks (tea, coffee, cola, cocoa), provide nutrients and some of your daily liquid requirements.
For more information on weight loss, see Siegfried Gursche, "Encyclopedia of Natural Healing" (Alive Publishers, Canada, (800) 663-6580 or Natural Life Publishing Inc., U.S. (800) 663-6513), who recommends the following: Essential fatty acids available in nuts, seeds and fatty fish like salmon or mackerel can help the body burn excess fat; enzymes from fresh raw fruit and green leafy vegetables speed up the metabolism and boost the immune system; fiber-rich foods such as fruit, especially apples, suppress the appetite by swelling to form bulk in the stomach and bind with bile to prevent fat reabsorption.
Dietary recommendations can be found in Dr. Dean Ornish’s "Eat More, Weigh Less", (Harper Collins Publishers) which describes the basic philosophy behind a fat free diet and includes hundreds of delicious recipes.