[Wellness] 70% Full Principle – Keep Fit the TCM way

Dated as far back as 500 years ago, doctor Lau in the ancient Ming dynasty provided evidence of benefits of eating only 70% full in each meal. This is particularly important to observe this rule in dinners. When a person is in frequent full state, his stomach and spleen overwork. The malfunction of these two organs affects other supporting organs and result in damp, bruise and weakness. As a result the person will age faster.

This 70% full principle can help middle-aged people in controlling blood pressure, diabetes, and cardio problems. For young people, this is a good way in maintaining healthy weight.

The following are tips to help you achieve the 70% full goal
1. Drink before each meal. Water is the best. Soup is fine. No sweetened soda drink.
2. Chew 40 to 50 times before swallowing. This increases the meal time by 30% and makes us feel full earlier. As result, less food is taken in.
3. More fiber.
4. Say NO to buffet.
5. When you start to feel full, this is the time when your stomach is 70% full. Take note and stop eating.

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