Breathing Yourself Thin

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February 3rd, 2011

Are you trying to shed some extra pounds this New Year?

Tired of going to the gym, or starving yourself to lose weight?

Most people exercise, run, lift weights to lose weight. But now some say forget that. They are doing something that’s called Qigong (CHEE-GUNG).

“I will try anything I’m kind of desperate at this time."

Brandy Brinkley is a mother of two and she’s tried dozens of diets, but nothing’s worked.

“I hope to get more healthy and I would like to lose 20 pounds"

Qigong has been a part of Chinese medicine for more that 2000 years, and now it’s being used in the United States for weight management.

“Sitting there and special breathing and certain mind setting and they will lose weight"

Dr. Qizhi Gao teaches Qigong at his East Wichita office. It’s a 14-day program with an hour-long class every night.

The cost, $125.

The method involves breathing, positioning of your body and mental focus.

These techniques should be performed before each meal.

“The people will not feel like eating, and they will not feel much hungry"

There are two rules: eat when you’re hungry, and drink when you’re thirsty. This may sound easier than it is.

“I kept thinking am I thirsty and I couldn't really figure it out. I think I just eat all the time and I think it will help to take a time out before I eat"

At the end of the 14-day program, the class had dropped from 17 members to 10. Many found it hard to commit to class every night, but the people who stuck with the program saw results.

“Well I’ve lost almost 10 pounds in 14 days, really exciting because I didn't work out and I ate the same food as I would prior to coming here"

Madeline Norland also liked the number on the scale.

“I lost 6.7, nearly 7 pounds, which is nice to see over 14 days."

As a whole, the 10-member class lost nearly 60 pounds.

“I did eat less, the breathing exercise really taught us to suppress our appetite"

"It's something I plan to do the rest of my life"

Dr. Gow says Qigong is like exercising in the fact that you have to be consistent, you should do the breathing techniques three times a day, about 15-30 minutes before you eat a meal.

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