Pi Gu is an ancient Taoist method of fasting. Although this regimen does not require practitioners to stop eating altogether, they do not eat meat, grains, and processed foods.

Mantak Chia, the world-famous Inner Alchemy and Chi Kung Master who is profiled in our Living Spiritual Teachers Project, and Christine Harkness-Giles, a certified Universal Healing Tao instructor, present a step-by-step guide to Pi Gu with explanations about the diet, special chewing exercises (this chapter is worth the cost of the paperback alone), and Chi Gong exercises.

Together, these three practices reduce the stomach's size, eliminate cravings, decrease appetite, and produce weight loss. Since Pi Gu is a holistic program, it affects body, mind, and spirit.