-- What does Ayurveda say?
-- What to eat and what not to?
-- How to reduce weight naturally?
Obesity may be co-related to ‘Sthoulyam’ in Ayurveda
According to Ayurveda, there is an increase in digestive fire (Agni) due to Vata dosha vitiation, which digests the food you eat very easily, prompting to have more
Tissue level metabolism is hampered, especially the fat tissue does not get transformed appropriately
Excess intake of sweet, oily and cold food causes vitiation of Kapha dosha that in turn causes fat deposition
Following the recommendations in Ayurveda for weight loss corrects the faulty fat metabolism and helps maintain optimum body weight
Prefer a low-calorie diet that includes millets, different herbs and spices like cinnamon, cumin, garlic, etc.
Wheat and barley are specifically mentioned in Ayurveda as food items that aid weight loss naturally. So, make sure to include these in your daily diet
Fibrous foods like cabbage, broccoli, carrots, banana stem, etc. are ideal weight loss foods as they take a longer time for digestion
Regular intake of pure honey is recommended in Ayurveda for weight loss
Sip lukewarm water often as it is a natural detoxifier. Drinking a teaspoon of honey and lemon juice, followed by a glass of lukewarm water early morning, in an empty stomach is beneficial
Completely avoid the intake of junk food, fried, frozen and canned foods. Restrict the consumption of sweets and savories as they tend to increase body weight
Try replacing curd with fermented buttermilk with added spices. It helps with tissue level fat metabolism
Cut down the intake of beverages like tea, coffee, and aerated drinks
A balanced diet chart prepared by considering the above tips can certainly help you in your goal towards achieving optimum weight loss, naturally.
Maintain a Kapha pacifying diet - A warm, light, not so oily diet with the dominance of bitter, pungent and astringent tastes is what you should give importance to, in your daily intake. These factors help maintain Kapha balance in your body and do not cause unwanted fat deposition. A bowl of warm mixed vegetable soup or a cup of herbal tea spiced with cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, Tulsi leaves, etc. is comforting and Kapha pacifying too
Stay active and fit - According to Ayurveda, exercise brings lightness, ability to work and good appetite. It helps in liquification of unnecessary fat, tones and shapes the muscles and imparts rigidity to the body
“Laghavam karma-samarthyam, deeptognirmedasahkshya,
Vibhakta Ghana-gatratvam, vyayamatupajayate II” (AH Su 2/11)
Eat-in accordance with the seasons - while seasonal fresh fruits like Jamun, Apple, Pear and vegetables like leafy greens, Broccoli, Carrots, etc. are good during summer, you may consider having stored grains and moderate quantity meat during monsoon and winter as the digestive fire is ignited more during these times of the year.
Eat-in moderation - make sure you do not fill your stomach to the full. Ayurveda says,
ēkaṁdravāṇām, ēkaṁpunarvātapittaślēṣmaṇām II” (Ch. Vi. 2/3)
"That is, two parts of your stomach should be filled with both solid and liquid food and the third portion should be left free for the doshas. This facilitates optimum digestion and avoids unwanted fat deposition in your body."
Avoid day sleep - sleeping during the day time, especially immediately after a meal is not good for you
Explore Ayurveda herbs - Herbs such as Vrikshamla (Garcinia indica), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Indian kino tree (Pterocarpus marsupium), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Ginger, Chitraka (Plumbago zeylanica), Guggulu (Commiphora mukul), Musta (Cyperus rotundus), Triphala etc. are beneficial in weight loss. Decoctions, fine powders and other formulations containing these drugs aid healthy weight loss
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