Ayurveda has some amazing remedies that help to reduce weight holistically along with the most stubborn belly fat.
According to Ayurveda, weight gain happens due to certain factors like lack of activity or exercise, unhealthy eating habits, oversleeping and an unhealthy lifestyle (stressful). All these factors lead to fat accumulation in the body is also called as obesity.
Obesity is a disorder of the fat tissue and metabolism which blocks all the channels in the digestive system leading to further weight gain. The imbalance of Kapha dosha is the root cause of obesity. Being overweight provokes Kapha in the body and excess kapha leads to being overweight.
To manage weight through Ayurveda, requires persistence and commitment. It demands a proper routine to be followed till the goal is reached. Ayurvedic diet gives an eating plan of what to eat, when to eat and how to eat to maintain a healthy weight.
Some of the guidelines to optimum weight as recommended by Ayurvedic practitioners are listed below:
- Drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water is needed for the body to flush away the toxins from the body. This prevents the accumulation of unnecessary fats in the body. The best way to start the day is by drinking a glass of warm water with fresh lemon squeezed in it.
- This boosts the digestive system naturally. Drinking warm water or tea throughout the day helps in dissolving Ama or toxins.
- Green tea, Ginger tea, Cayenne Pepper tea are all good when it comes to managing weight. Apple cider vinegar in water and Aloe Vera juice are also beneficial in losing weight.
Consume 6 Rasas or Tastes with each meal:
- The 6 rasas or tastes of sweet, salty, sour, bitter, pungent and astringent should be consumed on daily basis. The meals should begin with something sweet like fruit, followed by something salty and sour. The meals should end with something pungent like onions or peppers and astringent and bitter foods comes in the end. This includes a well-balanced meal comprising of citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables and even tea.
Eat Slowly and with full concentration
- One should enjoy the taste of the food by eating slowly, without any distractions. No overeating should be done and one should consume meals only when the previous meal has been digested and the body signals to be hungry. One should never skip meals. The breakfast should be large, lunch should be satisfying and dinner should be very light. It is recommended to take a small walk after meals. It is recommended to lie on the left side after walking to help with digestion of food.
Eat foods based on your body’s doshas:
- A right combination of food is needed which balances the three energies of the body. Every individual has a dominant dosha (energy) or may be a combination of more than one type. Food consumed according to the specific body type helps in managing weight easily.
- People with Vata dominance should eat preferably sweet fruits like cooked apples and cherries and avoid raw apples, watermelons, yogurt. People with vitiated Pitta dosha should eat sweet and bitter vegetables like broccoli or cauliflowers and avoid pungent vegetables like onions.
- Those with Kapha dominance should eat astringent fruits like prunes and vegetables like carrots, they should avoid sour fruits like grapefruits.It is good to eat foods that aid in digestion.
Eat three proper meals and cut out the snacks completely:
- The fat burning potential of the body increases if one doesn’t eat throughout the day but limit the diet to three meals only. Every time we eat, our body produces insulin to keep the blood sugar balanced. The sugar enters the cells and fuels the energy needs for three hours. If nothing is consumed in three hours, the body begins to burn fat and that helps in losing weight.
- Exercising for at least 30 minutes (preferably in the mornings) is ideal to reach a healthy weight goal.
Practice Yoga and Meditation:
- Practicing Yoga at least for fifteen minutes in the morning helps a lot in losing weight. Yoga is known to lubricate and cleanse the body as it increases circulation and kindles internal heat in the body. Yoga increases flexibility and tones the joints and muscles. Yoga calms the nervous system and overcomes the stress that might lead to weight gain. Meditation relaxes the mind and body completely. It helps to alleviate stress which is the main reason for weight gain.
Get plenty of sleep:
- Ayurveda recommends a minimum of eight hours of sleep at night to give the body ample time to reset for the next day. Healthy Sleep helps to maintain a healthy level of cortisol (Stress hormone) which is responsible for weight gain.
- Ayurveda stresses on eating fruits and vegetables based on the season. Our bodies naturally digest and assimilate nutrients from fresh organic food.
The herbs that help in reducing fats and managing weight are listed below:
Fenugreek or Methi:
- Methi contains Galactomannan a water-soluble component that helps curb cravings and keeps one full for a longer time period. A spoon of Crushed /powered methi seeds should be consumed on empty stomach or soak the seeds overnight and drink the water along with the seeds on empty stomach for faster results.
Guggul, Triphala, Cinnamon:
- Herbs Guggul, Triphala and Cinnamon help in promoting weight loss as they help in eliminating toxins from the body, and improves digestion. Guggul contains sterol called guggulsterone which stimulates the body’s metabolism. It can be consumed as a Guggul tea and is available as tablets, capsules in the stores. Triphala is available as Triphala churna. A cupful of cinnamon tea first thing in the morning is very effective in losing weight.
- Punarnava is a diuretic herb that helps kidneys to function efficiently. It helps in reducing water retention in the body which causes weight gain.
- Managing weight through Ayurveda is easy, simple, doable and very effective. It just not helps in managing weight but also makes one physically, mentally and emotionally strong as the overall health gets the boost. Ayurveda focuses on long term gains to the body.
Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD-Ayurvedic Medicine) is an Expert Ayurveda Consultant in Chandigarh (India). He has vast experience of herbs and their applied uses. He has successfully treated numerous patients suffering from various ailments, throughout the world. He is CEO and Founder of Krishna Herbal Company and Planet Ayurveda in Chandigarh, India. He researched age old formulas from ancient Ayurvedic text books to restore health and save human beings from the worst side-effects of chemical-based treatments.