4- Ayurvedic Tips for Weight Loss




A lot of people dealing with the pressures of urban living, struggle to successfully incorporate weight loss goals into their lives. Stress, irregular eating, poor sleep and lack of exercise are all factors that throw your body functions and systems completely out of balance and lead to several health ills, including weight gain.


In this context, the ancient system of Ayurveda is extremely relevant, since its complete emphasis is on the balance of energies in the human body. Here are some Ayurvedic tips for weight loss that should help you vastly improve the quality of your life and health.


According to Ayurveda, maintaining a healthy weight requires that your body be able to efficiently metabolize the food it eats. This further requires that you have a healthy digestion and waste elimination system, and that you only eat as much food as your body truly needs. All the specific Ayurvedic weight loss tips follow from these principles.


  1. 1.      Regular Eating Habits


To begin with, your body’s metabolic system requires regularity. Your body must know what times of the day to expect food, and the quantity and quality of food it is about to receive. When your meals are irregular and you skip one or two meals in a day, your body does not know when exactly the next meal will come, and when you do eat, it is caught unprepared. As a result, your body stops metabolizing food efficiently and fat reserves begin to accumulate.


In order to achieve weight loss with Ayurveda, it is also important to eat healthy portions and respect your body’s natural digestive and metabolic cycle. According to Ayurveda, digestion is part of the fire energy in your body, and it is most active when the sun is shining and the day is warm. Consequently, lunch should be the biggest meal of your day, and both breakfast and dinner should be light.


If you skip lunch and have a heavy dinner instead, you end up straining your digestive cycle when it needs rest, and starving it when it is most active. As a result, once again, your body’s metabolic rate remains sluggish and it stores fat reserves.


  1. 2.      Eating the Right Things


Apart from regular and healthy eating habits, what you eat is also extremely important, in order to lose weight with Ayurveda. Ayurveda recommends a Sattvic diet, which means, a healthy and wholesome vegetarian diet, with an emphasis on whole grains, nuts, lentils, fresh salads, cooked vegetables, a balance of herbs and spices and fresh seasonal fruits.


As a rule of the thumb, at any given you should not have any more food than you can hold in your cupped palms. Also, you should not eat till you feel completely full and heavy. Rather, you should get up from a meal feeling light and energized.


  1. 3.      Regular Exercise


Exercise is crucial, if you want to lose weight with Ayurveda. However, the same kind of exercise is not beneficial to everyone. The type and volume of exercise that you do should be based on your tendencies and the unique balance of energies or doshas in your body.


  1. 4.      Good Sleep


However, Ayurveda emphasizes that there is one thing that is crucial for the physical and mental health of every individual: adequate sleep. Modern research has linked poor sleep to several lifestyle ills, including depression, stress, and poor metabolism. All these lead to weight gain.


At the end of the day, it is evident that these Ayurvedic tips for weight loss are very rational and scientific, and should help anyone achieve their health goals.

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Jul 17, 2012 - 00:09:17
The trick of losing wieght is to fool your metabolism into thinking it is getting fed normally.If you try to lose wieght by starving yourself,then your metabolism kicks in to low gear and hangs on to every scrap you feed yourself,making wieght-loss impossible.Plus,after you have managed to starve yourself and not die,the minute you start eating again,your body sucks up every calorie it gets,and you pack the wieght back on.If you want to lose wieght,which is a very difficult thing to do,you have to eat proper food:grains;veggies;low-fat meat./fish;drink plenty of water;and do some exercise.It sounds very simple,but it is very hard to do when you are de-toxing your body from fats and sugars.Ask your doctor for an appropriate food plan for you.Don't use or think of the word diet. It only serves to defeat you because it implies deprivation.And as humans,we do not like to be deprived of anything.I might also suggest that you join a wieght-loss group,like Overeaters Anonymous,or better still,a group like Weight Watchers.it is easier to lose wieght if you are partnered with people who have the same goal as you.Good luck to you,and eat healthy!!PS:If you are a young person and need to lose wieght:Start now because with every year,it becomes more and more difficult to lose wieght and keep it off.Take the word of an old geezer.I know whereof I speak,sadly.

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