Increasing obesity is one of the biggest problems of the urban population. With age it becomes all the more difficult to lose fat through dieting or exercising. Often times the diet and other therapies become unsuccessful. Where all conventional methods of weight loss fail, Ayurveda, the very old medical system of India provides you with long term workable solutions around your weight problems. Ayurveda not only helps you understand why you are gaining fat but also helps you understand your relationship with yourself and with the food you consume.
Ayurveda focus on removing ‘ama’ or toxins from your body. These impurities are accumulated in your body because of your unhealthy lifestyle, diet and environment. Some of these toxins are water soluble and can be easily removed from the body. However, the toxins which are fat soluble accumulates in your fat cells which leads to the expansion of the cells and hence your weight gain. Ayurveda provides several techniques to detox your body from the harmful ‘ama’. A detox tea made of cumin seeds, coriander seeds and fennel seeds or taking triphala powder is highly recommended for those seeking for losing their weight.
Another tip from Ayurveda, to those fighting with their fat is to consume fifty percent of your daily calorie intake at lunch. So instead of cutting on the calories just change the time when you consume most calories. Here the focus of Ayurveda is on your ‘agni’, that is your digestive fire. According to Ayurveda, your ‘agni’ is strongest at the time of lunch and this is the time of the day when you can eat heavier food. You can take easy to digest food in the morning and lightest meal in the night, because in the night your digestive fire is weakest. Ayurveda recommends that you should avoid eating anything after 7 PM.
Not only the timing of your food intake is important, what you are eating is equally important. Ayurveda emphasize on eating food that’s in season. For example in winters eat food rich in protein and fat such as meat, stew, grains. In the rainy season eat foods which are anti-allergic and fat burning such as sprouts, leafy vegetables, berries etc. in summers eat cool foods and vegetables to keep you hydrated.
After when and what to eat the third most important thing suggested by Ayurveda is how to eat. Meal time is the time to sit down, relax and enjoy the food. Eating is a sacred event. You are nourishing your body and mind which results in a happy and satisfied soul. Do not eat when you are in a hurry or stress or when you are angry. When you are eating your mind and body should be connected. While eating give all your attention to your food. Do not read a magazine, watch television or talk on phone. It is important to relish and experience your food for a healthy body and mind.
Ayurveda also recommends massage therapy. There are a number of treatments in Ayurveda depending upon your personality type or ‘dosha’. According to Ayurveda there are three ‘dosha’, ‘Vata’, ‘Pitta’ and ‘Kapha’. If the ‘Kapha Dosha’ is unbalanced it results in increased body weight. For reducing ‘Kapha’, Ayurveda recommends strong massage with oils like flaxseed or mustard. ‘Gharshana’, literary meaning friction is also a massage therapy which fights fat. It is an inexpensive therapy which can be done at home as well. The massage is done after wearing a raw silk glove which is also easily available online. The massage helps in detoxifying the body and improving circulation. The targeted areas are arms, legs and abdomen.
There are other tips to reduce the weight with the help of Ayurveda. For example Ayurveda suggests that you should start your day with fresh lemon juice. Sipping warm water throughout the day keeps the ‘agni’ going and helps in detoxification. You should also avoid drinking water thirty minutes before a meal and at least two hours after the meal. By following Ayurveda, you can live a healthy, balanced and spiritual life.