Body Wise: The Ayurvedic secret of success

Updated at: Sep 13, 2010
Body Wise: The Ayurvedic secret of success

In a market where diets blown in and out of fashion like pricey handbags, Ayurveda has become the equivalent of a trusty canvas tote - dependable, if a bit fuddy-duddy.

Vineeta Gogia
AyurvedaWritten by: Vineeta GogiaPublished at: Sep 13, 2010

Embrace your Health Because you matter most


Ayurvedic secretIn a market where diets blown in and out of fashion like pricey handbags, Ayurveda has become the equivalent of a trusty canvas tote - dependable, if a bit fuddy-duddy. Most people can stick to a diet for a month or two. But only one in five manage to maintain a 10 percent weight loss. Most of the popular diets produce weight loss, but the problem is that they're not a
realistic way for people to live. Ayurveda preaches lifelong healthy eating over short-lived diets, a philosophy that makes for long-term followers. While examining the biggest players in the diet game - including Atkins, Ornish, and Slim Fast - Ayurveda's attrition rates were impressively low. And sticking with a plan translates to keeping the pounds off.




Obesity is a kapha disorder. Whatever excess food or calories a person consumes are not burned and instead turn into adipose tissue, leading to overweight and obesity.
There are numerous other potential causes. Certain hereditary factors of the endocrine system, such as excess production of growth hormone, may contribute to the condition. When women are pregnant, they may eat too much and be unable to lose the weight afterward. Stress may induce repeated emotional eating, leading to significant weight gain. Frequent munching between meals is also detrimental to maintaining a healthy weight. Certain drugs, including steroids and oral contraceptives, can change the metabolism and produce weight gain, as can


Watch your diet


In treating obesity, the first step is to control what you eat. Avoid habitually drinking cold drinks and eating fatty fried foods. Minimize products such as cheese and ice cream. Be sure to include salad (without creamy dressings) and beans in your meals. Drink hot water instead of
ice-cold drinks. Obese people generally hate hot water, but they should drink it, either plain or in herbal teas such as ginger, mint, or cinnamon.


Get adequate exercise


Do some regular exercise. A daily walk of at least half an hour is essential. If you want to lose weight, you must understand some simple arithmetic. When you take in more calories than you burn off, you will gain weight. In order to lose weight you must burn off more calories than you
take. In practical terms, this means two things: reducing your caloric intake, and increasing your output in the form of exercise.


Your post-exercise prescription  


Immediately after exercise, people will feel hungry and thirsty and will want to rush to have a
cold drink and a bite to eat. But the cold drink will slow down the metabolism, defeating the gain from the exercise. And we know that the eating will be counterproductive. So after exercise, stay away from cold water and other cold drinks, and choose hot drinks such as herbal teas.


Eat your biggest meal early in the day


According to Ayurveda, the best policy regarding meals is: Take your biggest meal at noon. Supper should be light.


Drop alcohol and tobacco


Quit drinking alcohol and smoking. These emotional habits unduly stimulate gastric fire and make a person hungry.


Listen to music


While eating your meals, listen to soft music and chew your food more, so that moderate eating gradually becomes habitual.


Learn to love yourself


Drink hot water and honey In the morning drink a cup of hot water with 1 teaspoon honey and 10 drops of lime juice added. It will also be helpful for you to take triphala every night. At least 1 hour after dinner, pour 1 cup of boiling water over ½ to 1 teaspoon triphala, let it steep for 10 minutes, and drink.


Breathe away fat


Bhastrika Pranayama (Breath of Fire) will increase the rate at which your body burns off fat. Right Nostril breathing (surya bhedi) will also be helpful.


Don't nap in the daytime


Obese people frequently like to take siestas, but this is not a helpful practice. Don't sleep during the day. Daytime sleep slows down agni (metabolism) and increases kapha dosha.
Be persistent, and over time you will successfully lose weight.


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