Every individual adopts different strategies for weight loss. While some hit the gym, others try crash dieting, while the rest pop weight loss pills. Although, all these may yield instant results, they may be temporary, unless you take the extra care to maintain weight. However, ayurvedic treatments, combined with yoga and simple exercises, though slow in showing results, are natural and healthier than any of these quick-fixes.
Ayurveda adopts various approaches in inducing weight loss. Ayurvedic treatment plays a crucial role in the weight loss of the patient, as it combines drugs, diet regime and exercise. It is important to understand that it is the combined effects of all three that the patient need to follow for long-lasting results.
Ayurvedic treatment centres adopt specific treatment methods like Panchakarma for treating obesity, after taking into consideration the health parameters of every individual. Apart from these, the patients are also given medicines with specific fat-fighting herbs like Triphala, which constitutes Amalaki, Haritaki and Bibhitaki. Amalaki works as natural antioxidant and removes excess inflammation from the body and improves lean body mass and maintains healthy blood sugar levels, Haritaki supports body’s natural cleansing process and removes toxins in the colon, while Bibhitaki effectively reduces accumulation of fat and fluids in the body. There are several other herbal treatments for obesity that form part of ayurvedic treatment process.
Drink a glass of lukewarm water with lime juice and honey early in the morning on empty stomach, as this helps reduce cellulite in the body.
Eat smaller meals every three hours to neutralize the acids that are formed. Avoid white starch, maida, milk products, red meat, egg yolk, prawns etc. If you wish to build lean muscles, lean meat is permissible, along with other weight loss routines. Do not go on crash diets as it hampers metabolism of the body resulting in long-term side effects.
Lunch should be your biggest meal of the day, constituting 50% of your calories. Ayurveda believes that your digestive fire is strongest during this time of the day. Eat least calories at dinner, and the ideal dinner time should be before 7pm, as body’s digestion gets weaker at night and the undigested food is turned into toxins and stored as fat. Dinner should include light, easy to digest food, including soups or cooked veggies.
The gentle flow of yogasanas helps in improving flexibility, strengthening muscles, increasing movement of joints and improving posture. The asanas that may be of help with specific problem areas and help boost metabolism are Bhujangasana, Adho mukha svanasana, Matsyendrasana, Balasana, to name a few. Pranayama is also a powerful exercise that helps fight obesity. Kapalbhati pranayam purifies the body by releasing toxins and toning the abdominal area. Anulom Vilom and Surya Bhedan Pranayama are also effective breathing techniques for losing weight. These need to be practised, however, under guidance of an expert.