Obesity is on the surge. The number of people looking out for holistic methods and techniques to ensure that they shed the excess flab is on the surge. And, Ayurveda offers a wholesome way to nourish your body and keep the weight off, once you lose it. It is a 5 step approach of weight loss that comprises dietary modifications, lifestyle changes, herbal intake, the detoxification process called Panchakarma, and massages.
The Diet: Ayurveda lists out a set of vegetables and other ingredients which when included in your diet helps in eliminating the weight and keep it away.
Vegetables such as bitter gourd, bottle gourd, bell pepper, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, onion, green pepper, pumpkin, egg plant, okra, spinach, peas, zucchini, turnip. Elephant’s foot, carrots, okra, radish, and corn
Spices such as black pepper, long pepper, cumin seeds, sesame seeds, dry ginger, cinnamon, cloves, fennel seeds, coriander, curry leaves, cardamom, Nigella, Carom seeds, garlic, asafetida, and turmeric
Grains such as jowar, barley, whole wheat, red rice, and corn
Fruits such as papaya, pomegranate, Indian gooseberry, apples, watermelon, pineapple, lemon, oranges etc
Water: 10 to 12 glasses of lukewarm throughout the day. Ayurveda drink for weight loss >>
Foods to avoid
- Processed food
- Yeast leavened foods
- Foods made from all purpose flour
- White rice
- Aerated drinks
- Frozen foods
- Leftover foods
- Lifestyle Modifications
Exercise is an integral part of Ayurvedic weight loss treatment. Along with walking and/or cycling, the concerned person is expected to keep himself or herself throughout the day. Yoga is quite often advised as it helps in cleansing the body, improving the digestive, eliminating bloating and constipation, enhance the circulation, pep up metabolism, shed flab, and tone down. Yoga also helps in easing the stress involved and bestowing you with a good night’s sleep.
III. The Herbal Solutions: There are 300 plus herbs, according to Ayurvedic texts, of which certain directly help in weight loss. The herbs are recommended by the practitioner after studying the constitution of an individual and determining the predominant dosha. Some of the most commonly used Ayurvedic weight loss herbs include Triphala, Guggul, Aragwadha, Vrikshamla, Meshashringi, Guduchi, Varuna, Haridra, and Patola.
- Panchakarma: According to Ayurvedic principles, digestive fire has to be very powerful. A slight sluggishness in this fire could actually slow down the digestion and trigger toxin accumulation. That, in turn, leads to overweight.
Panchakarma is a purification process that helps in the elimination of these toxins and other impurities from our body, thereby restoring the functioning of digestive system. It is done by purgation, emesis, enema, and herbal administration through note under medical supervision. Once the digestive fire is restored, the weight loss comes on naturally.
- Massages: Udvartana is the most common used Ayurvedic massage for weight loss. Once the detoxification process is completed, the person undergoes massage using dry, rough, and hot powders or oils. In oil-based massages, herbs infused sesame seed oils are used to instill roughness, lightness, and dryness and thereby eliminate blocks and stiffness. It also initiates a liquefaction process of the fats accumulated.
Once the massage is completed, the person is allowed to sit a herbal chamber for steaming, with only head kept outside. Water retention, if any, is lost along with the elimination of toxins. The cellulite is reduced, skin is cleansed and revitalized, and fat loss is promoted. Read more on how to give yourself an ayurvedic body, foot and scalp massage >>
This is just an overview of the entire procedure. If you are looking for weight loss with Ayurveda, then do visit a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner and know about your dosha type. He/she will guide you through the entire procedure. Take care!