The most common causes that induce a person into obesity and overweight are the effects of irregular eating and excessive consuming.
In Ayurveda medicine texts, it is stated by Charak Samhita that there are eight body types which are disease prone. Out of the eight body types mentioned, an obese body is the most vulnerable body of them all being subject to various diseases and disorders.
Ayurveda health studies refer to obesity as the state of the body when excessive deposition of fat occurs in the adipose tissue.
All extra fats contained in the body will strain the heart and kidneys together with the liver, but not only that, it will even strain the joints like the knees and ankles.
All these tendencies result in obese bodies suffering from high blood pressure (together with all the consequences this disorder is responsible for), coronary thrombosis, diabetes, arthritis together with gout, liver and gall bladder disorders.
A health herbal suggestion in order to avoid or reduce obesity consists of these main points to remember, namely; regular exercise and controlling your eating habits whilst keeping in mind to avoid anything with
An Ayurveda Recommended Diet for Weight Loss:
- In the early morning, consume a glass of warm water with half a lemon and a teaspoon of honey.
- Taking breakfast wheat or mung bean sprouts accompanied by a cup of skimmed milk.
- In the middle of the morning, take a glass of pineapple, orange or carrot juice.
- During lunch hour, steamed/boiled vegetables or a raw salad containing such ingredients as
carrots, tomatoes, cabbage, and cucumber. Otherwise, you can opt for whole grain bread or chapattis together with a glass of buttermilk.
This diet herbal solution gives you the opportunity to even have another choice available for your lunch; roasted cumin seeds together with coriander leaves, a pinch of salt and grated ginger mixed in buttermilk.
- Mid-afternoon take coconut water, dry fruits, lemon tea, fresh vegetable soup.
- For dinner, take whole grain bread or chapattis, steamed vegetables, seasonal fruit excluding banana and apples.
- Consume more fruits and vegetables together with low-calorie foods.
- Avoid using too much salt.
- Milk products and non-vegetarian food should be avoided.
- A type of mint consuming is beneficial.
- Herbal nutrition herbs are always healthy and can be used in different ways.
- Regular carrot juice consuming.
- Avoid rice and potato.
- A teaspoon of honey taken with warm water is also helpful to reduce fat, also if mixed with lime.
- Raw or cooked cabbage is also of great value for fat reduction.
- While exercise and walking are of most importance and effectiveness.
Home Preparation of Herbal Medicines
- Juice: Leaves, flowers or stems crushed or ground turned into a paste then put into a cloth and squashed to extract the juice.
- Powder: Dried herbs ground into a fine powder and stored in a dry and airtight jar.
- Decoction: Boil the healing herbal chosen (herb: 1 to water: 16 ratios). Break the herbs and leave soaked overnight. Boil mixture until only a quarter of the original contents is left and then filter and store in a glass bottle.
- Infusion Suggested: Ayurveda herb soaked in water (herb: 1 to water 8 ratios), to make an infusion, and in case a hot infusion is needed simply mix the herbal remedies to hot water.
- Paste: Use either fresh or dry herbs. Roots, stems, flowers and even bark can be grounded or crushed and mixed with water. Must be left thick enough to form a layer on the skin.
- Tablets: First dry the herbs and mix in dry powder form, using balanced proportions. Add water or herbal juice to form a paste from which to proportion the tablets.
- Medicated Ghee and oil: Ghee is cooked with herbal juices, paste or concoction heated at a controlled moderate pace.
Reduce Weight The Right Way
Every woman desires to have a slim and svelte body. Because of this overwhelming desire, ladies tend to adopt wrong methods of “shedding weight”, resulting in loss of health but not loss of weight. These common mistakes are:
1. Setting too ambitious a target. Your targets for weight reduction should be based on practical, logical reasons. If you attempt to shed all the acquired fat in a short time and indulge in overstraining “crash methods” of weight reduction, the results could be serious. Sudden reduction in weight may cause metabolic problems.
2. “Starving”, yourself is another mistake. Or some people go on ‘all vegetables’ or ‘all fruits diet’. Remember your brain needs adequate amounts of glucose to function properly.
If you starve your body, you starve your brain. Frequent fasting will damage the brain. Hence eat small quantities but for more number of times. The starvation diet is especially harmful to persons with gout or cardiac, renal or cerebral disorders.
3. Do not believe advertisements that promise miraculous reduction of weight in just a few weeks. Medically, this is simply not possible.
4. Similarly, beware of special dietary foods that are touted as instant weight reducing foods. Consult your doctor before using such foods/supplements. These foods may not contain starch or sugar. But instead, syrup, fructose and etc could have been added.
5. Do not eat “snacks” especially chocolates in between meals. Give up the attitude that what if just one chocolate is eaten. Instead, eats fruits or raw vegetables.
6. Do not watch T.V. for long periods. Do not become a slave to the Idiot Box. Watching T.V. makes you lazy and you put on 1/2 kilo more per month if you watch T.V. for 5 hours a day. Also the “snacks” you munch during your T.V. watching time, definitely adds kilos to your weight.
7. Another erroneous belief is, if you sleep too much, you put on weight. If you sleep for only 4 hours a day, your carbohydrate food will not get digested. Adequate sleep is required for proper brain function and metabolism.
8. Avoiding or neglecting to take salads before your main course. If salads are consumed before food, one tends to eat less.
9. Following the “Dr. Atkins Revolutionary diet” without consulting a doctor. This diet advocate avoiding foods rich in carbohydrates and including a lot of protein and fat-rich foods! Its main “mantra” is that carbohydrates are the body’s energy. Its body is deprived of it, it will “burn” fat & protein & use these for its energy requirements.
Hence the body’s fat is reduced. You can eat meat, eggs, cheese, full cream, meat fried in butter, etc but you must not take bread, pasta, certain fruits, and vegetables.
After practicing this diet for some time, carbohydrate foods will be permitted at the end of this dietary regimen. This being a difficult diet regimen, do not undertake it without consulting your doctor. Atkins diet may cause a reduction in weight but if you stop it, the weight will again increase.
10. Many people go by their body weights to determine their level of obesity. The correct method to determine whether you are overweight or not is the “BMI” method. Body Mass Index (BMI) is obtained by multiplying your weight in kilos by 1000 and dividing with your height in centimeter, squared.
Metric Units: BMI = Weight (kg) / (Height (m) x Height (m))
For example: if your weight is assumed to be 60 kg and height 1.65m, then the calculation should be:
BMI = 60 / (1.65 x 1.65) = 22.03
You can download the BMI Chart in PDF format at the National Institutes of Health.
Ayurveda and Obesity
Ayurveda calls digestive power like the power of ‘Agni’ (fire). This Agni develops ‘Dhatus’ and provides nutrients. When this fire power is affected, the foods become only fat.
More food is eaten resulting in more fat that deposits in several parts of the body. All actions that increase “Kapha” dosha, increase fat accumulation. Ayurveda therapies consist of Langanam and Udvarthanam.
Langanam therapy cleanses the stomach and body while Udvardanam consists of dry massage with herbs. Consult your physician to choose a slimming method that suits you.