# Ayurveda says –
Vyayama nityo jeernaashee yavagodhuma bhojanaha |
Santarpana Krutaihi Doshaihi Sthoulyam muktwa vimuchyate ||
Daily regular exercise, eating only after the previous food has got completely digested, and regular intake of Barley and wheat in diet, are sure shot ways to curb obesity.
Ayurveda adopts a comprehensive approach to treat obesity. Ayurveda explains about a a combination of Panchakarma treatment, few simple Ayurvedic medicines, home remedies, and very easy to follow lifestyle adjustments to lose weight quickly.
# Cause for build up of fat in the body are –
Avyayama (lack of exercise),
Divasvapna (sleeping at day time),
Shleshmala Ahara Sevana – intake of foods which increase Kapha Dosha
Due to above factors the annarasa (the end product of digestion) becomes sweet by not getting properly digested and there by results in accumulation of sneha (oiliness) and fat.
#So, Ayurveda explains the pathology of obesity as –
1. Increase of Agni – digestion strength, leading to increase of appetite and food intake.
2. Hampered conversion of Medo dhatu to Asthi dhatu, leading to increased production of Medo Dhatu.
3. Imbalance / VItiation of Vata Dosha – leading to increased digestion strength
4. Increase of Kapha Dosha, which is caused by excess sweets, fried food, excess rest etc.
A person who due to excessive accumulation of muscles and fat in the body presents with sagging butts, abdomen and breasts, the muscles and fat tissue are nourished and formed normally (they are abnormally deposited) and the energy levels also are not normal (below normal) is called ati sthula or obese.
#Clinical features of obesity:
Kshudra shwasa (gasping for air),
Trusha – excessive thirst,
Moha – delusion, inprecisive work,
Svapna Krathana – snoring
Saada – exhausion.
Kshut – excess hunger,
Sveda – excess perspiration,
Durgandha – foul body odor,
Alpa pran – short breaths
Alpa maithuna- less sexual strength occur due to depletion of Shukra dhatu.
#Reason for fat deposition around abdomen area:
In human beings, fat gets accumulated in abdominal region.
The root for medovaha srotas – fat channels are – Vrukka (kidney) and Vapvahana (greater omentum) as per the statement of Charaka
That probably is the cause for the pendulant abdomen in sthoulya people.
Ayurveda Tips To Lose Weight Fast :
#Hydrate with warm water: 75% of over weight persons are chronically dehydrated. According to Ayurveda, warm water is a natural detoxifier. Warm water mops up impurities as it travels through over-taxed digestive system,sweeping away molecules left behind from partially digested food that could be slowing down what nature intended to be an enviably swift metabolic rate. Replacing sugary beverages like soda and fruit juices with clear warm water automatically reduces number of calories per day.
Cold drinks cause the muscles and blood vessels in gastrointestinal tract to freeze and in turn vitiate digestive fire, which leads sluggish digestion. Warm water, on the other hand, relaxes the muscles and dilates the blood vessels. Dilation of blood vessels allows the assimilation and absorption of the contents of the meal to occur more efficiently.
Sipping water during meal is ideal. It helps digestion, absorption and dhatu building. The rule of thumb is drink ¼ of capacity of the stomach while eating. Drinking water before meal will dilute agni, which will hinder digestion and lead to weakness. Drinking water right after meal will increase Kapha, causing weight gain. Ideal time to drink water is right after waking up in the morning and one hour before and one hour after each meal. The quantity of water consumption varies with body type; Vata needs more water than Kapha type. Drink a cup of hot water with a teaspoon honey and 10 drops of lime juice added whenever feel hungry will be a good substitute for eating and will help to melt the fat.
A study in the British Medical Journal has discovered that people who eat quickly are three times more likely to be overweight than those who take their time. While eating zoning out, watching TV, talking, driving, and multi-tasking undermine the digestive process and counteract the effort to lose weight. Mindful eating means it is about being conscious and present while eating. When food is eaten mindfully, the brain sees, tastes, smell and feels and sends signals to the stomach to release enzymes and juices to digest the food.
According to Ayurveda, you are not what you eat but what you digest. The first stage of digestion starts in the mouth with Bodhaka Kapha. The moment that any kind of food or substance comes in contact with saliva (Bodhaka Kapha), the first experience is taste. Ayurveda says that taste has direct actions on doshas, so the moment you start eating food the process of digestion begins. The digestive process is governed by agni and certain subtypes of each three doshas. Usually six or more hours are required for the digestion of a meal.
# In order to lose weight and reach optimal level of agni it is important to avoid the following:
1.Avoid overeating and/or eating heavy foods in large quantities
2. Avoid tamasic foods: Leftovers, processed, canned foods, fast food or food with
additives and colorings
3. Avoid ice cold water and drinks and cold foods
4. Quit drinking alcohol and smoking
5. Avoid cruciferous vegetables, fried foods and heavy foods
6. Do not talk or laugh while eating. Do not eat on the run or while watching TV
# In order to be healthy and increase the digestive power (agni) while losing weight, the following steps should be followed:
Eat according to your body constitution –
#Vata: Vata reducing herbs, diet and lifestyle, complex carbohydrates (whole grains and starchy vegetables), avoidance of refined sugar, fewer hot spices and more sweet digestives like cardamom, coriander, brahmi, jatamanshi, and
ashwagandha calm the mind. Guggul helps cleanse and warm the body.
#Pitta: Pitta reducing foods, avoiding meat, fish oily, greasy, or fried foods, sugars,
and desserts. Raw salads, green herbs, and chlorophyll, digestive bitters and bitter
laxatives are the best foods to reduce weight and counter sugar addiction. Herbs
include aloe vera gel, katuka, and turmeric.
#Kapha: Kapha reducing food, avoiding refined sugars, salt, dairy, sweet fruit,
bread, pastry, meat, fish, fruit juices, cold liquids, and oils. Spice teas, vegetable
juices, steamed vegetables, beans, and whole grains are good. Suggestion
includes less sleep, no naps, and strong, aerobic exercise. Hot digestive herbs like
black pepper, ginger, turmeric, and trikatu burn up the fat and raise the digestive
fire. Bitter herbs, like katuka, triphala and guggul, reduce fat and dry water.
? Eat fresh and seasonal vegetables and fruit.
? Eat freshly cooked warm food. It will strengthens agni, digests food better,
reduces excess Kapha and Vata
? Eat food, which has enough oil, and is moist enough (not fried). It tastes better, helps agni, builds dhatus, and increases strength.
? Do not eat food with wrong combination. E.g. Honey and ghee when combined
in equal quantities is poisonous. Mixing sour fruits and milk curdles the milk.
? Eat only when you are hungry
? Eat three meals a day and avoid snacking
? Eat light meals for breakfast and dinner and heavy meal during lunch time, have
early dinner between 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
? Eat after previous food is digested
? Eat with proper frame of mind – create pleasant environment
? Eating sequence: First eat carbohydrates or sweet taste, next eat salty, sour,
pungent and bitter foods. Finally eat astringent food.
#Breathing and Pranayama:
Due to fast passed life style many of us do shallow breathing. Practicing diaphragmatic
breathing is beneficial. By simply observing the breath, we can be aware of what is happening inside. The more we become aware of breath, the disturbance, the negativity of the mind disappears and it becomes pure and peaceful. Bhasrika is a very powerful Pranayama. It strengthens the heart and lungs, improves the digestion and calms the mind. Right Nostril breathing (surya bhedi) will also be helpful.
Certain gentle yoga asanas are helpful, including the Palm Tree pose, and the Triangle Pose.Also, while sitting on the floor, bend forward as far as you can, with the goal of eventually touching the head to the knees. The Fish, Camel, Cobra and Cow poses are simple, helpful postures. 10 minutes of Sun Salutations every morning is helpful. The “sun salute” is a complete Ayurvedic exercise, also known as Surya Namaskara. This series of postures simultaneously integrates the whole physiology including mind, body, and breath. It strengthens and stretches all the major muscle groups, lubricates the joints, conditions the spine, and massages the internal organs. Blood flow and circulation is increased throughout the body.
#Herbal Cure :
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?Obesity is a common problem in world. It is mainly due to improper lifestyle, wrong
food choices and lack of exercise.Ayurvedic approach provides all the necessary tools to bring back health, harmony and peace in life. By adopting simple life style and healthy eating habits anyone can enjoy the life optimally without much stress or expenses. Possible diseases like diabetes, heart diseases,stroke, and cholesterol can be prevented.There will be happy and healthy people in a wealthy country!!
Dr. Vipul Sharma