The fast-paced lifestyles and improper food habits have made overweight issues and obesity a common health problem nowadays. A big portion of the world population is obese or overweight.
There are various types of medicines and diets available in the market to counter obesity, but most of them are really ineffective or contain various chemicals that may be harmful to health. The Ayurvedic approach to losing weight provides an alternative that is holistic and natural.
Ayurveda and Obesity
The basic tenet of Ayurveda is maintaining the balance of three Doshas (namely, Vata, Pitta, and Kapha). Ayurveda believes that an imbalance of Dosha is responsible for the health-related problems. The Kapha Dosha shares a number of characteristics with obesity or excess weight such as being smooth, slow, oily, gross, soft, cool, stable, dense, and heavy.
This correlation indicates that being obese may cause an increase in Kapha, or vice versa. The Ayurvedic approach for losing weight is by creating the balance in Dosha. To curtail the excess weight or the excess Kapha, a person should be mobile, rough, subtle, hot, liquid, dry, sharp, and light.
Ayurvedic Weight Loss Treatment
The Ayurvedic method of losing weight consists of following practices:
- A daily practice of doing yoga for at least 15 minutes
- Taking three meals daily
- The daily diet should be Kapha pacifying
- Exercise at least thrice a week
- Establishing a routine to facilitate above-mentioned practices
Yoga and Exercises
Yoga is beneficial in creating a mental and emotional balance. The various benefits of daily morning yoga are:
- Lubrication, awakening, cleansing, and detoxification of body
- It improves the digestion and excretion processes
- It enhances the circulation
- It promotes the Agni or metabolic fire.
The Kapha pacifying yoga asanas can be included in the daily routine for better results. In addition to daily 15 mins yoga schedule, an exercise schedule of at least three days a week should be included in the daily schedule. The exercise duration should be a minimum of 15 to 20 minutes. The HIIT or High-Intensity Interval Training can opt since it takes a short time, but it is beneficial for losing weight. The timing for yoga and exercising should be during 6 to 10 am/pm to pacify Kapha.
The division of the daily meal in three satisfying parts with lunch being the main meal and dinner being the lightest one promotes weight loss. There should be no snacking in between the meals, and there should be a gap of four hours between the two meals. The three satisfying and fulfilling meals help in avoiding bingeing on snacks in-between the meals, and promotes a healthy and strong Agni.
A Kapha pacifying diet is essential in clearing the excess Kapha, reducing the weight, leading to overall good health. The food should be fresh, easily digestible and appropriate to the season. It should exhibit characteristics like rough, warm, light and dry.
Lunch is the main meal since the Agni is most prominent during 11 am and 2 pm that makes complete digestion of the food easily. The dinner should be taken between 5 to 6 pm, eating after 7 pm should be avoided, so that the food is digested before the bedtime and body can properly detoxify, when you sleep.
All these activities and changes need to be incorporated into the daily schedule. This regular daily routine facilitates de-stressing, restoration of Dosha balance and overall good health. The Ayurvedic approach to weight loss doesn't ask a person to stay hungry, on the contrary, it requires the meal to be satisfying. It helps not only in losing weight, but it also promotes overall good health and wellbeing.
Medohara kalpa is a kalpa which exclusively discuss the obesity and weight management. Some of the medications coming under this kalpa are as follows:
- HERBOTRIM TABLET accelerates the fat metabolism naturally and reduces the accumulation of fat in the adipose tissues. Prevents the fatty infiltration of vital organs.
- MUNIPRABHAA TABLET: improves the function of the kidney, thus helping in eliminating the unwanted substances from the body.