I could not control gaining weight which started in my teenage years. I felt awful when my doctor finally told my parents that I was obese.
Obesity is the medical term for too much fat in your body that is often based on your BMI (body mass index). It is one of the most frightening lifestyle illnesses today.
My excessive weight gain does not only affect my confidence and mental stability but also threatens my physical health.
How Obesity Affects My Health
I used to walk home from school with no trouble. However, as I reached my senior high school, I noticed shortness of breath and palpitation walking at the pace that I used to. I feel heavy, and my knees often hurt whenever I stand for extended periods. My parents got worried that they let me see a doctor. The doctor warned my parents that if I continue gaining more weight, I might, at an early age, develop
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Joint problems
- Sleep apnea
Small Changes That Could Help
The doctor said that losing weight can be done healthily in small steps. He encouraged me that losing weight can help with my health and how I feel about myself. He has given me options and laid down different weight loss programs which I can follow to help me reach my goals. He referred me to a nutritionist to assist me with my food plan. The nutritionist introduced me to various diets that might work and something that might interest me of which Ayurvedic diet was included.
Ayurveda is a comprehensive approach to wellness that originated in Ancient India that is said to be 5000 years old. It seeks to create a healthy and robust body through diet, exercise, and lifestyle practices (sleep and mindful living).
It may be an ancient practice, but it is well-thought complementary and alternative medicine that it can be combined with Western medicine practice and can be mixed with other treatments such as homeopathy, massage, yoga, aromatherapy, exercise, and meditation.
Ayurvedic Principles On Weight Loss
In Ayurvedic philosophy, it is believed that
1. Exercising involves not just the body but the mind as well.
2. Deep breathing (Pranayama) exercise can also help in stimulating weight loss.
3. Refrain from sleeping during the day.
4. Dry massage (Udvartana) encourages weight loss, tones the skin, gets rid of cellulite, loosens fat and dislodges them from subcutaneous level, and clears away toxins in the body.
5. Drinking a glass of lukewarm water with lemon juice and honey early in the morning on your empty stomach may enhance weight loss.
Benefits of Ayurvedic Diet
Ayurvedic Diet can help you
- Improve your digestion and metabolic process, ease up passing a bowel movement
- Promote a healthy gut
- Weight control
- Boost detoxification
- Improve mental health, making you calmer
- Build up your reproductive health
- Decrease inflammation as you enhance functionality and increase your range of motion
Know Your Dosha
When considering Ayurvedic diet, you must learn and know your dosha, which is your mind and body type, expressing the unique combinations of your physical, mental, and emotional characteristics since Ayurveda is about the balance between mind, body, and environment. Dosha involves your qualities, and your most prominent dosha will govern your eating style.
An Ayurvedic doctor can guide you on how to determine your dosha and start your diet. The information I shared with you is just to give you an insight into what you should expect with an Ayurveda diet.
Your Ayurvedic Diet to Lose Some Weight
If you are to consider an Ayurvedic diet, you must incorporate in your diet sweet, sour, bitter, salty, pungent, and astringent foods.
- Lessen your sweet food intake
- Increase food with pungent, astringent, and bitter tastes
- Eat oats, barley, honey, herbs (dried ginger, bitter gourd, soya)
Eat mindfully by refraining from talking and laughing, but instead just enjoy and appreciate your food and the benefits it provides your body. Slowly chew your food so you can savor its taste. Don’t allow your food to get cold so you may enjoy its excellent quality flavor and texture. Just consume enough quantity by being aware of your hunger and fullness signals so you will not overeat. Have a simple breakfast, satisfying lunch, and dinner depending on your hunger level.
All diet plans are easy to start but hard to maintain. The issue of effectiveness and adherence is of most importance since you are going to invest time, effort, and money. If you think you are ready to follow the principles of the Ayurveda diet for your wellness, then your Ayurveda doctor will be much more willing to assist you in your long-term plan in order to enjoy its full effect on your goal to lose that excess weight.