The Ayurvedic Weight Loss Plan
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Long before science advanced the incredible wonders of modern medicine, the sages of ancient India were reliant on Ayurveda and while this practice is thousands of years old, it is still one of the most powerful and sophisticated health systems for the mind and for the body.
It is much more than a method to treating illness; it is literally the science of life. Ayur translates to life, as veda translates to knowledge of science. It provides wisdom that has been designed to help you stay healthy and vibrant; realizing your body and mind’s full potential.
There are two guiding principles with the Ayurvedic system.
- First, that the body and the mind are intimately connected
- Second, nothing has a stronger ability to transform and heal your body than your mind
Essentially, you hold in your power the ability to heal your body and your mind, because the two of them are working in tandem.
A life free of illness is dependent upon the expansion of your awareness, thus the need to balance it. While this may sound like a complicated process, it truly isn’t. Consider this. When you engage in meditation, you are entering an effortless state of inner quiet and expanded awareness. This restores balance to your body, refreshing your mind.
The body and the mind are so related that practicing meditation naturally provides your body with balance. It slows your breathing and heart rate, and also reduces the amount of cortisol that your body is producing. While reducing those stress hormones, it increases serotonin, endorphins, dopamine, and oxytocin. All of which enhance your happiness and wellbeing.
Meditation, though, is just one of the tools in the Ayurvedic toolbox. There is a wide variety of practices to keep your mind and body in check. One of those is the plan for weight loss.
You see, after breathing, the next important bodily function is eating. For a healthy mind and body, your food should be nourishing. The perfect balanced diet can be achieved through eating a variety of fresh options, prepared properly, and eaten with awareness.
Perhaps the simplest way to ensure your diet is truly balanced is to cater to the six tastes at each and every meal. Those tastes are: salty, pungent, sweet, bitter, sour, and astringent. Catering to the six tastes is an effective way to ensure that every nutrient and food group is being represented in your diet.
The Ayurvedic weight loss plan is not another fad diet, but rather a lifestyle plan. It is simply using common sense and applying it to the daily decisions that you are making about your food.
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As you well know, the older you get, the more difficult it is to lose that excess weight or to even maintain a healthy weight. Suddenly diet tricks and exercises that you have long relied on just aren’t cutting it anymore. No matter how hard you try, how many calories you cut, there are spots of fat that just won’t budge. If you want to fight stubborn fat, Ayurveda can help.
Perhaps the biggest difference between Ayurvedic techniques for weight loss and the more conventional methods lies in its ability to ignite the fires of the digestive system.
Ayurvedic Weight Loss Plan focus on the why, specifically why are the fat cells growing and what solutions can be put in place to stop them. This is something that you should be doing on a daily basis, and you can take heart in the fact that they’ve been in use for thousands of years.
The key to losing weight when it comes to Ayurveda is ama. This translates to toxins, and toxins accumulate when we are exposed to stress, a poor diet, and environmental pollutants. Many of these are water-soluble, and for these it’s easy to erase them through diet and exercise. However, the rest are fat-soluble. They are deeply engrained in your body, and it will be difficult to remove them using just diet and exercise. As toxins are accumulated, these cells expand, resulting in weight gain and difficult to shift weight around the thighs, stomach, and hips.
Ayurvedic weight loss plan techniques are targeted at removing ama, to shrink your fat cells. As you get older, the more likely you are to have ama. However, with detox programs and smart daily habits you can stop the accumulation of ama, and prevent it from leading to weight gain.
Your first step is in determining whether you have these toxins, and once you recognize the ama, you can take action. The following tips have been put together to help you lose those stubborn pounds you just haven’t been able to shift. They are helpful on their own, however, when you use all of them, you should experience serious results. These are fat fighters designed to help you with the weight loss, as well as keep the weight off. Don’t consider these indefinite tips, consider them maintenance recommendations.
A detox tea will help unclog the body’s channels, break fat down, as well as improve digestion. The best part? It’s easy to make. You’ll need five boiling cups of water and half a teaspoon of a variety of seeds, allowing it to boil (with a lid on) for five minutes. You’ll need whole fennel seeds, whole cumin seeds, and whole coriander seeds. Once it’s boiled for five minutes you can strain the seeds and decant your tea into a thermos. You can sip this all day long, and you should make a fresh batch every morning.
This powdered herb is made up from three super fruits- bibhitaki, amalaki, and haritaki. Bibhitaki works to reduce fat and fluid within the body. Amalaki is a natural antioxidant, reducing inflammation, balancing blood sugar, and increasing lean body mass.
Haritaki is a detoxing agent that works to cleanse the colon. Each has its own value, however, as a combined triple threat they work together to detoxify your body, strengthen it, and assist you in your weight loss goals. It’s available in tablet and powder form.
We mentioned the six tastes above, you will eat less, and feel satiated when each taste is present in your meals. They also fight fat and improve digestion. The problem, of course, is that for the average American there are just three tastes in most meals, sour, sweet, and salty. However, curry powder is an excellent way to make sure you’re getting the full six tastes in every meal. You can choose to cook with it, or use it as a condiment.
Don’t just purchase the curry powder you’ll find in the supermarket, shop online, or visit a specialty store for Ayurvedic churnas that blend the six tastes equally or you could just make your own.
A home treatment that will help you battle the bulge, you’ll just need raw silk gloves and a willingness to massage and be massaged. This method of massage works to detoxify and energize the body. It has been designed specifically to fight weight gain, water retention, and cellulite. It improves circulation, as well as lymphatic drainage. This stimulates digestion, moving toxins from your body, and preventing fat buildup. With gharshana, there are three areas to focus the massage: legs, arms, and abdomen.
Use circular strokes across the buttocks and hips and follow through down each leg, including the feet. The arm work starts from the shoulder and proceeds down to the fingers.
The stomach begins with clockwise circular rubbing, followed by horizontal strokes, and finished with vertical strokes.
We all recognize the fact that our culture is obsessed with fad diets. How many of them have you tried? Likely, the answer is more than five, or even ten. Yo-yo dieting has become its own system of dieting, where people try a diet lose a few pounds and then regain more than they lose, move onto another diet, and repeat the cycle over and over again.
The problem with the majority of “diets” is that they are unsustainable. Sure, they’re great at first, you lose weight, but then you “get off the diet” and go back to your old habits at which point you regain the weight you lost, and more. That’s a normal result, because your body wants to hold onto its fat cells.
You’re in a battle against your own body, your own personal civil war. Your body takes advantage of your tendency to engage in fad dieting and lures you into a false sense of security.
However, an Ayurvedic weight loss plan is something that you can maintain throughout your life, thus ensuring you keep those pesky pounds off. Unlike those fad diets, Ayurveda has been in use for thousands of years. As you achieve a state of perfect overall health, those nasty excess pounds will melt off.
These guidelines will assist you throughout the process of Ayurvedic Weight Loss Plan, and you’ll soon feel amazing.
Who doesn’t love snacking? Well, you shouldn’t. The body produces insulin when you eat, and it provides transport to move sugars to cells, thus keeping blood sugar balanced. That provides you with around three hours of energy. At that point, the body will start to burn fat. Ayurvedic Weight Loss Plan principles believe that if you’re eating every three hours, your body never has a chance to burn fat, but when you eat three well balanced meals every day, with no snacks, you will have sufficient energy that allows your body an opportunity to dip into your fat stores to burn them off.
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Digestion is just as important, if not more so, than what you eat. To get the most out of your body’s digestion process, eat the largest meal of your day for lunch. Your digestive fires are strongest at noon, so aim to enjoy lunch then. Dinner should be something that is easy to digest and eaten at least three hours before bed. Therefore, if you’re adhering to a 10 o’clock bedtime, you should have dinner finished no later than 7pm. This will allow you a deeper sleep, and your body will have time to rejuvenate.
To break this down further, you should consume half of your daily calorie intake at lunchtime. Therefore, you don’t need to cut your calorie intake; you just need to move it. Try it out, split your current calorie intake between three meals, with lunch getting 50% of them. You should start to see weight loss without having to cut calories.
We’ve mentioned them before, now we’ll provide you with some examples of each.
- Sweet foods produce energy and help to build muscle. Some excellent examples would be sweet fruits, whole grains, legumes, dairy, nuts, and meats.
- Sour foods provide the body with cleansing, and include sour cream, citrus fruits, yogurt, as well as fermented or pickled foods (such as sauerkraut and kimchi).
- Salty foods are necessary to absorb nutrients and stimulate digestion. Fish, ocean vegetables, and seat salt are good examples of salty foods.
- Astringent foods leave a dry sensation in the mouth, which helps to tone body tissue and reduce inflammation. Good examples of astringent tastes would be pomegranates, green tea, garbanzo beans, and grapes.
- Pungent foods are spicy, simulating metabolism and clearing sinuses. Peppers, ginger, onions, mustard seeds, and cloves are all good options.
- Bitter foods are good for detoxing and include cacao, dark leafy greens, coffee, and vegetables.
Pick your fruits and vegetables according to the region and the season.
- With summer, we have fruits and vegetables that will keep us energized and cool.
- With the chillier months, we turn to root vegetables, heavier cheeses, and meats that will keep us protected from the cold.
- In the spring months, we see leafy greens, and berries cropping up to detox our bodies from the winter diet.
Choose local and organic foods and eat with the seasons. This will help your body assimilate nutrients and digest your foods more easily.
Ancient beings kept a strict schedule, living with the earth’s natural rhythms. Therefore, as the sun set, they followed and went to bed for the evening. When the sun rose, so did they. However, with the modern technologies of electricity, we’ve moved away from our natural circadian rhythm. This has compromised our quality and length of sleep.
According to the Mayo Clinic, recent research indicates that poor sleep patterns are a major contributing factor to gaining weight. So, take control back and make your sleep time from 10 in the evening, and set your alarm to wake up at six every morning, whether you have work or not.
Ayuerveda prescribes that the prime time for exercise is anywhere between 6 and 10 in the morning, as this is when the water and earth elements are at their height. When combined these elements contribute to dullness, slowness, and inertia. Exercising will counteract this problem, warm your body, and boost the circulation of blood to your brain. This will leave you energized, and your mind and body ready to face the day. The optimum exercise time would be 45 minutes each morning, but if you aren’t used to exercise start slowly with 15-20 minutes.
This goes beyond exercise, this is what you should be doing after every meal. While your initial want may be to take a nap, instead get up and take a short walk, especially after your large lunch.
Kick start your digestive system first thing in the morning by enjoying a glass of warm water with organic lemon in it.
We mentioned the detox tea earlier, you can opt for it or choose hot water instead. Ama accumulates in your body due to internal and external sources, but it can be dissolved. It isn’t about the amount of hot water that you drink, rather the frequency with which you drink it. Aim to enjoy a few sips every thirty minutes.
The stress hormone cortisol is guilty of many things, one of which is greatly contributing to weight gain, especially with an increase in fat around the abdomen (the much dreaded and dangerous belly fat). Luckily, meditation is an easy way to de-stress and unwind.
You should dedicate 20 minutes of your day to practice meditation. You don’t need to be a professional either, simply sit quietly, focusing on your breath, and allow your body to relax. Allow your thoughts to pass by you, bringing a quiet to your mind. Try this every evening before bed as a great way to calm you down before sleep.
Ayurvedic Weight Loss Plan suggests that mindful eating is a key element of not only good health, but in getting the appetite and your waistline under control. Mindfulness allows this to happen in a genuine and effective way, as you slow down and get in touch with your body and its nutritional needs.
Through mindfulness, you will get in touch with true hunger, avoid overeating, and become cognizant about eating and your appetite.
Key Concepts In Mindful Eating
Eat some of your meals alone and in complete silence. Imagine that? No conversation, no phone, no TV, just you, and the food. This practice forces you to focus on the eating process and fully immerses you in the nourishing of your body.
Learn to identify true hunger in your body. This can take time, as our habits are so instilled. How many times have you grabbed food during stress, or ate when tired or thirsty and not when you were really hungry? Begin to get in touch with your body. Start in the mornings when hunger is more than likely to be genuine. How does your body feel during this time? Focus your attention on the part of the body where you feel hunger, and begin to familiarize yourself with the dynamics of true hunger.
Eat slowly. Try to chew each bite at least thirty times. Take the time to appreciate your meal.
Do not eat while stressed, upset, or exhausted. Upset disturbs proper digestion, so you will miss out on the full nutritional benefits of your meal. It is also the worst time to eat as you will likely engage in emotional eating and are more apt to overeat and indulge in unhealthy foods.
Use your senses. Instead of shoveling food into your mouth, take the time to really focus on the color, texture, taste, and smell of each bite. Notice the entire experience of chewing as the flavors tickle your taste buds.
Become aware of when you are satisfied. Through mindful eating, you will quickly learn to identify when you are satisfied and not over stuffed. With time and practice this will become second nature and will help you avoid overeating so you can stop when your body has been satisfied, which is one of the key practices in healthy eating.
Ayurveda is a natural wellness concept that is holistic in nature as it takes into account all parts of a human life, mind, body, and environment and seeks to establish harmony among them.
Ayuerveda describes three doshas, Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, also referred to as mind-body types that describe unique blends of physical, emotional, and mental characteristics. When it comes to nutrition, weight loss, and good health, proper digestion is key.
The Vata Dosha is believed to be responsible for movement and is related to more than eighty diseases in the body.
- Ayurvedic philosophy believes that moving too quickly after a meal disturbs the Vata dosha, which needs to maintain good health and balance in order to prevent diseases.
- Sitting for at least five minutes after a meal to aid digestion helps the body remain healthy, supports calm and prevents development of digestive disturbances.
- Watch your water intake during meals. It is best to only sip small amounts of water while eating your food, and to avoid ice-cold water during your meal as it diminishes digestive process and weakens key digestive enzymes. Drinking too much water during a meal also weakens hydrochloric acid.
There are plenty of people joining the weight loss journey, and they all have a common goal. The purpose of such a journey is, of course, to lose weight, but sadly the majority of people will fail. They will give up long before they achieve what they set out to do. It should go without saying that the people who do reach their goals are full of energy and motivated to do so.
Motivation is everything.
You should look at motivation the same as you do bathing. You take a shower every day, right? It’s just as important to stay motivated every day, if you want to keep your spirits high and stay on track.
It would be highly challenging to achieve your weight loss goal without the motivation to do it. Your mission to lose weight should be no different from any other missions that you face in life.
When you achieve your ultimate weight loss goal, you will feel an accomplishment like no other. Aside from that, your body and mind will be in harmony- healthy and happy. The majority of weight loss participants start the journey on a high, they feel motivated to get the job done and excited for it to begin. However, it doesn’t take long before excuses creep in, and you find a hundred reasons why you had to cheat, or failed to exercise. Excuses directly stem from a lack of motivation.
Sometimes weight loss feels like a destination that is so far in the distance it will be impossible to achieve. The only way to reach the destination, though, is by remaining highly motivated.
Don’t think of your weight loss journey as an optional requirement, instead, consider it a necessary accomplishment.
Motivation will turn you into a great contributor, and is the best shot you have when it comes to reaching your goals. You can change your life with motivation, and you can start by breaking your journey down into achievable goals. Create a plan and put realistic goals in place. When you achieve a goal, treat yourself (but not with food) and celebrate reaching a milestone. Celebrate each milestone until you reach your ultimate goal.
So, what is your motivation to lose weight? Is it health, is it happiness, looking good, feeling good, or is it a combination of all of these?
Make a list and make copies of that list that you can access from multiple locations. This helps you have a reference that will always remind you of the payoffs of your efforts.
The Ayurvedic Weight Loss Plan is all about aligning your body and mind with nature, instead of struggling against it and forcing things to go the way you want. Just look at nature for inspiration. Birds don’t have to struggle to fly, they just do it. Grass doesn’t have to fight to grow, it just does it. Flowers don’t try to flower, they just do.
The nature that surrounds us functions effortlessly, and so can you. You will expend far less effort when your motivations are fueled by love and joy, because the natural love is bound by love’s energy.
When you chase money, accolades, status, and power, you are wasting energy that could be placed elsewhere. When your actions are directed in love, you will accumulate and expand your energy.
This applies to life in every possible way, whether it’s your working life, personal life, and even for your weight loss goals.
The Ayurveda plan for weight loss is simple to follow. The changes are easy to make, they are sustainable, and in many cases fairly effortless. Additionally, there is nothing here much different from any other lifestyle plan. You will eat healthily, exercise, meditate, and apply methods and techniques, which will enrich your life.
It shouldn’t take you long to realize that this is no fad diet, it has lasted for thousands of years because it changes lives for the better.