Everyone likes the idea of having a flat belly, toned arms and an ideal body weight but not everyone is willing to sweat it out in the gym or take control of their diet. The statistics speak for itself as obesity is one of the rapidly growing concerns all across the globe. Obesity also gives way to other serious chronic health disorders like diabetes, thyroid, cholesterol, etc.
There can be multiple reasons for a person not being able to get a grip on their weight. For some, it can be the scarcity of time due to fast approaching deadlines while for some, it can be the lack of motivation due to failed diet plans and ineffective gym workouts. Whatever the reason might be, if you are at a point where you are about to give up on losing weight, don’t give up just yet! The oldest most reliable trick in the book of Indian medicine can work in your favor and help you achieve your weight goals.
Yes! If nothing seems to work, it is always best to go the ‘Ayurvedic’ way. The Ayurvedic way of medicine can be traced back to 5000 years ago and is based on the belief that any problem in the body can be healed by striking a perfect balance between the body and the mind. It demands a person to be in perfect synchronization with the rhythms of nature and flush out the toxins from the body in order to achieve holistic development and inner peace.
If you are tired of extreme diets and intense workouts, read on to know you can use Ayurveda to your advantage in your weight loss journey. Listed below are 8 ayurvedic tips that you need to follow in order to shed those extra kilos off your body weight.
Note: Any Ayurveda treatment requires consistency and discipline and the same holds true for weight loss.
Your mornings should start with a glass of warm water: Kickstart your day with a glass of warm water with organic lemon. This not only hydrates the body but also stimulates the bowels thus purifying your digestive tract. In addition to that, warm water raises the body’s temperature and boosts metabolism. A high rate of metabolism leads to rapid weight loss.
Your meal timings are very crucial: Given the humdrum of your daily life, it can sometimes get difficult to have your meals on time. However, Ayurveda says that having your meals at the right time is the key to weight loss. According to Ayurveda, your breakfast should be done between 7:30 and 9:00 am; finish off lunch between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm and have dinner, your lightest meal, between 5:30 pm and 8:00 pm.
Just 3 meals and no snacks: No snacks?!? No snacking can seem like a hard thing to do but nothing amazing comes easy. According to Ayurveda, if the body is constantly provided with food to burn, it kills the efficiency of the fat-burning process. Therefore, it is best to consume a medium sized breakfast, a very light dinner and a heavy lunch. This is because during the middle hours of the day, your digestive system is strong and active which helps in proper digestion which in turn helps in weight loss.
Workout only till you break a sweat: Ayurveda suggests that instead of pumping iron at the gym, all you need to do is indulge in a physical activity that will help you break a sweat. Just as little as 30 minutes of moderate activity every day is imperative for rapid and healthy weight loss.
Unite with your inner self: Inner peace plays a very important role in Ayurvedic medicine and yoga and meditation are two sureshot ways to achieve the same. Practicing yoga and mindful breathing for 10-15 minutes in the morning helps clear the mind of stress and other worries. This is effective as stress is one of the main reasons for weight gain. According to 'The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies', "Bhastrika pranayama will increase the rate at which your body burns off fat. Right Nostril breathing(Surya bhedi) would also be helpful."
Move after every meal: Moving after your meals helps in digestion which helps in weight loss. Sleeping directly after your meals does not allow the body to digest the food as the body becomes stationary; this in turn leads to weight gain.
Experience all 6 tastes: Ayurveda recognizes 6 tastes- sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent. Sweet, sour and salty tastes are considered anabolic (building) in nature and pungent, astringent and bitter tastes are considered catabolic (burning) in nature. Having a balance of all 6 tastes restricts weight gain as the anabolic and catabolic elements balance each other out.
Sleep and wake up with the sun: Sleeping and waking up at the same time every day helps regulate the circadian rhythms i.e the internal clock of the body. Having a proper sleep schedule allows the body to rest, detoxify and prepare for the next day. It also regulates cortisol levels in the body which minimizes stress.
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