Ayurveda has targeted weight loss for thousands of years and is successful because of its comprehensiveness. Obesity is called Sthoolyam in Ayurveda.
According to Ayurveda, there is an imbalance in digestive fire (Agni) and toxins (Ama) which disturbs the metabolism of fatty tissue (Medo Dhatu). Ama also blocks the channels of body tissues causing a vitiation of Vata Dosha, which is the energy principle of air and ether elements. This imbalanced Vata disrupts digestive fire and increases appetite. This, coupled with improper fat metabolism, leads to obesity.
Excess intake of sweet, oily and cold food causes vitiation of Kapha Dosha, the energy principle of water and earth elements, which also leads to fat deposition. Ayurveda recommendations for weight loss correct these faulty metabolic factors to maintain optimum body weight.
Those who practice Ayurveda believe this is the most powerful of all three doshas. It controls very basic body functions, like how cells divide. It also controls your mind, breathing, blood flow, heart function, and ability to get rid of waste through your intestines. Things that can disrupt it include eating again too soon after a meal, fear, grief, and staying up too late.
If vata dosha is your main life force, you’re thought to be more likely to develop conditions like anxiety, asthma, heart disease, skin problems, and rheumatoid arthritis.
This energy controls your digestion, metabolism (how well you break down foods), and certain hormones that are linked to your appetite.
Things that can disrupt it are eating sour or spicy foods and spending too much time in the sun.
If it’s your main life force, you’re thought to be more likely to develop conditions like Crohn’s disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, and infections.
This life force controls muscle growth, body strength and stability, weight, and your immune system.
You can disrupt it by sleeping during the day, eating too many sweet foods, and eating or drinking things that contain too much salt or water.
If it’s your main life energy, practitioners believe you may develop asthma and other breathing disorders, cancer, diabetes, nauseas after eating, and obesity.
“The concept of Tridosha, the Ayurvedic theory of physiologic regulation involving the integrated function of the three Doshas—Vata, Pitta, and Kapha—is a cornerstone of Ayurveda, named in the first chapter of the earliest text, Charaka Samhita
The three Doshas (Tridoshas) are Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Their psychological correlates which play a role in the functioning and behavior of humans is the Trigunas—Sattva, Rajas and Tamas.
These psychological attributes are not restricted or confined to humans alone, but are also attributed to almost all living beings, including the food we eat, and all other elements in the environment we live in, which are said to have a predominance of one or the other characteristic Guna/Prakriti which gives that matter its unique quality.
The Tridoshas are composed of all the five Mahabhutas, but one or the other is predominant, with the other four are in lesser dominance. There can never be a state when one or the other Mahabhuta is absent totally. All five are essential to sustain life. Proper balance among these three Doshas is essential for good health.
Vata Dosha is composed of Akasa (ether) and Vayu (air) Mahabhutas.
Pitta Dosha is composed of Tejas or Agni (fire) and Ap(water) Mahabhutas.
Kapha Dosha is composed of Ap (water) and Prithvi (earth) Mahabhutas.
When we talk about imbalance of Doshas, we say that a person is Vata, Pitta or Kapha dominated. This does not mean an absence of the other two Doshas, but that the other two Doshas are suppressed compared to the dominant Dosha. This also does not mean that a person who is either of the Dosha dominated is not in good health. That particular dominant Dosha is his natural state of being or Prakriti. It is not ill health.
The three Gunas—Sattva, Rajas and Tamas—also promote different kinds of temperament based on the dominance of one or the other Gunas. The temperament of a person can be discerned based on the “mode of worship, the type of food consumed and other activities of everyday life”.
Ways to Reduce Weight
1. The first of all make your physice a priority. Make your routine for better health? Take best care of yourself? As you focus on your health with dietary and lifestyle changes, a steady, sustainable weight loss is a natural byproduct!
2. Poor sleep leads to weight gain, make sure to get enough sleep. Research has shown that poor sleep leads to weight gain. Ensure you’re getting enough sleep by avoiding late nights. It’s also important to avoid daytime sleep, which aggravates Kapha Dosha and contributes to weight gain.
3. Take plenty of fluids, hydrate properly. Ayurveda suggest for how, when and with what you should hydrate.
4. Change your eating habits.
5. Eat foods that support weight loss
6. Excercise to sweat
Follow a balanced lifestyle, that involves daily exercise, breathwork and meditation. According to Ayurveda, exercise brings lightness, ability to work and a good appetite. It gets rid of excess fat, tones and shapes the muscles and firms up the body. Regular exercise also helps with other health conditions, improves mood, digestion, sleep and generally boosts energy. Make sure to stretch before and cool down afterwards.
7. Try to live stress free
Reducing stress is key to weight loss. Stress has been dubbed the health epidemic of the 21st century by the WHO, and that can exacerbate weight gain.
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