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How to Lose Weight With Ayurveda

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Imagine a day where you wake up with tons of energy. Your body is light, and you spring out of bed, feeling great about your weight and health. Additionally, your weight issues are gone, and your appetite is excellent, your body feels good, and you look radiant and feel vibrant.

Then you notice you’re happy and not stressed, your allergies have vanished, and you haven’t had a cold or flu for a long time. Sound Good? Great then stay with me please…because I’m going to show you how to lose weight with Ayurveda.

How to Lose Weight With Ayurveda

 

If you tried for years to lose weight and haven’t been successful in reaching your optimum weight, I’m going to help you learn how to lose weight with Ayurveda and keep it off permanently and never have to diet again.

When you lose weight with Ayurveda, the weight stays off permanently as long as you’re following a lifestyle in tune with the rhythms of nature.

Ayurveda has so much to offer anyone in search of a long, healthy, happy life free of the chronic diseases excess weight can cause.

It’s is a 5 thousand-year-old health care system that can help you to detoxify your body and lose weight in a healthy way.

Ayurveda is a practice where your health and well-being are the catalysts for losing weight. You’ll not only lose the unwanted pounds for good; you will stay much healthier throughout your life.

The Best Diet is not a Diet…It’s a Way of Life

Ayurveda is so effective because it’s not just a weight loss system…it’s a way of life. If you want to reach and stay at your optimal size and weight, your diet has to be a lifestyle, not a fad. Because diets don’t work, at least not long term. They don’t work because the weight won’t stay off permanently. As soon as you resume to life, as usual, the pounds come right back, and you often gain back the weight plus more.

It doesn’t mean that you can’t ever indulge in some of your comfort foods again… Rather it just means that you know the difference between the foods acceptable for everyday eating and those that are enjoyed on special occasions. And it means that most of the time, you are going to stick with habits that are supportive of your health.

Ayurveda is a Permanent Solution

Sometimes you may take two steps forward and one step backward, and that’s okay because when you’re even one step ahead, you’ll gain momentum. When you gain even a little momentum, and you know without a shadow of a doubt that you feel so much better when you have good habits, then you’ll start to lose the weight permanently.

The secret to permanent weight loss is to allow yourself the time you need to reach your weight loss goal. Weight loss in a moderate way at a steady pace is a healthy approach. Again, fad diets may help you lose weight fast, but Ayurveda is the one that offers a permanent solution, not a quick fix.

What is the Secret to Permanent Weight Loss

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Body Type
The first thing to acknowledge is that you have a particular body type. Ayurveda teaches that each of us is made of the five elements; Ether, Air, Fire, Water & Earth.

The elements combine, connect, and intertwine with each other to create energies called doshas. The doshas are responsible for all form and structure in the body, which is why everybody looks and is shaped differently.

Knowing your body type will give you the information you’ll need for finding and maintaining a healthy weight for you. You are the key.

Find out your body/mind type now.

Improve Digestion and Elimination

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The second thing to understand is that your body has a unique digestive fire. In Ayurveda digestive fire is called Agni. Your Agni is responsible for all metabolic activity and is the key to losing weight. (This is where the English word “ignite” originates.)

If your metabolic fire fails to work properly, you will have difficulty taking off the pounds. The secret to permanent weight loss it to improve your digestion and elimination.

The Basics of an Ayurvedic Diet

Here are the basics of an Ayurvedic diet to help with weight loss:

Eat a variety and abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. The foods should primarily be non-GMO, organic, seasonal, cooked, and well-spiced. Organic because you don’t want pesticides accumulating in your body, and GMO’s are just bad…for you and the environment.

Cooked and warm foods have a different effect on the body than cold food. Warm, cooked food is more easily digested than cold foods. Cold food can suppress digestion and takes more Agni power (fire) to digest, while warm food is easier to digest.

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Avoid processed, prepackaged foods, especially processed meats, which are one of the most sodium-laden foods in the world. (High concentration of sodium and chemicals so they can stay on the shelf longer.)

Eat less dairy  (there are so many healthy nut milk alternatives) and wheat (gluten) because they are more difficult to digest, especially if your digestion is already sluggish. Avoid all commercial yogurts. Commercial yogurt is difficult to digest, and the beneficial lactobacilli are worthless because most likely, the product has been sitting on the shelf for weeks.

If you eat meat, take small portions of lean protein.

Avoid all processed or microwaved food.

If you need more help on how to plan a healthy diet, you can find it here.

Ayurveda Eating Habits

Do not skip meals or set your daily calorie intake too low, or otherwise, your body will store the calories as fat instead of burning them.

Eat your three meals per day and do not eat or snack between meals. Fasting between meals will force your body to burn stored fat.

Breakfast

The first meal of the day should only be large enough to carry you to lunch without snacking. The aim of breakfast is just to get you to lunch without hunger pangs. Warm cooked cereals or apples, pears, figs, and prunes are highly suggested. Try stewing apples with cinnamon and cardamon for a delicious, nutritious start to your day. If you exercise before breakfast, it will help you to sustain energy.

Lunch

Make lunch the most substantial meal of the day. Ayurveda follows the rhythms of nature and just as the sun is highest and hottest at noon, so too is your digestive fire. Make sure to include basmati rice, (lightest and most balancing grain) vegetables, whole grains, flat bread, lean protein if you need it, and warm ginger tea.

Supper

Make your evening meal, supper, a supplemental meal. Eat this meal before the sun sets, around 6 pm. As the day comes to a close and the sun sets, so too does your internal fire or metabolism. Eating a heavy meal after the sun sets will make it nearly impossible for you to make serious progress with your weight loss. When the body cannot digest completely, the result is toxins, fat accumulation, and excess weight.

Do not eat your evening meal later than 7 pm. (Very important) After your evening meal, you will fast until breakfast.

Clear soups (non-cream) and stews are excellent choices for supper in the colder months; salads are recommended in warmer months.

Healthy Lifestyle For Weight Loss

    • Stop drinking sodas. They contain 8-10 teaspoons of sugar, and they are horrible for your health.
    • Reduce alcoholic beverages. Alcohol has a lot of empty calories. A glass of wine can sometimes be beneficial for digestion for some body types, but moderation is key.
    • Start every day with warm lemon water. Squeeze 2-3 TBS of fresh lemon into a large glass of water for better liver function and improved digestion. Wait 15 minutes before you eat anything else if possible. The vitamin C will balance the body’s pH and help eliminate toxins.
    • Sip hot water throughout the day.
    • Always eat in a calm atmosphere.
    • Chew your food well.
    • All exercise helps in lightening your heaviness and firing up your Agni, so find something you enjoy and stick to it. It can even be light exercise like yoga, swimming, walking, sun salutations, tai chi for 15-20 minutes a day. The key is to find something you enjoy and be consistent.

Herbs and Spices for Weight Loss

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  • Use these weight reducing spices generously in your cooking: ginger, cumin, mustard seed, cayenne, black pepper.
  • Ginger is the most wonderful herb to spark the digestive fire. It’s especially effective when taken as a tea 20 minutes before meals; ginger works by activation of saliva glands, promoting the production of digestive enzymes.
  • Triphala – Take 2-4 capsules of Triphala before bedtime. Triphala is 3 fruits; Amalaki, Bibhataki, Haritaki. It will enhance the process of digestion, help with bowel movement and cleanse the body from the inside out. It’s a natural antioxidant.
  • Guggul – Guggul is a resin and remedy for elimination of body fat. It helps to lower cholesterol and affects the thyroid gland.

In Order to Change, YOU have to Change

Making these positive changes over a period of time. Pick one or two things and incorporate them until they feel as natural as brushing your teeth. To change you have to change, and the fact that you are here now shows you have the potential and desire to improve the quality of your life. You have enormous power to change your habits, the way you eat and live your life. All the power is within you.

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9 Comments

  • There is no any doubt that you can easily loose your weight through ayurveda and it will also help to recover many other health problem.

  • I want to do this….lose weight and then never have to diet again! I have never heard of Ayurveda, but I am all ears if it is a weight loss that actually works. I know that diet and exercise is the key, but if there is something to boost, I’m all for it. I like the ideas of this diet…definitely a change of habits, which I see can work and continue to work.

  • How true that diet should be a way of life, and not as a destination. People don’t gain lot of weight overnight, so it makes sense that losing weight won’t happen overnight, either.

    I like the idea of having lunch as the biggest meal because I dislike eating large dinner. All these foods lay in my stomach when I go to bed 3 hrs later. Making small dinner allows me more free time in the evening.

    I enjoy reading your article on Ayurvedic Diet which I’ve never heard of. This kind of diet appears to be most closely aligned with my diet than any other diet plan.

    • Thanks for your comment Tina… Ayurveda teaches that we are part and parcel with nature, and that our body’s rhythms mirror those of nature. So, as the sun sets so does our ability to digest well. (our internal sun or fire is also setting…We need the fire element to digest well).

  • What a great article. Who knew a way of life like this, something so natural, can help in weight loss. knowing what our body types are matched with natures elements are fascinating. and the fact that cold oods and warm foods have such a different impact is very surprising. Im very interested in learning more about this.

    • Hi Skylet, The best thing to do is take the quiz to learn what your doshas or constitution is. Once you know, then you’ll be able to apply it to everything in your life. Thanks for saying ‘hi’ !

  • Such a great post. I absolutely agree, lifestyle changes are needed, if you want long term results. There’s no quick fix. You’ve given some fantastic recommendations. The timing and size of meals was new info for me. I will incorporate a lot of these ideas. Thanks so much.

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