In Ayurveda, it is mentioned that there are 8 types of bodies that are usually considered unhealthy. Out of these 8 types, either barely or overly fat bodies, which are also known as anorexia or obese bodies, are most susceptible to disease.
A common cause of anorexia or obesity is the rules of eating not being followed. Irregular eating habits such as overeating or improper mixing of food should ideally be rectified.
In addition, there are some natural foods and basic tips you can follow to aid your weight loss efforts.
Tips to lose weight with Ayurvedic principles
1. Balanced meals with proper gaps
Eat three balanced meals with proper gaps with little or no snacking in between to ensure that your digestive fire is adequately stoked with no over-stimulation.
2. Include a Kapha-pacifying diet
Since an aggravated Kapha can lead to weight gain, it is essential to include diet that helps in pacifying this dosha. This diet generally means foods that are warm, dry, rough, light, and digestible.
3. Have light dinner
Have an early dinner that is light so that food is digested before sleeping and natural body detoxification can happen at night.
4. Include herbal tea or warm water
Sip on warm water or herbal tea anytime during the day to clear out excess Ama (toxins) from the system for proper metabolism.
5. Moderate exercise & proper sleep
Maintain a regular schedule of light to moderate exercise every day along with a proper sleeping schedule (As per Ayurveda, the ideal sleep time should be 10 pm to 6 am).
6. Include Ayurvedic herbs
There are a number of herbs like Triphala, aloe, erandmool, Guduchi (giloy), garcinia, etc. which you can use to improve your digestive system, removing toxins, and increasing your metabolism to keep the extra weight away.
7. Eat at the right time and in small portions
Smaller meals at regular intervals of 4 to 5 hours will keep your metabolism high and prevent your body from converting the food straight into fat. Measure the portions of your food at every meal, and make sure that the portions are consistent and small. For example, one portion of cereal should be approximately equivalent to what fits in your fist.
8. Use Apple Cider Vinegar
A popular way to aid weight loss these days is using Apple Cider Vinegar. The best way to use apple cider vinegar in your diet is to consume 1–2 tablespoons (15-30 ml) per day, mixed with water. Spread this out into 2–3 doses throughout the day. It is suggested to drink this mixture is before a meal, preferably the main ones.
9. Eat more green vegetables
A common home remedy for weight loss is feasting on low-calorie green vegetables such as Cabbage and Karela (Bitter Gourd). Cabbage is considered to be an effective remedy for losing weight as it inhibits the conversion of sugar and other carbohydrates into fat. Karela is a bitter variety of drumsticks that beats the fat out of the body. Try to use spices such as dry ginger, cinnamon, black pepper etc. to dress up your dishes as they are very good for losing weight too.