Weight loss can be a major struggle for many. While some of us resort to fad diets, weight loss pills, surgery, and crash diets as quick fixes, the powerful system of Ayurveda proposes the safest and more permanent methods to accomplish the aim via natural means. The techniques presented by Ayurveda are simple and smooth. Even though the science demands patience and commitment it also ensures that once the goal is achieved, longevity is attained simultaneously.
If you are seeking safer and more permanent remedies to weight loss then here are the revelations uncovering the seven Ayurvedic secrets for you to follow in order to reach your desired place:
Wake up with the Sun and Retire to Bed Early
Several researches have inferred that insufficient sleep or an untimely sleep are major causes of weight gain as these hamper the natural rhythm of the body and mind. On an average, we need a minimum of 8 hours of sleep a day. According to Ayurveda, our body gains its full potential when its clock runs in synchronization with the Sun. Hence, it is advised that you retire to bed by 2200 Hours (IST) so you can wake up between 0500-0600 Hours in the morning at the crack of dawn.
In contemporary terms, push your gadgets aside and turn your TV off by 2130 Hours so that you can give your mind and body ample space and time to prepare for sleep.
Practice Yoga or Any Other Form of Exercise in the Morning
Commit to a high-intensity workout regimen for a minimum of three and a maximum of six days a week. Maintain duration of 45-60 minutes per session. Break a sweat so that toxin elimination can be ensured. Early morning exercise regimen is ideal by the book of Ayurveda as this is when the body is at its maximum potential and can be pushed hard for fetching great results. Not to mention, that the energy boost that an exercise session provides is highly effective in keeping the body and mind active throughout the day.
Dwell on Three Complete Meals a Day
This is where the role of Agni (fire element) responsible for a robust digestive process comes to the forefront. Eat according to the Agni and you shall not ever fall into the trap of digestive disorders ever again. Ayurveda as well as western medicine practitioners mention that for a person to burn fat, a healthy digestive process is the core of it. Additionally, a healthy and keen digestive system also ensures that the metabolic rate of the body remains active and high. For the same to spring into action, it is advisable that you devote the lunch hour to consuming the heaviest meal of the day as this is when the Agni element is at its peak. Eat your lunch between 1200-1400 Hours while the breakfast should ideally be between 0800-0930 Hours. Consume a light dinner at least three hours prior to your bedtime.
Give Time to your Body to Utilize Stored Fats
The Ayurvedic principle of consuming three full meals a day instead of munching on multiple mini-meals gains further prominence with this. Our body is a store house of fat deposits that gather and remain inside, unless utilized. And to utilize these, it is essential for the body to binge upon these already-stored deposits that work as fuel to keep the Agni element running. This is possible when our body gets sufficient break from any external fuel to enter the body. Hence, keeping a gap between meals is highly essential to keep igniting the Agni element from within. As the fire runs out completely, it is time for your next meal.
Consume a Dosha-Specific Balanced Diet
Our body constitution has a crucial part to conduct in the overall health of the body and mind. Get your body constitution examined (if you are unaware of it) by a well-practiced Ayurveda practitioner and prepare a meal plan according to it. Consuming a Dosha-specific diet consisting of each flavor as prescribed for the particular Dosha shall keep your metabolism intact as well as your digestive fire rolling in its full rhythm in perfect harmony with the entire body.
We could not stress this one more that overeating and incorrect eating are the primary factors behind weight gain leaving aside the genetics and the water element. Hence, it is essential to engage both the body and mind in conscious eating habits so that each nutrient from the meal gets absorbed in the body while the body’s digestive tract does not get overloaded with the task in hand.
Unwind and De-Stress
Stress – the factor responsible for the rise of cortisol in the body is a major cause of weight gain in the contemporary scenario. Hence, it is essential to remain stress-free or continue to distress so that the body’s metabolism remains unaffected and kicking. Dedicate 10-15 minutes to Meditation and Self-Reflection for accomplishing this purpose. You shall be amazed at its results.
Above all, maintain patience and zeal for this is a slow and tedious process. Keep at it and you shall be rewarded far-fetching and more sustainable outcomes.
Manmohan Singh has been a practitioner of yoga and Ayurveda for the last 12 years. He is managing director of Rishikul Ayurshala, an authentic Ayurveda training institute. The Institue offers ayurveda courses in Kerala India and ayurveda cooking classes in kerala India. The institute’s goal is to provide the simplest healing solutions and treatments for multifarious health problems. Apart from the institute management, Manmohan Singh loves to spend time writing, doing photography and traveling.