Lose Weight Naturally with Ayurveda
By Madhuri Phillips • October 4th, 2012 • 12941 Views
I wish that I could offer you a tiny magic pill so that you would automatically feel younger, look sexy first thing in the morning even after a bad sleep, and always have your ideal body weight. I can’t do that, but what I can offer you is a way to eat, live, and understand both food and nutrition that will provide you with the foundation for a lifetime of health and balance.
Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest holistic health systems still in use on the planet. When you understand your individual constitution or body type and what foods are most appropriate for you to stay in balance you will return to your ideal weight by following some guidelines and tips for keeping those extra pounds at bay.
The issue of excessive weight and obesity is important not only for having vibrant energy, sleeping well, and living a balanced life; dealing with this issue is crucial for preventing more serious diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and depression.
Weight issues are much thicker then the skin (or the subcutaneous fat, I should say), therefore mental and emotional aspects cannot be ignored for long term-balanced weight to be achieved.
Firstly, let us begin to erase all of the female supermodel, impossibly “perfect”, airbrushed, I-spend-my-whole-day-at-the-gym-type body images that we are constantly bombarded with. Striving to achieve the body someone else has sets up a roller coaster ride of inevitable self-criticism, frustration, and disappointment.
In Ayurveda, the three doshas or constitutional types of vata (air and ether), pitta (fire and water), and kapha (earth and water) all have very different bone structures, physical attributes, and metabolic function. We are born with a particular constitution and must live according to what brings our constitution—or prakruti—into balance.
Vata: Thin frames, tall, lanky, light, tend to underweight, variable digestion.
Pitta: Medium frames, muscular, medium build and weight, strong digestion.
Kapha: Stocky, solid frames, soft, voluptuous, tend to overweight, slower digestion.
The tendency to put on extra pounds is most often related to those with a kapha constitution, as it is harder for kapha types to lose weight because of the weaker cellular fire that turns excess calories into adipose tissue instead of burning them up.
However, anyone making poor food and lifestyle choices such as eating late at night, consuming processed foods, eating junk food, emotional eating, and not getting...
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