Here are some interesting facts about weight loss, sourced for 2018-19.
1. There are more than 1 billion overweight adults in the world.
2. Nearly 29% of adults are obese in the United States.
3. 34% of adults in the US and 40% in South Africa confirmed that they don’t get time to work out.
4. 50% of all European citizens do not work out.
Being healthy is a choice but as is evident from the above statistics, it makes perfect sense to believe that people are going in the opposite direction- never mind their attempt to lose weight. Clearly, there is something wrong because there are so many overweight and obese people in the world.
They are all adults and thus are capable to know and understand the consequences of what they are eating. So could there be a middle path that helps them lose weight with minimum fuss and with least obstruction to their lifestyle? Sure, here are some evidence-backed Vedic ways of losing weight that would serve you well.
There are three types of human bodies. The ancient Indian medical science, Ayurveda offers some evidence-backed ways of losing weight based on these three types alone. The key is to know what your body type is and then settling for the most suitable diet for the best results.
1. Vata: Elements related to space and air
2. Pitta: Elements related to fire and water
3. Kapha: Elements related to earth and water
You can check for your particular body type by completing this test. The next task is to zero-in on the diet that you should go for and it would take care of the outstanding issues of your gastric and digestive systems. Weight loss and obesity would be accounted for as well.
Suggested article: A related discussion about the skin types would help too. Here’s the link to it.
Now comes the topic of eating what one should eat as per their particular body type.
a.) Starting with Vata body types, here’s what comes recommended for weight loss:
Vata body types are predominantly underweight. Should they be obese, they can first try to calm themselves because they tend to worry a lot.
They should go for a fruit-based diet. They should also rely on grains, eggs, legumes and meat, and a higher quantity of spices.
They should cut down on starchy and fatty foods, and carbonated drinks. They should also stay away from raw vegetables and unripe fruits.
b.) Starting with Pitta body types, here’s what comes recommended for weight loss:
Pitta body types are usually deep sleepers. They can’t withstand too much heat and often get digestive disorders in the summer season.
Here are some of the friendly foods that they should opt for weight loss: cold beverages, sweets, dairy products, and oils of coconut, olive, and sunflower.
They should stay away from hot and spicy foods. To detoxify their system, they should eat green vegetables and celery.
c.) Starting with Kapha body types, here’s what comes recommended for weight loss:
They are the most sensitive people around. They are highly receptive to all seasonal changes and immediate infections, especially those related to the respiratory system.
To lose weight, they should go for warmer and spicier foods. They can rely a great deal on vegetables and various types of teas. Honey is something they should take every day.
They should stay away from oily and fast foods, and the same stands for high protein foods because they all tax their digestive system.
It would come highly recommended for you to consult an Online Wellness expert or a Personal Nutritionist to get yourself a personalized Ayurvedic diet chart for weight loss. Since obesity is directly related to your eating habits, she would offer you enough clarity about what dietary practices you need to follow regularly.
PS: You should also note that on average, women need to spend 1500 calories and men need to spend 2000 calories in a day to lose weight. It is after accounting for the fact that you should drink at least 2.5 liters of water every day, regardless of your gender.
The ancient medical science of Ayurveda is based on a holistic experience spanning your mind, body, and soul. A concerted system of the trio helps you gain more immunity and more resilience to daily changes in your life. You can check out this link for more info about how you can boost your immunity by maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
One of the best secrets of weight loss is to accept life as it comes, not to expect overly, and to understand that making positive changes to your lifestyle would take some time. The sooner you start, the better placed you would be!
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