Top Ayurvedic weight loss secrets
True to the term Ayurveda which means the “science of long living”, ayurvedic treatments bring you close to nature and simple healthy living.
Being overweight is treated as a lifestyle illness in Ayurveda. Remember, with Ayurveda, there are no shortcuts.
The following tips are part of a comprehensive lifestyle makeover:
Simplicity in eating: The phrase eating to live is stressed here. People are encouraged to eat simple meals, cooked fresh and in minimum oil. I think the first step in any diet program is a change of attitude towards eating. Mental discipline will give the person going on a diet the will power to resist unhealthy foods. So, very aptly, easily digested foods with options for rice gruel, steamed vegetables, vegetable soups and wheat based dishes are to be eaten.
Snacks: No fried, greasy foods are allowed. Include snacks like the traditional Kerala steamed banana. Pappads are to be toasted and not deep fried.
High fibre grains and cereals: Go for yavam rice, or high fibre barley with steamed vegetables. These foods even if eaten moderately, provide satiety. Make this compulsory for lunch or dinner. Also go for oats and dalia when possible. No commercial or processed foods should be eaten.
Sweets and desserts: No sweets allowed other than the sugar in the tea. You won’t miss the sugar since yavam rice steadies your blood sugar keeping food cravings at bay.
Protein foods: Get proteins from soya, different dals, Bengal gram, horse gram and green gram. Non-vegetarian food is not banned in Ayurveda, but the present hormone pumped breeds of poultry are definitely a NO. Small fish is permitted cooked as in a curry and not fried.
Liquids: Buttermilk is preferred to thick curds; other beverages like tea and coffee are alright too. Drink at least 1500ml of tepid water daily to both hydrate you and delay hunger. Warm water stays longer in the stomach, delaying hunger.
Avoiding your favourites: If you are a rice eater, shift to wheat dosas or chapattis at a meal so you end up eating lesser of this. Vice versa could also help, practically perhaps.
Counting calories: More than calorie counting, following a discipline in eating and life helps. Your changed food habits and attitude towards eating are what will help maintain or lose weight.
There are other lifestyle rules like waking up early with the sun, not sleeping during the day time or watching TV late into the night.
Practise these principles for a month to set you on the weight loss path! Just remember that simple foods and a physically active life style are the secrets to being fit and lean.
Parvathy R Krishnan
The author is a trained Nutrition & Dietetics expert with over 20 years’ of experience in hospitals like Vijaya Hospital in Chennai and the Armed Forces Hospital and New Mowasat Hospitals in Kuwait. She is presently a member of the Research Society for the Study of Diabetes in India. Parvathy blogs at http://premadiet.blogspot.in/
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