According to Ayurveda, being overweight is an indication that the vata, kapha and pitta doshas in the body are out of balance. In obese persons, meda (fat) is nourished excessively, while other dhatus (basic elements of body) get malnourished and kapha is accumulated. Lack of physical exercise, consuming fatty and sweetened food items and the wrong diet and lifestyle, which increase Kapha, are the common causes of obesity. In ayurveda the swastha-vritta guidelines are very useful in weight reduction.
Diet & Lifestyle suggestions for Losing Weight as per Ayurveda are:
Mint & spices like dry ginger, cinnamon, black pepper are beneficial in losing weight. Moong and Masoor in one's diet are good. Avoid very sweet, salty or oily food especially at night.
Take carrot juice, avoid rice and potato. Among cereals wheat is good. Vegetables like bitter gourd (Karela), and bitter variety of drumstick are useful.
· Honey with fresh lemon juice is an excellent home remedy. Raw or cooked cabbage is of great value in weight reduction. Two ripe tomatoes can be taken early morning as a substitute for breakfast. By eating preparations made of ragi, the constant desire to eat is curbed, thus reducing the daily calorie intake.
· Exercise is an important part, walking is best to begin with followed by running, swimming and of course asanas & pranayama of yoga are the best. Try not to skip meals, small well-spaced meals are desirable. Drink plenty of warm water to avoid fluid retention.
· Sleeping during the daytime should be avoided at all costs. Try and indulge in more sexual, physical, mental activities. Think positive, meditation, steam baths and regular ayurvedic massages help, one can also try Panchakarma treatment.