Obesity is the most common nutritional disorder of the modern age. It is characterized by excess accumulation of fat in the body. Continuous indulgence in high fat, fried foods, along with a sedentary lifestyle results in excessive fat getting blocked in various body channels. Obesity in turn causes a number of metabolic disturbances such as hypertension, diabetes, irregular digestion etc. It can affect social life too. Overweight, if not controlled, can lead to obesity.
Obesity is a condition when the BMI (Body Mass Index) of a person lies above 30. Just take the ratio of body weight (in kgs) and the square of the person’s height (in mts) to get the BMI. BMI of 25 to 29.9 indicates that the person is overweight and it is better to exercise proper measures for weight loss and health maintenance at this stage. BMI of 30 and above indicates obesity.
Triphala, Brahmi and Garcinia cambogia are few of the many medicinal plants that help in weight reduction. Easily obtainable fresh curry leaves, turmeric, mint and spices like ginger, cinnamon, black pepper are found to be very beneficial.
There are remedies in Ayurveda for weight loss and to maintain health for people who are obese or overweight. Deep, dry massages with herbal powders and pastes (Udwarthanam), synchronized massage with specific oils (Abhyanga), and herbal steam bath helps mobilize the accumulated fat; whereas specially designed diet and yoga programs prevent its further accumulation. Appropriate Panchakarma therapies are also administered based on the requirement of the individual. These are carried out based on the practitioner’s recommendations and in the presence of experts. Dhanurasana, bhujangasana, shalabasana, ardhamatsyendrasana, trikonasana and vakrasana are few of the asanas or yoga postures for losing extra fat. This will be more effective when practiced with pranayama and proper diet. Walking and regular exercise helps in maintaining good health. Brisk walk for about half an hour during morning helps in burning excess fat and keeps fresh too. Ayurvedagram has walking/jogging track and gym for this purpose. Concerned practitioner helps to overcome stress, if the cause is stress or depression. Conscious eating habits is very important. Drink a glass of lukewarm water with lime juice and honey daily morning on empty stomach. Eat smaller meals and eat after every three hours. Increase the quantity of fruits and vegetables and low calorie foods. A glass of orange, pineapple or carrot juice and, consuming green gram sprouts is recommended. Salad of raw vegetables such as carrot, cucumber, cabbage, tomatoes and, fruits like papaya and pineapple are good. Use powdered cumin seeds, green coriander leaves, a little salt and some grated ginger mixed in the buttermilk. At Ayurvedagram, customized diet for guest is provided.
Avoid rice, refined wheat flour and fat rich food including milk products such as paneer, cheese, butter. Natural way of weight loss is the best way to shed out the excess fat in the body.