By TNT Bureau
Nov 28, 2017: You can gain weight very easily, but reducing it is the most difficult. But that doesn’t mean that you cannot enjoy the food you like or laze around a little. Yes, you can do so, but at the same time, you have to be determined to follow a weight losing regime as well if you do not like yourself to be shapeless.
Particularly during holidays, it is very obvious that you gain weight as you are continuously tempted by treats and party snacks. However, ayurveda offers you some good solutions.
According to ayurveda, weight gain is due to kapha dosha, which is caused by eating too many sweet, salty, and sour foods. So, the ayurvedic approach to healthy weight loss, particularly after the holidays is to reduce the excess kapha with simple diet and exercise changes. At the same time you have to manage vata dosha through some grounding and stress-reducing lifestyle practices.
Here are some ayurvedic tips to help you lose the weight you have put on after the holidays.
Go back to you routine
Since you have snacked a lot during the holidays, stop splurging on snack after the holidays are over. However, to stabilize digestion, it is important to eat three meals a day, and make sure that you eat them seated and in a relaxed way. If you really crave for a snack or something sweet, have a fruit like pears, dates, or figs.
Eat a bigger lunch and a smaller dinner
Have a satisfying lunch but a smaller dinner. Have your dinner closer to sunset, so that you have at least two-three hours to digest the food before you go off to sleep, which is the time to detox and cleansing. Never go to bed with a full stomach, as you will not digest you food, and you will wake up feeling sluggish and puffy, which are signs of increased kapha dosha. For lunch, you can have richer foods, like stews and thick soups, but for dinner have lighter things, like clear soup, steamed vegetables, or a simple veggie soup.
Go for a walk in the morning
Shake up your metabolism by pumping your heart early in the morning. So go for jogging or brisk walk in the morning before you start your daily routine. Also, do some yoga poses to reduce excess water and excess kapha. So it is the best to exercise during the kapha time, that is early morning from 6–10 am. This will make you feel lighter throughout the day.
Do some detoxifying yoga poses
In your yoga practice, do some twisting postures to push out the congestion from the waist and chest, This will also clear out the clutter and sluggishness, and stoke the digestive fire.
De-stress at late afternoon
Late afternoon, between 2–6 pm, is the vata time of day. So this time of the day is good to reduce stress and rejuvenate by doing some gentle and restorative yoga poses–do include yoga nidra. If you are at work, give yourself at least 10 minutes for meditation or Nadi Shodhana pranayama. These grounding techniques will keep vata dosha balanced and prevent cravings for foods.
Sip warm water
Have a cup of warm lemon water in the morning to rehydrate and also to flush out the toxins that have accumulated in the bowels and bladder during the night. Sip warm water throughout the day to continue the process of flushing out the toxins. Rehydrating will also help you balance the vata dosha and help you choose the healthy food.
Sleep well at night
Complete sleep time is very important to lose weight. A good night’s sleep is necessary for a healthy body and mind. Go off to sleep between 10-11 pm and wake up by sunrise. This will help the body to do the natural purifying processes that take place during the pitta time, that is 10–2 am.It will also help you to wake up refreshed.