Monday, 13 June 2011


Obesity, like gout and diabetes, is classified in Ayurveda as one of the " diseases of affluence" . . Affluence is not restricted to the rich, every one of us who has resources to waste is affluent. 
Extreme dieting can mutate into anorexia, bulimia and binge eating.

Lowered blood sugar increases the appetite. Whenever your crave a tempting dessert but restrain yourself eating it you add a little fat at the moment of craving. Eventually excess fat makes your insulin less sensitive to your blood sugar level, because the body resists laying down any more fat after it passes its preferred ideal.

The ancient Ayurvedic sages first wrote about obesity more than 5,000 years ago. It is Kapha- related condition, so the first step in its management is to reduce your calorific intake and increase your levels of exercise. The following practices can help get obesity under control, but you also need to practice self-restraint and use your willpower.

Dietary guidelines

Adopt the Kapha-pacifying diet and increase your use of digestive herbs and spices such as ginger, black pepper, cumin and coriander to speed up your metabolism.
Ideally skip breakfast altogether and eat just two meals a day. Alternatively, this natural energy drink makes a satisfying breakfast without piling on the pounds. Soak a handful of dates and almonds n water overnight with some fennel and cardamom seeds. Peel the almonds and blend all the ingredients together to make a low-fat, energizing smoothie.
Drink fresh fruit and vegetable juices in between meals to satisfy any hunger pangs.
If you must have a snack make sure it is a healthy one such as a handful of raisins, a carrot or stick of celery.

Drink a glass of water with 1 tsp of honey daily.

Home remedies

At night swallow 1/2 tsp of whole fenugreek seeds with a cup of hot ginger tea. This helps to reduce triglycerol  and LDL cholesterol level in the body.

Or your might prefer to take the following herbal remedy three times a day for one month. Combine 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 tsp of dry ginger powder, 1/4 tsp ajwain, 1/4 tsp rock salt and a pinch of asafoetida in a glass of warm water.

The Ayurvedi remedy Guggulu (Commiphora mukul) , taken with 1 tsp of honey, as been used for thousand of years to treat obesity.Triphala, the Ayurvedic compound formulation, also promotes weight loss.

Lifestyle Practice

Avoid napping during the day; it slows down your metabolism.
Make sure you take regular, high-impact exercise such as jogging and aerobics.  If you can't manage this then at least build half an hour of fast walking or swimming into your daily routine.

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