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Ayurvedic Tips to Lose Weight
Some Reasons for Weight Gain
The reasons for sudden increase in body weight can be many. One factor to consider is age. As one ages the metabolic rate decreases leading to weight gain. This type of weight gain is observed in people in their late 30s. Thyroid imbalance and decrease in thyroid levels in particular lead to sudden weight gain. Change in lifestyle, mindless consumption of junk food etc lead to weight gain.
But we also find people who do take junk fund and still look lean and mean. This is due to their higher metabolic rate.
Now what is metabolism or metabolic rate? It is the rate at which our body will use energy, better known as burning calories. If your body can burn calories faster then there is no excessive weight gain.
BMR or basal metabolic rate is the rate at which your body burns calories at rest. A general way to calculate this is by multiplying your weight in pounds by 10. To know your true BMR, seek professional advice.
Now the more you exercise, the better gets your metabolism. And with a higher metabolism you will burn calories more efficiently. As for a person with a low metabolism rate, he/she will burn fewer calories from the same amount of food and store the calories that were not 'burned' into fats.
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Some Ayurvedic Tips for Weight Loss
Increase the intake of horsegram, kidney beans, millet, dry broken beans etc in your diet.
'Varadi' is a kashayam available in ayurvedic stores. Take 15 ml of this kashayam and mix it in 60 ml boiled and cooled water. Add honey one spoonful to this mix and take it early morning and evening in empty stomach. Lie down to your left side immediately after taking this for 15 minutes. On getting up, drink a glass of warm water. This kashayam is an excellent remedy to reduce excessive fat.
Avoid yoghurt or curd. Add one spoon of 'triphala' choornam in 80 ml of water and boil it. Once boiled, let it cool and then filter out the solids. Add a spoon of honey to this and take it immediately after food morning and evening.
Needless to say, exercise is a must. An hour after taking kashayam in the mornings, walk briskly for at least 30-45 minutes. Avoid daytime nap.
Horsegram is powdered to a nice consistency. Heat sour buttermilk and add 100 gm of horsegram powder to this and make a consistent paste. Apply this paste onto fat deposits on the body and massage vigorously in upward strokes. Horsegram is known to reduce body fat very effectively.Take hot water bath after half an hour. Use 'eladhi choornam' instead of soap. Add a few drops of water to this choornam and prepare a thick paste and use it for bathing purposes.
Avoid non-vegetarian food at all cost. Keep your colons clean and avoid constipation, take plenty of fibers. Triphala also helps prevent constipation.
Lavana Thailam for Weight Loss
One of the popular Ayurvedic preparations for weight loss is Lavana thailam. This oil is to be gently massaged in upward strokes on areas of fat deposits. It is to be washed off after 15 minutes with warm water.
The suggested regime is three months and can extend to six months in some stubborn cases. The oil can be used by regulars too who want to maintain their figure and prevent accumulation of fat.
Psychological Aspects of Weight Gain
Psychologists say that people who experience a sense of insecurity, which may be due to real or imagined threats, may find solace and security in food. This results in food cravings and emotional binge eating.
One simple technique that is found to be very effective in treating the psychological aspect is EFT. Developed by Gary Craig a Stanford Engineer, this technique has helped countless people to lose weight easily and effortlessly.
You can learn EFT very easily and you can use it not only to overcome weight gain but also to successfully clear blocks that had been hampering your overall psychological growth.
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