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Try Ayurveda to Lose Weight

Updated on April 27, 2013

People have a misconception about traditional medicine. We are accustomed to modern techniques in losing weight and keeping ourselves fit. Many people are not aware that during the ancient times, people used natural remedies to cure diseases and combat the battle of the bulge. Herbs and spices are used in India and the Middle East to cleanse the digestive system. Millions are struggling to lose unwanted fat. They do everything form A to Z such as crash dieting, detox, and taking supplements. But none of these seem to work. Ever tried ayurvedic methods for a change? Dr.Oz with the help of Dr. Kulreet Chaudary, an Ayurvedic Practitioner explained how Ayurveda can ward off unwanted fat.

Ayurveda is an ancient healing process in India. The term technically means "The Science of Life". Ayurveda is about balancing mind, body, and spirit. According to Chaudary, the reason why people are overweight is because of problems with digestion. The body has toxins. If we remove these toxins, the body increases its metabolism. There is a term called AMA in Ayurveda which means toxins. There are two types of toxins. The water soluble toxins and the lipid soluble toxins. The water soluble toxins can be cured through exercise and diet. The lipid soluble toxins are the hardest part to eradicate because the fat is stuck in fat cells.

Dr. Chaudary recommended 5 things that can fight the fat and lose them for good. The first one is tea. There is a specific kind of tea that can open up the channels in our body. The ingredients are 1/2 a teaspoon of cumin seeds, 1/2 a teaspoon of coriander, and 1/2 a teaspoon of fennel seeds. Put them all in a boiling water then drain the seeds. You can drink this all throughout the day by placing it in a thermos to keep it warm.

The second step is to add curry powder in every meal. Americans are used to eating foods that are rich in sugar and salt. We like salty, sweet, and sour meals. Most people tend to forget that we need three more tastes to combat the fat. These are astringent, pungent, and bitter taste. You can make your own curry powder and add it to every meal. You will need coriander seeds, bay leaves, fenugreek, mustard seeds, which are good for fighting gas, cloves, and cinnamon sticks. Blend all of them and voila! You can now add curry in your dish.

The third step is to eat 50% of calories during lunch hour. This is because the digestive system is at its strongest during lunch time. The digestive system is at its weakest during dinner. Eat a light breakfast consisting of egg whites, fruit, oatmeal. During lunch, you can eat burgers, cheese, and fries. During dinner, eat only 25% of calories because they are easier to digest.

This next tip is totally unheard of. It is called Triphala. It is an ancient ayurvedic herb that consists of three dried berries. These are Amalaki, Haritaki, Bibhitaki. The amalaki is an antioxidant which reduces inflammation and can support lean body mass. Haritaki is good for removing toxins in the colon. Bibhitaki is good for taking extra water and fat out of the cells. You can make your own triphala by combining 1/2 cup of water, triphala, psyllium fiber and flaxseed. You can also buy the pills. Take two tablets at night an hour before going to bed.

The final step also doesn't ring a bell in most weight loss techniques. It is called Gharshana or the raw silk glove massage. It detoxifies the body which is good for weight loss. It reduces cellulite and water retention by improving the lymphatic drainage and circulation. The areas that need to be massaged are the arms, abdomen, and legs. For the arms, start with the shoulder and massage it in circular motion. Then massage the upper arm followed by the elbow. Then move the glove back and forth on the forearm. When massaging the stomach, move the gloves clockwise then do horizontal strokes moving the glove back and forth. For the legs, use circular strokes. Massage the buttocks and the hip. Move the glove back and forth when massaging the thigh. Do circular strokes when massaging the knee.

Losing weight using Ayurveda is not as complicated as it seems. We can buy these materials in Indian and health stores all over the country. Ayurveda may be met with some skepticism by most doctors who are trained in western medicine. But the effects of it cannot be overlooked. Those people who have tried it have lost more than 80 pounds by just trying these five techniques. As the old saying goes, there is no harm in trying.

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