We live in a world that constantly inundates us with the next best diet, reminds Dr. Pankaj Naram. It can be difficult to stay focused and know what is reliable and effective for healthy weight loss. Stress is one of the most significant causes of weight gain nowadays, so the last thing we need is to stress out about that, says Dr. Naram. There is a way to lose weight and keep it off without losing your sanity and jumping from diet to diet and it has been used and tested for the last 5,000 years.
Ayurveda is an ancient health care system developed in India. It seeks to prevent disease and promote health, balance, and longevity through simple guidelines that follow the natural rhythms of nature and the seasons, says Dr. Pankaj Naram.
Here are great Ayurveda tips that can naturally and smoothly guide you towards healthy weight loss, without using chemicals, processed food, or extreme diets that can harm your well-being.
Drink a large glass of warm water with an organic lemon first thing in the morning.This will help the entire digestive system and give you a fresh start to your day. Exercising enough to break a sweat is suggested as a daily morning habit for healthy weight loss. 45 to 60 minutes is ideal, but even 30 will do. Find an exercise that you can do for the rest of your life, and that isn’t hard for you, reminds Dr. Pankaj Naram.
Find at least 5 to 10 minutes of peace and relaxation in the morning. Mind and body practices like yoga, meditation elicit a relaxation response in the body. Thi will help you to get rid of stress, one of the principal causes of weight gain. It will also put you in a more attentive and present state of mind, allowing you to be better at making your decision as your day proceeds.
Eat three meals a day, with no snacks in between. Food is a fast-burning fuel, and when your body is given a continuous fuel line, it forgets how to burn fat. Have breakfast, a medium-sized meal, between 7:30 and 9:00 in the morning. Have lunch, your largest meal of the day, between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Have your smallest meal, dinner, between 5:30 pm and 8:00 pm, when your digestion is weakest.
Eat with the season, reminds Dr. Pankaj Naram. Through the long, hot days of summer, nature offers us high-carbohydrate fruits and fresh vegetables to keep us calm and energized. In the fall and winter, our diet can consist of root vegetables, stored nuts, seeds and fruits, heavier meats and cheeses, and stored grains to protect us from the cold. In the moist days of spring, nature brings us berries, green leafy vegetables, and sprouts to cleanse us from the heavy and acidic winter diet. When we eat as much organic as possible, and feast on seasonal, whole foods, our bodies naturally digest and assimilate nutrients.
Dr. Pankaj Naram reminds us to experience all six tastes! In Ayurveda, we recognize six tastes: sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Be sure to blend all six tastes into your daily diet. Sweet, sour and salty tastes are anabolic, or building, in nature and need the sour, bitter, and astringent tastes, which are catabolic, or burning in nature, to tune and balance them out, says Dr. Naram. Too many sweet, sour, and salty tastes, as seen in the standard American diet, can cause fast weight gain. Foods that are bitter, such as leafy greens; pungent, such as spicy chili peppers; and astringent, such as pomegranate seeds, offer strong counterpoints to the building nature of the sweet, sour, and salty tastes.
Dr. Pankaj Naram advises walking a little after each meal. Going for short walks after each meal stimulates digestion. It is crucial to go for a walk after lunch, preferably 10 to 20 minutes at a moderate pace. If it is possible, lie on your left side after walking for ten minutes to further aid in digestion, says Dr. Naram.
Go to bed with the sun, and rise with the sun. Tapping into our natural circadian rhythms creates a significant hormonal and balancing effect. Obtaining a proper seven to nine hours of sleep a night gives the body time to detoxify and reset for the next day and helps maintain healthy levels of cortisol (a stress-response hormone that causes weight gain).
Dr. Naram states that these tips can have significant effects on your life. But, it is essential to meet yourself where you are, to maintain sanity and not create more stress, reminds Dr. Pankaj Naram. It is alright, to begin with, small steps. Slowly but surely, Ayurveda can help lead you toward stress-free and healthy weight loss.