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Ayurvedic diet plan to lose weight

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The body weight of an individual is a concern only after it has increased more than its regular number on the weighing scale and looks different in appearance. But that’s not where the pain point lies, it’s only when your body starts to respond with difficulty in breathing, difficulty in movement, and tiredness that you take a step back to notice the changes! While growing up, every individual has a certain body type, weight range, metabolism trait, and specific appetite. As per Ayurveda, this unique body composition is known as Prakriti. When the body deviates from these traits due to a shift in the diet & lifestyle which in turn negatively impacts the body leading to weight gain, it is harmful to the body. Being overweight that is “Sthulta” is a serious health condition that needs to be addressed in order to establish a healthy state of mind, body and spirit. Even modern science says that being overweight increases the risk of lifestyle disorders like type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, coronary heart disease, stroke, and so forth. So here is a guide to weight loss with easy Ayurvedic tips:

1. Start your day with a glass of warm water, with pure honey and then practice 30 mins of yoga, pranayama or step out for a walk in the nature. Make the most of morning hours as this time is best suited for stimulating the Kapha dosha in the body, which is responsible for weight gain. As this helps in activating the body, tones the muscles, and melts fat.

2. The diet should be nutritious, easy to digest, and should be rich in all six tastes; Sweet, Sour, Bitter, Pungent, Astringent and Salty but mainly bitter, astringent, and pungent for effective weightloss. Make sure to include seasonal fruits and vegetables, replace regular rice with locally grown millets like Kodo & Kangini, and make chapati of Bajra, Ragi & barley for fiber and satiety.

3. Have the next meal only after the previous meal has been digested, and divide the stomach into 3 parts; 2 parts for food and 1 part empty for air so that digestion happens properly. Never overeat or fill yourself to the brim, eat as per the time of the day; lunch should be a complete meal while dinners should be light & early.

4. Sip warm water throughout the day and have herbal teas. There are 3 rules to drinking water as per Ayurveda, never sip water immediately after food and before food. You may sip water during the meal, a few sips, or else 30 mins after the meal.

5. Never sleep immediately after having a meal as this slows down digestion. Make sure to take 100 steps at least post meals, as this aids in better digestion and improves metabolism.

6. Make sure to have a healthy bowel movement and you may incorporate herbs to supplement the weight loss journey like Triphala, Guggula, Kokum which are also in T.A.C Ayurlean Capsule, post lunch once a day.

by Dr. Nikhita Shere
B.A.M.S. & MSc. Psychological Wellbeing & Mental Health (U.K.)
Ayurveda Expert, T.A.C
Dr. Nikhita believes in a holistic approach in her practice strongly focusing on Ayurvedic Diet & Lifestyle when addressing Skin, Hair & Wellness. She has a total experience of 4 years in the Ayurvedic Personal Care Industry where she has consulted patients all around the globe, conducted Corporate Wellness Training and contributed to modern-age Ayurvedic product formulations.

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