Weight Loss Ayurveda

Article is based on the book by Dennis Thompson "Ayurvedic zone diet"

Everyone knows for ages that people use knife and fork to dig their own graves. We would like to tell you how you should eat to slow down this process, and, at the same time, to establish the harmony of body and soul.

The word "Ayur-Veda" means "knowledge of life", "life science" or "knowledge of long life" from Sanskrit. This area of the traditional Indian medicine examines health in the broadest sense of this word.

The main objective of Ayurveda is to give people knowledge that will help them stay healthy, find a balance for their body, mind and soul. Ayurveda doesn’t have any worthy "competitors" in Europe. Compared to it, even the split meals eating system is a baby, which makes the first steps in front of a cheerful great-great-great grandfather, who is either 5, or 6 thousand years old.

The arsenal of Ayurveda has many proven therapeutic methods. Its basic procedures include:
  • diagnostics by breathing and pulse,
  • therapeutic diets,
  • cleansing enemas,
  • baths and douches.


All these have become part of medical practice in all countries.
The Indians started wondering whether there is a relationship between the human physique, his health and nutrition style about six thousand years ago. From the perspective of Ayurveda, which is the ancient Vedic science of health, such a relationship does exist.

And today, scientists do not hurry with denials. The relationship between the constitution of a person and the features of his digestive system does exist.

Let us consider three main basic body types:

We have to get this straight from the very beginning. You will hardly find any "pure" representatives of these body types in nature. However, each person does have more signs of some two basic types.

Rule of thumb: if you want to lose weight, then no matter, in which description you recognized yourself, you should eat as if you belong to the kapha type.

VATA

How they look:


• thin (sometimes bony),
• with protruding joints,
• narrow sunken chest,
• long arms and legs,
• delicate features.

Regardless of the weather, they usually have cold limbs. Their hair and skin are prone to dryness. They possess acumen and good short-term memory, yet they can hardly remember the information for a long time.
Vata are restless, impulsive, and sensitive. They often suffer from insomnia. Merry, cheerful, with a well-developed imagination, flexible and easily adaptable - they are called the "soul of the company".

Vata tend to remain thin and slim, no matter what they eat, or what lifestyle they lead.

Typical health problems:
• disorders of the nervous system,
• problems with the heart and blood vessels,
• muscle cramps,
• menstrual pain,
• thyroid problems,
• arrhythmia,
• pain in the stomach.

How should this type eat to stay healthy:


start with developing a plan and eat according to it - regularly (people of this type often forget to eat)

increase the consumption of sweet, sour and salty foods (see below)

reduce the consumption of spicy, bitter and astringent foods (see. below)

there is no need to think about the amount eaten - it is unlikely to affect your figure

dairy products are allowed in small quantities

be sure to include vegetable oils in your diet

pay attention to the grain: pitch in rice and wheat; you are allowed to consume oats, buckwheat and corn in small amounts

say "Yes" to bananas, avocados, grapes, oranges, cherries, peaches, mango, papaya, melon, pineapple and all kinds of berries

less apples, pears and dried fruit

vegetables are best eaten cooked, and not raw

preferable herbs and spices are cinnamon, black pepper, ginger (preferably fresh), clove

replace beans and legumes with tofu

include protein in your diet - fish, chicken, turkey and seafood

if you do not want to consume meat, you can do even without meat

completely eliminate caffeine

The recommended ratio of proteins, fats and carbohydrates in the diet:



PITTA

How they look:


• average constitution,
• medium build,
• muscular, but not the full,
• with a good appetite,
• energetic,
• assertive, sometimes aggressive,
• smart,
• excellent coordination.
Their skin is delicate and sensitive, hair is thin, rather than thick. Pitt often prefer cold. They sweat easily and occasionally suffer from heartburn. As a rule, they are confident in their abilities, agreeable, have the charisma of a leader, methodical, ambitious and active. People of Pitt type can gain excess weight, when consuming too much fat.

Typical health problems:
• digestive disorders,
• ulcers,
• pancreatitis,
• colitis,
• gastritis,
• nausea,
• pain in the pancreas area,
• acne and various inflammations.

How should this type eat to stay healthy:


increase your intake of sweet, bitter and astringent foods

reduce the consumption of hot, sour and salty foods

never to overeat, and eat regularly throughout the day

dairy products (especially cheese, sour cream, yogurt) should be excluded

sesame, almond and corn oils should be replaced by olive and sunflower oils

include in your nutrition wheat, rice, oats, and reduce the consumption of corn and rye

better consume sweet fruit - grapes, cherries, melons, avocados, coconuts, pomegranates, mangoes, oranges, pineapple, limit the amount of sour fruits - grapefruit, papaya

nuts should be excluded from the diet

replace beans with chickpeas

preferred vegetables are broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, cucumbers, green leafy vegetables, zucchini, celery, potatoes

better avoid pepper (chilli and cayenne), tomatoes, onions, garlic, radishes, spinach, carrots and beets

suitable spices are cardamom, fennel, cinnamon, coriander

it is recommended to reduce the consumption of beef, seafood and eggs

as a source of protein, use poultry (chicken and turkey)

The recommended ratio of proteins, fats and carbohydrates in the diet:



KAPHA

How they look:



• large build,
• prone to weight gain,
• thick,
• quiet,
• peace-loving,
• sentimental,
• open.
They have a slightly slower rate of emotional reactions, and are very resistant to stress. Kapha have a high insulin response to carbs consumption on the one hand, and tend to have low levels of thyroid hormones secretion on the other hand. This leads to a more sluggish, slow metabolism. They have thick, shiny hair, smooth skin, prone to oily.

Kapha can work long and hard, if they have the motivation. Yet, they prefer “doing nothing”. They are consistent and balanced.

Typical health problems:
• colds,
• allergies,
• asthma,
• diabetes,
• obesity,
• respiratory diseases,
• migraine.

How should this type eat to stay healthy:


increase the consumption of products with a spicy, bitter, astringent taste (see. below)

reduce the consumption of sweet, sour and salty foods (see. below)

do not overeat! keep track of serving sizes, since kapha gain weight even at the thought of eating

it is best to completely eliminate dairy products

nothing sweet, but honey (in moderation!)

in general, lower the consumption of vegetable oils

forget about rice, wheat, corn and oats

avoid bananas, coconuts, pineapples, avocados, oranges and melons

learn to live without pork, and reduce the consumption of fish and seafood (do it gradually).

no need to replace meat with poultry, simply reduce the intake of protein

if you want to become a vegetarian - do it

give preference to salads and vegetables (except potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers and zucchini)

if possible, season your food with spicy spices, like ginger and cloves.

The recommended ratio of proteins, fats and carbohydrates in the diet:



Aerobic activities at the middle pulse zone are mandatory, and not simply desirable!

On the first day of the menstrual cycle, you can keep to the liquid diet. It is recommended to eat soup, drink freshly-squeezed (not packed) juices of fruit and vegetables (carrots, beets), herbal teas, or simply hot water with lemon.

FOOD TASTES

Sweet:
Sugar, honey, molasses, milk, rice, barley, buckwheat, cornmeal, millet, rice, sweet fruit (apples, berries, pears, grapes, sweet melons, figs), sweet vegetables (corn, carrots, onions, potatoes)
Salty:
Salt, meat, soy sauce, miso
Sour:
Lemons, limes, cheese, yogurt, vinegar, some sweet-sour fruits (strawberries, wild strawberries, grapes, oranges, pineapple, papaya, rhubarb), tomatoes
Spicy, piquant:
Cayenne pepper, chili pepper, onion, garlic, ginger, sweet peppers
Bitter:
Green vegetables, chicory, romaine lettuce, spinach
Astringent:
Legumes (beans), lentils, chickpeas, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, celery (root), green beans, artichokes, lettuce, spinach, pumpkin.

General recommendations for all types

  • Start your morning with a glass of warm water to stimulate bowel movements. During the day, drink hot water regularly: make a few sips every half hour.
  • The main meal should occur in the period from 11 am to 2 pm. In this period, the agni (digestive fire) is most intense.
  • Go to bed around 10 pm, no matter how difficult it may seem at first
  • Do not overload your brain at night
  • During your period, do not exhaust your body with physical activity - try to rest as much as possible.
  • If you do not know how to forgive – learn to do it. Form the physiological point of view, forgiveness works more powerful than any drug.
  • All you eat should be fresh - no preservatives, thickeners, flavor enhancers, the leftovers from yesterday’s lunch, let alone the fast food.
  • You should eat in a calm and pleasant environment, not "on the run", not in front of a TV, not reading a book, and focusing on the flavor of food.
  • After lunch and dinner, chew fennel seeds (about ¼ teaspoon), let carefully chewed seeds soak in your mouth, and then swallow them.
  • Live by a schedule! Eat and exercise regularly at the same time, so that the regime becomes a habit for you. Taking meals at the same time helps regulate the level of digestive heat and insulin balance.