Ten Commandments for a Slim Body from Ayurveda

proper diet

1) Avoid foods and drinks that increase Kapha and medha, such as sweets, sugary drinks, large amounts of carbohydrates and fatty foods. Consuming wheat products more than rice products helps. The use of green gram and horse gram helps reduce Kapha. Increase fiber intake such as cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, bitter gourd (Karela), mint, and spices such as dried ginger, cinnamon, and black pepper.

2) Try not to skip meals, small well spaced meals are desirable. Spreading out your food intake improves nutrient absorption, minimizes blood sugar fluctuations, and decreases fat-storing hormones and enzymes. Avoid very sweet, salty or fatty foods, especially at night, always try to drink warm water.

Lifestyle

3) The lifestyle you lead decides a lot about how obese or how thin you will be. If you lead a lifestyle stationary in an office chair most of the day, or have vices such as smoking, alcoholism, etc. they are detrimental and add those ungainly pounds. So try to lead a healthy lifestyle.

4) Try and enjoy more sexual activity, do more physical and mental exercises. Sleeping during the day should be avoided at all costs.

working out

5) Walking is best to start followed by running, swimming. Mental effort, such as being involved in finding solutions to problems, restricts food consumption and reduces calorie intake.

6) Yoga has an effect, which is permanent in nature for weight reduction. It helps to achieve control over mind and behavior (one can easily control eating habits and change lifestyle to avoid obesity). Asanas, Sun Salutations, Pranayama, Agnisar are different forms of yoga that can be done to stay slim.

Body Cleansing

7) Panchakarma or five actions, is a program of purification, detoxification, cleansing and rejuvenation of the body, mind and consciousness. For weight loss Virechana (Purge Treatment) or Basti (Medicated Enema) are useful.

8) Steam baths and regular Ayurvedic massages like udvarthana (weight loss massage) are also recommended.

Use of Ayurvedic herbal supplements

9) All herbal supplements are safe and have no side effects. Guduchi, Amla powder, Triphala or musta can be taken mixed with honey.

10) To stay slim, have dry and light quality food, without oils or fatty substances. Drink warm or hot water, which should preferably be treated with herbs that have a pungent and bitter taste. Honey with fresh lemon juice is an excellent home remedy.

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