Our body weight defines how healthy we are.

For example, if you weigh 50 kgs and are 6 feet 2 inches tall, your BMI may show that you are underweight. On the other hand, if you are 5 feet 2 inches tall and weigh 80 kgs, your BMI may label you as overweight.

Ayurvedic Guide to Weight Management !
By
Dr G Om Prakasham
Chairman, Lotus Wellness
Consultant Cardiac Surgeon

Our body weight defines how healthy we are.

For example, if you weigh 50 kgs and are 6 feet 2 inches tall, your BMI may show that you are underweight. On the other hand, if you are 5 feet 2 inches tall and weigh 80 kgs, your BMI may label you as overweight.

But is that all about healthy weight management?

The concept of healthy weight management goes beyond BMI. First‌, it depends on how comfortable you feel at a particular body weight. Second, it depends on your lifestyle to maintain your preferred body weight.

If your lifestyle choices for weight management are healthy, you can say you are healthily maintaining your body weight.

But what is healthy? And what is unhealthy while managing weight?

Here’s a comprehensive guide discussing ayurvedic weight management‌. If you wish to maintain healthy body weight, this post can help you.

Ayurveda’s Perspective on Weight
Before learning about ayurvedic remedies for weight loss and weight gain, let us see what Ayurveda says about weight management and obesity.

Ayurveda suggests:

Uncontrolled body weight can be related to ‘sthoulya.’
According to Ayurveda, Agni and Vata vitiation lead to Visamagni (erratic digestion).
Agni and Pitta vitiation lead to Teekshnagni (overactive metabolism).
While Agni and Kapha vitiation can cause Mandagni (slow metabolism), which can increase body weight.
Excessive consumption of sweets, oily foods, and cold foods can lead to Kapha vitiation. This also results in fat deposition.
The faulty fat metabolism may become optimized by following the tips for Ayurvedic management of obesity. This is necessary and helpful for maintaining a healthy body weight.

Ayurvedic Weight Loss Secrets & Weight Gain Tips
Weight management is a comprehensive process. Whether you are underweight, trying to gain weight, or overweight, trying to lose, the process takes time. There are no healthy shortcuts to losing or gaining weight.

Indeed, various chemical methods, surgical methods, and extreme starvation or carb consumption may create some quick results. However, they can adversely affect your overall health.

Often, people go on extreme calorie deficits, aiming to lose kilograms in a week. This might have adverse effects on the body. It can make you feel low on energy, hindering your day-to-day tasks, and this can dramatically lower your blood pressure, affecting various other functions in your body.

Similarly, dramatically increasing your carbs and protein intake also isn’t healthy. Your body may not ‌process this overconsumption. Results – diarrhea, unhealthy gut, and other digestive concerns.

Ayurveda suggests a healthy lifestyle and healthy eating habits for weight management.

Weight Management & Nutrition
Whether you want to gain or lose weight, Ayurveda takes a holistic weight management process. Here are some tips on Ayurvedic treatment for weight loss and Ayurvedic treatment for weight gain.

Ayurvedic treatment for Weight Gain:
While complex carbohydrates and unhealthy junk food can help you gain weight in a few weeks, this can adversely affect your body’s health and shape.

To achieve your healthy weight gain goals, it’s advisable to stick to the following natural methods:

Regular workout:
Let’s break the general myth – workout isn’t necessary only to lose weight. When we work out, our body gains its natural shape. And when exercise is coupled with a healthy diet with sufficient carbohydrate and protein intake, the muscles in our body grow.

However, skipping a workout and consuming carbs can increase unwanted body fat and may increase the risk of obesity and similar concerns.

Include healthy foods rich in protein and carbohydrates:
No, pizzas don’t count. But, of course, eating junk occasionally (once in two weeks) can be acceptable. However, for healthy gains, it’s crucial to add paneer, soybeans, cheese, buttermilk, milk, eggs, grains, wheat, etc., to your diet.

If you also start working out each day, your metabolism improves. This will help you manage your weight.

Increase your appetite:
Regular exercise is one way of increasing your appetite. You can also consider adding mild spices such as cinnamon, ginger, garlic, and cardamom to your diet in small quantities.

These spices help stimulate the appetite.

Be mindful:
One of the primary reasons people quit working out or their efforts to gain weight is absent-mindedness.

Confusing, right?

We may rarely recognize it, but our body reacts the best when our mind is focused.

If you spend hours at the gym but aren’t mindful about the exercises, your body may not react as desired. This also happens because of improper breathing rhythm.

Correct this, be mindful of your workout and eating habits, and you will see results.

Maintain a healthy digestive system: If your body doesn’t digest the food you eat correctly, your chances of gaining weight will diminish.

If you suspect your digestive system to be unhealthy, consult us at Lotus Wellness.

Consuming Triphala tablets after food, or as directed by a professional, can help manage constipation and many digestive concerns. As your gut becomes healthy, your metabolism will also improve, helping you shed those extra kgs.
Ayurvedic Fat Loss Methods
Ayurvedic Tips For Weight Loss

Some may suggest eliminating carbohydrates and going on an extreme calorie deficit to lose weight.

Asking the important question – “is that healthy?” NOT AT ALL!

When you give up on calories like this, your body’s energy levels drop, your digestive system goes haywire, your sleep is disturbed, hair concerns can crop up, skin care problems may arise, and you may feel easily irritated, stressed, and anxious.

Plus, you lose muscle, so your body will not be healthy or just lean! Rather, it’ll be weak.

Instead, you can use the following Ayurvedic tips to lose weight naturally:

Set times for meals:
Ayurveda suggests proper timing for all meals. Breakfast should happen before 10 am and should not be too heavy. Instead of consuming cold milk, cold cereal, or smoothies that are heavy to digest, consume light, warm, and freshly cooked food.

The optimal time for lunch is between 12-2 pm (right when the sun is at its peak). This is because the stomach’s digestive fire, “Agni,” is most potent‌. Follow up your lunch with spiced buttermilk instead of curd.

Dinner should take place between 6-8 pm and should be light. It’s advisable to avoid cold dairy products such as buttermilk, curd, starch-containing foods such as pasta, rice, excessively spicy foods, and greasy or oily foods.

This will give your body enough time to digest the food. Plus, it can help maintain a healthy sleep cycle and digestive cycle.

Exercise daily:
Whether you wish to gain or lose weight, exercise is important.

If you can burn more calories than you consume each day, you can lose weight each day (in fractions, of course).

This will help you split your ultimate weight loss goal into smaller steps.

Exercise is also crucial for maintaining heart health, which is directly linked to obesity.At lotus we have a special recipe that is a potent combination of anti-hyperlipidemic or Medohara herbs such as Vrikshamla, Guggulu, Arjuna, along with some fat scraping herbs that can help eliminate bad cholesterol. This can help reduce fat and healthily manage weight.

Drink hot water or green tea each day: Hot water or hot green tea can help pace up your metabolism and detox your body naturally.

Sipping a cup in the morning and one at an hour’s gap after lunch can help improve digestion and aid weight loss.

Varunadi Kwath is popularly known for its weight management properties. It is composed of over ten natural ingredients that can help optimize metabolism and support thyroid health.

Herbs for Weight Management or
Best Herbs for Weight Loss

The world of Ayurveda is brimming with natural herbs offering hundreds of health benefits.

Even for weight management, several herbs can be helpful. For reference, here are two lists (with herbs for weight loss and with herbs for weight gain):

Ayurvedic Herbs for Weight Loss:

Fenugreek
Pepper
Ginger
Guggul
Triphala
Gurmar
Garcinia

Ayurvedic Herbs to Gain Weight:

Ashwagandha
Satavari
Yashtimadhu
Musli

Key Takeaways
Losing or gaining weight to get the body of your dreams can be challenging‌. However, it isn’t unachievable. This blog shared a comprehensive Ayurvedic weight management guide to help our readers understand weight loss and weight gain and how they work with Ayurveda at Lotus Wellness and Rehabilitation Center

Let’s ‌look at what we learned:

Losing or gaining weight healthily is not possible without a proper diet and workout routine.
Weight management is more about what you eat than how much you exercise.
Ayurveda suggests various tips to naturally gain and lose weight.
Ayurvedic herbs such as fenugreek, pepper, ginger, Guggul, Triphala, and Garcinia can help you lose weight.
Herbs such as ashwagandha, satavari, etc. can help you gain weight.
Hopefully, this information helps you manage your weight as per your desire

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