Tough Questions on Weight Loss Answered! How long Does it take to Loose Weight with Yoga and Ayurveda?
Losing weight is one of most sought after health fix. Be it PCOS, thyroid imbalance, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, osteoarthritis or myriad of other illnesses- weight loss may be your best shot at getting healthier. Easier said than done, as weight loss is not easy in any of these illnesses. Yoga and Ayurveda have emerged as the go-to solution for weight loss, especially in these challenging disorders. However, we all should know that there is so much more to Ayurveda and Yoga than just weight loss benefits.
The most common question that clients ask is ” how long will it take me to lose weight if I start Yoga and Ayurveda?”. Tough to answer I would say. Weight loss depends upon :
- Your body type- For example, people with Vata and Pitta body type lose weight much faster than Kapha Body type
- Nature, severity and chronicity of your health problem
- Diet and lifestyle changes- Weight loss is much faster when you opt for healthier diet and lifestyle that complements your body type and Yoga routine.
How soon does the weight loss start after adopting Yoga and Ayurveda ?
If your weight loss plan is designed with the above three factors at its helm, weight loss should start within the first two weeks. However, some of you may still need support of additional Ayurvedic medicines, if your health issues are severe and chronic.
What is a good rate of weight loss?
As we are discussing Yoga, Ayurveda and healthy weight loss options, realistic goal should be losing 2 kg per month. Weight loss may be much higher (3-4 kg/month) for some of you, however on an average 2 kg/month is much tangible goal for most.
How soon can I reach my weight loss target with Yoga, Ayurveda and diet?
This is tricky as it depends on how much weight you need to shed. For a target of 10 kg weight loss, 6-7 months should be a realistic time span, provided you are focused and committed to the plan. Non-gimmicky weight loss, especially with Yoga and Ayurveda, takes time, commitment and patience both on part of the client and physician.
Will I gain back the weight if I stop Ayurvedic medicines and Yoga?
Your weight loss journey with Yoga and Ayurveda is also a learning process. During your weight loss process, you will learn exactly what works and does not. It will enable you to make smarter decisions and better choices when it comes to your health. This is what will help you to keep the weight off.
Also, as Ayurvedic medicines (which are prescribed correctly) create permanent changes in your metabolism, weight loss should continue even after completing the course of medicines.
Yoga practice should never be stopped. Ideally, Yoga practice should be done at least 4 consecutive days of the week for a minimum of 45 minutes post weight loss . Remember that weight can pile on very quickly if your diet and lifestyle choices are poor.
What Ayurvedic Medicines can I take for Weight loss?
Ayurvedic medicines and supplements that can be taken for weight loss are Neem, Triphala, Aloe vera juice, Varanadi kashaya, Garcinia cambogia etc. Note that the exact dosage and duration of medications has to be decided by an Ayurvedic physician before you start any Ayurvedic supplements. Also, a full body check up- including markers for kidney, liver, cardiac disorders, hormone profiles, vitamin levels etc. are a must before starting any weight loss plan.
Managing PCOS naturally is definitely overwhelming.There is lot to take in and process when it comes to diet tips, exercise routines, super foods, Ayurvedic medicines and many more. Getting organized with your approach to your PCOS management is crucial for success! Here are the steps for getting organized your PCOS management with the help of Ayurveda:
1. Identify your problem areas!
For those who have already had a consultation with an endocrinologists or a PCOD expert,you might have already accomplished this first step. It involves detailed health check up and investigations (blood and Ultrasonography) to understand the nature and extent of your PCOS. Also, vitamin deficiencies like B12, Vit. D etc. which have a huge impact on both development as well as treatment outcomes PCOS may be detected during this phase.
Identifying problem areas gives you clarity towards choosing right diet, exercise and Yoga. Also, your Ayurvedic physician will suggest the right Ayurvedic supplements and therapies based on these findings.
Ayurvedic physician will analyze your appetite, digestion, unique body type or Prakriti which are crucial for the next step.
2. Choose the right Ayurveda therapies and supplements!
Once the problem areas are identified with required investigations and Ayurvedic analysis, therapies and supplements are recommended. Some of the must do Ayurvedic therapies especially for women with obesity and infertility due to PCOS are:
Virechana and Vamana– Types of Ayurvedic cleansing procedures that involve thorough detoxification. These should be done strictly under the guidance of Ayurvedic physician. When done correctly, Panchakarma therapies have high success rates in PCOS both in terms of weight loss and infertility.
Adhere to the Ayurvedic treatment plans designed for you as strictly as possible. Ayurvedic treatment is lengthy especially in chronic PCOS cases and may last anywhere between 6 months to 1 year.
3.Choose practical and realistic diet plan!
A well rounded diet sits at the helm of PCOS management. Apart from the focus on including all the right foods, superfoods, home remedies and must-do diet rules; your diet plan has to practical and realistic.This is very critical for the sustainability of any diet plan.
An impractical and idealistic diet plan will add to your stress instead of helping you. Choose your diet wisely based on your lifestyle, ethnic eating habits and your unique Ayurvedic body type. Also, eating healthy every three to four hours is critical for insulin balance in PCOS.
Plan your meals in advance by planning your weekly grocery shopping. It is easy to whip up a healthy meal, when your pantry and refrigerator are well stocked. Proactivity is very essential in making your PCOS diet plan a success.
4.Choose exercise and Yoga mindfully!
Each person is unique and so is their PCOS. Mindless exercising seldom gives results. Moreover, it can be detrimental to your commitment towards managing your PCOS and taking charge of your health.
Hence, choose your exercise routines and Yoga mindfully. Your Ayurvedic physician will guide you regarding the nature of exercise routines and Yoga that will complement your body type and PCOS.
5.Set timelines and goals!
Any task done without setting definite goals is deemed for failure. Goal setting again should be realistic. This is best done by discussing the course of your treatment with your Ayurvedic physician. For example, in how much time can we expect results with weight loss, regularity of menses, hormonal balance etc. Your Ayurvedic physician should also discuss with you the medical reassessment in terms of ultrasonography to assess the status of polycystic ovaries, laboratory investigations for levels of hormones etc. during or after the treatment.
Goal setting will motivate you to adhere to your diet, exercise and Yoga routines and also help in ensuring positive outcomes with your PCOS management.
Weight loss with PCOS is difficult beyond description. Way beyond the adjectives of herculean task, uphill climb and all others that you can use. Hence, I prefer not to use any adjectives. It’s tough alright! In fact, losing mind, hope and patience happens much sooner than losing weight in PCOS. I witness my PCOS patients struggle with weight loss every single day.
PCOS is a complex metabolic disorder which makes weight easy to gain and hard to lose. After years of working with PCOS patients, I would like to share 3 diet rules that work for real. Here are three rules that have worked for every single PCOS patient that I have worked with for healthy, sustained and successful weight loss.
- Breakfast matters
When you eat your breakfast is as important as what you eat for breakfast! Eating your breakfast within 30-45 minutes of waking is extremely important for optimum insulin functions and weight loss (Insulin resistance- an imbalance of insulin functions is one of root causes behind PCOS). Include plenty of whole grains, good serving of protein and vegetables in your breakfast.
- Eating and not starving is what makes you lose weight
Cutting down on food intake in the name of calories is one of most common and damaging move made by women with PCOS. Reducing food intake worsens insulin imbalance and leads to more weight gain especially around the mid-section. Also, it reduces energy levels, triggers hunger pangs and fosters unhealthy binging.
Eating healthy food every three to four hours is the key to lose weight in PCOS. For adopting this habit preplanning your meals is must! Plan your one day or one week worth meals and shop for groceries accordingly to adopt this most important PCOS diet rule.
- Superfoods Rule
Super foods are foods rich in anti-oxidants, minerals and vitamins. They give your health that extra boost which is needed to overcome imbalances especially in PCOS. Include as many superfoods as possible in your daily diet to experience a natural, steady and sustainable weight loss. Superfoods that are a must have for weight loss in PCOS are:
- Avocado (1/5th of a medium size fruit every day)
- Walnuts ( 12-14 halves per day , better had in the evening)
- Millets (Foxtail millet, Finger millet, Pearl millet)
- Probiotic foods– Yogurt, buttermilk, kefir, tofu, tempeh, kombucha etc. and other fermented foods like Idli, dosa, dhokla, sourdough bread etc.
Apart from these diet rules for PCOS weight loss, avoiding problem foods like wheat, milk, white sugar and junk foods is equally important. Also, regular workout and Yoga should be planned depending on individual body type and feasibility.
Yo- yo diets, weight loss programs promising near magical weight loss, boot camps and what not- short term solutions DO NOT work and are not recommended for PCOS. Keep it simple and feasible when it comes to weight loss. Also, remember that weight loss is a part of being healthy and not the definition of health itself. Make your weight loss in PCOS a memorable journey that you enjoy and feel good about!
Spring , Summer and Fall brings a surge in allergies. Suppression of allergies using anti-histamines, allergy sprays etc. only address the issue superficially. Understanding the link between digestion and allergies helps in long term relief from many types of allergies like nasal allergies, asthama and skin allergies.
According to Ayurveda, poor digestion is the root cause for a weak and mal functioning immune system that causes allergies. For more reading on this, here is my recently published work : good-digestion-is-equal-to-no-allergies
Brinjal, eggplant, aubergine- call it what you want; the humble brinjal indeed has many shades of purple to it (literally)!
A vegetarian delight and perhaps the most misunderstood vegetable of all, brinjal has faced sarcasm, criticism and outright demonization especially from Ayurveda practitioners.
It is a fact that brinjal can trigger serious flare-ups in those with eczema, skin allergies, abdominal bloating and certain cases of arthritis. However, it has also a horde of unique health benefits which are too good to be ignored.
Brinjal for diabetes
Brinjal has plenty of fiber and is low on sugars/carbohydrates. Hence, it helps in regulating bloods sugar levels by slowing down absorption of carbohydrates.
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