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.
Most people want everything, even medical treatment to be –Fast, Good and Cheap . However, life is not all that fair and offers only 2 among the 3 choices at times ! 🙂
Personally in my decade worth of clinical experience , i have found that either , medical treatments or even preventive care is
- Fast & Good : This would mean, its not Cheap.
- Good & Cheap : This would mean, its not Quick (Fast) results.
- Fast & Cheap: This would mean , its not Good.
Give it a thought ! 🙂
If the above is confusing , let me explain the above concepts in the context of certain health issues and the way we deal with them.
Some bothering news that is emerging as scientific study these days are as below –
Early Antibiotic use is linked to childhood obesity- see here for more detailed report. However, its not just that – frequent use of antibiotics might even reduce the ability of the body to fight various infections on its own. Most doctors ( friends and in the same fraternity of mine ) have confessed to prescribing antibiotics either due to extreme pressure from parents or patients themselves or to save their repute.
In India, in particular – patients or their relatives, generally judge a doctor based on how many different medications you prescribe and how soon a patient feels better (Fast & Cheap scenario 🙂 ). So at times, to build a ‘good reputation’ and to play it safe, doctors do not prescribe simple-low grade and effective medications (Good & Cheap) – that might cure a certain infections over a certain period of time using the body’s immune system as a major player. It’s easier to write down an antibiotic prescription and get the patient well and save their reputation too ( Fast & Good – not really ..let me explain).
Though this achieves the short-term goal, but the damage this has done to the patient over a longer period of time is not evident immediately ! . If the person is infected with the same strain next time around, there are high chances that the same level of antibiotics might not be effective. Even doctors without much of a due-diligence might prescribe the highest level of antibiotic .
Most of the traditional medicine/Ayurvedic doctors knew this but now studies/evidences are emerging out to prove that such rampant use of antibiotics has caused the bacteria to grow stronger and render modern day antibiotics less powerful. The result has been, the emergence of strains of infections including tuberculosis , malaria, pneumonia and various such infections that resist all known classes of drugs. World Health Organisation (WHO) compared Antibiotic resistance to climate change level of threat. See detailed article published recently – here.
This would mean routine surgeries would become high risk, treatment for simple infections and diseases such as cancer and diabetes would be difficult in their current form. Meat ,poultry farming and Agriculture would also be adversely impacted due to the increased use of antibiotics in animals to promote growth hormones.
Other forms of misuse of antibiotics include
- Failure to take the entire prescribed course of the antibiotic
- Incorrect dosage and administration, or failure to rest for sufficient recovery.
- Most of the following do not need antibiotics to be used , unless in acute form – please consult your physician and do not insist on antibiotics.
- Strep throat
- Sinus Infection
- Ear infections
- Cold and flu
Another interesting news fact is here – about anti-bacterial soaps being banned in Minnesota -USA.
Reason , the chemical compound triclosan found in 75% of these soaps – “disrupt hormones critical for reproduction and development, at least in lab animals, and contribute to the development of resistant bacteria.”
Now this is alarming and possibly provides a strong clue, why sometimes we don’t see or suspect such simple things when cancer and other mysterious infections appear out-of-the-blue !
Going herbal, organic and reducing usage of antibiotics is the way forward !!
Ayurveda and traditional herbal medicines are in synch with nature and are the way to do it !
” Mother Nature never challenges us as most scientists believe -she does warn us though ” . If we understand the warning and mend our ways.. it works. If we consider it as challenge and try to over come it … we would be surprised !!
Stumbled upon a video by Dr. Alan Watkins. Dr. Watkins is a physician and neuro-scientist, who has been a coach and confidant to many top CEOs and business leader for more than 15 years.
In this 30 min long video, he talks about how our brain waves function/react to rhythmic breathing techniques. Quite interesting considering , its the same benefits that Pranayama and other breathing techniques in Yoga claim.
Pranayama techniques are beneficial in treating a range of stress-related disorders, asthama, liver and other range of diseases.Constant practice of yoga combined with ayurveda treatment can heal a lot of chronic ailments.
For those short on time, can start the video from 11th minute..
Suddenly, there seems to be an increased trend in the kind of complaints related to skin rashes
being reported among my patient group. However, not all ‘skin rashes’ are just rashes but have a deeper connection to other problems!
The sad part about skin related issues is that – it’s not only physical but has a psychological impact on a person’s confidence and personality. This makes the cure and treatment very challenging and needs a holistic approach.
On further investigations and tests, I am finding that – for most, it’s not just really ‘rashes’ but a deeper form of other skin related chronic inflammation of the skin such as Eczema, Psoriasis or Pityriasis rosea.
For humans, Skin is the largest organ. The skin has multiple layers of tissues and protects the underlying muscles, bones, ligaments and internal organs. Due to its interface with the environment, skin plays a key role in protecting the body against infectious diseases and germs.
Currently, I am focusing on dealing with Eczema in particular, as I have been receiving a lot of requests to write about it from my patients.
The term eczema is broadly used for a range of skin conditions. These include skin rashes that are characterized by one or more of these symptoms – redness, skin edema (swelling), itching and dryness, crusting, flaking, blistering, cracking, oozing, or bleeding. Areas of temporary skin discoloration may appear and are sometimes due to healed injuries.
Eczema among children and adults has totally different reasons and approach to cure. Will write about these in detail in my next series of this blog. Currently, focussing on causes of eczema among adults and its cure.
Causes of Eczema is more than skin deep! – According to Ayurveda and other forms of healing, Some key things to note about Eczema –
There are a lot of different forms of Eczema and the cure for each is different from another. Hence, dealing with eczema requires constant monitoring and support from a trained physician.
Eczema is usually non-infections and does not spread from one person to another. It’s a ‘auto-immune’ disease and hence people staying or working with an infected person are relatively safe from getting infected due to contact with the affected person.
I am a firm believer that Eczema could be thought of as “weak skin” and is similar to a “leaky gut”. In fact, because of the similar roles of the skin and the gut to act as a WALL – protecting the body against attacks, it is no surprise that eczema is also associated with a leaky gut. It is still unknown whether a leaky gut contributes to the development of eczema – however as per Ayurveda it is. Hence, the first step of treatment of Eczema focuses on gut cleansing.
Treatment of Eczema needs a holistic approach than just treating a specific part of the body-Skin .
The treatment area of Eczema can be divided into 4 parts – Lifestyle modification, Yoga, Diet and Medicine(Ayurveda). Among these categories of focus – Lifestyle modification and Diet play a prominent part over the other two – contrary to the popular belief that eczema can be treated with just medication alone.
This is probably the reason why modern medicine is yet to find a cure for eczema and related diseases.
In the next of this series, will detail out more about the typical eczema cases i have dealt with, holistic cure approach and other details.
Today – Oct 2nd is M K Gandhi’s Birthday, also known as “Father of the Nation”. We all know Gandhi-ji for his immense contribution to India’s freedom struggle, non-violence movement and his experiments with truth. However, there is little known about his immense contribution to healthcare in India.
While in South Africa, Gandhiji had written several articles on health ( no blogs in those days 🙂 ) for Indian Opinion under the “Guide to Health” topic. Later, Gandhiji wrote these chapters while he was conﬁned in the Aga Khan Palace at Poona during 1942-1944. To him the subject was so important that he hesitated to release them at once,and took time to go through them again and again till the treatment was to his full satisfaction.He intended to correct these chapters if his ever-growing experience so dictated. The original was written in Gujarati and Gandhiji got it translated into Hindi and English by Dr. Sushila Nayar under his own guidance. He also went through both the translations to give them the ﬁnal touches.
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Also,Vaishnava jana to is one of the most popular Hindu Bhajans, written in the 15th century by the poet Narsinh Mehta. It is in Gujarati . The bhajan was included in Mahatma Gandhi’s daily prayer. A good version of this sung by Lata Mangeshkar is available for listening at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIvCtJEispY
Happy Gandhi Jayanthi to all !!!
Dull, damp and dreary days are here to stay for quite a while now that Winter Season hasofficially begun! Winter depression is a type of Seasonal Affective Disorders (SAD) which affects many of us during this season. Whether it is a full blown depression (as a disorder) or occasional bouts of depressed moods; proper care needs to be taken to ensure health and happiness even during these bleakest times of the year.
Winter & Cold creates a type of Seasonal Affective Disorders (SAD) which affects many of us during this season.
Ayurvedic Diet and Lifestyle is immensely beneficial in Winter Depression. Guidelines for taking best Ayurvedic supplements for keeping depression at bay have been discussed in the article ‘Ayurveda for Winter Depression- Part I’. This article will walk you through some easy to follow and effective Ayurvedic Diet and Lifestyle for managing winter depression.
Tamasic Foods and Winter Depression
Food has a profound effect on our emotions and overall health of our mind.1 Overeating Tamas dominant foods should be avoided by all body types during winters. Tamasic foods are heavy to digest and have a tendency to cause blockades in body channels. Also, most Tamasic foods are deficient or lacking in life energy or Prana. When eaten excessively, they can make us dull, depressed and sedentary. Tamasic foods need to be taken in extreme moderation during winters, especially by those who are prone to or already suffering from winter depression.
Examples of Tamasic foods are:
To read my complete article visit- http://www.spiceflair.com/ayurveda-for-winter-depression-part-ii/
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