Obesity being one of most common lifestyle diseases has affected more than 1.9 billion adults, according to the data given by WHO in 2016. One of the major culprits is our taste buds and lifestyle habits. Being overweight not only affects one physically but mentally as well by shattering one's confidence. Obesity does not only make you lethargic but also lays a foundation for many other serious health issues.
When every week a new diet makes it to the headline, we wonder how many of them actually work. If you are also one of them who have tried and tested all the means possible but haven't been able to move the scale much, Ayurveda is the answer for you.
Ayurveda has helped people in achieving optimal health for more than 5,000 years now. According to Ayurveda, when you are perfectly healthy, the extra fat melts
away on its own. So, here we bring to you five tips from Ayurveda which will help you in getting healthy and thus, get rid of those extra kilos.
Set a sleeping routine
Our ancestors were all healthy and hearty as they had set patterns for everything and that too in rhythm with nature. Their bedtime followed soon after the sun went down. But with the invention of electricity and then with the changing lifestyles, there began a transition from natural to artificial. It resulted in compromised sleep quality and time.
Researchers have shown that insufficient sleep is one major contributing factor in weight gain. Not only sleeping enough but sleeping in rhythm with the sun is as vital. According to Ayurveda, the best time to sleep if from 10 pm to 6 am. To follow this pattern, turn off your lights and screen by 9:30 pm so that you may be fast asleep by 10 pm.
Exercise when you wake up
The ideal time to exercise is between 6 am and 10 am. This is the time when water and earth elements are high in the environment. These, when combined, create coolness, slowness and inertia. Exercising in the morning counteracts sluggishness, brings warmth to your body and prepares the mind for the new day. Performing 30-45 minutes of exercise in the morning is a must.
Exercise when you wake up
According to Ayurveda, 'you are not what you eat, but what you digest'. Digestion is one very important and basic point of Vedic tradition. According to Ayurveda, you should eat your largest meal at noon. Noon hour is when your digestive fire, known as agni, is the strongest.
Dinner, as modern science also says, should be light and should be taken two-three hours prior to when you go to sleep. So, if you want to sleep at 10 pm then ideally you should eat your dinner by 7 pm and latest by 8 pm. Following this habit will give your body time to rejuvenate and detoxify itself and not just be busy in digesting food.
Drink hot water
Hot water is like a magic potion in the Vedic tradition. External sources like pollution, poor food choices, pesticides and processed foods and internal sources like stress, anger, anxiety lead to accumulation of toxins known as ama, in the body. This ama is sticky in nature and can be dissolved with hot water. The amount what you have is not important but the frequency at which you drink matters. Try and have sips of hot water every half an hour. You can add ginger or some fresh mint leaves to reap more benefits from it.
The stress hormone in the body can reduce your ability to lose weight and specifically abdominal weight. Meditation is a powerful method to bring down the level of stress and anxiety. Practice meditation every day in the morning and see the results on your waistline and in your life. Sit silently, relax and focus on your breathing for at least 20 minutes every day after you get up.