Weight loss…an Ayurvedic perspective

I’ve struggled for what seems like forever with my weight; I’ve been on every diet invented and although they worked temporarily, I’ve consistently put all the weight (and sometimes more) back on.  I just got really fed-up about the yo-yo’ing not to mention the amount I was spending on diet clubs and clothes.

So imagine my absolute delight when I lost two stones in weight while eating foods to correct my rheumatoid arthritis! Not only could I move my hands again, but I could get into a size 10. This is the time I realised that I didn’t have to leave out entire food groups in order to shed the pounds – in fact, it just makes me crave them more –  and it was a revelation.

I’m not going to pretend it was easy – a change always requires some adjustment, but within a couple of weeks, I no longer felt the hunger pangs and I wasn’t craving all that bad stuff! However, any initial discomfort was worth it and the weight seemed to just melt away and my energy levels soared.

It’s easy to blame weight-gain on ‘eating too much’ – seems logical doesn’t it? However, what can happen – and especially when we’re constantly dieting – is that our digestion slows down. It’s called ‘manda agni’ in Ayurveda. When that happens, it’s much harder to lose weight, plus our energy levels can plummet and then we crave sugar. This is exactly what happened to me and I’d almost given up on even trying.

So, when I sought out an Ayurvedic practitioner, I actually went because of arthritis. She gave me a diet sheet, which included Ayurvedic cleansing foods plus a couple of medicines to take before food and bedtime. She said to me at the end of the consultation, “And don’t buy any clothes for a while”. I admit I felt sceptical. The first week I lost 7lbs and after just two months, I’d lost the two stones.

How does Ayurveda approach weight-loss? Weight gain is a sign that Kapha (our physical ‘earth’ / body solidity) is out of balance. First we look at balancing and boosting the digestion using the correct food and medicines. You’ll be given food ‘swaps’ to tweak what you’re already eating and then we look at portion sizes, times to eat and also when not to eat, plus a few lifestyle tips.

I’m passionate about supporting you in your journey to better health – please pop along to my clinic at Ransom Wood and find out more about how Ayurveda can help you.