According to Ayurveda, the world’s oldest continuously practiced system of medicine, tackling excess weight starts with recognizing what is causing it. Is there an underlying health issue? A hormonal imbalance? Or perhaps it is a matter of an improper diet or lifestyle? Ayurveda also classifies each person with a unique mind-body type or constitution. Some body types are more prone to weight gain and can bring balance by following the appropriate guidelines for their type along with any underlying health issue.
Based on the root issue, Ayurvedic physician Dr Ram Tamang creates practical approaches for his clients. Here are some examples of the most effective strategies based on Ayurvedic principles.
Start with gently losing the extra emotional weight you might be carrying around…. whether it’s from a stressful situation at work or family, not being able to express your true feelings, or unprocessed traumas, or perhaps old patterns and beliefs that are rooted in self-shame, criticism or feeling unworthy. Your mind and state of emotions 100% impacts your gut and your metabolism. Often people look to food for comfort as a way of escaping from facing their emotions. Also, Dr Ram recommends detoxing what you are consuming from all your senses. What are you listening to or watching on TV or your digital screen?
According to Ayurveda, it is important to get the right quantity and right quality of sleep, at the right time! Yes, Ayurveda pays emphasis to the timing of your daily routines, and sleeping at the right time has an impact on your metabolism, blood sugar, mood, and much more! If you are in chronic sleep deprivation (less than 6 hours of sleep or not sleeping during the early part of the night), you are likely to struggle to lose weight no matter your diet or exercise!
Did you know that according to some scientific studies, those who performed certain diaphragmatic breathing exercises experienced a higher resting metabolic rate, which may lead to increased weight loss. Other studies show that deep breathing activities can even reduce hunger or the feelings of hunger. By using powerful but simple techniques to spend 3-5 mins at least twice a day on breathwork, you can enhance your metabolism, improve your energy and vitality and manage stress. It is important to consult an experienced practitioner to get guidance on the appropriate breathing techniques as they can impact your health powerfully!
Yes, what you eat matters, but also how well you digest what you eat is very important. Ayurveda considers the digestive system as the master system and has many time-tested principles to teach about gut health. Some simple ideas to improve metabolism are to sip warm water throughout the day (no iced cold water with your meals!) and to use digestion-boosting spices in your meals — like cumin, coriander, turmeric, ginger. Ayurveda does recommend certain foods for each body type, but in general recommends a balanced diet of wholesome foods. Other guidelines include eating in harmony with the seasons, combining foods properly, and eating with attention. Ayurveda doesnt favor diets or overly restrictive meal plans except when there is a serious disease which might need a very specific diet.
By creating daily routines to nourish your mind, body and emotions, you can enhance your mood, boost your energy and metabolism and bring balance to your system. What time you eat matters! Ayurveda recommends making lunch your largest meal, eating seasonal foods, and not eating late at night.
Dr Ram teaches his clients to create mini self-care breaks every 90 mins… drink water, move or massage your body, take 30 seconds to breathe deeply.
Dr Ram gets his clients to use raw silk gloves for dry brushing. Dry brushing moves the lymphatic system, exfoliates the skin and improves circulation. Often, the feeling of lethargy, heaviness are connected to a stagnant or clogged lymphatic system. The lymph is a very important system that relates to digestion, metabolism, immunity and also female reproductive hormones. Dry brushing is often used in Ayurvedic detox programs which help breakdown fatty tissue from the outside while also using herbs to improve cellular metabolism.