A Perfect Body Shape is your Dream?
A perfect body shape is the dream of many people.
The rise of gymnasiums, yoga centres, and other aerobic exercise centres offering a reduction of weight and a perfect body shape is a common sight nowadays.
Yes, overweight and obesity is a major concern for the masses now.
This is not only attributed to external appearances but also to the risks posed by increased body weight.
Obesity as a morbid condition as well as a risk factor is well established.
Ayurvedic Weight Reduction Programme
Let's Check Some Facts
What is Obesity?
Obesity is the condition in which abnormal growth of adipose tissues occurs either due to enlargement of fat cells or due to an increase in the number of fat cells.
A combination of the above two also is possible.
Obesity is usually expressed in Body Mass Index (BMI).
If BMI is above 30 we can call it obesity. If BMI is between 25 and 30 the condition is termed as Overweight.
In the android type of obesity, fat distribution is mostly abdominal and in Gynoid type of obesity, fat distribution is more peripheral.
There is much reason for overweight. Some of them are related to lifestyle. Some of them are medical problems
- A major cause is eating habits. (Eating in between meals, over intake of sweets, refined foods and fats)
- Composition of the diet
- Periodicity of the diet.
- Sedentary lifestyle.
- Psychosocial factors lie emotional disturbances which can lead to overeating.
- Familial factors.
- Hormonal abnormalities like Cushing’s syndrome.
- Lack of health awareness.
- Use of drugs like corticosteroids.
- Genetic factors.
Increased BMI and body size or weight, lack of body flexibility are the major symptoms of Obesity.
Obesity and lifestyle
Obesity has a close relation with lifestyle.
If there is regular physical activity, it is highly protective against obesity.
Sedentary jobs, inactive recreation such as watching television or playing computer games, smartphone addictions, lack of playgrounds, general laziness etc. are contributory to the speedy development of obesity.
Adoption of unhealthy dietary habits like snacks culture, unremitting use of caffeinated beverages etc are other lifestyle factors related to obesity.
What are the Complications of Obesity
- Increased morbidity
- Type 2 diabetes
- Hypertension and cardiovascular diseases like coronary heart disease.
- Cancers especially the hormonally related and large bowel cancers.
- Polycystic ovarian disease and infertility.
- Liver diseases like fatty liver
- Sexual problems like erectile dysfunction
- Joint diseases like osteoarthritis of knees, hips and lumbar spine
- Low backache
- Varicose veins
- Abdominal hernia
- Depression and disability
- Social isolation
- Lower work performance
- Breathing disorders
- Gall bladder disease
- Cosmetic issues
- Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease.
Ayurvedic Treatment for Obesity or Weight Loss Programme in Kerala
Obesity in Ayurveda is a ‘Santharpana janya vyadhi’ or a disease due to over nutrition.
It is known by the name Sthoulya in Ayurveda.
It is said to have developed by increased intake of ‘rasa dhathu’ which due to impairment in Agni or digestive power leads to blockade of Srotas or channels carrying the dhathu and gets converted as medas or fat.
The treatment obviously is weight reduction.
Ayurveda recommends ‘guru’ foods (foods which causes heaviness with even low quantity intake) in low quantities for an obese person.
Medicines and food which have the property to lean the body are to be given.
The wise use of Kashayas and Choorna which induce Agni Bala or digestive power can be used.
Externally rooksha treatments like Choorna pinda sweda, udwarthana etc can be used.
As supportive measure Yoga can be practiced along with internal and external medications.
Use of Kanmada Rasayana is advised in obesity.
Increase in Agni Bala, gradual diversion to a healthy diet and lifestyle is the method adopted.
Major treatment procedures to reduce weight are
- Udwarthana or powder massage
- Dhanyamla dhara
- Choorna pinda sweda
- Steam bath
- Yoga therapy
Udwarthana or powder massage is the most effective external treatment to reduce weight.
Various medicine choornas are used for the purpose, mostly Kolakulathadi Choorna and Triphala Choorna.
In this procedure patient’s body is massaged in seven different positions by making him or her lie in a massage cot or droni.
Udwarthana is said to have the following properties.
- Reduces Kapha dosha
- Reduces medas or excess fat
- Make the body strong
- Give lustre to the skin
Normally one course of treatment includes seven days, and another course can be taken after a gap of one week.
It is proven to be the best procedure to reduce fat.
Udwarthana as a passive exercise can be used in dinacharya.
Earlier in households, the powder of green gram was used instead of bath soap.
It gives the dual result of the lustre of skin and reduction of fat.
We can use Triphala powder daily for 10-20 minutes for udwarthana.
This will help to keep the body healthy and prevents obesity.
Udwarthana massage is usually done in the Pratiloma direction or opposite to the direction of body hairs. This gives enough strokes on fat cells and helps to reduce them.
Udwarthana helps to soften the skin and removes the dead cells of the skin.
It improves blood circulation and helps to avoid bad odour too. It acts as a detoxifier too.
Our weight reduction programme is the best packaged Ayurvedic Treatment in Kerala for obesity.
Importance of Diet and Excercise in Weight Reduction
This is evident from the reasons for obesity mentioned earlier.
As obesity is mostly a lifestyle disease proper diet and regular exercise, yoga and Ayurvedic regimen is very important in day-to-day life.
To maintain healthy weight corresponding to age and height all these things are to be followed judiciously.
Some natural methods of weight reduction are
- Daily intake of pure honey lightened with fresh water
- Use of buttermilk daily
- Use of Triphala powder daily with honey
- Use of fibre containing vegetables daily like the pith of plantain
- use of foods with rooksha quality like green gram, horse gram etc.
Avoiding or reducing non-vegetarian foods and switching to a vegetarian diet helps some to reduce weight.
Of course, it’s our care to our own body is the major thing which can prevent diseases especially lifestyle diseases.
Obesity due to lifestyle is also preventable and curable.
‘Where there is a will there is a way’.