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Weight Loss

Question

What is the Ayurvedic view of the body's appestat or appetite control? Which fresh juices and whole fruits or vegetables will help me lose weight? What about exercise? I'm 5'-8", 210 pounds and my constitution is predominantly Pitta.
~ J.W. from Minnesota

Answer

According to Ayurvedic medicine, a combination of four different factors regulate the appetite.

  1. Sadhaka Pitta regulates desire, emotion and feeling of fulfillment.
  2. Prana Vata governs the brain and mental activity.
  3. Pachaka Pitta controls the stomach acids that break down and digest food.
  4. Samana Vata relates to peristalsis, the movement of food through the stomach and intestines.

If any of these factors is to too strong or too weak, the imbalance can disrupt the appetite.

The key to weight loss is balance. When the mind, emotions, diet, digestion, metabolism and appetite are in balance, then your weight will naturally come into balance too.

Diet and lifestyle tips

  • In general, favor light, fresh foods.
  • Drink Fresh juice: pomegranate and pineapple.
  • Make soup of split barley and mung beans.
  • Use turmeric and cumin in seasoning your meals.
  • A medium amount of exercise is good for Pitta constitutions.
  • In general, yoga postures are the ayurvedic approach to exercise.
  • There's a yoga posture called Bajarasana that's good for digestion. Basically it's kneeling down and then sitting back on your heels. The ideal is to close the eyes and sit in this position for about 10 minutes after your main meal. It helps balance digestion and appetite through the breakdown (Pachaka Pitta) and movement (Samana Vata) of food.
  • Maharishi Ayurveda Blissful Joy helps balance Sakhaka Pitta.
  • See the Maharishi Ayurveda self-care system — Digestion for more information.

Please note: This ayurvedic information is education. It does not replace medical advice or treatments.

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