Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Choosing A Diet For Weightloss

When it is time to lose weight, many people like to choose a type of diet.  People find it easier to change their eating style and use recommendations from an expert.  Most poular diets are divided into two types: low-fat or low-carbohydrate.  People pick a type based on their personal preference or after hearing of a friend's success on a recent diet.  A common phenomenon is one person will have success following the diet and his friend will become frustrated with his slow weight loss following the same diet.  What gives?

In a study conducted at Stanford University, a genetic test that compared the variations in three genes known to regulate the metabolizing of fat and carbohydrates in the body was done on 133 overweight women.  The women with a genetic predisposition to benefit from a low-carbohydrate diet lost 2 1/2 times as much weight as those on the same diet without the genetic predisposition.  The same was true with the women having a genetic predisposition to benefit from a low-fat diet losing more weight on a low-fat diet while women without the gene lost less.

The study confirms a general principle of Ayurveda.  Ayurveda recognizes the individuality and uniqueness of each person.  There are different body types (Vata, Pitta & Kapha) and each one has recommendations for which foods to favor and which foods to eat moderately.  There are also spicing recommendations that are suited to balancing each body type.

Ayurveda is an ancient science but it is still premier in its preventative focus.  Maybe weight loss and dieting could be avoided by eating food suited to one's body type.  It is worth a try.  You have nothing to lose except some weight.

Stay healthy & well,

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