Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Weight Loss, Metabolism and Calories is Only Half the Story

Weight loss is always on people's minds. Sometimes it feels like an uphill battle with busy schedules not allowing for self care tools like exercise, healthy meal preparation and sleep.  Everyone knows they need to eat less, exercise and get adequate sleep so they are not looking for sugary foods to give them quick energy boosts. Getting started and staying the course are the hardest parts.

Ayurveda advocates a holistic approach of bringing the body to balance with healthy lifestyle routines and allowing the natural intelligence of the body to maintain health. Babies are usually born healthy and perfect. It is the poor lifestyle choices that interfere with our health, making us think that aging means our health declines.

To promote weight loss, Ayurveda will begin with digestion. When the body is able to digest foods, assimilate nutrients and eliminate toxins, metabolism is strong and weight gain does not occur as easily. Further, we are feeling good, so it is easier to make the necessary choices to create good health.

Digestion begins in the mouth and occurs with taste. The taste of a food impacts our metabolism and the ability to digest. This is why current scientific research is finding that the sweet taste of diet soda contributes to diabetes despite no actual sugar being consumed.  The metabolic response of the body to sweet flavored diet soda produces the same body mechanisms that real sugar produces. Ayurveda recommends that people balance all six tastes (sweet, salty, sour, bitter, astringent and pungent) with their body type (dosha) in mind.

Promoting good digestion also requires eating in a relaxed manner, eating until 75% full, eating food the body can recognize and many other simple lifestyle choices that an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner can help guide a person to.

While involving many aspects of our life into weight loss seems like a lot, the benefits of getting more than simple weight loss will make our whole life and health better.

Stay healthy & well,
Lisa


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