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New Years Resolutions: Nº1 = losing weight…..

December 29, 2011

“Data suggests that there are approximately 58 million adult Americans that are considered obese.  Strict diet regimes often lead to yo-yoing in weight and the only real proven way is to combine healthy eating with a healthy lifestyle (walking, cycling etc.) – a HOLISTIC approach.”

Healthy Lifestyle
Losing weight is a challenge and it’s this time of year when we turn to making resolutions and often fail.  It is well documented that obesity causes numerous secondary health problems. A healthy diet and lifestyle can restore health and help the body avoid regaining the lost weight.

Ayurveda may offer some answers.

Being overweight is not just a function of eating too much; it is much more complex than that and there appears to be a link in some people between excessive weight gain and a sluggish metabolism.

Metabolism

People who have trouble losing weight often do not respond to food consumption with adequate breakdown or metabolism and suffer from consequences of a poor metabolic response.  This results in weight gain.

There are  hormones in our body that regulate metabolism by stimulating receptors.  As a result of simulation of certain receptors the hormone insulin is increased, which pumps the glucose inside the cells with resulting energy production and thermogenesis (heat).  The thyroid also produces hormones further contribute to sustain metabolic process, the energy production and the resulting thermogenesis.

A slow metabolism may therefore be due to insufficient functioning of any of the above hormones. For example a low thyroid function may lead to an increase in fat tissue as well as an accumulation of by-products and a delayed evacuation of toxic metabolites.

Insulin is a hormone that regulates not only sugar but also fat and protein metabolism in the body.  An increase in fat tissue may lead to a decrease in the body’s sensitivity to insulin, which can lead to diabetes. This can further exasperate weight gain.

A balanced metabolism is important as it can help to maintain a healthy system and plays a role in the long-term prevention of heart disease and other degenerative conditions.

The relationship between the functioning of insulin, obesity and cardiovascular disease risk has also been confirmed by clinical studies.

“The intrinsic relationship between our health and how we physically look implies that a healthy body is not just about how we look but about our well-being too.”

Modern Lifestyles
Healthy Lifestyle
Over-eating may have roots in our ancient ancesters, rather then being caused solely by lack of self-discipline.

In the past you would eat as much as you could when food was available – it was a matter of survival for ancient civilisations.  Sugars and fats were rare in ancient diets therefore by this “design” our metabolism is ill-equiped to deal with large amounts of grain products, animal fat and refined sugar eaten indiscriminately throughout the year.  As a result our metabolisms ca be confused by modern nutrition and the pattern of eating throughout the year.

“Overeating may actually be a misguided response to a metabolism confused with improper nutrition.  Poor nutrition could lead to malnutrition, compensated by overeating, obesity, deteriorating metabolism and related diseases like the adult onset diabetes.”

Ayurveda

Most modern dietary aids are designed to decrease the amount of body fat, by:

  • Decreasing appetite for food
  • Decreasing food absorption
  • Slowing down the rate of  fatty acid synthesis
  • Increasing the rate of catabolism of fatty acids

Ayurvedic treatments for weight control are not designed to provide a solution aimed at an individual system to regain proper weight and health.

  • Firstly, you should maintain an optimal weight with proper nutrition, good life-habits and a perception of your physical and psychological tendencies.

Only a combined approach can take care of the causes of overeating and bring a return to a normal metabolism.

  • Secondly, several herbals in combination can help in controlling the body weight.  These natural herbs are helpful in controlling weight & include Garcinia gambogia, Sida cordifolia, Commiphora mukul, Piper longum, Triphala amongst others.

Garcinia gambogia:
Garcinia
We have already seen Garcinia here.  But to remind you, it is an extract of the Indian fruit Garcinia gambogia and is  natural source of hydroxycitric acid (HCA).  It is well documented  that HCA can inhibit citrate lyase, a key enzyme required for production of fatty acids, or building blocks of fatty tissue. As a result, less dietary glucose is utilized for synthesis of body fat, and the dietary glucose which could be converted to fat is instead converted int0 its storage form – glycogen.  This may also lead to a feeling of satiety.  Both events are key for controlling overeating, and may be potentially useful in alleviating adult onset diabetes, a condition known for overeating (polyphagia), obesity, chronic tiredness (low energy), and low levels of muscle glycogen.

Caralluma
Results of clinical studies have demonstrated that Caralluma can reduce hunger levels, and reduce weight & fat.  Supporting research has also concluded that Caralumal possesses anti-obesogenic and anti-atherosclerotic properties.

Carralluma is, without a doubt, one of the best strategies I can think of for losing body fat…” Dr. N.V. Perricone, M.D.

Conclusions:

The objective of a weight control program should seek to restore, not only health, but also aid the body’s system to avoid recovering lost weight.  Thus avoiding yo-yoing in weight.

Ayurveda medicine offers a herbal support to this approach.  There is NO silver bullet solution.

Behavioral modification is also essential and we need to  demonstrate awareness, will power and empathy.  Arriving at an optimal body shape and weight should be taken seriously, and health should always be considered before improving aesthetics. 

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