Obesity or being overweight is an issue that is associated with unnecessary fat storage in the body. When the calorie intake of the body goes beyond the amount of calories burnt, it leads to storage of excess calories in the form of body fat. When the level of body fat increases, it will put an individual at the risk for many critical issues such as kidney issues, arthritis, diabetes, liver damage and heart diseases.
Excessive weight gain is caused when people consume more calories as compared to the actual requirement of the body. This happens mainly because of eating a diet that is high in calorie and fat content and also because of following a sedentary lifestyle. Not just these reasons, other factors like environment, hormonal and genetics can also contribute towards this imbalance in the calorie intake and calorie burning capacity of the body. Other factors contributing towards overweight include pregnancy, drugs like insulin, corticosteroids, estrogen and psychotic drugs and endocrine issues.
• Excessive sweating with bad odor
• Breathlessness on exertion
• Increased body fat
Ayurveda refers this issue as medarog and it is stated that the reason behind this issue is the increase in the level of kapha dosha in the body. This dosha is generally cold, wet, sticky, slow, heavy and dense in nature as per ayurveda. It is responsible for governing all structures and lubrication in the mind and the body in addition to controlling weight and formation of all seven tissues in the body.
When it is in a balanced state, kapha can give nourishment to these tissues via micro channels. On the other hand, when it is aggravated, it leads to production of toxins called as ama in the body. As these toxins are dense and heavy in nature, they accumulate in the weaker channels, thereby causing blockage. In the case of people with overweight, the ama gets accumulated in medovahi stotras called as fat channels, thereby leading to an increase in the production of fat tissues. When the body begins to produce more fat tissues, it will lead to an increase in the weight.
When it comes to ayurvedic treatment for overweight, the treatment will generally begin with reducing the heightened kapha dosha. This means that the patients will be suggested to keep away from foods that can aggravate kapha dosha. Next, the treatment also pays attention on cleansing of the medovahi channels with the help of cleansing herbs, such that excess weight can be brought down.
Diet and lifestyle changes:
Ayurveda will also recommend some lifestyle and diet changes to the people with overweight:
• Increase in the intake of vegetables, salads and fruits
• Replacement of refined flour with whole-wheat flour and they will also be recommended to take parboiled rice or brown rice
• It is better to include bitter vegetables
• It will also be recommended to avoid high carbohydrates like potato and polished rice.
• Fried and oily foods should be avoided
So, ayurveda provides safe remedy for overweight, such that people need not have to rely on unsafe methods.