Top 3 Fat Busters
If you are struggling to fight fat using traditional diet techniques, perhaps now is the time to consider some of the ancient secrets of Ayurveda. In a recent TV show, Dr Oz highlighted how Ayurvedic practices can help you shed those pounds by changing what you eat and when.
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is an ancient Indian medicinal practice which is known as the “Science of Life.” It aims to balance all the “dosha” elements to create health and harmony in body, mind and spirit, and to cleanse the body of disease-causing toxins and elements.
Ayurveda principles focus on igniting your digestive fire to literally burn off that stubborn fat. It addresses why your fat cells get bigger, due to toxins or “ama” which accumulate in the body due to stress, an improper diet and pollution. Ayurveda eliminates these impurities through a healthy detox program and reportedly shrinks fat cells for an impressive lasting weight loss.
Ayurveda includes drinking a detox tea of cumin, fennel and coriander seeds to sip throughout the day. It also necessitates eating an easily digestible breakfast, such as oatmeal, an egg white omelet or fresh fruit. Lunch should be the main heavier meal, using about 50% of your daily calories with protein and dessert. As your digestive fire slows throughout the day, dinner should be eaten before 7pm and should again be an easy-to-digest meal such as vegetables or soup.
Ayurvedic Massage Reduces Body Fat
In order to release toxins and fat, massage is an important component of Ayurveda. Treat yourself to a raw silk glove and massage your arms, abdomen and legs. This massage is known as “gharshana,” meaning “dry brushing”. The idea is to work over your body with circular motions followed by up and down movements right down your body to your feet. Do this daily without any massage oil or treat yourself to a professional Ayurvedic massage first to learn the proper technique.
This raw silk massage energizes and detoxifies the body, aids fluid retention, reduces cellulite and generally improves circulation and lymphatic drainage. The result is the release of toxins and fat in the cells which are flushed out of the body through the massage movements.
The Use of Curry in Ayurveda
Traditional Ayurveda has six tastes which should be present in every meal in order to satisfy the appetite, improve digestion and burn fat. The elements are sweet, salty, bitter, sour, pungent and astringent, and curry incorporates all six. If you are not a fan of hot curry, look for Ayurvedic curry powders called “churnas” which do not overpower other tastes.
Triphala is an Ayurvedic formula made up of three powerful herbs: amalaki, haritaki and bibhitaki. They work together in synergy as a powerful stimulant, promoting health and well-being. Sometimes used as a laxative or colon cleanse, triphala cleanses, detoxes and rejuvenates the body, making you feel energetic and youthful. The triphala herbs stimulate the intestine and colon and have anti-inflammatory properties. Over time, and in conjunction with the other ancient Indian fat-busting practices of Ayurveda, it is a proven aid to weight loss.
If you are finding it hard to shed stubborn fat, perhaps these ancient Ayurvedic practices will be the key your body needs to unlocking your modern-day weight problems.