Ayurveda & Weight Loss

Conventional weight loss programmes usually involve choosing low fat diets, calorie counting and portion controls and gruelling exercise schedules. The Ayurvedic approach enables people to shed weight naturally, easily and most importantly maintain this in the long term and avoid the ongoing yo-yoing of weight gain and weight loss.

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1. We discover - what is the root cause of the persons weight gain?

For some people even though they eat very little, they never seem to lose weight. It can be mystifying to see someone else eating twice the amount but never put on any weight. We treat this slow metabolism by giving foods and herbs to enkindle the digestive system. In other cases, a person’s metabolism maybe too strong, giving them a seemingly insatiable appetite. In this case we give herbs and diet to calm the digestive system. Using a range of diagnostic methods and extensive discussion our first step is to discover the cause of the weight gain.

2. How many tastes can you detect on your tongue?

In all weight loss treatment we must learn to satisfy the body with 6 tastes. Satisfaction from food is the foundation for our bodies’ system for maintaining health and preventing overeating. We need to satisfy all 6 tastes to feel satisfaction, however in our culture sweet, sour and salty are the most dominant flavours (and they’re addictive!).Once our minds register all six tastes, the body feels satisfied and no longer feels any cravings and so there is far less tendency to overeat. What’s more these tastes are not just coincidental, they are an indication on the medicinal value of each food type, for instance, salty foods help to enkindle the first stage of digestion in the mouth by stimulating the saliva production, and bitter foods have a detoxifying effect on the body.

  • Salty: All salts, seafood, miso, marmite

  • Sweet: Milk, rice, fruits, wheat, potato

  • Sour: Citrus, yoghurt, tropical fruit, tamarind

  • Astringent: Pomegranate, chickpeas, lentils, green vegetables

  • Bitter: Sage, turmeric, rocket, fenugreek, radicchio, chicory

  • Pungent: Chilli, black pepper, garlic, ginger, coriander leaf

3. Giving the body a helping hand with detoxification Sustaining weight loss We offer one-to-one dietary advice about which foods to avoid and how to adapt family favourite recipes, or give suggestions for new staple recipes. We learn through experience the effects of different tastes and foods on our bodies and how to use kitchen herbs to support the body in maintaining balance. After that there’s no looking back. We discover a path that benefits us for the rest of our lives.

4. Sustaining weight loss We offer one-to-one dietary advice about which foods to avoid and how to adapt family favourite recipes, or give suggestions for new staple recipes. We learn through experience the effects of different tastes and foods on our bodies and how to use kitchen herbs to support the body in maintaining balance. After that there’s no looking back. We discover a path that benefits us for the rest of our lives.

Ayurveda is a 5000 year old system for healing which treats illness through addressing the underlying root cause of disease.

If you’d like to find out more about Ayurveda you can book a free introduction or an initial consultation or tel: 07792 274916.