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How To Follow An Ayurvedic Diet For Weight Loss

by Manmohan Singh(more info)

listed in ayurveda, originally published in issue 250 - November 2018


Those who are facing weight issues find it difficult to shed pounds. But with Ayurveda, the process can be done in a much-effective and safer manner. Explore the blog and learn how to follow Ayurveda diet for losing weight.

Weight gain is one of the most common issues faced by many of us. Some understand the consequences of the conditions while a few of us take steps towards retaining back a healthy body. And there are even fewer who can continue their weight loss regime, but always want to get back in shape. For them, Ayurveda is the only way to get the desired result without sweating it out and starving the Self.

Developed thousands of years ago on the pious land of India, Ayurveda is the medical sibling of yoga, an ancient healing system that is capable of healing and restoring the body by natural methods and techniques.



What is an Ayurveda Diet?

An ancient practice of healing, Ayurveda is an effective way of preventing and curing ailments. Derived from the Sanskrit word, Ayur means ‘Life’ and Veda signifies ‘Science or the science of life’.

Ayurvedic diet is the plan of consuming a meal according to its constitution that provides certain basic guidelines including- when to eat, what to eat, how to eat, what to avoid, etc. Following an Ayurvedic diet not only helps to shed pounds but makes the practitioner indulge in mindful eating rituals. It detoxifies the body, increases awareness, promotes inner peace, and keeps you healthy.

For the weight loss regime, an Ayurveda diet is the most essential way of achieving the goals, and following it with a certain proven method is necessary. So here we let you know how to follow the same for effective results.

Eating Principles of Ayurveda

Ayurvedic diet or any treatment shows the desired results when it is followed according to its set principles and guidelines. You need to incorporate various practices into your eating routine and these practices help in many ways.

Include all Six Tastes or Rasas

In every meal, incorporate all six food tastes - sweet, sour, salty, bitter, astringent and pungent. You can begin the meal with a sweet taste, then consume salty and sour, and finish with pungent, astringent and bitter food.

Mindfulness Eating

Mindfulness eating is good for everyone and when it comes to weight loss; it becomes the most essential thing to adapt and follow, according to the Ayurveda.

Eat slowly and Eat Quickly

Eat in a manner that you don’t savour the food taste and also prevent it from getting cold.

Consume Proper Quantity of Food

People are unaware of their appetite and sometimes skip the meal even after feeling hungry. Be aware of your genuine hunger signs and eat a filling meal but prevent overeating.

Eat Three Meals a Day

According to Ayurveda, one should eat three meals a day, where the breakfast should be modest, lunch should be larger and satisfying, and dinner should be small. Consume light food as per your hunger level.

Know your Dosha

As mentioned, Ayurveda believes that Doshas play a major role in maintaining the overall wellbeing. It is one of the primary features of an Ayurveda diet regimen and one is advised to eat as per their Dosha.

The Dosha or Body Constitution or Energy is made from the five elements- space, air, water, fire, and earth, and each element offers different qualities.

  • Vata - (Space and Air);
  • Pitta - (Fire and Water);
  • Kapha- (Earth and Water).

With the help of Ayurveda experts and self-study, you become aware of the familiarities of the qualities you embody and get to know about your Dosha. To get a detailed knowledge of the same, undergoing Ayurveda courses India can help.



How to start Eating as per the Dosha?

Before you begin with an Ayurvedic diet for weight loss, you need to become aware of the Dosha, and consume a diet as per your dominant Dosha. To know it all, there are certain ways.

  • Consult an Ayurvedic Doctor for help or join an Ayurveda course in India;
  • Take the help of study material available online for the base knowledge.

It is advised to consult an expert for a better and effective weight loss regime.

Food Choices

The Ayurveda diet is balanced and nourishing, and for the same, you can again seek the help of your doctor. You can also enrol into an Ayurvedic cooking course Kerala India - the land of Ayurveda to be an expert Self in the Ayurveda cooking and acquire the skill to design and customize the ideal diet plans according to Ayurveda.

Vata Dosha - Foods to Eat

Consume cooked apples and cherries, cooked veggies like – beets, asparagus, grains - rice or quinoa, red lentils, spices - black pepper, coriander, dairy products, seeds and nuts - peanuts, chia and flax seeds, sesame oil and clarified butter.

Pitta Dosha- Food to eat

Watermelon, coconut, raisins and almonds, sweet-bitter veggies- broccoli or cauliflower, black beans, unsalted butter and dry cereals.

Kapha Dosha - Food to Eat

Consume cottage cheese, buttermilk, granola, astringent fruits like prunes, bitter-pungent veggies- celery and carrot, and lima beans.

Along with an Ayurvedic diet, avail Panchakarma therapy that is liable for the detoxification of toxins and also reduces weight. You can undergo Panchakarma treatment in Kerala - the birth land of Ayurveda and renowned places for the Ayurvedic treatments and therapies.

The inclusion of Ayurveda diet and treatment for weight reduction is the best way of shedding pounds and treating various other issues. Ayurveda is a trusted way of maintaining and restoring the overall well being and adapting the Ayurvedic lifestyle for living a meaningful life.


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About Manmohan Singh

Manmohan Singh is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveler in India. He provides yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India. He loves writing and reading the books related to yoga, health, nature and the Himalayas. His strong connection with Yoga and the Himalayas has made him organize yoga, meditation and Ayurveda tours, and retreats in the Himalayas. To contact Manmohan and for more information about him email him via  visit his websites:

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