Scrap the fad diets and quick fixes: what if we told you about a way of life that’s been working on waistlines for millennia? With a healthy, holistic approach, the Ayurvedic lifestyle has been helping people manage their weight for 5000 years. Here are our favourite tips.
🍲 Make lunch your main meal
There’s a saying in Ayurveda: you’re not what you eat, you’re what you digest. Digestion is super important in Ayurvedic tradition & your digestive system is strongest at midday when the sun is at its peak.
🥣 Kitchari cleanse
In Ayurveda, we use Kitchari — a nourishing, spiced dish of split mung beans & rice — to cleanse the gut. A typical Ayurvedic cleanse involves eating only Kitchari for three days, and offers a full body reset, thoroughly detoxing, improving digestion & metabolic function. Plus, it’s delicious & filling, so you won’t feel depleted!
🌇 … & try not to eat too late
To avoid bloating, make the last meal of the day a light one; soups & salads are our go-to’s. Ayurvedic advice is to eat dinner before sunset, too, so your body has time to detoxify overnight. Actually, it’s a good idea to stick to a routine for mealtimes, as this reduces your risk of digestive issues.
💭 Mindful mealtimes
Eat mindfully: take each mouthful slowly & quietly, paying attention to your body’s signals about how much to eat and when to stop. Mindfulness & meditation also keep you calm, reducing cortisol - the stress hormone associated with weight gain. Try taking 3 deep breaths before you start your meal to bring you to the present moment and focus on what you are about to eat - and then savour every bite.
💤 Make sure you’re getting enough
Seriously: a good night’s sleep could be your passport to long term weight loss. A study found a link between fat mass & how much rest individuals were getting; but in Ayurveda, this connection has been understood for thousands of years. Vedic texts say that success depends on when you go to bed, too, so find a time that works for you & try to stick to it.
🍃 Try Triphala — the holy trinity of herbs!
Triphala is a prized combination of three Ayurvedic superfruits: Amalaki, Bibhitaki & Haritaki. It helps eliminate toxins from the body & rejuvenates the digestive system. It’s been used in Ayurveda for centuries, but modern science is catching up, with one study finding that adults who took a triphala supplement lost weight more quickly than those who didn’t. Our Rest & Digest capsules (coming soon!) provide a hassle-free way of incorporating Triphala into your diet on the daily.
🌏 Keep Kapha calm
Kapha is the Earthy dosha, and an imbalance of Kapha energy can cause weight gain, lethargy & a slow metabolism. Counter the damp, cold & heavy qualities of Kapha by building meals from warm, dry, light foods. Go for freshly prepared, seasonally appropriate options such as berries, tofu, cottage cheese, chicken, fruit juices & raw honey.