We got in touch with an Ayurvedic specialist, Dr Anand Dwivedi from Kapiva Academy of Ayurveda on foods that could aid in weight loss.
When asked, “What kinds of herbal & ayurvedic remedies are the most effective to reduce weight?” Dr Dwivedi said, “According to Ayurveda, foods recommended for weight loss are the ones that have two types of properties-the first is these should be heavy to digest (Guru guna and) non-nutritious (Atarpana). Both these properties quench hunger, reduce vata imbalance and prevent weight gain. Some of these foods could be barley, honey and chia seeds. In particular, weight loss herbs according to Ayurveda like Bitter gourd, Garcinia, Aloe vera, Vidanga, Triphala, Black pepper, Pippali, Ginger, Guggulu, Shilajit, Giloy, Cinnamon etc. can be taken. These herbs will stimulate the metabolism of fats and help in reducing weight.
He added, “Along with this, consume a warm cup of water with honey first thing in the morning. Buttermilk, fermented with spices, acts as a catalyst to bring in the transformation of fat tissue. In addition to this, consuming more barley helps to take care of digestion power, while at the same time it does not contribute to calories. When it comes to spices, having Katu and Tiktha rasas (Pungent and astringent in taste) are recommended. Regular exercise, eating only after the previous meal is completely digested and regular consumption of barley and wheat in the diet are sure ways to reduce obesity.”
This must now resonate with some of the hacks recommended by our grandmothers in the earlier days, right? On that note, let’s now know more about the foods that could help you lose weight.
Green leafy vegetables (Fenugreek, Spinach, Kale)
Vegetables are rich in nutrition and at the same time they also contain fibre due to which your metabolism works well. Leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, and lettuce are very helpful in burning fat. These vegetables are low in calories and carbs because of which there is a feeling of being full. According to a study published in the National Center for Biotechnology (NCBI), people consume fewer calories overall by adding low energy density meals to their diet.
Along with this, vitamins, antioxidants and some minerals are found in sufficient amounts in green leafy vegetables. It can prove to be helpful not only in reducing weight but also in improving overall health. The best part is that you can easily include these vegetables in your daily diet. If you want, you can eat them as a vegetable with chapati or rice or you can enjoy them by making it in the form of a soup or vegetable juice.
Plants & Herbs (Aloe Vera and Garcinia)