Dr Anand Dwivedi from the Kapiva Academy of Ayurveda explains that, “Aloe vera improves metabolism (especially the liver) and also quenches hunger. Its consumption does not contribute to weight gain. Hence it helps in weight management. It is advised to drink 10 ml-15 ml aloe vera juice mixed with 1-2 teaspoons of honey in half a glass of water in the morning on an empty stomach. Aloe Garcinia Juice from Kapiva can be a good option to bring to use if you need a hassle-free product that’s safe to use. It consists of not only Aloe Vera but even Garcinia. Garcinia is a plant that is full of medicinal properties. The extract of these two herbs & plants suppress appetite, helps in fat loss, inhibits the production of new fat in the body and supports weight management. The juice also contains Hydroxyl Acid which is known to kill appetite. Mix 30ml of Kapiva Aloe Garcinia Juice in 30ml water, one can add honey, sugar or salt as per taste and drink this wonder concoction every morning on an empty stomach to see best results.”
Nuts (Almonds, Walnuts)
Ayurveda also recommends the use of nuts as an easy option to lose weight. Almonds are a good source of protein, antioxidants and heart-healthy fats. Almonds are rich in monounsaturated fats which help to cut down on overeating. At the same time, the fibre present in it gives a feeling of fullness. The amino acids present in it further helps in burning fat. Similarly, walnuts also promote fat loss. They contain unsaturated fats which promote healthy body weight. Walnuts also help in reducing appetite while the omega-3 fatty acids, plant sterols and vitamins present in them could help in reducing weight.
One can have these as is to use them in smoothies and shakes. These will make your smoothies tasty as well as crunchy and promote weight loss.
Seasonal Fruits (Apples, Oranges)
If you want to lose weight and are also fond of eating fruits then this is good news for you as fruits can help reduce weight in a big way. Apples are low in calories and high in fibre, therefore bringing in a feeling of fullness in the stomach. Another such fruit is orange, which is packed with the goodness of Vitamin C. It is a low-calorie and high fibre fruit that aids in controlling appetite. Although they are most beneficial when eaten as whole fruits, if you want, you can also use them in a juice or in the form of a shake.
While this was all about foods that are good to lose weight, let’s also identify and learn more about foods that could be detrimental to your weightloss journey. Dr Dwidei added, “ If you are continuously taking high amounts of food, it leads to an increase of Agni – digestive fire because the body needs a way to digest increased food quantity, but because there is a blockage in Medo Dhatu, more and more fat tissue is produced, leading to weight gain. Other reasons include sleeping during the day, excess intake of heavy-to-digest oily or sweet food items and even heredity.
He suggests, “The right timing of the first meal of the day, i.e breakfast along with lunch and dinner is essential. Taking small meals without eating a lot at once, maintaining distance from junk food and working out daily (yoga, walk, run) is of primary importance.”
Adopting these dietary changes can take your weight loss plans to the next level, so make sure you don’t fall in the traps of fad diets when Ayurveda can effectively help you deal with weight loss and successfully achieve your goals.