Obesity is a physical condition that results from excessive storage of fat in the body. Obesity has been defined as a weight more than 20% above what is considered normal as per the body mass index, which is calculated from an individual’s age, height, and weight. Presence of fat tissue is essential as natural energy reserve in our bodies. But excess fat tissues result in obesity and causes health disorders.
Obesity is measured by: Body Mass index (BMI), Waist Measurement and Combined Measurements .An obese person carries the increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease.
Although Obesity has no specific symptoms, it contributes to other major health problems. An adult who is obese has an increased risk of complications from other diseases. These may include
High blood pressure
Type 2 diabetes
Some types of cancer
Sleeping and breathing problems
Depression or other emotional problems
Difficulty walking or moving around
Rashes in the folds of the skin
Shortness of breath with exertion
Snoring or sleep apnea
Treatment using Home Remedies:
Obesity treatment using Lime Juice-Honey:
Fasting on lime juice-honey water is highly beneficial in the treatment of obesity. In this mode of treatment, one teaspoon of fresh honey should be mixed with the juice of half a lime in a glass of lukewarm water and taken at regular intervals.
Obesity treatment using Trifala:
Trifala, an herbal combination of amalaki, bibbitaki, and haritaki is good for losing weight.
Obesity treatment using Jujube:
The leaves of jujube or Indian plum are another valuable remedy for obesity. A handful of leaves should be soaked overnight in water and this water should be taken in the morning, preferably on an empty stumach. This treatment should be continued for at least one month to achieve beneficial results.
Obesity treatment using Cabbage:
Cabbage is considered to be an excellent home remedy for obesity. Recent research has revealed that a valuable chemical called tartaric acid is present in this vegetable which inhibits the conversion of sugar and other carbohydrates into fat. Hence, it is of great value in weight reduction. Substituting a meal with cabbage salad would be the simplest way to stay slim.
Obesity treatment using Tomato:
One or two ripe tomatoes taken early morning as a substitute for breakfast, for a couple of months, are considered a safe method of weight reduction. They also supply the food elements essential to preserve health.
Obesity treatment using Finger Millet:
Finger millet is an ideal food for the obese, because its digestion is slow and due to this, the carbohydrates take a longer time to get absorbed. By eating preparations made of finger millet, the constant desire to eat is curbed, thus reducing the daily calorie intake. At the same time, finger millet supplies an abundant quantity of calcium, phosphorus, iron, Vitamin B1 and B2 and prevents malnutrition in spite of restricted food.
Diet Planning and Diet recommendations for weight loss
Crash diets are no solution for long term weight loss. Therefore, if you are determined to bring down your weight, find an ayurvedic diet chart and a natural weight loss diet and follow it every single day. An ayurvedic diet chart includes the following guidelines:
Increase usage of fresh fruits and vegetables
Decrease the usage of white breads and other processed foods
Avoid intake of too much salt
Cook with spices like cayenne, tumeric, black pepper, ginger and rock salt.
Avoid refined sugars and carborated drinks
Fasting once in a week is very effective. While fasting you may have fruit or vegetable juices, warm skim milk, light soups, teas, etc.
Use vegetable oil in place of butter or margarine
Avoid milk products like cheese, butter etc. and non-vegetarian foods as they are rich in fat.
Mix one teaspoon of fresh honey with the juice of half a lime in a glass of lukewarm water and take several times a day at regular intervals.
Avoid eating meat products as they slow digestion and cause heaviness.
Dietary discipline and Eating habit to be developed for reducing weight:
1.Eat a light dinner with easy to digest foods. This may include the following
Whole grain bread or chapatis
Half cooked or steamed vegetables
Seasonal fruits except banana and apple.
2.Eat the largest meal of the day at lunch with a wide variety of warm, cooked food. This may include the following:
Salad of raw vegetables such as carrot, beetroot, cucumber, cabbage etc
Whole grain bread or whole wheat chapatis and a glass of buttermilk
Roasted cumin seeds, green coriander leaves, a little salt and some grated ginger mixed in the buttermilk.
Avoid drinking water immediately before or after meals as it will slow digestion.
Do not over eat, especially cold, oily and heavy things.
Avoid sleeping right after eating.
Eat 4-5 smaller meals in a day rather than 2-3 larger meals.