Many people struggle with weight issues throughout their lives. We always diet and physically exert ourselves in an effort achieve what we believe to be our physical ideal. It is incredibly frustrating to put that amount of effort into transforming your body, only to see little or no results long term.
A shift in perspective might lead us to see that the problem is not that we are consuming too much, or moving too little, but instead suffering from an imbalance in our dosha that is presenting itself in the form of digestive and metabolism disorders. So, how to balance your dosha and lose weight?
People with Vata doshas are often slim, and sometimes underweight. The air and space elements keep them constantly moving, and not consuming adequate calories for proper nutrition. Even though naturally lean, Vatas are just as prone to excess weight when out of balance as the other doshas. Vatas tend to overindulge on sweets and processed foods when unbalanced.
Pitta doshas are prone to obesity when their fire element is out of balance and causes burning intestinal disorders such as heartburn and ulcers. Often, rather than eating for nutrition, the sufferer will eat for comfort, digesting whatever can be consumed without fear or pain.
The metabolic issues that Pitta suffers can slow the digestion and absorption of nutrients down to the point that the lack of proper digestion leads to weight gain. As with Vatas, Pittas are also advised to eat bitter, pungent foods to influence proper metabolic balance. Consider adding bitter melon, dark bitter leafy greens and tart fruits to your diet.
To balance the fire element, Pittas need their surroundings to be cool, and somewhat sweet in aroma. You may try painting your kitchen blue or purple to cool your appetite.
The scents of mint, honeysuckle, and jasmine will assist in balancing this dosha.
People with a dominant Kapha dosha are the most prone to obesity of all the dosha types. When out of balance, the water and earth elements can become thick, lumpy and cumbersome.
Like the other doshas, bitter and pungent foods are recommended to balance metabolism and digestion. These foods can be combined with certain sweet foods to make them more pleasant on the palate, and to satisfy cravings for sweets. While Vatas may consume theirs with dried fruit, it is recommended that a Kapha consumes their bitter foods with something sweet and juicy, like pineapple. In fact, a common remedy for adjusting Kapha balance is a beverage made from the juice of pineapple and spicy, pungent peppers and herbs.
Kaphas need movement and warmth to stimulate metabolism to burn excess fat. Consider meditating on the color red, and using oils that stimulate and decongest, such as camphor, eucalyptus, and sage.
Finally, if as a Kapha you are prone to fatty deposits on the body, give yourself a dry massage daily and focus on vigorously rubbing the deposit areas in order to loosen them up and facilitate movement and elimination of the fat cells.
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