Body Mass Index is calculated by dividing a person's body weight in kilograms by his/her height is meters squared. Being obese and overweight are not the same. A BMI of 30 or more is considered obese and a BMI of 25-29.9 is considered overweight. The tendency towards obesity is encouraged by two bad habits: lack of physical activity and high-calorie food. In Ayurveda, the 'swastha-vritta' guidelines are useful in preventing obesity:
- Selection of food items should be done intelligently. Any obsession or craving for food should be controlled.
- Include moong and masoor in your diet.
- Avoid very sweet, salty or oily food, especially at night.
- Avoid curd and have buttermilk instead.
- Try and drink warm water always.
- Have Gaduchi, Triphala or Musta mixed with honey. Takrarishta is also advisable. Triphala churna is best taken at bedtime.
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- Bruhat Panchamoola powder mixed with honey is also beneficial.
- Amla powder is also useful in reducing obesity. Also, keep in mind that there's no alternative to regular yoga or exercises like swimming, jogging or cycling for controlling obesity.
- Avoid sleeping during day time at all cost.
- Join a group for motivation to lose weight.
- Initial weight loss should be the therapeutic goal. A bigger challenge is to find an effective way to sustain this weight loss.
- It is very important for obese people to get their lipid and sugar levels routinely checked, along with blood pressure and other tests related to functioning of the heart