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Weight Loss Programme Notes

Why Lose Weight

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Why Lose Weight
The main reason to lose weight is health, not appearance. It’s not only the clothes that don't fit you anymore; everything else can go downhill from there.
You may have been told that you need to exercise control and lead a disciplined life or that nothing can be done as it is in your genes. Were you also told that your weight gain is due to hormonal imbalances? Or that you should eat less and exercise more to burn those extra calories? Well, there’s a certain truth to all these advice. But have you found out why you are overweight?
There are many people who are anxious to lose weight but have a hundred excuses for not taking the first step towards a healthy life. Many opt for ‘crash courses’ in slimming centres that promise quick weight loss only to find to their dismay that they have put on weight that they lost during the course. Others may have tried losing weight with slimming pills, herbal teas, food replacements or fad diets and when they find no appreciable weight loss give up the attempt to change their body shape altogether.
There is no need to dishearten yourself as everything has a solution, but before that, find the reason of your weight gain.
Blood Sugar Imbalance – Consumption of simple, refined carbohydrates can result in quick variations in blood sugar levels. When you eat chocolate it increases the amount of sugar present in the blood causing insulin to be released, resulting in the sugar to be being stored away and lowering the blood sugar level. This triggers a craving for more sweets so as to stabilize blood sugar balance.
Cushing's Syndrome is a disorder caused due to excess of the hormone cortisol. Fat accumulates in the face, abdomen and upper back, while the arms and legs usually remain slender. Other symptoms are wasting of muscles and weakness, thin skin, poor healing of wounds, easy bruising, high blood pressure, glucose intolerance, purple "stretch marks" on the abdomen, menstrual irregularities, and hair loss in women.
Deficiency of Essential Fatty Acid - Essential fatty acids are good fats that are used by the body to produce hormones and maintain the body's metabolic rate.  When there is a deficiency of EFA it may result in a craving for fatty foods. Some initial signs of deficiency are dandruff, dry hair and dry, scaly skin.  EFA deficiency is also associated with arthritis, eczema, heart disease, diabetes and premenstrual syndrome.

Emotional Eating - Some people under stress or depression eat excessively. There are also people who eat a lot regardless of what emotional state they are in. These people

simply love food, the different sensations in their palate, and the smell of so many tantalizing and aromatic dishes that it is almost impossible for them to control their urges.
Food Sensitivity - After eating a particular food, sometimes reactions to the food do not appear immediately. Several hours later, symptoms like bloating and swelling in the hands, feet, ankles, abdomen, chin and around the eyes, can appear. Much of the weight gained is fluid retention, which occurs due to inflammation and the release of certain hormones. Fermentation of foods in the intestines can result in a swollen belly and gas production.
Hypothyroidism is a common factor found in people who are overweight.  When the thyroid gland produces less hormone there is a reduction in the metabolism of food, which results in loss of appetite and weight gain. Weight gain occurs due to the accumulation of fat and the retention of fluids caused by deposit of protein in the body. Some of the symptoms of hypothyroidism are dry skin, decreased sweating, fatigue, lethargy, swelling of the face, puffy eyes and poor memory,
Kidney, Heart or Liver Disease: Any disease in these organs can cause retention of fluid, resulting in general puffiness all over the body, particularly the eyes and ankles.
Prescription Drugs - intake of oral contraceptives containing estrogen and hormone replacement therapy can result in retention of fluids and increased appetite. Steroids, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), antidepressants and diabetic medications are some drugs that can cause weight gain.
More than 100,000 people die every year due to obesity related complications. Even with a moderate increase in weight (4.5kg to 9kg) increases the risk of death, particularly in the 30-60 age group. People who are obese (those having a body mass index greater than 30) have a higher risk of excess death, from all causes, compared to people whose BMI is below 25.
Obesity is now a major factor for coronary heart disease, leading to heart attack. Some reasons for this higher risk are known, but others are not. It is commonly sees that those who are obese have high blood pressure more than those who are at a healthy weight. Obesity is also associated with higher levels of triglycerides (blood fat) and decreased HDL cholesterol ("good") cholesterol. Even when there are no adverse effects on the known risk factors, obesity by itself increases the risk of heart disease.

The consequences of excess weight are serious for other health issues as too. A weight gain of 5kg to 8kg increases a person's risk of developing type 2 diabetes to twice that

of people who have not gained weight. It has been seen that over 80% of people with diabetes are overweight.
There is an increased risk of cancer lined to obesity.  There is an increased risk for some types of cancer - colon, endometrial, gall bladder, kidney, postmenopausal breast cancer and prostate. Women whose weight increases by more than 9kgs from 18 years to middle age double their risk of breast cancer (postmenopausal), compared to women whose weight remains stable.
Other health issues that arise due to overweight and obesity are sleep apnea (interrupted breathing while sleeping), asthma and arthritis. For every 1 kg increase in weight, the risk of developing arthritis increases by 10% to 13%.
Losing weight will help you get rid of gout and avoid pregnancy complications while increasing your energy levels.
The Ayurvedic approach to achieving your ideal weight is based on taking a realistic look at your body type and what it can be, and then nourishing it back to natural health. It is about getting to know your body and becoming in tune with its rhythms.
In Ayurveda, you will permanently reset your mind-body's ability to regulate itself by calming the nervous system, enhancing your digestive fires, and regulating the storage of energy and fat. Since in Ayurveda, there is no universal approach to solving problems, a weight loss programme is designed for each person after a careful analysis of the condition of the individual.
Ayurveda offers you the option of losing between 3 - 5 kgs in a month - naturally and without any side effects. By the effective application of panchakarma therapies, Ayurveda will  help you reduce weight in the most scientific and natural way without fasting, over exercising or machinery applications.
Weight loss should never be viewed as a punishment, but a lifestyle change.
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Therapy Ayurveda Centres in Bangalore:

HSR Layout – 9538893016, 9538893017

• Indiranagar – 9538893012, 9538893013

• JP Nagar – 9538893018, 9538893019

• Koramangala – 9538893014, 9538893015

• Old Madras Road – 9538893010, 9538893011
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