If you’re overweight or obese, you may worry about the negative consequences your weight has on your health. Worse, you may start to feel like a burden to other people. But it’s possible to lose weight and keep it off. The trick is to understand how a healthy lifestyle can help with weight loss and maintenance. We’ll cover the basics in this blog post: what happens when you eat too much, what affects exercise has on your body and fat stores, why willpower is not enough for sustainable weight loss, why crash diets might be dangerous for your health…etc.
There are no secret “keys” to losing weight. But by understanding how your body gains and loses weight, you can apply this knowledge to your lifestyle. Then, it will naturally follow that you will lose weight and keep it off over the long run. To understand how your body works in terms of weight loss, you first need to understand a little bit about why your body stores fat in the first place. Once you have a little bit of background information, I’ll tell you how to make use of that knowledge in practical terms.
Why do we store fat? Why don’t we just burn it off?
Your body stores energy from food in the form of fat reserves called adipose tissue (or “fat”). Fat is specifically stored in the abdomen (called the “abdominal depot”), legs, and upper back. A full stomach is a sign that fat reserves have been triggered. Fat serves as a long-term backup for energy, especially for endurance activities (engaging in physical activity that lasts more than an hour).
The body prefers to use fat when it has immediate access to it vs muscle glycogen. The body uses muscle glycogen during activities lasting less than 60 minutes – such as walking or jogging. In this case, the body will use muscle glycogen first, and then when it runs out of muscle glycogen, fat will be used in its place.
When you exercise, this can burn off your fat reserves. But it’s not just as simple as burning off a pound of fat for every pound you run or lift weights.
Your body burns carbs and delivers them to the liver to be broken into glucose. The liver then stores the glucose as glycogen or turns it into fatty acids and then puts them in your fat cells (adipose tissues) for later use.
Fat doesn’t turn right into muscle either. Muscle is made of protein – so any protein that you over-consume goes into the muscle tissue instead of turning immediately into muscle tissue. This is also why too much protein is unhealthy, causing kidney issues and bone deterioration over time.
How does Ayurveda help to Lose Body Fat?
Ayurveda believes in treating the root cause of illness, rather than just suppressing symptoms with pharmaceutical drugs or invasive surgery. By looking at physical symptoms such as weight gain, you can discover underlying emotional causes. For example, when you are unhappy you tend to eat more because your mind/body wants to numb the pain. Where possible, Ayurveda recommends that you work on changing the root cause.
Looking at your diet is an important way to achieve this goal, but this is not always possible with a busy lifestyle. There are Ayurveda herbal teas and herbal powders that can help you cook more nutritious meals while still enjoying your favorite foods. You can also take herbal supplements such as Ashwagandha and Amla, which have been used for centuries to stimulate hormonal balance in the body, which will naturally increase metabolism by regulating fat metabolism in the body.
Additionally, Ayurveda believes that your diet should be predominately made up of foods that are seasonal. Each season has its own energy and this is reflected in the nutritional value as well as the physical properties of food. This would mean eating more fruits that contain high amounts of vitamins and minerals, while vegetables such as broccoli are rich in vitamins and minerals (folic acid) to help to promote a healthy pregnancy.
So, what’s the Conclusion?
You can counteract weight problems such as fat gain and lack of energy by incorporating Ayurvedic principles. There is a lot more information available about Ayurveda on the internet and it is a good idea to start by learning a little about it before purchasing herbal remedies or you can visit us on philogics.com. You will be able to understand the underlying causes behind your weight problems, which will give you the power to change your life for the better.