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Weight loss: All you need to know

Having a good physique is a dream which everyone possesses. A well-built physique is associated with a healthy body. A body which functions normally and has a good metabolism rate is unlikely to gain excess weight or shed unnecessary weight. However, unfortunately, many people suffer from unexplained weight loss which can be associated with an underlying medical cause. Thus, it is important to find out the cause of sudden weight loss to treat the problem.

Causes for weight loss

Although it may seem simple, sudden weight loss may be associated with severe causes some of which are discussed below:

  • Anorexia: It is a psychological disorder where people get upset about their weight and may stop taking a balanced diet. In addition to that, they may increase their gym visits as a result of which, they start losing weight abnormally. This disorder is mostly seen in people belonging to the entertainment business, who are constantly scanned for looking good and maintaining their weight. Lack of intake of adequate food for a prolonged period of time may affect the normal functions of their body, and they become seriously ill at some point in their lives.
  • Gastro-enteric diseases: Intestinal microbes which are harmful to the body may invade the body, and cause symptoms such as diarrhea, loss of appetite, nausea, etc. This disease occurs mostly through contaminated food and water. Unhygienic lifestyles and not maintaining personal hygiene may also result in this disease. People with prolonged gastro-enteric diseases may even throw up often and thus lose weight in most cases.
  • Diabetes: The inability of the body to produce enough insulin due to which the blood sugar increases is referred to as diabetes. One of the prime symptoms of diabetes is weight loss. Controlling blood sugar through medicines can prevent weight loss due to diabetes.
  • Malnutrition: Not taking a balanced diet or under-eating is also a cause of weight loss. The number of calories we need per day depends on our age, height, weight, lifestyle, etc. If we do not get the required calorie through food, we will lose weight rapidly.

How to prevent weight loss?

  • Eat right, rest properly: Having a diet which contains a combination of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water can help you stay healthy and thus, prevent weight loss. Apart from that, having a good sleep of 8 hours every day is essential.
  • Go for medical investigation: Sudden weight loss should never be neglected as this can be the symptom of a deadly disease, even cancer. Visiting a doctor at the earliest, going for diagnostic tests as prescribed by the doctor can help detect the actual cause of weight loss at the early stage and help to overcome it.

Ayurvedic Therapy for Weight Loss

Panchakarma is an effective field of ayurvedic treatment which helps in detoxifying the whole body to achieve complete physical and mental health. Eating disorder leading to Anorexia is caused due to an imbalance of five essential body elements and due to three main doshas mainly Kapha, Pitta, and Vata.

The five main karmas of panchakarma are

  • Vamana (emetic therapy),
  • Virechana (purgative therapy)
  • Vasti (enema),
  • Nasya (inhalation therapy)
  • Rakta Mokshana (bloodletting)

Different methods in panchakarma for curing weight loss are,

  • Swedana (Herbal steam therapy)
  • Shirodhara (gently streaming herbal liquids on the head for reducing anxiety)
  • Abhyanga (Hot oil massage for body rejuvenation)
  • Yoga like pawanmuktasana and bhramari pranayam is very beneficial.

Home Remedies for unexplained Weight loss

  • Ashwagandha or Indian Ginseng : Helps increasing appetite, de-stressing, body rejuvenation, and ultimate weight gain.
  • Guggul: This helps to lower cholesterol and stimulates metabolism of the body.
  • Black Pepper: It is an effective stimulant of digestion.
  • Nagarmotha or nut grass: It has carminative, anthelminthic, anti-dysenteric, diuretic, and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • An incoctation called 'pippali arishta' consisting of black pepper, nagarmostha, and small cardamom helps increasing digestive fire.
  • Vacha or Acorus calamus : Helps to cure psychological problems of anorexia by stimulating the brain to eat more.
  • For curing amenorrhea (loss of menstruation) due to anorexia one can keep a suppository made of iksvaku (seeds), danti, pippali, jiggery, madana, yeast, madhuyasti and snuhi latex; in the vagina to stimulate menses.

Panchakarma and osteoporosis

Majja is the 6th dhattu of the body; its main function is oleation and strengthening of the body. Ayurveda says that imbalance in Vata leads to Asthi-NMajjakshaya (osteoporosis). Hence eating certain foods ad Virana (lifestyle habits) can cause the body to regain its inherent Vata balance. Porous bones are referred to as asthisaushirya in ayurveda. Basti therapy, which is considered to be mother of all treatments in panchakarma, is one of the major ways for the prevention and cure of osteoporosis. In Majja Basti, a decoction of 60 ml of buffalo bone marrow mixed with Asthi Shrinkhala pulp powder is administered to the patient for 16 days through the rectum. This basti dravya absorbs all the doshas from the sole of the feet to the head. During this period, a person is asked to abstain from bitter and pungent foods along with madak dravya (cigarette and alcohol mainly, along with meat and caffeinated beverages). Asthi Shrinkhala is known to have analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties; hence this kriya helps to reduce the pain and swelling of joints to a great extent. Administration of MajjaBasti significantly reduces osteoporosis and the presence of Asthi Shrinkhala in the decoction prevents further bone degeneration. Researchers have found that Asthi Shrinkhala is rich in ketosterone that promotes good bone health and easy healing of fractures. It also inhibits the formation of free radical in the body and enhances the peroxide levels. Increased mobilization of fibroblasts and chondroblasts promote bone regeneration at a faster rate. Thus, Majja Basti with Asthi Shrinkhala, when supplemented with the extracts of Cissus quandrangularis extract in diet, promotes bone health and prevent osteoporosis.

frequently asked questions

There are a number of exercises which could help you in losing weight. The most common exercise is running. You can also do push-ups, chin-ups, planks, lunges, squats, and last but not least rope jumping.

You must choose your diet carefully for weight loss. You should consume protein enriched diet during the day including egg whites, chicken breast, chickpeas, fish, and beans. You should also use a considerable amount of green tea to reduce weight.

If your face has a considerable amount of fat then yes, your looks may change. However, weight loss does not change the structure of your face. With the lean body, your face and looks could change.

Yes, losing weight will reduce belly fat in case you are doing exercises to reduce the belly fat. Your diet also helps in losing belly fat, but exercise plays the primary role in reducing belly fat.

Yes, weight loss is an everyday process, and you should commit to the daily diet and exercise routine to get better results. Committing to your goals is the most important part of the weight loss process.

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