Obesity & Weight Management

Excess body weight or body fat that can negatively impact your health is referred to as obesity. This occurs when you consume more calories than you burn. Obesity can lead to an increased risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, certain cancers, liver disease, high cholesterol, and sleep apnea.

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What Are Overweight and Obesity?

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Excess body weight and body fat, also known as obesity, can lead to various health problems such as cancer, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. It occurs when the body stores extra calories as fat. There are several reasons why some people struggle to lose weight, including inherited, physiological, and environmental factors, as well as dietary and physical activity habits.

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According to research, it says indulging in more calories than you burn in daily activity and exercise on a long-term basis can lead to obesity. But it is not always just about calories some of the common specific causes of obesity are, genetic, growing older, insomnia, high stress, pregnancy, metabolic syndrome, polycystic ovary syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, Cushing syndrome, hypothyroidism, and osteoarthritis.


Common symptoms of obesity include:

  • Excess body fat, particularly around the waist
  • Shortness of breath
  • Excess sweating
  • Snoring
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Skin problems from moisture accumulating in the folds
  • Fatigue
  • Pain in back and joints
  • Depression, shame, and social isolation
Managing Obesity with the Help of Ayurveda

Ayurveda is a traditional Indian medical system that accounts for an individual's dosha, lifestyle, and dietary habits. Obesity treatment in Ayurveda is personalized based on an individual's constitution and health condition, and it involves a combination of dietary, lifestyle, and herbal interventions, and Ayurvedic treatments.

To manage obesity, Ayurveda recommends following the below guidelines which include dietary suggestions, lifestyle changes, herbal remedies, and Ayurvedic treatments.

Dietary Suggestions

  • Consume a balanced and nutritious diet that suits your dosha (Vata, Pitta, or Kapha).
  • Prefer warm, easily digestible, and cooked foods, and avoid heavy-to-digest, raw, and cold foods.
  • Add fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes to your diet.
  • Use digestion and metabolism-aiding spices like ginger, cumin, coriander, and turmeric.
  • Limit the intake of sweets, fried foods, and processed foods.

Lifestyle Changes

  • Incorporate regular physical activity into your routine to increase metabolism and burn excess calories.
  • Follow a daily routine that comprises adequate sleep, early waking, and meals at regular intervals.
  • Practice stress-relieving techniques like yoga and meditation to avoid overeating caused by stress.

Herbal Remedies

  • Triphala, a blend of three fruits (Amalaki, bibhitaki, and haritaki), is commonly used to detoxify and promote digestion.
  • Guggul, a resin with anti-obesity and lipid-lowering properties, is believed to be beneficial.
  • Musta (Cyperus rotundus) is said to improve metabolism and digestion.
  • Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa), known for its diuretic properties, may help reduce water retention.

Ayurvedic Treatments (Panchakarma)

  • Detoxification and dosha balancing are the objectives of Panchakarma therapies, such as Virechana (therapeutic purgation) and Basti (enema), supervised by a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner.