Being overweight is probably the easiest way to destroy one’s self-esteem, health and well being. What makes it worse is that society has made it such that overweight people are shamed and accused of being greedy, gluttonous, lazy and irresponsible. However, being overweight can actually be a sign of an underlying problem. The most common conditions that can cause weight gain are:
Apart from these common causes, weight gain can also be the result of other less common conditions such as:
- Diabetes Treatment
- Cushing’s Syndrome
Sometimes, you may just be more prone to gaining weight due to your genetics. Patients who are chronically stressed may also experience weight gain as the main stress hormone, known as Cortisol, can result in increased belly fat. Depression can also lead to “comfort eating” which can result in weight gain.
General Remedies (Evidence-Based)
Triphala is an Ayurvedic herbal formula that has been used in various clinical trials for treating disorders such as obesity, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, oral cancer, gingivitis and more (see study). It has a long history of use going back over 5000 years in classical Ayurvedic medicine. Triphala, when taken before meals, helps to prevent the absorption of starches – resulting in reduced blood sugar and less fat storage. In a clinical trial, patients who took Triphala for 12 weeks experienced an average weight loss of 11 pounds (see study).
2. Salacia & Vitamin D
The Salacia herbs (Salacia Oblonga, Salacia Reticulata, etc) are used in Ayurvedic medicine for naturally treating Diabetes and accomplishing rapid weight loss. Vitamin D plays a significant role in metabolic health, immune function and mineral absorption. In a clinical trial, patients given a combination of Salacia Reticulata and Vitamin D for 4 weeks experienced an average weight loss of 11.6 pounds (see study). Keep in mind that Salacia can have adverse effects if used incorrectly – always use it under the proper supervision of an Ayurvedic doctor holding the BAMS degree.
3. Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent fasting is known for its benefits for reducing weight, improving growth hormone levels, inducing cellular detoxification and reducing inflammation and improving insulin sensitivity. In Ayurveda, we use fasting as a means for boosting metabolic function to support weight loss. In clinical trials, intermittent fasting has resulted in significant weight loss (see study) with less muscle loss than standard reduced calorie diets (see study).
4. Ketogenic Diet
Many people associate the word “Ketosis” with diabetic ketosis, however, there is a good side to inducing ketosis via diet. Of course, diabetic patients should only do this under proper medical supervision. The ketogenic diet has become very popular in recent times for the dramatic weight loss results it has produced. The ketogenic diet is basically a diet in which a person eats foods that are primarily made up of fat and a little bit of protein while almost completely omitting carbohydrates. I went into great detail explaining the ketogenic diet in my book “Healing Diabetes Naturally” along with all the specifics about what foods to eat and which carbohydrates are allowed. In a clinical trial, patients following a ketogenic diet experienced significant weight loss along with a reduction in triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, and blood sugar (see study).
(Always use medicinal herbs under the supervision of a doctor)
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by Dr. Nishal R.