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Tasty weight loss method

Spring is coming and that means it’s time to finally clean out the junk in your home including those few…

By Anna Fong , in Blogs Health and wellness , on February 5, 2008

Spring is coming and that means it’s time to finally clean out the junk in your home including those few extra pounds.

I was thinking about all the diet programs out there and came across an article about using Ayurveda for weight loss.

Ayurveda originated from India. It uses an intricate system of food and lifestyle to deal with health concerns.

In terms of weight loss and cravings, if we do not satisfy all of our six tastes throughout the day then our bodies will keep sending us messages that we are still hungry.

The six tastes are – sweet, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent.

I think this sounds fairly reasonable yet I know people who have “sweet” or “salty” cravings, so they could use this reasoning as an excuse to indulge in unhealthy snacks.

Yet, the Ayurveda methodology takes this into account and mentions certain foods “should be eaten more sparingly.”

It also promotes a vegetarian lifestyle and mentions how our emotions can play a role in what we like to eat and how much we eat.

This is especially true when you are under stress and have a short deadline to meet, which makes us reach for those ‘comfort foods’ or favourite beverages.

So instead of reaching for that bag of chips, maybe next time a handful of carrots will do the trick… or maybe not but it’s worth trying.

Check out these other blogs on Ayurveda:
Mom’s blog
Ayurveda and Yoga blog