Wednesday, October 8, 2014

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... do not believe all you hear and just because it is coming from a person that has some status does not make it true.
Although the statements from this article are used by many people the reason is not to lose weight. As a disclaimer I will say I respect Deepak Chopra and have followed him for close to 10 years. 
I have heard him talk about the Six Tastes of food and its benefits and I couldn't agree more. I seen a post yesterday about 5 Ayurvedic Rules To a Healthier Weight Loss, and it has made me very upset to use suggestions to make people believe that it will help them lose weight.

As a clarification weight loss is nothing more than a simple mathematical equation. Eat less than what your body requires and you will lose weight. Simple, no need for any more or less explanation this is it. Eat less and you will lose weight. With that said...

Let's analyze the article that got me so upset.

Ayurveda by definition is:
  1. the traditional Hindu system of medicine, which is based on the idea of balance in bodily systems and uses diet, herbal treatment, and yogic breathing.

So when I read 5 Ayurvedic Rules To a Healthier Weight Loss, I imagine something that will give me a balance between my body and mind and some form remedy to help. But here is what I found... (I copy/paste from his article)

Rule 1. Eat a light evening meal with easy-to-digest foods.
Avoid or reduce in evening meals: fowl, fish, starches and desserts.
Evening meals should be vegetarian, hot, light and soupy. If you are significantly overweight the foundation of the evening meal should be:
1) Non-cream soups,
2) Complex grains cooked in water (for example brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, and barley)
3) Vegetables steamed, roasted or sautéed with small amounts of extra virgin olive oil. If you must have dessert, I recommend cooked fruit desserts made with only small amounts of organic sugar.

Rule 2. Eat the largest meal of the day at lunch with a wide variety of warm, cooked food.
A good, balanced lunch also helps us feel less hungry in the evening, making it easier to stick to that all-important light evening meal.

Rule 3.”Holy Waters” Drink hot water with Ginger and Lemon, or herbal teas frequently throughout the day
By sipping hot water throughout the day you help cleanse the digestive tract and entire body of blockages and impurities. Hot water drinking improves digestion and assimilation of food and helps prevent the body from becoming toxic and clogged. 

Rule 4. “ Avoid Snacking” Avoid left overs, highly processed, packaged, designer, canned, junk foods
Ayurveda holds that putting food back in the refrigerator after it has been cooked seriously deteriorates the quality of the foods and their digestibility. Even if you heat it up after you take it out of the refrigerator, it has lost its life giving freshness.

Rule 5. Get Moving! Stop Dieting and Start Moving
Exercise is an antidote for almost everything that ails us.

I Feel like laughing when I read this. Every article ever written about weight loss is Ayurvedic as every single article about weight loss will give you the same 5 rules. Mr. Deepak this is nothing new and just because you advised to drink warm water and that we should not eat left over does not make your article Ayurvedic.

People, it is simple, use the mathematical rule and eat less and you will see the weight come off. Is it easy?... Hell no, it is one of the hardest thing you can think of, I was able to quit smoking cold turkey but I can't stop eating, I love food, but only by lowering the calorie amount can I drop the weight. Please use these "Rules" to help you cope with the hunger you will feel and eating a big meal at night will only give you heartburn, if you prone to it, otherwise I know I can't sleep on a empty stomach. Drink water it will help you disguise your hunger, not to mention the CDC advises that dehydration is the number one disease in the world, it will give you better skin. AVOID SNACKING, thank you Deepak we did not know that.

Not to mention the article starts with

If you’re one of these individuals, then chances are you’re desperate for results and have probably tried the latest weight loss trends with disappointing, and often disheartening, results.

You’ve cut calories, gone gluten-free, lowered your carbs, tried to exercise more. Meanwhile, you’ve beaten yourself up emotionally, felt like a failure, wondered why nothing has worked for you, wished for more willpower, and drained your spirits. You may even feel “stuck.”

Weight Loss is a journey, a bumpy, dreadful road, specially for those that enjoy a nice meal (like me), but we have to use common sense and realize that every single diet, workout works and will give you results if you stick to it. If you want to do it, you will succeed, it only depends on you.


Anyway this is my vent. The reason this article upset me so much is that in the title it states that these are rules for a healthier Weight Loss, but not once in this article does he mention the key rule, to lower your calorie intake, but I guess you have to buy the book for that.

Be smart follow what works for you.