According to Statistics of India 20 % of men and 35% of women are obese using BMI >30 ( Body Mass Index) as the cut-off point but increased to 54% in men and 66% in women when BMI >25 was used. This is of great concern because excess weight can have devastating consequences for our health. Not only do we feel the psychological effects of additional weight, but it puts us at higher incidence of diabetes, heart disease, cancer (prostate, colon, and breast), and arthritis.
Toxins that are not excreted from the body are typically stored in fat cells in order to protect vital tissues from exposure. Fat cells engorged with toxins then release more inflammatory proteins into our body than normal fat cells do. So the more overweight you are, the more inflammation your body produces. This leads to aches, pains, and degenerative joint disorders. As well, inflammation in the blood vessels causes increased cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart attacks or strokes, and even cancer. One may not feel the consequences of inflammation in the body until its long term damage causes a full-fledged disease.
Obesity is directly related to chronic stress and depression and one tends to eat more at such times. Only adopting a positive attitude, self-discipline, motivation and good exercise can help actual weight.
Natural weight loss:
There is no miracle cure for obesity, and most reputable weight loss solutions emphasize that diet, exercise and behavioural changes are more important than weight loss medications. Weight loss is a natural process. One must target losing weight naturally and must not adopt a crash diet. Whether you choose natural weight loss or herbal weight loss, you will be required to adhere to a strict, healthy diet and exercise in conjunction with the remedy or herb that may have been prescribed.
Weight loss can be sustainable only if it is accompanied by low calorie food intake and increased physical activity. One must also learn to resist hunger with help of essential supplements of micro-nutrients. A person can lose only half a kg per week. For this, one needs to cut down about 500 calories a day.
The barriers to healthy weight loss include low thyroid function, diabetes or insulin resistance, malnutrition caused by a poor diet, high cortisol levels and stress, sleep disorders, and hormonal imbalances.
Keep weight in check
* Drink lots of water
* Watch the portion size of meal
* Eat 4-5 small meals a day
* Eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day
* Control emotional eating
* Opt for wholesome food and avoid refined /packaged food
* Maintain a food journal
* Plan your diet and carry fruits, nuts and healthy snacks to office.
Homoeopathic Remedies for Weight Loss
Homoeopathic remedies are prescribed according to a person’s physical, as well as emotional, symptoms. There are many remedies that can be used in cases where a person is overweight. Here are just a few commonly prescribed ones. Keep in mind that remedies are suited to each person’s unique nature. If you have a serious health concern or are not sure which remedy suits you, seek the help of a professional homoeopath for guidance.
Basically homoeopathy attempts to correct digestive disorders, improve metabolism and help in easy elimination – the three main prerequisites for reducing weight. The medicines are prescribed after studying the pattern of symptoms as they appear in the patient. A homoeopath questions the patient extensively before prescribing the remedy for the individual.
Homoeopathic herbs for obesity are tailored to the patient. For example, if an obese individual has a craving for sweets, the remedy is Argentum nitricum. But if an obese patient has difficulty in controlling appetite, eats to calm down nerves, suffers from indigestion and craves hot foods and eggs, the remedy is Calcarea carbonica. Ignatia is prescribed for people who show symptoms of anxiety and fear. Capsicum is suggested when obesity is accompanied by laziness. Nux Vomica is prescribed for a person who indulges in overeating and drinking and prefers rich fatty foods.
Similarly Calcarea Arsenicica 12x Supports kidneys during weight loss, Aceticum Acidum 10X & Natrum sulp 14 x for Liquid retention, weakness, anemia, Baryta Iodata 12X – Slow lymphatic drainage, Anacardium Orientale 14X in Anxiety for eating, Graphites 14X for poor Constipation, Thyroid 6x Balance thyroid and metabolism.