How much can I/should I lose weight with this diet form?
An Ayurvedic diet is very rich in vegetables and uses pulses instead of animal fats, for example. Carbohydrates also fall largely out of the diet, which can lead to a rapid loss of body weight in many overweight people. Since calories play no role in Ayurveda, success depends on the personal implementation of the guidelines.
Also in Ayurveda it is possible to supply more energy than the body needs, which results in an increase. In general, however, a change in lifestyle can lead to a slight weight loss simply by skipping fatty or sweet snacks or calorie-rich drinks. Depending on the starting weight and exercise profile, half a kilo to one kilo per week is realistic.
What are the costs of an Ayurveda diet?
Carrying out the Ayurveda diet at home is very difficult for beginners and hardly fulfils the holistic demands of the approach. In addition to the body, the soul and spirit are integrated into the therapy in order to bring about health and complete well-being. Special clinics offer Ayurveda cures where external treatments such as massages, psychological and spiritual support and food supplements as well as Ayurvedic food are on the individual therapy plan.
Ayurveda cures in Germany and abroad are very expensive, depending on the offer, more than a thousand Euros are due in one week. Even the preparation of the food according to the Ayurveda teachings will cost those who want to lose weight a lot of money, as it involves a multitude of exotic spices and foods. Those who only want to lose weight can save money with sensible alternatives and invest in an equally balanced diet.
Side effect of the Ayurveda diet
Not only the body benefits from an Ayurveda cure – in the holistic approach the balance of mind and soul is also an important aspect of the Ayurveda method. Therefore the method is not a simple diet. Exercise and stress management are also part of a healthy lifestyle according to Indian teachings.
This is certainly a positive aspect. However, it is difficult to implement it in everyday life, while spa stays are very expensive. Overall, the diet must be balanced to prevent nutrient deficiencies.
Especially the low proportion of proteins can lead to a considerable loss of muscle mass even in non-athletes, and attention must also be paid to the intake of essential fats. Signs of nutrient deficiencies should be detected early and, if necessary, compensated for by dietary supplements. These include concentration difficulties, reduced performance, paleness, brittle nails and hair and hormonal complaints such as irregular periods.
Criticism of the Ayurveda diet
To follow Ayurvedic nutrition and at the same time to keep an eye on the holistic approach for body, soul and spirit is hardly possible for beginners from home. The recipes are unusual and contain partly exotic ingredients, also the preparation requires a lot of skill and experience. Thus the Ayurveda diet can hardly be integrated into everyday life and should best be carried out in cures or special clinics. Many applied methods and foods, such as the sweating out of waste products or the butterfat ghee, could not convince in scientific studies.