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PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS

By | April 29th, 2015 | LEAVE A COMMENT

Background

Professional success is something we are all concerned about all the time. The problems is we do not what is professional success. Is it getting promotions or rising up the ladder? Is it making more money or getting a fancy car? Is it having many properties or is it being known in the industry? There are many aspects to professional success and it is not essential that all of these have to be present. Success is anyway subjective, situational and contextual. We all have our own parameters of success. However, there could be some parameters to success.

Parameters of Success

  • Doing much better than you were in terms of stability and money.
  • Doing better than your peers. However, this is very subjective and fickle.
  • Doing better than your parents or grand parents in terms of income or lifestyle.
  • Earning lots of money.
  • Getting fame and recognition.
  • Being content with your chosen field.
  • Using the workplace as a source of money so that you can lead a balanced life.
  • Being able to manage a family.
  • Social recognition and stability.

There could be many more parameters to determine whether you are successful at work or not. However, the above gives an indication that professional success is not as objective as you think it is. Everyone has their own standards. If you do not have, then it is important to understand your own parameters. Not look at or ape others or follow the ‘done thing’. Also, you will find that these criteria will keep changing throughout life. We are not consistent in what we want. However, whichever criteria we adopt, we are always looking for ways to reach our goals.

Tools for Success

There are so many programs and tools being offered these days. These are in the forms of books, videos, corporate programs, motivational speakers, business coaches and so on. Some claim to have their own methods. Some propagate, adopt or modify aspects from different cultures and religions and convert them into programs. Therefore, we have programs based on Buddhism, Karma Yoga, Arthashastra, Gita, Bible and so on. It just shows how anxious we are to get what we want.

We feel that doing these courses and reading self help books will automatically make us successful. What we forget is that we need to make a lot of changes within us which is difficult. Some of the changes required for professional success are:

  • Change in lifestyle. Follow routines and discipline.
  • Learn to achieve moderation. Over-work does not help.
  • Learn to eat healthy and in moderation.
  • Learn to rest well.
  • Have some hobby or recreation.
  • We have to remain fit and disease free if we have to be successful.
  • We need to learn to manage stress and also manage our emotions.
  • We need to change our interpersonal aspects and interactions.
  • Improve our focus and channelize energy in the right direction.
  • Try to work with full attention and awareness.

All of this is a tall order and it may or may not be possible to manage these simultaneously. However, there are a set of practices which can be followed daily which make you more focused and relaxed and help reprogram your brain effortlessly. You just need to follow this routine. It is available on wellzee as part of our stress management section. Take your online success program today and improve upon your success.

WEIGHT LOSS DIET PLAN

By | April 27th, 2015 | LEAVE A COMMENT

Background to ‘Fatness’

One of the biggest challenges these days is to manage your weight. Even young active people are now putting on weight much faster than before. Kids are definitely overweight and becoming fat. We now even have cases of children being born clinically obese. More than one third of the World’s population on an average is overweight. There are some regions in India and abroad where the percentage of fat people is touching closer to forty percent. Very soon, half of the world will be fat.

Problems with being Overweight

There are problems associated with being overweight. Some of them impact us as individuals, some as members of society and environmental concerns as well. Let us look at some of these challenges:

  • Being overweight greatly increases the probability of getting diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiac problems, ulcers, digestive disorders, gout, thyroid, breathing problems and many other problems.
  • There is a greater proportion of stress, physical, physiological as well as mental.
  • You consume more food than you need. One third or more of the world is consuming at least fifty percent more food than they need. This proportion of overeating and over nutrition will soon cross fifty percent of the world’s population. The drain on agriculture and the environment is massive just because we eat even a little more than we need. If we eat what we genuinely need, the world’s food and water problems can be solved without any effort.
  • The heat production and metabolism of overweight persons is modified. This leads to personal health problems and lowered immunity

Why Do We Become Overweight?

There are many reasons of putting on weight. In most cases, it is a combination of reasons why we become fat. We also do not realize and become aware that we are becoming fat. Soon, it is too late and we give up the efforts to remain fit. Some of the reasons are:

  • Wrong lifestyles; working erratic timings, sleeping late, not sleeping well and so on.
  • No physical activity. We are all getting physically inactive. There is no requirement these days to do any kind of physical work. Even the washing and cleaning is done by machines. Hard work is done sitting on a chair for many hours. Entertainment means being in front of a computer or television. Traveling is taking a cab or driving or taking an air-conditioned metro.
  • Erratic eating patterns. We eat when we feel like without any routine or discipline.
  • Wrong eating. We eat junk food most of the time. Even all the things we think are healthy may or may not be healthy. Even healthy foods can put on a lot of weight. Then they cease to be unhealthy.
  • We tend to eat much more than required most of the time. Portions are getting larger in our own meals even at home.
  • Eating packaged, processed, stored and pre-made food.
  • A large focus on flour, breads, bakes, pastries and sweets and fried foods.

Are We Overweight?

This brings us to an important question; how do we know we are over weight or fat? There are a large number of people who are fat and ignore it and say they are fine. There is also another set of people who are actually fine but keep agonizing. So what is the correct way to find out of we are fat or putting on weight? There are a few things to check:

  • have we visibly put on more weight over the weeks, months or years? If yes, then we are getting fat and need to take care. If we are at the same level, then we are fine.
  • There are indicators like fat percentage and waist to hip ratio to tell you if you are fat. These are ranges and we should not be too much beyond these ranges. Also we should not have an adverse trend. Example, if the normal fat percentage range for ladies is a maximum of 25%, we should be fine with two or three percent more. Also, there should not be an increasing trend. If you were at 22% before and now at 25% then you need to start paying attention. Waist to hip ratio is another indicator. Do not look at BMI or lean body mass. It will just confuse you. Fat percentage and waist to hip ratios are the key.
  • Do we fit in to our clothes? This is one of the simplest ways to find out if we have become fat (unless we already were fat).
  • Do people look at us and tell us we have put on weight? If more than one person says so, especially a well wisher or family member, then we should consider it.
  • Are we eating more than before and do we get cravings? If so, it is a sign to ‘fatness’.

Weight Loss Diet Plan

Once you have determined that you are overweight or fat or maybe on your way to becoming fat, then you quickly need to get onto a balanced diet plan. You can construct your own plan or take one of our balanced online diet plans to achieve balanced and gradual weight loss. There are some guidelines you can follow on your own to start eating for weight loss:

  • Always eat a little less than you ‘feel’ like eating.
  • Eat only enough so that you automatically feel hungry in three hours or so.
  • Stop having water during and forty five minutes after meals.
  • Reduce solids in your meals and have more of liquids like soup, dal, sambar, rasam, buttermilk, lassi, milk. However, do not have a meal which is only liquids. Twenty five percent to fifty percent of your meals have to be the mentioned liquids.
  • Avoid tea, coffee, soft drinks, fruit juices and alcohol.
  • Strictly do not have a meal after eight p.m. If you are hungry then have warm milk or a seasonal fruit.
  • If you feel hungry between your four meals, have lime juice, smoothies, seasonal fruits or some salad. Avoid snacking and eating more than four times a day.
  • Start and end your day sipping a glass of warm water.
  • Completely avoid junk food (including health food pizzas), fried food, stale, pre-packaged food, processed and canned foods, sweets, pastries and foods which are high on salt and preservatives and those which contain chemicals of any sort.
  • Focus more on lightly cooked vegetarian food.
  • Walk four times a day for fifteen minutes, preferably before your four meals; breakfast, lunch, snack, supper.

To know what to eat and how many times without sacrificing nutritional value, opt for our balanced diet plans or take a diet consultation from wellzee.

YOGA TO CURE DIABETES

By | April 25th, 2015 | LEAVE A COMMENT

 

Background

Yoga has been found to have a therapeutic effect on Diabetes and other cardio-metabolic conditions. Most researches have been done in India and a few abroad. There have been some practice related findings which are important to note before we dwell into the benefits of Yoga for the mentioned conditions.

There are certain conditions to be met for Yoga to be very effective as therapy and to reduce or eliminate dependence on drugs and insulin. If these are met, then the results are dramatic. If these conditions are not followed then there is marginal.

Important Conditions

  • Practice of 45 minutes per day for at least 5 days a week for 45 days and above is essential. The benefits start becoming long lasting after regular practice of 6 months and more. Regularity and sincerity is the key.
  • Dietary habits play an important role. One cannot have incorrect diet and lifestyle patterns and expect to benefit much.
  • Many patients or participants want a social context to the practice. If they are practicing in a group and allowed to interact, they become more regular. Regularity also improves through interaction and engagement by the Institute and teachers. Once the habit is created, individuals can then practice on their own.
  • The premises where you practice should be quiet and more attuned to Yoga practice.

Impact of Yoga on Diabetes

There are multiple scientific studies done and many sources available which have documented the beneficial effects of Yoga. There are also specific scientific studies done which separately show the impact of asanas and pranayama as well. The benefits are summarized as below:

  • Visible drop in fasting and post prandial sugar levels withing just 10-15 days of regular Yoga practice.
  • Consistent long term drop in sugar levels for those who practice for over a year. Drop in fasting and post prandial sugar levels range from20% to as high as 50%.
  • Significant fall in glycosylated hemoglobin and also a significant fall in dosage of drugs.
  • Reduction in fasting insulin levels and normalization of I/G ratio suggesting better peripheral utilization of insulin.
  • At the end of four weeks of regular practice, there was a significant increase in insulin receptors, indicating better insulin sensitivity and lower insulin resistance.
  • Regular practice in many cases has been found to increase insulin production by stimulating the pancreas.
  • Reduced incidence of both, Hyperglycemia and Hypoglycemia.
  • Lower incidences of ketoacidosis.
  • Lung function improves significantly even compared to exercising.
  • Improvement in cell mediated immunity.
  • One of the major problems from long term diabetes is nerve damage due to constant high sugar levels in the body. A study conducted at GTB Hospital in Delhi has clearly shown improvement in nerve impulse and nerve function for diabetics practicing Yoga vis-a-vis a deterioration for those who did not practice.
  • Significantly better blood sugar control and pulmonary response has also been observed in cases of Type A diabetes and IDDM.

Other Benefits to Individuals

  • Reduced BMI, reduced weight to hip ratio and increase in lean body mass.
  • Improvement in lipid profile through lowering of LDL, increase in HDL and total lowering of cholesterol and triglycerides.
  • Significant drop in co-morbid conditions, especially hypertension.

Impact of Yoga on Diabetes Prevention

1) There is a reduction in free fatty acid which reduces lipotoxicity.

2) Significant improvement in beta cell functions and insulin kinetics.

3) Prevents beta cell exhaustion and beta-cell secretory defect.

4) All of the above help prevent Type – II Diabetes.

Conclusion

Yoga definitely helps in controlling and reducing diabetes. In border-line cases, it also can make an individual drug free over a period of time. It is useful in both types of diabetes across all age groups and also helps in reducing or managing co-morbid conditions. It is extremely useful in pre-diabetics and in prevention of Type 2 or Diabetes Mellitus.

The benefits start showing up from between 40 to 90 days of regular practice and long range benefits if practiced for over a year. However, the benefits seem to slow down, if the individual stops practice and reverts to the previous lifestyle.

Take our online yoga for diabetes plan and to improve, cure or prevent diabetes and enjoy all the sweet things in life.

Sources (Reports and online sources) B.K. Sahay, M.V. Bhole, K.N. Udupa, Journal of Association of Physicians of India, NCHPAD, Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital, Delhi, The Yoga Institute, Mumbai, S. Vyasa Institute, Clinical researches of Bihar School of Yoga, Other online resources and reports. 

HOW MUCH TO EAT

By | April 22nd, 2015 | LEAVE A COMMENT

 

Background

Since there is a lot of information available these days on diet and nutrition, it becomes difficult to understand what is relevant or correct. There are pieces of information which are relevant in context to a situation, problem, race or place. However, we tend to generalize it push the same ‘facts’ for everyone in the nutrition field.

RDA and Calories

There are two such categories which are widely misunderstood and misinterpreted. These are calories and RDA or what are known as recommended dietary allowances. Let us look at calories first.

Calories

Calories are nothing but the energy generated by eating and digesting food. This is in the form of heat. When we eat more than the body’s requirements, the excess is stored as fat. Therefore, calories came in vogue and everyone is obsessed with calories. This is completely incorrect.

Each body is completely different so we cannot by go by averages or ranges. Calorie requirements change even for an individual based on activity levels, lifestyles, weather, location, age, stress, illnesses and metabolism changes. So we cannot say that someone needs to have a certain number of calories. It has been found that people having much lower calories are equally or more healthy than those having recommended calories.

The biggest culprit these days for unhealthy eating is the focus on calories. We get stressed about the calories we eat. Eating food in this fashion has no meaning. You may start to look thin but you will still get diseases at a later stage. We will see how to tackle this problem.

Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA)

These are standards which are published as to how much of which nutrient to have in a day. Again the problem is the same. Each individual is completely unique. These (RDA) came into being for areas which were constantly in drought, wars, famines or very poverty stricken.

For example, there is a certain protein intake recommended. However, protein requirement varies wildly from one individual to another and also based on age, race, physical activity, etc. There are individuals who are more healthy and fit taking half the recommended protein. There are also people who take the recommended intake and are fat and unhealthy or have diseases.

Similarly there are RDAs for vitamins and other nutrients. These are no longer good even as guidelines. It only makes us very stressed. Instead of enjoying food, we agonize about it. Food eaten in stress or agony leads to incomplete digestion and absorption.

How Much To Eat

If we are saying that calories and RDAs have no meaning then how do we know how much and what to eat? Food is a part of life. It is not a separate activity from your personality, body and life. Laboratory measurements can never work so long as life is involved. There are some well evolved guidelines and rules for eating as per Yoga and Ayurveda. If we follow these, we will always remain healthy and not become fat. If we are, we will start to lose weight.

  • Do not eat till you are full. Always eat only so much so that you start feeling hungry after three to four hours.
  • At any meal, only fifty percent of your food should be solid. Twenty five percent should be a liquid like soup, milk, dal, kadhi or buttermilk. Twenty five percent should remain empty. Over a period of time, we will automatically know how much to eat.
  • If your physical activity levels drop or likely to drop for a longer period of time, immediately cut down on food. Initially you will feel hungry as per your previous requirements, but the body no longer needs it.
  • When you increase your physical activity, increase your food but gradually. Even then, have more of liquids, fruits and salads.
  • When the climate becomes or hot or you are visiting a much warmer place, consciously reduce food intake and substitute with liquids.
  • When eating out or ordering junk food, eat silently and very slowly. This will ensure you feel full very fast and cannot eat more of unhealthy food.
  • Do not get carried away at buffets, social events and get togethers. Fill up a small plate only once and avoid snacks. If you have starters or snacks then do not have the main course or meal.
  • Eat only so much that satisfies your hunger. Do not force yourself to eat. If on a certain day, you are eating much less than your normal quantity, do not force to eat the same quantity. It is fine to eat lesser than your normal appetite, at times.

Just follow these guidelines and listen to your body, not your tongue or mind. To learn how to follow a balanced diet plan and complete all your nutritional requirements with less quantity, take an online diet plan from wellzee.

WHEN TO EAT FOR FITNESS

By | April 15th, 2015 | LEAVE A COMMENT

Background

There are so many blogs, specialists and nutritionists who keep telling us what to eat and what not to eat. There are good foods and bad foods and there are superfoods. There are also diets for weight loss, fitness diets and sports nutrition. On the other hand there are plans being prepared for diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure. The fact remains that listening to your own body’s need is more important than all of this. If we are aligned to ourselves, we will know what suits us.

Important Aspect Of Eating

The more important aspect is however, lesser known; when to eat. We generally eat two to three times a days. Some dietitians and doctors say that six or seven times a day. There is no logic to any of these. The best timings and frequencies to eat are well researched in Yoga and Ayurveda and are best suited for the body. By following this, you can make a big impact on weight loss and improve health.

When To Eat

There are some broad guidelines of when to eat.

  • Eat four times a day. Eat only enough to make you feel hungry in three to four hours. This is because it takes two to three hours for the food to get digested and absorbed. If you eat light, the energy generated from the previous meal would be consumed by the body.
  • When you eat four times a day, the body does not go into ‘starvation’ mode at any time. If there is a long gap, the body will try and store more fat and glucose at the next meal anticipating a long gap. If this happens frequently, you put on weight and increase blood sugar.
  • Eat in the morning within a short while of waking up. This is because the body has not got anything to eat for seven to eight hours when you were sleeping. So you have to provide energy in the morning. This is the reason why breakfast is considered important.
  • Eat breakfast before nine a.m. Seven to Eight a.m. Is the ideal time.
  • Have lunch at around twelve to one p.m.
  • Have a healthy snack at around three to four p.m. This is the time when the body
  • Have light supper or dinner at around seven to eight p.m. This is because there has to be a gap of at least two to three hours between your last meal and before you go to bed. If you eat and sleep quickly, digestion remains incomplete causing weight gain. If you stay awake till late, even then digestion is impacted.
  • If you at times eat heavy at a particular meal then do not force yourself to eat again unless you are hungry. However, do not make this a habit as you may either put on weight or become prone to high blood sugar.
  • If between these meals, you feel hungry, you can have some fruit, lime juice, smoothie, milk or buttermilk. You can also have milk or a fruit before you go to bed if you feel very hungry.
  • Another important tip is to eat when you feel naturally hungry and not before that.
  • Also make sure that you do not eat much later than when you are hungry. You may land up starving and then suddenly eating more. If you are at a meeting, excuse yourself and have some biscuits or take a short snack break. Work is never ending, your body is not.
  • Sometimes we avoid eating when we are outside because we think the food is not healthy. It is better to something light and apparently unhealthy than go hungry. So have biscuits, fruits, idli, roll or a sandwich. Even a vada pav is fine once in a while.

Summary

Follow these guidelines on when to eat in order to remain healthy. This will also help you to manage or lose your weight through the Yoga way of eating. Once you are aligned to this, then you can focus on other aspects of eating or exercise. If you want some assistance in figuring out a balanced diet plan, do get one from wellzee and take an online yoga program for weight loss.

HOW TO EAT FOR WEIGHT LOSS & HEALTH

By | April 8th, 2015 | LEAVE A COMMENT

 

There is a fair amount of focus on what to eat. People are trying to calories and fats and carbohydrates. There are a lot of different types of weight loss plans and many experts giving tips on how to lose weight. Even though all of this is important, food or diet has to be viewed in a holistic way. There is more to eating than just calories or different kind of food.

Four Aspects Of Eating

There are in total four aspects of eating. We should understand each one of them and only then can we plan and eat better. These four aspects are quite simple but we have to keep reminding ourselves about them and not forget any of them.

What To Eat

When To Eat

How Much To Eat

How To Eat

When we look at eating, we all tend to focus on what to eat. In fact most of the diet advice, diet consultation and diet plans talk mainly about what to eat. There are calories and fats, carbohydrates and antioxidants. We get so focused on these that we forget the basics. Let us look at one of the most important aspects of eating which we tend to ignore.

How To Eat.

How to eat is something that may sound funny but it has a great bearing on our health and also on our weight. There are some guidelines or tips which go a long way in ensuring health:

  1. When you sit to eat, make sure you are focused only on eating. It is as important an activity as work. Do not eat while watching television, working or driving. Make sure your smart phone, tablet or other devices are not around you.
  2. When you eat, make sure that you take smaller bites and chew every morsel properly. Most of the digestion happens in the mouth. When we do not chew properly, food which is partly ground, goes in the stomach. This impacts digestion and absorption leading to higher fat retention and lower nutrient absorption. The tip here is to ensure that a major meal like breakfast, lunch or dinner takes at least fifteen minutes to finish.
  3. Eat in silence. We all seem to think that dinner time is family time so we gather around and chat over dinner. This is incorrect. Even if you sit together at the dining table, eat quietly. After you finish and clear up, you can chat.
  4. Before you start every meal, your mind has to be calm and focused on the activity of eating and digestion. We have to leave behind our worry and stress. To do this, before you eat, sit quietly for three to five minutes with your eyes shut and relax. Then start eating.
  5. Your seating position is very important. Ideally sit crossed leg on the floor. If you cannot sit on the floor in a cross legged position, then sit on a sofa or chair with your legs up and folded. There are lots of digestion related benefits of eating in this posture.
  6. After you eat do not immediately stand up and start working or rush somewhere. Wait for a few minutes. Then take a leisurely stroll for around five minutes and then get back to your activities.
  7. Do not have water, soft drinks, sodas, tea or coffee during your meals or after your meals for around forty five minutes. It is counterproductive for digestion which remains incomplete and again leads to weight gain and digestive problems.
  8. If you are at home, then after your small stroll, lie down on your left side making a pillow of your hands; for around fifteen minutes. This will not only help you relax well (especially in the afternoons) but also ensure healthy digestion and absorption.
  9. After your supper or dinner, do not immediately go to sleep. Ideally there should be a gap of at least two hours (three hours is ideal) between your last meal and sleep time. This again will ensure that digestion remains healthy and not sluggish.

Follow these guidelines religiously and you will find that your digestion and health will start improving just in a few weeks, even though you have not made too much of a change in your diet. If you want help on what to eat as a guideline, then opt for a balanced diet plan from wellzee.  

WHAT IS TRUE YOGA

By | April 6th, 2015 | LEAVE A COMMENT

Meaning of Yoga

There are lot of misconceptions about Yoga. It is primarily thought to be physical practices or some alternate therapy. It is neither of these. Yoga is a highly evolved spiritual science or philosophy which is part of the vedic religions and systems. It is a practical road to attaining perfect knowledge in this life itself. Perfect stillness and complete concentration of the mind without any thoughts is one of the key meanings of Yoga.

Yoga has been put forth by Rishis who experienced true reality and put it forward without any motivation of any kind. The mind and the bodies of these Rishis were their personal laboratories where they experimented and perfected themselves. Therefore, it is has been found to be so very useful on all fronts.

From the above explanations, it is obvious that Yoga is not physical postures or some kriyas or even pranayama. In fact all of these add up to maybe less than ten percent of the total body of Yoga. There are so many aspects of Yoga that it is not possible to put them in the form of an article. However, some of the broad aspects are given below:

Personal Conduct

Yoga is not possible without personal conduct and managing the self. In fact no amount of physical practices can bring about a change unless personal conduct is put in order. These are in the form of the five yamas and five niyamas. The five yamas are non-violence, truthfulness, non-stealing, control on the senses and non-accumulation (or non-greed). The five niyamas are physical and mental hygiene and cleanliness, contentment, perseverance, constant learning and self improvement, not worrying about results and surrendering to a higher reality.

The Four Pillars Of Yoga

There are four pillars of Yoga which are essential for any meaningful improvement or progress, whether physical, mental or spiritual. These are correct food (what to eat, how to eat, how much, to eat, when to eat), rest and recreation, routines and discipline and lastly, thought processes. There are very specific inputs, methods, practices and activities for each of these. We only need to follow them.

Mind Management

The root cause of all problems is the mind and the personality complex. Managing this and reducing the activities of the mind are the main focus area. This entire approach is sometimes presented as Yoga psychology. Various researchers and psychiatrists across the World are adopting this as it is complete in its approach. Of course, many a times, the sources are not given and the concepts are plagiarized and presented as their own. However, this is not a separate discipline at all. The human is an integral entity and mind and body cannot be separated. Therefore, Yoga is completely holistic in its approach.

Worldly and Human Interactions

Since we are all born in this world and have to function here, there is a very strong emphasis in Yoga on how to interact with the world and with others. The idea is to operate in an optimal fashion and in the correct way. There are many practical paths and processes available in Yoga to lead a fruitful life with enriching interpersonal interactions.

Different Paths For Different People

Yoga fully recognizes and accepts the fact that every individual is completely different in all respects. There is no individual who can ever have any aspect which is the same as any other human whether past, present or future. Due to this, there are different approaches to Yoga which are applicable not only for different individuals but also which fit in different situations.

Physical Aspects Of Yoga

The physical aspects of Yoga we see today are only one really tiny part of Yoga philosophy. But this is extremely important as we are all getting sedentary. So practicing asanas has many benefits on the physical and physiological fronts. What very few people know is that asanas help to train and calm the mind. Over a period of time, the mind becomes relaxed and controlled. However, most of us do not know this nor do we pay attention to the mind when we practice asanas. But this is an integral part of Yoga.

To summarize, there are a lot of things to do if we are talking about Yoga. However, the easiest place to start is with asanas. It is therefore important to find out yoga programs which are keeping with the spirit of true Yoga. You can make a beginning with online yoga classes from wellzee.

 

WEIGHT LOSS IN NINETY DAYS

By | April 4th, 2015 | LEAVE A COMMENT

Background To Weight Gain

More than one third of all individuals are classified as overweight in many countries. These numbers are increasing by the day. In fact it has reached a stage, that even babies are now born clinically over weight. The other interesting feature of this phenomenon is that increases with an increase in individual incomes and also with an increase in the GDP of a nation. This means that the more prosperous you are, the more fat you become and also unhealthy. Therefore, health care costs are spiraling across the world.

Causes For Weight Gain

Individuals become fat due to a variety of reasons:

  • Incorrect lifestyles
  • Lack of adequate or proper sleep
  • Sleeping late and getting up late
  • Wrong eating habits
  • Stress
  • Lack of physical activities
  • Fear of going outdoors
  • Getting used to a lot of comfort
  • Over nutrition due to rising incomes
  • Excess protein intake
  • Use of plastics
  • Increasing use of beverages like colas, alcohol, coffee and tea
  • Pollution in food, water and air
  • Noise pollution; etc.

It has rarely been found that weight gain is genetic or due to medical reasons. There could be a few such individuals but the percentage is really miniscule. So the persons who blame obesity on heredity, thyroid or PCOS should do some introspection.

Identifying If You Are Overweight

There are many ways of finding out if you are overweight in an unhealthy way. There are some individuals who are chubby since childhood or may have a naturally higher fat content. Some become fat later on and yet others put on some weight but not too much. It is therefore important to find out if you need to worry about your self. We need not even measure our body fat to find out if we are over weight. There are many ways to figure out if you have genuinely put on weight or not:

  • Eating more than before.
  • Eating the same amounts of food at all ages. Food requirement goes down with each passing decade.
  • Eating the same amount of food irrespective of reduced physical activity
  • Not listening to your body. Eating unhealthy.
  • Binge eating or stress related eating even two to three times a year can lead to weight gain.
  • Measuring your body fat percentages and weight to hip ratios.
  • Change in body structure. If you are almost the same in your teenage years as well as you are now, then you are fine. Else, you may assume that some excess weight has crept in.

Solutions For Weight Loss

There are many ways available to weight loss. There are clinics, surgery, supplements and fad diets. These are the ‘not so good ways’ to weight loss. Then we have exercising like weight training, sports, cardiovascular exercises and so on. Each individual can select something based on their own nature, age and lifestyle.

Yoga Asanas Are The Best Solution

The best solution to safe weight loss is to practice yoga asanas on a daily basis. There is a myth that asanas are slow and take a long to have an impact. In fact, practicing religiously on a daily basis has shown that there is a lot of weight loss which starts happening in just ninety days. This holds true for every single individual who practices regularly and with the right approach and attitude.

Asanas try to take the body to its best possible natural state. Also, if you practice with involvement, food cravings go away and a lot of times, the body feels comfortable even without too much food. You become much more energetic as well as relaxed. So you land up working more, eating less, getting less stressed and sleeping very well. The body’s metabolism changes to make it lean and healthy.

The other big advantage is that it is completely safe and quite effortless. There is no sweating or feeling tired. In addition, it builds up your immune system and gets rid of diseases. So why not practice asanas from today? You will find the best weight loss yoga programs and fitness programs on wellzee.