Your Top Weight Loss Questions Answered – Part 2

Weight-Loss Questions Answered

Why is it fundamental to know our Body Type before starting the Weight Loss journey?

Fasting may not be the right approach for people with Pitta Body Type. Because Pitta bodies have strong digestive fire and by skipping meals regularly, their digestive enzymes may go out of balance. This means there will be more enzymes waiting for the reduced food quantity. This creates a condition called “AMA” (Charring of food).

Ama hampers the absorption of essential nutrients, leaving the body undernourished. Also, by staying in the digestive tract, ama interferes with the digestion of subsequent food. This in turn leads to weight gain.

So, Pitta pacifying nutrients with cooling properties is ideal for their weight loss therapy.

Have you ever wondered why we gain weight at different places like thighs or belly?

Estrogen imbalance can cause weight gain in the hips and thighs. Women have more estrogen than men, so they are more likely to gain weight in the hips! Men have more testosterone, so their extra weight tends to go to their belly first.

In our biological mechanism, the functioning of one hormone is counterbalanced by an equal and opposite hormone. So, one approach to weight loss treatment is to identify the root cause and target stimulating the counterbalancing hormones, so the body can maintain the weight naturally.

Why do many people regain weight after weight loss?

More than half of the lost weight is regained within 2 years, and by 5 years more than 80% of lost weight is regained.If you look at our body science, weight loss is accompanied by persistent endocrine adaptations that increase appetite and decrease satiety, thereby resisting weight loss and conspiring against long-term weight maintenance.

By balancing the appetite hormones for hunger and feedback hormone for satiety, we can control the quantity of food intake and permanent weight loss can be achieved. This balance can be achieved by the taking the right kind of nutrients as per the body type.

Why some of your family members are lean, while some find it so difficult to lose weight eating the same or lesser quantities of food?

Your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) helps you to gain, lose, or maintain your weight. The minimum calorific requirement needed to sustain life in a resting individual is called the basal metabolic rate.

A high metabolism means you’ll need to take in more calories to maintain your weight. That’s one reason why some people can eat more than others without gaining weight. A person with a “low” (or slow) metabolism will burn fewer calories at rest and during activity and therefore has to eat less to avoid becoming overweight.

A study reported that BMR in Vata body type is significantly higher as compared to Kapha. That’s why Kapha body types are prone to weight gain.


Vinod Sadashivaiah, Founder Nutrimap. A pharmacist who believes nutrition is more powerful than medicine .

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