I am a 27-year-old woman and have a daughter who is five. I am 1.52 metres and when I was pregnant my weight was 80 kilograms. After delivery I went on a diet and managed to lose 21 kilograms. Now I weigh 59 kilograms but I want to lose 5 kilograms more, so I am on a diet. For instance, I have reduced my intake of rice (I eat it just once a week). My diet also consists of fruit, cucumber and plenty of leafy vegetables. Could you suggest some fat-reducing ayurvedic medicines? My other problem is that when I was pregnant, I had pimples on my face and they left behind scars. How can I clear them? My hair is also falling out at an alarming rate. Please suggest some remedies for my problems.
J Jose, Dubai
Calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI) using this formula: weight (in kilograms) divided by your height squared (in metres).
The BMI categories are as follows:
- Underweight = below 18.5
- Normal weight = 18.5-24.9
- Overweight = 25-29.9
- Obese = BMI of 30 or more
A weight reduction of 0.8 to 1 kilogram per week (4 kilograms in a month) is easily achievable with a consistent planned diet and exercise, unless you have hormonal or metabolic imbalances.
- Plan a menu of 1,250-1,500 calories per day.
- Exercise 30 minutes a day at least 5 days a week: swimming for 30 minutes or taking a 5km walk is ideal.
- Increase your intake of low-calorie foods such as green leafy vegetables, salads and fruits (except bananas, dates and potatoes) in your diet. Favour green gram and other lentils, beans, carrots, cucumber and sprouts.
- Try a fluid day each week.
- Include peppermint and ginger in your food.
- Drink plenty of warm water (aim for 1.5-2 litres per day).
- Drink juices of carrot, cucumber, and spinach.
- Have a heavy meal for lunch and keep your dinner light.
- Limit all foods with a high fat content, such as butter, oils, red meat, fried foods, cream, mayonnaise, salad dressing, cheese, pastry, nuts, crisps, high-sugar foods.
- Avoid sleeping during the day.
- You may take 5-10 grams of triphala choornam* mixed with a cup of warm water at bedtime.
- Triphala is a good skin and hair tonic.
*Available at shops selling herbal products