Muscles and Weight Loss

I know it is still spring, but there are a lot of people already starting to get ready for swimsuit season.

As you prepare for summer: tanning, working out, and trying to eat better.  There always just seems to be those people who seem naturally fit.  Or a partner at the gym who effortlessly does a couple of calf raises and her legs become chiseled as if by magic.  Well I hate to tell you it is magic, Just Kidding:)  It is because of the body type she was born with.  Also known in Sanskrit as Prakruti (physical characteristics you were born with) Vs. the normally talked about in Ayurveda, Vikruti (your imbalance exmp. gas, constipation)

*Vata (Air and Ether) -tend to have an ectomorph body type, usually thought of as long thin bones, but when weight is added they tend toward a pear shape.

(Air and Ether cause erosion that is why vatas are in the thin structure category.)

 

*Pitta (Fire and Water) – have mesemorph body type, this is the type as mentioned above that gains muscle easily, medium length and width bones and carry their weight evenly.

(Fire equals strong digestion and metabolism hence the muscles)

 

*Kapha (Water and Earth) – Kaphas have endomorph body type, which equal literally big bones and tend toward excess in body tissue weather it is water, muscle, or fat.

(Water and Earth makes mud which translates in the body to mucous and lethargy which causes stagnation hence the excess weight.)

 

     There is  a misconception that all people who are over weight are Kapha, that is not true.  Kapha weight is thick and tighter, more tending towards “husky” where as the flabby weight is caused by Vata. 

 

The body is always trying to fix itself, but not always how we want.  When people are stressed and moving quickly and commuting a lot, all Vata aggravating things, the body tries to ground itself by gaining weight (causing less movement).  But you can stop your body from doing this by grounding yourself intentionally through:

*Meditation

*Yoga

*Body therapies

*Walking outside and enjoying nature

*Eating healthy fats like avocados

*Grounding foods like potatoes

If you have more Kapha you can reverse the affects of stagnation through:

*Movement, walking is considered exercise

*Cooking with spices like turmeric and black pepper that help remove ama (toxins) from the nerves and help stimulate the digestive fire.  (This also helps with weight loss and muscle gain.)

When trying to loose weight and gain muscle it is important to remember that you can’t judge yourself to others because everyone is composed of different combinations of the doshas which means we all look different when we are fit.  If you have short arms or big bones that is not going to change.  Just have fun finding what the healthy, fit, you looks like.

 

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