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11 January 2009

On the new Total Heart Health Programme website (, Dr Robert Schneider presents a holistic approach to heart health, as described in his book 'Total Heart Health: How to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease with the Maharishi Vedic Approach to Health'. Among other topics, the website discusses how the Total Heart Health Program can help in overcoming obesity.

When the body loses connection with its own intelligence, the unified field of nature, its systems and organs are thrown out of balance and break down. This may cause difficulty in maintaining a normal body weight for your body type.

In Maharishi Ayur-Veda, there are three main principles that govern all the body's activities. Vata is the principle of movement, Pitta is the principle of transformation or heat, and Kapha is the principle of structure. These principles give rise to various combinations, resulting in different body types. Generally, Vata is a thin, small or tall body type. Pitta has a medium build and medium height, and Kapha body types tend to be large and heavy. Every individual has an ideal weight to fit his or her body type.

Being overweight or obese can be due to a Vata, Pitta, or Kapha imbalance. The Total Heart Health program has a much different approach to weight control than the usual calorie counting regimen.

THH doesn't focus on appetite suppression or calorie reduction typical of most weight-loss programs, because that slows down fat metabolism. If the body doesn't assimilate fat and carbohydrates effectively, then fat and impurities accumulate in the body as excess weight.

THH doesn't target calorie reduction because that typically leads to the 'yo-yo effect,' in which people return to their previous eating patterns (which almost all of them do) and gain back the weight they lost and more! And the underlying imbalances are still there.

Instead, THH focuses on correcting the primary imbalance that is causing the problem. The Total Heart Health approach to weight management not only helps you achieve a healthy weight, but also results in increased stamina, a more efficiently functioning body, and youthful appearance.

THH suggests that people who want to balance their weight decide which kind of weight gain best describes them, and then follow the corresponding THH guidelines.

Here's a brief Ayurvedic description of the types of weight gain:

* Kapha-type weight gain: Due to a lack of digestive fire and low metabolic activity. These people tend to gain weight, even though they may eat very small amounts of food. This is a very common weight problem. The THH solution is to follow a waste and toxin-eliminating program as outlined in the Kapha-pacifying diet.

* Pitta-type weight gain: This occurs when a person has long-term waste buildup and the channels around the stomach are clogged, creating too much heat in the body. Appetite may be very high, with a lot of thirst, and maybe heartburn or other Pitta imbalances, such as irritability and impatience. These individuals should be on a cooling diet to eliminate toxins.

* Vata-type weight gain: If you are Vata predominant, you are normally thin and wiry. However, that doesn't mean weight gain will never be a problem for you. Vata weight gain is related to mental stress. When under stress, Vata people may forget to eat regularly, thus disturbing their digestion and clogging the channels, which may lead to weight gain. They should follow a Vata-balancing diet.

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