The complaints that Dr. Suhas hears on a daily basis, from high body weight, low energy, and poor sleep, to headaches, unexplained congestion, and depression, all have a surprising common denominator: a weak digestive “fire.” Drawing on traditional Indian practices and principles, The Hot Belly Diet shows you how to optimize your digestive powers to foster rapid weight loss and vibrant health.
At the core of this three-phase diet that makes lunch the most important meal of the day is a dish called khichadi (pronounced kitch-a-de)—a completely nutritious but incredibly easy-to-make meal that helps clear out your “ama,” or the digestive sludge that antagonizes weight loss, provokes hormonal imbalances, and ultimately triggers inflammation—the root cause of virtually all disease. This unique book also explains what foods are incompatible (milk and eggs, for example), why the sensation of hunger is essential, and how to time your meals throughout the day to avoid snacking. The Hot Belly Diet changes your relationship with food to make healthy eating—and living—effortless.
Whether you’re suffering from a chronic condition, looking to prevent future illness, or just want to feel your best every day, The Hot Belly Diet will re-establish your body’s natural balance, creating a thinner, healthier, and happier you.
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About the Author
Kristin Loberg has collaborated on a lengthy list of New York Times bestselling books, including Dr. David Perlmutter’s Grain Brain and Dr. David B. Agus’s The End of Illness and A Short Guide to a Long Life.
Deepak Chopra, MD, has gained worldwide acclaim as a teacher and writer in fields as diverse as mind-body medicine, Ayurveda, the nature of God, and the path to success. Time magazine called him one of the 100 icons of the twentieth century, “the poet-prophet of alternative medicine.” The author of more than sixty-four books translated into over eighty-five languages, including nineteen New York Times bestsellers, Dr. Chopra has sold more than twenty million copies of his books worldwide. He is the founder of the Chopra Center in Carlsbad, California.
Table of Contents
Foreword Deepak Chopra, MD 1
Part 1 Life
Chapter 1 Rekindle Your Fire, Rekindle Your Life 7
Chapter 2 Cracking the Ancient Code to Vibrant Health 24
Chapter 3 Flow, Burn, and Build: The Goals of the Hot Belly Diet 49
Chapter 4 Phase 1: Prepare 81
Chapter 5 Phase 2: Accelerate 104
Chapter 6 Phase 3: Transform 114
Part 2 Light
Chapter 7 The Ancient Exercise to Create a Fat-Burning, Fit Body without Strain 141
Chapter 8 The Hot Belly Diet and Disease Prevention 170
Part 3 Love
Chapter 9 Twenty-One Tips to Maximizing and Maintaining Your Weight Loss 199
Chapter 10 Odds and Ends in Classic Q&A 225
Appendix A The Hot Belly Diet Recipes 233
Appendix B Glossary of Ayurvedic Terms 265