Most of us have at some point been in pursuit of an ideal body shape that makes us feel comfortable in and happy to show off in clothes that fit well. For many, this can prove an elusive dream, with an estimated 95% of diets doomed to failure. Ancient healing practices like Ayurveda take a more holistic view: To be able to lose weight and create the body shape we desire, we must first understand how and why we gain weight. It might be because of poor lifestyle and eating habits; genetic factors; medications; pregnancy; hormone imbalances and more. Often, it’s a combination of many of these.