You’ve probably heard from people around you that they practice Yoga for weight loss. You’re probably wondering how much “stretching your body” could help in losing those extra pounds.
Yoga is an ancient practice that’s estimated to have been around for 2500 years or more. In recent years, the idea of yoga for weight loss surfaced following the claim that yoga can help create an ultimate sense of wellbeing. The definition of “wellbeing” is the state of being healthy, where your body is free from all harmful elements in the environment, including calories.
In addition, yoga is highly effective in boosting metabolism. Higher metabolism results in higher calories burning rate.
However, critics claimed that yoga is not as effective a weight loss method as what others believed. According to them doing the yogic exercises regularly is not a quick-fix for weight loss.
They are probably right! The fact is that, yoga CAN be highly effective for weight loss, ONLY IF it is done together with healthy diet and lifestyle.
Yoga Exercises for Weight Loss
Generally, all of the exercises involved in yoga are said to promote weight loss – forward bends, back bends, inversions, and twisting positions are among the most well-known. They are great for stimulating the endocrine system of your body, and boost metabolism which in turn burns a more calories.
Exercises like the sun salutations, standing poses, camel pose, shoulder stand, bridge, rabbit and plow poses are also capable of boosting metabolism in the body as all of these are performed in series.
Caution: Beginners should take it one-step-at-a-time when learning yoga, regardless if the person is overweight or not. Always perform these exercises under supervision of your instructor and do not over stretched.
A personal friend of mine who’s not overweight, sprained her neck during a regular yoga session some years back. She wasn’t able to go to work and it took her 2 years to recover.
Yoga Diet and Healthy Lifestyle
As mentioned earlier, the yoga exercises are not so effective for weight loss, if they are not performed along with proper diet and a healthy lifestyle. So if you want to see yourself losing weight while practicing yoga, you should exert certain efforts and interest in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and a proper diet.
Note that the yoga diet is rich in fiber, legumes, whole grains and vegetables; low in fat, processed foods and animal protein. So to achieve better results when doing yoga for weight loss, note all the foods that are allowed and the foods that are restricted. As simple as that!
Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs practices yoga to help cure his career-threatening hamstring injuries. He went on to play for another decade and retired in May 2014 at the age of 40!
P.s: Most European leagues football players retire in their early 30’s.