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Can Yoga Really Help You Lose Weight?

Health experts recommend that people stay fit and healthy amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced millions to stay at home for months. One of the activities that has been getting attention is yoga since it can be done indoors and without any special equipment. 

The fitness trend helps people increase physical activity while spending most of their time indoors to avoid the novel coronavirus. Yoga comes with several positive effects, such as improved strength, flexibility and better balance.

But the practice has another surprising benefit. Recent studies suggested that yoga supports weight loss.

One research conducted with over 15,000 men and women in the U.S. found that even overweight or obese people can shed some extra pounds with yoga. Researchers said that participants that did at least one yoga session each week lost nearly five pounds in 10 years compared to those who didn’t follow the same routine.

There are different types of yoga and they also have different effects on weight. Bikram, which is practiced in a heated room, could help burn an average of 460 calories in men and 330 in women, according to Daily Express.

Ashtanga yoga may also help shed some pounds. This approach could help burn 300 calories in just half an hour. 

How Yoga Supports Weight Loss

Experts said that people should burn more calories than what they are consuming to cut weight. One study in 2016 showed that yoga helps in this process by helping control their food intake or by developing mindfulness. 

Mindfulness through yoga supports weight loss in several ways, such as:

• Resisting unhealthy foods, comfort eating or stress eating
• Being more in tune with their body
• Having fewer cravings
• Have a reduced appetite
• Improving self-esteem and mood
• Reducing back or joint pain that could affect exercise

Another study by researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center showed that people who practice yoga are more likely to eat mindfully. It helps people become more aware of why they ate and to stop eating when full.

However, it is important to know that yoga alone will not lead to weight loss. People should do it along with other physical activities, like walking or running.

Following a healthy diet may also speed up the process and help cut more pounds. 

yoga A study conducted with over 15,000 men and women in the U.S. found that overweight or obese people can shed some extra pounds with yoga. Pixabay

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