CAN YOGA HELP ME LOSE WEIGHT?
Many people might be forgiven for thinking that yoga is too slow and involves a lot of sitting and even lying down. The truth is that yoga can be one of the best workouts for your overall health and any weight loss goals you have set. But Can Yoga Help Me Lose Weight?
First of all, any movement is better than none to keep you fit and flexible well into your senior years. In addition, any movement will burn calories. It is just a question of how fast. This will be determined by how vigorous the exercise is.
In most cases, you can burn 500 calories per 60 to 90 minutes doing yoga. However, depending on the style of yoga, such as vinyasa or flow yoga, which focuses on constant movement, you could burn as many as 800 calories per session.
Bikram, also known as ‘hot yoga’, or ‘boot camp’ by those in the yoga community, can burn as many as 1,300 calories in a 90 minute class. However, the conditions in the studio are not for everyone. Temperatures range from 80F to 100F with around 75% humidity. You will be drilled in the same 26 poses in every class and expected to do them vigorously. Bikram is therefore not recommended for seniors or anyone who has an underlying health issue.
If you are trying to lose weight at a safe and sensible rate such as 1 to 2 pounds per week, starving yourself by cutting calories will be tough and can’t be sustained long-term. Adding physical movement will burn more calories. Yoga might be just what you need to help you achieve your weight loss goals.
Yoga Uses your Body Weight
Yoga uses your body weight to give you a good workout, and builds long, lean muscle. Muscle in the body burns calories more rapidly than fatty tissue. The more muscle you have, the faster your metabolism. The faster your metabolism, the more efficiently your body will use and burn, rather than store, the calories you do consume.
Therefore, yoga can turn your body into a lean, mean, fat-burning machine in as little as 15 minutes a day if you practice consistently.
Even if you do not see the scale go down right away, you might notice your clothes feel less snug, or you are losing your spare tire. Yoga can help get rid of stubborn belly fat, which is not only ugly but very bad for the health. Studies have shown that belly fat makes it harder to lose weight and keep it off. By contrast, rock hard abs burn more calories and support your back and entire body.
If you’ve been struggling to lose weight, try yoga and see what a difference it can make.
So, Can Yoga Help Me Lose Weight? You Decide!