Yoga Is More Than Burning Calories

Darshak Rana

[Disclaimer: The information provided here is for educational purposes only and does not substitute for professional medical advice.]

You may be unable to lose weight despite your best efforts because obesity is a condition with numerous underlying causes.

As a result of a family history of obesity, you are more likely to struggle with weight. In addition to eating a diet heavy in sugar and fat, sedentary lifestyles also contribute to weight gain.

Stress, mental health issues, poor sleep, and hormonal changes all have a role in weight gain, as do drugs to treat mental health concerns.

In the fight against obesity, there is no one magic bullet. Yoga can help you lose or keep off weight if you're on a weight loss or maintenance regimen.

If you're trying to lose weight, yoga can help you deal with stress, boost mood, reduce emotional eating, and build a network of support.

Research says that yoga can also help you lose weight and build muscle mass and strength.

Practicing yoga can help lessen joint discomfort to get more exercise and get more done in your everyday life. Among the various advantages of yoga, these are just a few of them.

Stress management with yoga might help you lose weight.

Sanskrit term yuj, which means to combine body, mind, and emotions, is at the root of the word yoga. As a comprehensive practice, it addresses many factors that contribute to weight gain.

Studies suggest that stress can manifest physically in headaches or insomnia, or it can be psychological, resulting in agitation and worry. The stress hormone cortisol rises as a result, and Cortisol raises belly fat, lowers muscle mass, promotes cravings for fat and sugar-rich foods, and contributes to obesity.

Relaxation techniques such as yoga can reduce stress and cortisol levels, improve mood, reduce anxiety and depression, and reduce the need for drugs that can lead to weight gains, such as hypertension and diabetes.

Yoga isn't a quick fix for obesity, but it may help address the root reasons. Aside from the calorie-in vs. calorie-out issue, it has several other advantages.

Yoga can help people become more attentive to their eating habits.

After 9 p.m., many of us find ourselves unable to resist the temptation to reach for a tub of ice cream or a bag of chips. Vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and other healthy foods are well-known to be helpful for our health and weight.

Even while we need this information, it doesn't appear to be enough for keeping us on our healthy eating regimens.

One of yoga's advantages is that it enhances one's ability to pay attention to one's body and sensations. "Moving meditation" refers to the practice of yoga.

According to research, you don't need to sit in a meditative position to reap the advantages of yoga.

Improved mindfulness in yoga reduces binge-eating, emotional eating, and stress-eating. These habits hinder our weight reduction attempts and can lead to a negative spiral of guilt and humiliation, leading to giving up on our diets.

Healthy eating habits, including decreased fat intake and increased veggies and whole grains, were found in a 2015 research on yoga.

The greatest diet plan is the one that you can stick to for the long term, and yoga can help you make better eating choices by boosting your awareness.

Acceptance and support may be found in the yoga community.

Some people with bigger bodies may feel like they don't belong in a gym because it's scary. Yoga practice promotes self-acceptance, compassion, and a positive attitude toward others.

Teachers and advanced yoga students can serve as role models for others who are just beginning their yoga journeys.

Social networks have been shown to impact a person's weight-related behavior. Being a part of a yoga network may significantly impact weight reduction since it promotes healthy lifestyle choices. Finding a group like this might be difficult with other forms of exercise.

There should be a secure and comfortable setting where practitioners can practice. You may boost your self-esteem and confidence by joining a friendly yoga class.

Seek a nearby studio where you can practice with other people of a similar skill level and feel nurtured rather than overwhelmed. To aid new students or who have physical restrictions, teachers might adjust postures.

To discover a teacher or a class you enjoy, you may have to take several different courses.

The first time isn't the last!

It's always possible to take yoga courses online if you can't locate a studio in your area.

Yoga is not exclusively for "thin people" since instructors understand what it is like to be a larger size and have an inclusive, body-affirming attitude.

Some people have shared inspirational experiences about how yoga helped them overcome their weight difficulties, sadness, and binge-eating habits. Begin by joining up for one of the many short-term challenges available.

Yoga's advantages are universal, regardless of your body type or size. Developing a regular yoga practice might take weeks or months, and regular exercise is essential for long-term benefits.

[Disclaimer: The information provided here is for educational purposes only and does not substitute for professional medical advice.]

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