Yoga is not an easy way to lose weight fast, however, yoga can be highly effective for weight loss if it is done along with proper diet and a healthy lifestyle. Some fad diets and quick fixes are great for the short term, but if you’re looking for a long term solution, yoga is a great place to start.
Yoga Exercises for Weight Loss
Generally, all of the exercises involved in yoga are said to promote weight loss. But, of the techniques available, the back bends, twisting positions, forward bends, and inversions are the most well-known moves capable of promoting weight loss. These exercises are claimed to be great for stimulating the endocrine system of the body. They can also boost metabolism which in turn acts to burn a greater number of 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. However, for people who are thick like me, you may find these movements difficult to execute. I recommend doing these moves slowly and carefully. Start by holding the poses for a few seconds longer every day, building up to the harder poses and increased hold times.
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. On the other hand, the yoga for weight loss diet is low in fat, processed foods and animal protein. This definitely isn’t easy, especially for me when it comes to things like chocolate, but you can start slowing by reducing the amounts that of these things you’re eating gradually.