There is a most asked question on the internet about yoga: will yoga help lose weight? Let’s read some answers from experts.
Beth A. Lewis, Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Kinesiology
"Regular yoga practice can influence weight loss, but not in the "traditional" sense of how we link physical activity to weight loss. Typically, weight loss occurs when a person's calorie intake (i.e., food and drink consumed) is less than their caloric expenditure (i.e., energy is expended all day and more is expended during exercise).
"Individuals may avoid foods that make them feel sluggish and lethargic (most processed foods). Instead, individuals will seek out foods that are healthier, which then may lead to weight loss.
"Additionally, many individuals eat more when they are feeling stressed and yoga can help combat stress, which can influence one's energy intake."
Dr. Lewis Maharam, a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine
"Yes, and actually it's become in vogue with a lot of celebrities like Madonna, Halle Berry, and Jennifer Aniston. Yoga is a sophisticated tradition with physical, relaxation and breathing exercises. But aerobic exercise is what helps you lose weight.
"There's all different levels of yoga. There is yoga that's meant for the mind, and there's power yoga that's more of an exercise. You've got to be sure that you're doing something more than just a mind experience with relaxing stretches if you want to lose weight."
Jen Cassetty, an American College of Sports Medicine certified Health Fitness Specialist, based in New York City
"In theory, it can. Yoga is not a high-intensity exercise, usually, but the classes run 75 to 90 minutes of continuous activity, so your muscles are working the whole time, strengthening and lengthening, and doing core work through chaturanga and balance poses."
And we also could hear some feedback from yoga practitioners
“There are various yoga asana like Paschimottanasana, Bhujangasana, Veerasana, and Trikonasana, which can result in weight reduction. Following a few of them regularly will surely help you. Practice under the instruction of your guru or watch Paulji's online yoga videos until you learn techniques properly.” Says Jella, practiced yoga for 3 years.
"If you're overweight and looking for a way to lose extra pounds, aerobic activity is the key. In order to lose weight, the body needs to burn more calories than it is taking in. Those numbers vary depending on how much weight you want to lose, how many calories you're eating and how many you're burning. Yoga is not typically considered aerobic activity unless you're talking about power yoga or another more vigorous form of yogic exercise." Says Lina, practiced yoga over almost 4 years.
Yoga does help with weight loss in a long-term way. Practice power yoga and keep practicing for months and years, with a healthy diet, you can see the body transformation.
Now time to roll out your mat and do yoga!
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