What You Need to Know About Yoga: The Diet and the Weight Loss Poses
By Daniel Norwood.
Losing weight is no easy task. A lot of people struggle with losing weight consistently, maintaining the new weight, and sticking to a healthy enjoyable diet.
Finding a suitable weight loss program that you can stick to is one of the most common problems people encounter. Fortunately, yoga is an easy and effective method that actually helps with weight loss.
Yoga is an aerobic exercise that has been practiced for over 2,000 years. It has benefits such as enhancing circulation, stretching muscles, and losing weight. Yoga entails performing a range of poses that target all body muscles and as a result it helps with improved flexibility and slowly increases strength.
A lot of celebrities have made it known that yoga has helped them with weight loss. They have praised its effectiveness and easy to perform. Yoga is easy because it is not much of an exercise but a method of opening up the body. As a result, it is something that people who want to lose weight without the strenuous nature of weight training or cardio can do.
Yoga uses low intensity poses that help with burning calories. These light poses also increase nutrient and oxygen movement to the cells and it improves the digestion process as well. On the other hand, a yoga diet is effective and refreshing because it is based on plants which helps become with your body. You can create a yoga diet that will suit the poses and stretches that you do. You should take this yoga diet before and after your yoga routine.
The Significance of a Yoga Diet
Yoga is a restorative practice that helps with relaxation and decreases stress. When stressed levels are reduced, the amount of cortisol released by the body also decreases. This is a good thing because increased cortisol levels lead to increased amounts of excess fat in the stomach.
This diet is based on the ability of the body to breakdown food and absorbs beneficial ingredients. As a result, tea, fruit and vegetable juices, and a lot of water are used in a yoga diet in order to hydrate the cells. Additionally, a yoga diet recommends eating fruits and oats for breakfast. Meals during the day should be spaced out so as to give the body time to digest the food.
Therefore, the yoga diet aims at increasing the energy levels and increasing the number of antioxidants in the body. Antioxidants are contained in fresh veggies, fruits, herbs and spices. They get rid of free radicals from the body and fat materials that attach itself to the digestive tract after eating.
A Deakin University study shows that performing yoga as often as each day decreases food cravings and the overall need to eat. Therefore, yoga suppresses bad eating habits and promotes healthier ones. As a result, the process of gaining weight is prevented from happening.
The yoga diet is rich in raw and natural foods which increases body immunity and promotes the removal of fatty substances. If you stick to this healthy yoga diet, the yoga poses can do the rest of the work of burning calories and strengthening the muscles.
Yoga Poses for Weight Loss
Yoga poses are held for a considerable time. Therefore, they will really challenge the endurance levels of your all muscles.
Vinyasa yoga is an example of power yoga. It is intense and is similar to cardiovascular exercises used to lose weight. It makes use of large body muscles to keep the body in position while concentrating on inhaling deeply and evenly to take in more oxygen.
The basic role of yoga is to strengthen the core and other body muscles. Choosing the right yoga poses that work for you can be difficult, but when you get those that work for you, add them to your routine and stick to them.
One of the best yoga poses is “Chaturanga”. This pose entails holding a position similar to a push-up position for half a minute or more.
“Anjaneysana” is a pose that targets your limbs and core simultaneously. This position is also called the crescent lunge. It involves bending one knee at a 90 degree angle and stretching the other leg so that the toes touch the floor. You are also supposed to extend your arms above your head.
“Vinyasa” yoga involves concentrating all your energy and attention in holding a difficult position for as long as you can. This form of yoga is different from other simpler forms whose poses are easy to hold. This type of yoga also helps with toning the muscles and burning body fat. On the other hand, yoga that restores the body entails holding poses for as long as 7 minutes to lose weight.
Combining a yoga diet and practicing challenging poses you will lose weight, gain peace of mind and tone and strengthen your muscles. In other words, your overall health will improve.
I am the “Fitness Crab”, a Toronto-based fitness coach. I’ve been helping my clients improve their health and set up their home gyms for over a decade. Yoga is part of the reason I got fit in the first place and I look for new ways to make it interesting. I teach people how to achieve perfect form with bodyweight exercise as well as machines like rowers and climbers. I also do reviews such as how to buy the best rowing machines in order to help others online.