Are you among those thousands,
probably millions out there who are constantly struggling to shed a few pounds
and get the 'lean' look? Do you relate weight loss to long
hours of strenuous exercises and exhausting, bland diets? You're not alone;
have a look at the tabloids and magazines out there, and you'll find anything
and everything related to weight loss.
And it's not surprising, since
statistics have clearly pointed out to the whopping increase in the number of
people suffering from obesity
, among other
But what most people tend to
forget is that weight loss can actually be easy, if done the right way. Just
like you don't put on 4 kilos in a week, you can't possibly lose them that
fast; patience is the most crucial, yet important step in weight loss
And if you're out hunting for one
of the most simple, struggle free and 'clean' ways to trim your waistline, you
could consider yoga. Ancient Indians have used it for years to strengthen the
mind, cleanse the body, improve vitality and basically improve the overall
Yoga has been proved effective
for weight loss
Supermodels and actors have used it, and treasured it as their powerful
weight-loss secret; Jennifer Aniston, Liv Tyler, Halle Berry, Christy
Turlington, Madonna and David Duchovny are all doing it--need we say more?
The Inside Story-
So how exactly does it work, you may ask. Well,
it turns out, a team of scientists set out to find out the effectiveness of yoga
in weight loss.
Their study, which took in more than 15,500 individuals, finally revealed how
yoga could actually help them shed a few pounds, and keep them from putting on
While the lead scientist
clarifies a lack of scientific proof and working of how it actually happens, it
is speculated that mindfulness - an ability to observe what happens internally
without reacting, is what may be playing a key role in helping individuals lose weight
It is also believed that yoga may
help make individuals more susceptible to getting influenced to change their
lifestyle and eating habits
. It may
help them overcome destructive eating habits and establish a spiritual
Apart from promoting weight loss,
yoga offers a plethora of extra benefits. We've listed below some common
add-ons yoga offers.
• A strong liver
- A powerful
detoxification agent and cleanser, the liver
expulsion of bad fats from the body. Yoga has the power to restore the vitality
and functioning of the liver, thereby driving away problems associated with a
• An active thyroid gland
- The thyroid gland
directly linked to the body's metabolism. So if you're a bit slow on the fat-burning
process, it may be due to an underactive thyroid gland--don't worry, yoga can
help in proper thyroid functioning to some extent.
• The right pH
- Years and years of
consumption of processed foods wrecks the digestive system, and creates an acidic
environment, which is extremely harmful for the body, especially the heart.
Regular yoga, however, could help you balance your body's pH better, and some
postures are known to increase alkalinity of the body too!
• A colon cleanse
- A bloated belly and
frequent digestive problems
be a sign of a blocked colon. While colon irrigation and other treatments do
work, yoga could be the most natural and less invasive option.
As for any other treatment, always take the advice of
your doctor before you attempt yoga, especially if you are suffering from any
other condition. Also, attempt yoga only under the guidance of a trained yoga