Use Yoga for Weight Loss
Yoga is incredible for your health for so many reasons, but these reasons below will help you learn how to use yoga for weight specifically for weight loss.
The basic formula for weight loss is: Calories Consumed – Calories Burned.
However, losing weight isn’t always that simple. If you’ve ever struggled to lose weight, experienced a weight loss plateau or seen the pounds creep on over the years, I’m sure you recognize that it’s not always this straight forward.
Other factors contribute to weight gain or difficulty losing it, including:
- Hormonal imbalances
- Adrenal fatigue
- Toxins in the system
- Insulin resistance
- An unhealthy gut
- Metabolic issues
You can munch on salads all day long, but if you don’t take care of yourself in all areas, you may not achieve your body goals.
Yoga is one way to get back in touch with your body and target some of the above factors that can disrupt weight loss.
Use Yoga to Detox
Practicing yoga can help boost circulation and improve your lymphatic system. Essentially, yoga can help your body improve your body’s own detoxification system.
When your body is able to get rid of more harmful waste from the system, it operates like it’s intended to. That means that your body can absorb nutrients better and use food for fuel more effectively.
Your body can respond to insulin the way it’s supposed to instead of allowing sugar to accumulate in the blood, which affects your body’s fat storing mechanism and the organs. Your body can release the proper balance of hormones to help with all functions, including weight loss.
Use Yoga to Shred
You can do all the gentle yoga you want, but if you have a high amount of body fat, you may not see the defined muscle tone that you want until you get rid of it.
Keep in mind, you don’t have to do massive amounts of cardio to lose the fat. Researchers are finding that doing shorter bouts (8-16 minutes a day) of high-intensity exercise may be just as effective as jogging for 30 minutes (study here).
Research also shows that HIIT training increases the body’s ability to burn fat (study here).
In addition, people tend to view this kind of training as more enjoyable and less boring than longer periods of steady cardio. And whenever something is more enjoyable, you’ll be more motivated to actually do it!
How can you add more fire into your yoga practice to burn more fat and lose weight?
You can incorporate moves that involve doing yoga poses in a more intense manner or with faster repetitions.
The moves below are not specific yoga poses, but they are still bodyweight exercises and therefore very close to yoga.
Some ideas for adding intensity to your yoga routine:
- Do plank pose with mini-pushups.Bending and straightening your elbows just an inch while keeping them close to your sides for a minute can tone your arms and shoulders and increase your heart rate before you know what hit you.
- Do mountain climbers for a minute. With yoga, you don’t necessarily have to move faster to get your heart rate up. Focus on doing the movement with maximum effectiveness, and repeat it for a minute.
You’ll feel the burn.
- Do slow burpees.One of the reasons you like yoga is probably to get out of doing burpees. However, doing slow repetitions of the dreaded movement can target large muscle groups and get your heart rate up.