One more study tells the world, that Yoga can help with weight
control and weight loss. The latest study was held by the Fred
Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington.
The study involved 15,500 healthy, middle-aged, men and women.
This is a group that typically has difficulty with weight loss, since the
number of calories needed declines, and the energy levels needed to burn
calories, is not what it used to be.
Unfortunately, this is a fact that I have become painfully aware
of during the past few years, and cutting back on food was my unwanted
last option. Although, I cross train almost daily, it took me one year
to lose 16 pounds of extra weight.
Back to the study: Yoga practice was defined as practicing at
least 30 minutes once a week for four or more years. Comparatively
speaking, this is truly “bare minimum,” and many Yoga teachers used to
say that this amount of Yoga will do nothing.
How times change; Yoga has been keeping people fit for
approximately 5,000 years, and its many health benefits are still a
mystery worthy of more studies.
Alan R. Kristal, Dr.P.H., the study's lead author at Hutchinson
Center's Public Health Sciences Division said, "Men and women who were of
normal weight at age 45, and who regularly practiced Yoga, gained about
three fewer pounds during that 10-year period than those who didn't
Until all the studies are in, it would be safe to say that adding
Yoga practice to your weekly routine, and eating wisely, will contribute
to weight control or weight loss.
When seeking a Yoga teacher, find one who is compassionate, yet
will encourage you to practice more frequently. The results you will
gain from regular practice, of three to four Yoga classes per week, will
be extraordinary, especially, if you practice Yoga for years.
Yoga is very low impact - in comparison to many aerobic exercise
routines, and can be practiced for longevity. Your knees, spine, hips,
and shoulders, will thank you for the condition Yoga will keep them in.
Many of today’s “standard” forms of exercise do not have the same
“bragging rights,” as Yoga.
With respect to eating, take the time to identify hunger and
cravings. You will notice that they are not the same thing. Being a
chocolate lover, it is much better to eat a piece of chocolate, now and
then, than to buy a dozen chocolate donuts. This is not to justify, or
surrender, to chocolate, but to eat it in moderation, and not every day.
Based upon what I have said so far, it is all about
identification, control, and moderation. We have to stop “mindless
Recently, researchers found that women who received a 1200 mg.
calcium supplement, on a daily basis, reduced their number of
premenstrual food cravings by 54%.
On another note: When you have anxiety, your body produces more
of the hormone cortisol, which may increase the volume of carbohydrates
you eat. Carbohydrates temporarily increase our levels of serotonin,
making us feel relaxed for the short term.
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