Yoga for Weight Loss
Enjoyment equals adherence
I think we can all agree that if you do something you don’t enjoy, you will stop doing it at one point or another.
The same can be said when trying to get in shape. How often have you said “new year, new me” to yourself, joined the gym, and stopped going after three weeks?
We get it. We are all different. Some of us don’t enjoy the gym, while some don’t enjoy going out for a run when it is hot as hell…also, where people can see me lol.
That’s why at Attack on Fat Loss, we try to give you different exercise modalities. If you are here, it is because you want to lose weight and get in shape, so we’ll give you as many workouts as we can in hopes that one of them will hook you up and help you reach your goals. We want you to not only look good but feel good.
Are you struggling to lose weight? “The complete fat loss guide” teaches you how to lose weight and how to keep the pounds from ever coming back.
So, might as well try some Yoga for weight loss, right? Did you know that there’s more than one form of Yoga? But, which one is the best Yoga for weight loss? Which Yoga is the best for strength gains?
Enter Power Vinyasa Yoga and Power Yoga.
Power Vinyasa Yoga is a form of physical fitness meant to build strength, improve balance and flexibility, as well as cardiovascular endurance. Vinyasa Yoga is all about synchronizing your movements with your breathing.
Power Yoga is a full-body workout that will have you sweating buckets. It’s a more fast-paced type of Yoga, which will help you burn more calories than other types of Yoga. One of the few drawbacks of Power Yoga is that it might be a little too fast-paced for beginners. If that’s the case, we recommend giving Power Vinyasa a try or trying other slow-paced types of Yoga.
Some of the Benefits:
“Pleasurable and Energizing”
That was the consensus in a study of 33 women comparing the effects of Power Yoga versus stretch Yoga on stress levels (1).
Is Yoga good for weight loss?
Power Yoga may be considered moderate-vigorous intensity exercise, based on heart rate (1), which allows you to burn more calories than most Yoga variations. In combination with a calorie deficit, Power Yoga will definitely help you lose weight.
Researchers found that those who performed Yoga poses for 2-minutes increased self-esteem more than those who did 2 minutes of “power posing.” (2)
A study by Potiaumpai et al. found that Yoga transitions at higher speeds lead to greater muscle activation than at slow speeds (3).
Are you looking for more Yoga benefits? Check out our Yoga benefits for beginners post!
Working out in the A.M. can help you be more active throughout the day!
A study by Brigham Young University found that women who exercised in the morning were more active for the rest of the day than those who did not exercise (2).
So, get your sweat on in the morning! But only after you have eaten breakfast! For more info about the drawbacks of fasting, click here.
Improved quality of life
Research by Westcott et al. found that resistance training (Many types of Yoga are considered a form of resistance training) has almost an infinite amount of benefits (3):
- Improved physical performance
- Enhanced movement control
- Enhanced cognitive abilities
- It may help prevent and manage type 2 diabetes.
- Improved walking speed
- It may promote bone development.
- Reduces low-back pain
- It may enhance cardiovascular health.
- Improved Functional independence
- Improved self-esteem
- It reduces pain associated with arthritis and fibromyalgia
- It can reverse the loss of muscle due to aging.
Better mental health
Finally, a study by Paquito et al. found that physical activity (any activity) can positively impact our mental health (4).
Looking for help with stress and anxiety? Check out our Yoga for stress and anxiety post.
Ready to get your Yoga on? Check out the videos below!
If you find that this class is way too fast-paced for you, check out the class below.
Is Yoga isn’t going to burn as many calories as running for 7 miles? Unfortunately, no. It’s not going to build as much muscle as lifting weights. But guess what? If you are going to be sitting at home because you hate lifting weights and running, you might as well burn some calories by doing something you love.
Remember that although these workouts could help you change your body composition, the main driver of fat loss is a calorie deficit. “The complete fat loss guide” teaches you how to lose weight and how to keep the pounds from ever coming back.