Want to shed, and keep off, those extra pounds? Give yoga a try.
According to the latest findings from a four-year study, now published in the August edition of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, regularly practicing yoga can help prevent weight gain that can lead to obesity, and can help shed excess pounds in overweight or obese individuals. Yoga not only delivers a calorie-burning workout in and of itself, but it also incorporates meditation, which is what the researchers suspected was behind the weight control and maintenance found in individuals who regularly practiced yoga.
The researchers have come to the conclusion that the weight loss benefits of yoga are primarily thanks to the fact that individuals are taught to meditate and focus on their bodies, which teaches them to really pay attention to the foods that they consume. These individuals, they say, are more sensitive to hunger and appetite as they are more aware of their bodies.
Really interesting stuff! Find out more by reading the whole article, called "Regular Yoga Practice Is Associated With Mindful Eating", on ScienceDaily (Aug. 16, 2009).