How to Lose Weight with Yoga

How to Lose Weight with YogaWhen it comes to losing weight and getting in shape, most men will probably agree that cardio or lifting weights in the gym are the most beneficial forms of exercise when it comes to shaping up and burning fat. While both examples are perfectly good examples of physical activity which can promote weight loss, there are other, slightly unconventional methods that many people seem to overlook. Take yoga for instance, many men probably consider yoga to be a female only form of exercise, when in actual fact, men are practicing yoga all over the world, and are experiencing great results too. Yoga has been proven time and time again to help promote weight loss and feelings of well-being, which is why so many men are trying it for themselves.

Yoga helps to activate your thyroid gland – Our thyroid gland actually secretes a hormone which helps to regulate our metabolism, and keep it functioning as it should. People suffering from under-active thyroids often gain weight easily, and struggle to lose it thanks to their metabolisms not functioning the way that they should. One of the key weight loss related benefits of yoga, is that by performing a number of poses, the shoulder stand, and fish pose to name a couple, you can help to activate your thyroid, and get it functioning the way that it should be.

Yoga is a form of physical exercise – Although it doesn’t involve high intensity bursts of energy performed at an extremely fast pace, yoga is still a very beneficial form of physical exercise, and actually has the potential to burn upwards of 500 calories within one hour. Just to give you an idea of how effective that is, that’s roughly the same amount of calories that you’d burn off in around and hour to an hour and a half at a steady pace on the treadmill.

Yoga helps to cleanse the colon – When people eat junk food, or foods which they perhaps shouldn’t, at least not regularly anyways, when they excrete it, it can often result in food matter blocking up their colons, leaving them feeling bloated and sluggish. Although this is technically not body fat, looking and feeling bloated and sluggish can give the impression of being overweight. Not only that, but if left there overtime, this food matter will begin to cause disease and could poison the blood, so naturally you need to ensure the colon is as clean as possible. Guess what? Yes, a number of Yoga poses, postures, mudras, and bandhas are actually designed to effectively cleanse the colon, helping to relieve bloat, and acting as a natural detoxification process. The poses and postures designed to cleanse the colon should ideally be performed in the morning, and always on an empty stomach. If combined with good eating habits, the results will be extremely noticeable in a relatively short period of time.