Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Can Yoga Help Keep Weight Off?

Dr. Weil's Women's Interest Newsletter
Wednesday 06/12/2013 Join the conversation!
Yoga For Weight Loss?

While any form of physical activity will help to burn calories and thus support weight loss efforts, some exercises are gentler on the body than others. Yoga is an effective and enjoyable way to burn calories, increase muscle mass (which in turn burns more calories than fat does, even at rest) and enhance stretching, which is important for keeping joints limber and preventing injury. If yoga classes seem too intimidating, read up on the practice of yoga and begin doing poses on your own. You may consider renting or buying a yoga DVD as well. Then, once you feel comfortable, look around for a yoga studio in your area. You are sure to feel the benefits - both physical and mental - that yoga provides.

Dr. Weil typically recommends that a person new to yoga splurge on a 1:1 session with a yoga therapist to better identify goals and limitations; then you can enter a class and know what postures to avoid and simply go into child's pose or rest.
Considering Weight Loss Supplements? Don't!

It's tempting to resort to weight-loss supplements in the daily battle against the bulge, but there are indeed no shortcuts. A study published online in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism concluded that there is no sound research evidence showing that any single product results in significant weight loss. A handful - including green-tea and fiber-based supplements - were associated with a modest loss of three to four pounds, but most were tested as part of a reduced-calorie diet, making the contribution of a supplement difficult to tease out. The article's author concluded that the ultimate key to weight loss is not supplements, but rather eating whole grains, fruits, vegetables and lean meats and exercising regularly. These suggestions are the basis of the anti-inflammatory diet found on Dr. Weil on Healthy Aging. Learn more about how to implement this Dr. Weil-recommended diet: start your 14-day free trial now!

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