Does Yoga Meditation Help With Weight Loss?

For a very long time, proponents of yoga meditation have, to varying extents, touted its advantages in terms of increased flexibility, lowered blood pressure and cholesterol, a more robust immune system, maintaining a healthy body weight, and even weight loss. A recent study did substantiate these claims, with the exception of the last one: weight loss. A study in 2006 with over 100 men and women did not uphold that claim. Instead, there were marked decreases in measurements of metabolism, which would by extension make it harder to lose weight. New York Times science writer William Broad summarized the findings, also stating that the level of aerobic activity involved in even the most strenuous yoga routines to be insufficient versus current public health recommendations.

Does Yoga Meditation Help With Weight Loss?

New York Times journalist and senior science writer William Broad took a serious look at the science of yoga to get a better idea of its benefits. His book offers a revealing look at what’s real and what’s not in the world of yoga.

Broad found scientific evidence that yoga relieves stress, benefiting the heart by lowering blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol.

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“It’s wonderful for your cardiovascular system,” Broad told CBS 5.

Additional research showed Broad that all the spinal flexing, bending and stretching might also benefit your back. The movements may help to better deliver nutrients to the discs and that may fight spinal deterioration.

Broad also collected studies, many done in the San Francisco Bay Area, that yoga may be a good anti-aging tonic.

“There’s cutting-edge evidence that suggests that it can lengthen the lifespan of individual cells in your body,” said Broad.

Read the entire piece at sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com:

Here’s my take on whether or not yoga meditation will produce weight loss. First of all, a single isolated study doesn’t say much. It’s a body of similar, statistically valid work that together adds up to a weight of evidence from which any valid conclusions can be drawn. Some immediate questions come to my mind: What style of yoga were the study participants using, what were their diets, and most importantly, what were their baseline body weights to start with? Critical factors with any study are whether or not that study has enough “statistical power” to draw any conclusions from, and also what was the key endpoint that was being measured. If there aren’t literally enough bodies in the study, it becomes impossible to say much of anything at all about the outcomes. So, the bottom line is probably this: Don’t worry about one news blip on the yoga radar. If you want to get your heart rate up, try revolution yoga. If you want to lose some weight, why not try using the Tibetan Chakra Diet or a more vegan style diet.

How do you weigh in on this topic? Leave a comment below or click like and share with your friends and family. I’ll be bringing you more on this and many other yoga related subjects in the weeks and months ahead, while trying to put them into perspective.

Yoga is invigoration in relaxation. Freedom in routine. Confidence through self control. Energy within and energy without.                                                — Ymber Delecto

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