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Indian fitness myth: Yoga for fat loss?

Yash kaushik
Yash kaushik
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In today’s article, we will be discussing a very popular myth: Yoga for Fat Loss! First, let’s find out how people came to the conclusion that Yoga is for fat loss. 

Yoga has a lot of benefits to mental and physical health like improved flexibility, core strength, respiration, energy, circulatory health, stretching etc. Many studies have also tried to determine the effectiveness of yoga as a complementary intervention for cancer, asthma, and heart disease. However, these researchers have mixed and inconclusive results. 


Despite all the above-mentioned benefits, yoga cannot be considered as an effective physical activity to lose fat. And one should not solely depend on yoga for fat loss. The reason for that is, yoga does not allow you to burn more calories.

Now, here comes another myth - “But Yoga makes me sweat a lot!”

If you are doing yoga in a closed room or under the sun which might result in a lot of sweat doesn’t mean that you have lost pounds of fat in sweat. Sweat is the water that your body releases to maintain your body temperature. All you lose with sweat is body heat, body water, and electrolytes, particularly sodium.

Secret to fat loss! - CALORIE DEFICIT

It's known that diet is primary when it comes to fat loss. And irrespective of whether you're doing yoga or engaging in strength training, diet will play the protagonist. However, with strength training, you're bound to retain a lot more muscles than you would in yoga and muscles are equally important to almost all your daily functions. They're the engine of your system. Apart from this, energy expenditure too will be a lot more with strength training.
As for yoga, it should be a part of the daily routine because of the various benefits it has to offer.

Cheers! 

Yash Kaushik
Fitness consultant, SQUATS
Faculty, INFS

References :
https://www.health.harvard.edu/…/Calories-burned-in-30-minu…
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3415184/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28446827
 

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