Every year, you get to have a fresh start. So, what’s your new year’s resolution? Does it involve taking care of your health or perhaps losing weight? Are you determined to aberrate from the path taken by 26.2 percent of adults in the U.S who are obese? This specific data was gathered by the most recent Gallup-Healthways report with regards to the rate of obesity in the U.S.
Generally speaking, yoga is known for its ability to bolster and even sustain one’s weight loss efforts. Ever since, there have been a lot of studies about this particular workout routine. Provided below is the latest news about Yoga.
One of the studies conducted last year was about restorative yoga. The results of this particular study were presented at the 73rd Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes. It reports show that restorative yoga is responsible for burning subcutaneous fat which then leads to an individual’s reduction of weight.
There was also a clinical study conducted on 171 respondents. These respondents were obese women and they were divided accordingly. One group took the restorative yoga program while the other undergone stretching sessions. Both sessions lasted for 48 weeks. The plan for this particular study was to have each group perform their assigned workout routine twice per week for approximately 12 weeks. Then for the next six months, then it will be done twice per month and on the discretion of each respondent for the remaining three months. Of course, every study must have control data which means that measurements were obtained such as the subcutaneous and visceral measurements from each respondent.
This study showed that those who have been assigned to perform yoga have lost approximately 34 square centimeters fat under the skin while the other group who was doing the stretching session only lost 6 square centimeters. Those who took yoga also lost weight more than those who belong to the stretching group. They lost 1.7 Kilograms while the other group lost at average of 0.7 kilogram.
There was one explanation provided by the American Journal of Managed Care. They stated that the difference may have been caused by the ability of yoga to lessen an individual’s cortisol level. Cortisol has been known to increase a person’s abdominal fat especially when that person is subjected to high levels of stress.
Another study which has been published in a report stated that if a person participates in short term yoga, the person’s weight is reduced plus it also lessens an overweight man’s risk of having a heart disease.
This study was conducted on 51 respondents which were all overweight and obese. They were subjected to a directed 10 day yoga program which included the asana or the yoga postures and pranayama or breathing exercises. After this program, the researchers have noticed a tremendous decrease in weight which was at an average of 1.9 kilograms. In addition to that, there was also a significant decrease in the potential risk of a person to various heart diseases. They also noticed a decrease in blood pressure, inflammatory marker IL-6 and bodily substances which are responsible for the regulation of glucose and fat metabolism. This study has been very helpful since it has proven that even a short term yoga program can lessen a person’s risk to cardiovascular diseases.