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Proven way to lose fat without breaking a sweat

Kathleen Blanchard's picture

Finding time and motivation to exercise is daunting for anyone, especially if you have only gotten as far as just thinking about ways to lose weight. If you are at your wit's end with counting calories you may want to consider the benefits of restorative yoga. The gentle practice can melt fat without making you sweat.


One of the great things about restorative yoga is that anyone can do it. You do not have to be flexible and you are never too old. The practice that can help with fat loss was studied for overweight women and shown help overweight women get rid of unsightly fat underneath the skin.

Maria G. Araneta, PhD, MPH, of the University of California, San Diego designed the study that was published in 2013 but probably never got the media attention it deserved.

The finding, published in AJMC - American Journal of Managed Care - are worth reviving given recent focus on obesity statistics in the US, interest in weight loss supplements and just for anyone who wants to get ready for the beach.

Dr. Araneta's study showed restorative yoga practice led to more fat loss than stretching.

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When Araneta and her team compared restorative yoga to stretching they discovered restorative yoga helped women lose more fat. The women also maintained what they lost, compared to the stretching group.

Restorative yoga incorporates gentle stretching and holding postures that can be performed sitting, lying and even on the couch or in a chair.

Researchers think calming the mind and practicing gentle yoga lowers cortisol levels that is a stress hormone known to affect metabolism and weight gain and loss.

Other ways Yoga helps with weight loss

It's also possible that practicing yoga simply allows us to be more mindful of what we eat. It might also help us manage the way we perceive stress that can lead to overeating and binge eating and higher cortisol levels.