Q&A Wednesday

Q&A Wednesday: Can you lose weight with yoga?

Hey Bad Yogi Family!

How’s your week been? Hopefully you’ve had a great one and have been enjoying the March calendar so far 🙂

Today’s question is around a touchy subject, but I thought it was an important one to tackle. Lots of people have asked if it’s possible to lose weight with yoga, and I think the answer might take you by surprise.

Remember that everyone is on a different journey and at different points on their own path. When voicing your opinion below, remember to be sensitive to the feelings of those who might be struggling with this topic, or for whom it might be triggering. Let’s keep this a supportive environment, friends!

Over to you! Have you found good results with yoga? It doesn’t have to be in weight loss, but have you found that yoga’s helped you achieve whatever physical (and mental) goals you had for yourself? 

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    LisaZ

    March 23, 2016 at 5:34 am

    Agree. Anything that gets your heart rate up and eating healthy will help you loose weight. You just have to remember that it wont happen overnight. It took time to put the weight on and it will take time to take the weight off. Don’t give up and don’t beat yourself up when you endulge in a sweet treat or skip a day of exercise. Also don’t rely on what the scale says take your measurements. You will loose inches before you loose pounds! For everyone who is struggling with this right now, don’t give up you are on the right track. Keep going keep pushing you will get there!

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    Jade

    March 23, 2016 at 6:26 am

    I always think it’s strange when people ask about weight loss. The principle is so simple: if you take in more than you burn off / use in a day, you gain weight. If you burn up / use more than you take in, you lose weight. A physically healthy person takes in the right amount, which is in balance with their lifestyle. That’s pretty much it. The hard part isn’t knowing how to lose weight. We all know that if we exercise often enough and eat healthy, we’ll be fit. We know what is healthy and what isn’t, you don’t need tons of books for that. Vegetable good. Candy bad. The hard part is actually doing it, and keeping it up.

    That being said, I’m not against people who aren’t super thin and fit. I’m not like that either. You can do yoga and not lose weight and that’s totally fine! Losing weight should not always be the goal. For me the goal is to find a balance between the healthy and the unhealthy, because being a little unhealthy body-wise can be quite healthy for the mind. By that I mean that we all need some ice cream and chocolate in front of the TV every now and then. It is called Bad Yogi after all…

    I just think it’s so weird when people ask about weight loss. Of course you can lose weight by doing yoga! Yoga = moving your body = burning / using energy = weight loss. It’s so simple!

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      Camille

      March 23, 2016 at 10:32 am

      Using yoga as an avenue to weight lose may work as Erin mentioned. I agree that more body movement and eating real food is always a benefit. However, I think that often the approach to weight lose is not on target. If a person practices yoga as a restorative and meditative tool it can help to clear the mind and create the desire to address unhealthy habits that result in weight issues. I do not believe that permanent weight lose can be achieved when a person mindlessly go about their day. Yoga is not as simple as just striking a pose.

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    Becca

    March 23, 2016 at 6:29 am

    I suffered from migraines all my life, no matter what I tried nothing helped.
    Until I tried yoga! I feel so much better now, rarely have a headache and in general am more agile. Yoga is definitely the best thing that happened to me in a long time.

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    mario

    March 23, 2016 at 6:47 am

    For me, some years ago, first two months 1h / 6 days a week practice, I lost 6 Kg (15 pounds) and I was quite skinny… and the body is still changing everyday 😀

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    Sarah Krug

    March 23, 2016 at 6:55 am

    While I am wearing the same size, I actually gained a few pounds since beginning my journey about a year and a half ago. I attribute this to building muscle mass but I’m not entirely sure if that is the case. Like Lisa said, I don’t rely on the scale anymore. I have been trying to take my yoga journey in a different direction and not worry so much about the number on the scale. Instead trying to be healthy and happy. It’s no easy task as I have been fighting the scale since I was a very young girl. It’s definitely a retraining the brain kind of thing! Some days are easier than others. I just keep my trying. I learn something new about myself and my body every day therefore I feel like I’m accomplishing my goal for the day. 🙂

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    Angie Giallourakis

    March 23, 2016 at 8:33 am

    I also agree with your comments. Increased heartrate produces opportunity to burn calories. i have also become more mindful of the waY my body works. My posture has improved, etc.
    For me, yoga has produced a very positive outlook and I am pleased with the changes in my strength.
    I am 61years and I never thought my body could perform so effectively on the mat..

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    Lexi

    March 23, 2016 at 9:12 am

    I can’t say I’ve lost much weight doing yoga, if you’re looking at a scale, no. But I have a) improved my overall health b) improved my balance c) improved my flexibility, OH, and, yeah, the scale hasn’t gone down by much, but my clothes fit better, because I’m replacing fat with lean muscle, and lean muscle is denser than fat so it takes up less space.

    As a daughter of a model, I’ve NEVER understood people’s obsession with a scale. Models don’t get the job on how much they weigh, but how well they fit into the clothes. Maybe rethink ‘weight loss’ as ‘muscle gain’ or ‘body reproportioning’, because I’d rather be me at my weight with solid strong muscle than anything else.

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    Cherie'

    March 23, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    I have lost 85 pounds in the last year, but attribute most of it to eating better.

    I use yoga as a form of exercise, but I never do much of anything intense. What I have noticed… it bigger biceps! Who would have known?

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    Jennifer

    March 23, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    At times I use yoga to get my heart pumping and other days I doing something less active that helps me destress. So far, I haven’t experienced any weight loss because I’m doing yoga but I have found that my weight seems to be more stable when I’m consistently doing yoga. I’m ok with not being at the “perfect” weight if my number is stable over time. For me stability means I’m staying within the same 5 lb. range and yoga definitely helps with that.

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    Sydni

    March 30, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    Great question! Thanks for answering, Erin.

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    thomasreye

    May 24, 2016 at 3:21 am

    Hey, nice sharing. Yeah yoga is very helpful for lose weight. Your post gives me more information on lose weight and healthy body with Yoga. Yoga is also important for our mind refreshment and it’s very helpful for all. So, thanks for sharing.

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    David

    May 1, 2018 at 4:57 am

    You can lose a lot of weight with yoga. I lost five kilos in four months doing the following yoga burn program: https://bit.ly/2w3s1A2
    It is worth a try for those who haven´t the time to visit regular classes. Enjoy!

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