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Losing Weight With Yoga

Losing weight with yoga is not just a trend. Once started doing yoga daily will bring with it numerous other rewards that is not just weight loss related. The practice of yoga will help improve your flexibility, agility, and mental acuity.

If you want to lose weight, yoga can be your ally. Losing weight with yoga can be achievable. There are yoga poses that will help you lose weight. When you practice this sport, you do much more than burn calories. You also improve your mental health, which will help you decrease your anxiety, and therefore you’ll eat less and better. If you combine a healthy diet with some yoga exercises, you can take care of your figure in a healthy way.

Why does yoga help you lose weight?

Asanas tone the muscles and allow your body to function better. Respiration brings oxygen to the body’s cells to make it work better. It also provides us with the physical and psychological energy needed to control the desire to eat.

Principles of the Yoga diet

There are various postures that yoga teachers recommend to those people who, in addition to harmonizing their body, mind and spirit, seek yoga to lose weight. Examples of these postures are:

Fish posture or Matsyasana

Fish posture or Matsyasana

Cobra Posture

Cobra PostureCandle Posture

Candle Posture
Warrior Stance

Warrior Stance
Sun Greeting Posture

Sun Greeting Posture

You’ll know more about these postures as you start and familiarize yourself with various yoga poses.
There seems to be many misconceptions about yoga floating around that somehow frightens people who wish to undertake this activity. One of the major misconceptions about yoga that so many people to be true is that you need to have the perfect posture you find in illustrations.
When you are a beginner you do not need to concentrate about how good your poses look. As a first-time yoga practitioner, you need to only concentrate on what you are doing and tune your mind and body together so you get comfortable in your new exercise routine. Yes, you would look silly at first. To the observer, we all do look silly stretching and bending about. Don’t worry about this. Soon, you’ll be concentrating on your exercises that you won’t have time to think about what others will think.

Yoga improves the health of those who practice it, thanks to its many benefits. Yoga brings an expansion in all fields of human existence. Daily yoga practice guarantees a firm body, a stable mind, and a benevolent spirit.

(Read: Start doing yoga at home)

Physical Benefits of Yoga

Strength: asanas tone every part of the body.
Resistance: Regular practice increases working capacity.
Flexibility: A young body is maintained and resettled through a correct stretch.
Posture: While the tone and flexibility are balanced, an upright and effortless posture is established.
Power: Improving glandular performance and deep relaxation let one cool and calm.
Health: A consistent welfare state is experienced when the mind and body are balanced.
Improvement of blood circulation.

Mental benefits of Yoga

Concentration: The penetration of yoga postures deepens and extends concentration, memory retention, and attention.
Emotional Stability: contact with the inner self gives insight into life and isolates the mind from alterations.
Peace: Tranquility of the mind, tolerance in mind, and absorption in the inner self generates a permanent state of peace and tranquility.
Self-recognition: Develops the necessary skills to understand the functioning of the mind through observing the activity of the body itself and breathing.
Integral and progressive development of mind and body: facilitating the expression of the practitioner’s potentials and strengthening self-esteem.

Spiritual Benefits of Yoga

Wisdom: A persistent practice develops knowledge that flourishes as wisdom.
Freedom: justness and wisdom lead to the experience of freedom in daily life.
Integration: The regular exploration and the connection of the mental, spiritual, physical and emotional layers lead to an integral state of harmony.
Major rest during the night.
Calm: Another way of coping with problems.

A healthy and balanced life is not all about weight loss. A healthy life is but the result of a lifetime of good decision making based on our conscious choices to WANT to live healthy.
Give yourself a chance and start practicing yoga today.

 

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7 Ways To Kickstart Your Body’s Metabolism

 

You know your metabolism is up because your body functions and runs like a well-maintained and oiled machine. You have a steady weight and more energetic, you can just function in your day-to-day tasks without any problems. Yet, many people these days find themselves weak, lethargic, and lacking the drive to do anything. Some might immediately attribute it to depression, blues, or other emotional problems (which may be true, better to consult your physician) but there are times when all you really need to do is kickstart your body’s metabolic rate and you’ll be in that “happy” place. To figure out how to get to that happy place though we need to do some things and incorporate some lifestyle changes daily until they become our daily eating and exercising habits.
We’ll break down these things into seven easy to digest actions and go about them one by one.

1.) Start doing some heavy lifting and do more of it
For many people starting out their fitness routines they think that just by burning calories would be enough to get them to that happy place and lose weight. Constant glances at the calorie-burned counter on one’s Fitbit or machine is often what people do, thinking that if they add more time to the workout and make the number higher then it will be “better”. It’s not really a fool-proof case though. If you want your metabolic furnace to actually start burning during your daily routine you need to concentrate on toning and adding muscle to your physique. Here’s the thing, muscle burns more fat. Try to fit a total body strength workout two to three times per week using weights that are heavy enough for you to make ten repetitions in the difficult level. This will help you get toned and burn not only calories but fat.

2.) Start eating protein in the morning and afternoon
To crank up your metabolism, you need to eat quality protein. They come in the form of eggs, fish, legumes, yogurt, and lean meats. Most people have their protein at night for dinner by opting for chicken or fish, that’s easy. But if you want to get the most of your protein, have it during breakfast and lunch. As you build your muscle with heavy lifting consume your protein of choice before and after your regular weight training workouts. Your body works double time to break down and process calories that comes from protein than from carbs or fat which results in a slight bump in your metabolism. Protein is also the key in feeling satiated. It makes you feel fuller and helps your body burn more calories by breaking it down. Hence, you are hitting two birds with one stone.

3.) Manage your stress
It’s not a secret that chronic stress is unhealthy. Stress affects your body in more severe ways than most people may care to think. A high level of stress in your body makes you burn less calories. Stress can change the way your body metabolizes fat and it even led to the reduction of the benefits you get when eating healthy. Your digestive system just doesn’t function properly when you’re too stressed out.

4.) You can snack before bedtime
Yes you read this part right BUT before you dash to your fridge to reward yourself with a sweet treat keep in mind that not all snacks are created equal. The right and proper bedtime snack will help boost your metabolism. It does this by keeping your blood sugar level stable. When your blood sugar level is stable your pancreas will secrete a fat-burning hormone called glucagon.
To crank up your body’s glucagon production, eat a protein-rich diet. Protein helps stimulate the production of glucagon by sending a signal to brain that “you’re going hunting” and it is safe to shed fat because you’re going to replenish it after. Protein helps promote a longer lasting feeling of fullness. This helps you stay satisfied especially on a lower calorie diet.
Be sure to eat high quality protein. Choose good meats for your meals and snacks like grass-fed beef and lamb, wild seafood like salmon, mackerel, sardines, and other “oily” fish varieties, pastured poultry and eggs, grass-fed whey protein, game meats like elk, rabbit, etc)

5.) Go to sleep early
Being a very busy individual juggling work, a social life, family, and probably another type of job in the process, sleep may be something last on your “to-do list” for the day. I’m willing to bet that you’d skip it if you can. But the thing is, sleep is actually very important for your health and body. Sleep deserves priority status. Not getting enough rest wreaks havoc on your body’s metabolism. Your brain misreads your body’s cues which in turn might rev up your appetite because it thinks you need so much more energy to help fuel your late-night forays.

6.) Move right now!
You might be confused with this next suggestion. Even if you do one hour exercise routines daily that’s still not enough especially if you spend so much time sitting down. You are stalling your metabolism throughout the day. Movement not only burns calories, it keeps your metabolism high. Make an effort to stand up at your desk, go outside, walk around your house or building once or twice, go down stairs, do these movements whenever possible. More movements during the day even if it’s just walking down a hallway will keep your body and metabolism running. If you face a desk most of the time, consider investing in a standing desk.

7.) Stop obsessing about calories
People who want to boost their metabolism often stress and obsess about calorie-counting but this is not the full picture. Calories fuel your body and helps your metabolism run efficiently. If you take in too few, you’ll start feeling hungry and more fatigued. To combat this, again eat more protein like fish, eggs, and meat. Healthy fats are also needed like what you can get from olive oil, almond butter, avocadoes. Fresh fruits and veggies will also help deliver high-quality, nutritionally dense calories to your body. All these helps your metabolism run optimally. When it does, it helps burn more calories. If your metabolism is low your body just conserves calories thus leading to weight gain.

 

It’s the little things we do daily that help boost our health and metabolism. Little things that translate to big changes when we add them all together.

 

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