I signed up for bikram yoga last month, also to try to lose weight since I;m not great with sticking to a diet. I’m trying to lose 5-10 pounds or just tone up. I’v etried it befre but not on a regular basis.
So far I havent noticed a lot of weight loss. I;ve been going 2-4 times a week, so maybe I am not doing it often enough. But I did notice that my stomache is flatter,my skin is better, I sleep better and my back pain is much better now. So I defientely reccomend it for wellness.
I’ve heard mixed reviews on whether you really lose weight with it. One of the people who work at my yoga studio told me he lost 40 lbs doing bikram for 3 months. I havent noticed much change on my scale but he also seemed overweight, so maybe it makes a bigger difference if you are totally out of shape. I range from 125-130lbs at 5’6… I’d like to be 118-120 for my wedding but would really like to tone up my arms and back. (which are what shows most in your wedding dress) so maybe lifting some light weigths would be better?
The pros of bikram: better skin, better sleep, better posture and alleviates back pain if you have it. And I think moderate weight loss depending on how often you go
The cons: It’s expensive, very time consuming, and smelly rooms (all bikram yoga studios are carpeted) so if you dont like sweat, other peoples body odor its not for you….
Dont eat before class, it will make you nauseaus.
Drink a liter of water and hr before (not right before)
Go early to get a good spot, if you are not used to teh heat stay near the door.
Do not eat stinky food before, try to eat clean (the food smell can literally come trhough your pores and your neighbors will definetely notice)
Make sure to drink water afterwards and before. because you can get very dehydrated. I noticed I got constipated when I first started doing bikram and my skin got really dry because I wasnt drinking enough water.
I fell off the wagon this week, but will try to go at least 4X a week from now on… I’ll keep you posted on whether it makes a difference….