(Closed) Yoga and weight loss?

posted 5 years ago in Fitness
Post # 2
6902 posts
Busy Beekeeper

No, but I think you could if you chose that route.  I have a huge increase in strength and flexibility.  The strength part means bigger muscles, means more calories burned on a daily basis.  There are a lot of yoga programs out there that involve more cardio.  I’ve been using DoYouYoga which keeps coming out with freebies.  The yoga shred challenge is exhausting – it must be doing something!  But my husband and I alternate between the more mellow yogas and a cardio program (Jillian Michaels Shred)

Post # 3
5009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

Weight loss comes from a calorie deficit rather than any specific exercise. Yoga is great and I love it, but nothing will make you lose weight if you don’t eat less than your body is burning.

Post # 4
878 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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BeeutifulBee:  I’ve been a Bikram yogi for years, so I can kind of speak to that particular style of yoga. Personally, I have never experienced significant weight loss from praticing Bikram yoga (I’ve always been small though), but I have witnessed others drop large amounts of weight in a few months of regular practice (3+ times per week). For these people, I don’t know how much of the weight loss was due to the yoga, how much was due to changes in diets or other factors… regardless, the results have been pretty incredible. For myself, Bikram has helped me tone up and build a lot of muscle, particularly in my legs and back. My weight has basically stayed the same (or perhaps even increased by a few pounds), but I definitely look leaner than I did before starting a regular practice.

Post # 5
62 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Although i havent tried it i do know that there were many people who lost weight with programs like PIYO which is pilates and yoga…it depends on what yoga you are doing i think – i do more low key yoga as my rest day to stretch, etc but couldnt see losing weight with that!  Good luck!

Post # 6
2543 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Bikram helped me build muscle but I didn’t really lose a lot of weight. I looked and felt great, though. I haven’t been into it since I had a complicated surgery but I highly recommend it.

Post # 7
942 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Yoga added that UMPH to my workout that I needed in addition to making me thinner/drop sizes. People kept commenting I was so thin and I attribute it to my 2 yoga classes per week (on top of running and BodyPump).

My friend teaches yoga and said it lengthens the muscle so that’s why I was thinner and my clothes fit better/were looser (almost too loose but I didn’t complain).

Additionally I got good stretches and relieved stress!

Post # 8
934 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969 - City, State

I went from 130 to 115 after a couple of months of doing hot vinyasa 4-5 times a week.  I eat much more now than I did before and am still losing weight.  I’m also a lot more toned and flexible.  I laugh when people say hot yoga isn’t a real workout.  

Post # 9
823 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2017 - Sea Cider

Hatha yoga in a hot room is amazing for toning/strength/flexibility, but I tend to plateau in my weight loss if I don’t also do cardio (I consider yoga to be a strength training session)

Post # 10
228 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

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BeeutifulBee:  I’m not big into yoga as I prefer cardio and weight lifting but I do incorpoate it into my routine for the benefits of core strength and flexibility. When it comes to weightloss though, I am of the belief thatit stems more from one’s diet/eating habbits; and building muscle stems from one’s workout regimine.

Post # 11
1836 posts
Buzzing bee

I recommend Bikram, too. I don’t think I lost weight from doing it, but I lost weight because I was doing it. What I mean by that is that when I did Bikram 3-5 times per week I totally avoided processed food and unhealthy habits because it just didn’t fit with how great and healthy I felt from the yoga practice. I would come home and want some fresh fruit and vegetables — and I definitely didn’t want anything “bad.” And THAT made me lose weight. So I think it was the influence of the yoga practice on all other aspects of my life — especially diet and good sleeping habits, not the yoga itself. Hope this makes sense. 

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