Often we blame our genes for us being on the wrong side of the scale. Don’t we? But try giving it a second thought and you will see that there is a lot in our hands. This article gives you an insight into weight loss with yoga and for you to see a new you next time in the mirror.

Let’s talk about the story so far: weight loss and yoga. Can yoga really help losing weight? The basic fact about yoga is that it is an aerobic exercise that can help you get in shape when done at moderate speed. If you are looking for serious weight loss then it needs to be done under the supervision of a yoga expert and over a while. Yoga leaves you fresh and new every time you are done with your workout. The reason behind it is that it brings your mind, body, and breath on the same platform. This phenomenon makes it more interesting, easy and effective compared to other workouts.

You need to know the difference between weight loss/inch loss first. Gearing up for your best friend’s wedding; you start working out before a month’s time so that you are picture perfect on the wedding date. You lost an inch here and there from those places where you wanted it from and you are ready to go. You feel happy about it, the wedding is over and what you notice is that those inches are back after binging at the wedding.

Those who are looking at weight loss should chalk out a proper plan with the calendar and set small goals. These goals should be achievable; they give a lot of confidence when achieved and act as fuel to reach the next set of goals. So start your weight loss journey now.

Minding the Mind: The secret to weight loss is in getting your act right. We tend to find the solution to weight loss in those pills or bottles and the latest crazy diets too. But the truth lies in the fact that there is no other alternative to hard work, torching those unwanted calories in a way which is easy on your body and its fun too. For that, you need to set your mindset right. For the mind is where it all starts. If you are here then we assume that you mean serious business and honestly looking for an answer to weight loss.

Control Your Weight Before It Controls You

Age plays an important role in weight loss too, if you are young then the chances of you getting into the shape are high with minimal effort but it is tough for those who are on the other side of the thirties and looking for weight loss. Once you cross your thirties, special attention needs to be given to eating habits.

Fats, carbohydrates and proteins are the main contents of any meal. Choosing them wisely over the different meals of the day will help you to go a long way in achieving your goal. Complex carbohydrates and healthy fats can be a part of your breakfast but including the same for your supper might not be a great idea.

Also, tracking your diet can help give you an idea of where your macronutrients are coming from. Remember to track each and everything which goes in. This will make you aware of what you are having throughout the day and next time will make you think twice before gulping down your favourite cupcake. The more you educate yourself with the food labels, the more you become cautious and avoid them. It’s all about bringing it to awareness. Keep the fun factors going!

Sticking to your goals and diet plan and achieving those calls for applause. Keep yourself motivated till the goal is accomplished. With your daily yoga routine try to include these over the weekend.

  1. Go out with your friends on a short trek on the outskirts of the city. Being outdoors helps you to be close to nature and gives you the required break from your yoga schedule.

It’s important to be outdoors as it elevates you, gives you the required break and helps you prepare for the yoga routine this coming week. Most important of all is that these activities have helped you torch down calories. You can excuse yourself for the slice of pizza at the end of the day.

  • Plan a beach trip – When was the last when you walked barefoot on the white sands of the blue seas and the froth of the waves kissing your feet? Make the best of the beach trip by walking on the never-ending shores and don’t forget to carry your yoga mat.
  • Bicycle anyone? Bicycling is another outdoor activity which gives you a good workout and with friends around you won’t even come to know the distance you have travelled.

Your weight loss efforts get boosted when you follow a planned balanced diet and a good yoga routine, both taught extensively at an Art of Living Yoga programme.

The writer is a senior meditation teacher with the Art of Living, a yogi and author of ‘Looking Inward: Meditating to Survive in a Changing World’.

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