You’d rather pay for a gymnasium membership than for a yoga class. Is it so? Why? Because in a gym, you are forced to believe that every calorie counts and every calorie can be burned. But, what if I told you that, “You don’t need to burn Calories to Lose Weight!” You’d probably chuckle and walk away from the conversation.
Or you’d definitely consider that I must have lost my mind. But in the early 2000s a Yogi and a Medical Researcher – Alan Kristal, in association with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, conducted an extensive study on the effects of yoga on weight-loss. This study surveyed around 15,000 middle-aged men and women about their physical activity and weight over time. They also controlled factors such as diet, health, and other forms of exercise that could cause changes in weight.
The study found that both overweight and normal-weight adults who regularly practiced yoga for at least 4 years were less likely to gain more weight than those who didn’t. In fact, those who were overweight and practiced yoga actually lost an average of 4 kgs during the four-year period, whereas the overweight non-practitioners gained double of it 8 kgs.
It was concluded that – The weight loss had nothing to do with burning calories. Kristal pointed out that, from a research standpoint it was unclear why practicing yoga helped people keep the weight off: “Except for very strenuous yoga practices, you don’t really burn enough energy to make any difference
in terms of weight.”
How Can Yoga Help You Lose Weight?
- Effective Stress Management leads to a reduction in stress eating
- Increased Body Awareness, specifically relating to hunger and satiety
- Mindfulness and Mindful Eating
These Celebs Lost Weight by Just Doing Yoga
It’s not just the middle-aged men and women who benefit from yoga, but also our favorite superstars. There has been a surge in our celebrities endorsing Yoga – not just good mental health but also for weight loss. These celebrity yoga advocates lost a ton of weight and got back in their fabulous shapes by practicing it regularly.
- Shilpa Shetty Kundra:
When you see the oomph beauty that this super-fit actress exudes, you will surely be amazed. Be it her ability to get all bendy while dancing or it is her quality of being calm in the most tyrannous situation, Shilpa Shetty Kundra is here to make a point!
The former owner of Rajasthan Royals gained attention with her Yoga Instructions DVD – “Shilpa’s Yoga.” Whether it is her million-dollar smile or well-toned figure, this leggy lass is surely up to give you some major fitness goals. Go, grab your yoga mats and get going!
Need we really tell you about the secret of this super-seductive actor’s fitness? Yes, the open secret is YOGA.
Be it on the top of the train with “Chaiya Chaiya”, or be it Munni asking for a “Zandu Bam” this actress has had the limelight on her for more than two decades. You will never be able to spot out a single difference in her figure. She has neither gained or lost weight even after so many years (no, we can’t stop gushing!).
- Alia Bhatt:
Whether it is that carefree and snobbish Shanaya from SOTY or the bold and beautiful Ananya from 2 States, there is nothing about Alia Bhatt that you can hate. Whether it is that charming smile or the composure she carries along, she is here to stay! Reports tell us that she never skips yoga even for a day and it is an essential part of her daily routine.
- Sonam Kapoor:
The fashion diva and the queen of the airport looks, this actress always looks straight out of a painting. She has been a constant advocate for practicing yoga. She also believes that her beauty shines more because of Yoga.
Even though Taimur is the most buzzed young celebrity in the town, his mother had once ruled the tabloids with her “Zero” figure back in the late 2000s. She has been an inspiration for a generation promoting Yoga and flaunting it gracefully after her successful pregnancy.
Be it Deepika Padukone, Lara Dutta, Neha Dhupia or Jacqueline Fernandez- each of them swear by Yoga for good!
Omkar Kulkarni is a self-proclaimed art appreciator, a certified film reviewer and someone’s favorite human being.