i'm a 17 year old girl weighing 75kg and my height is 1601cm . what are the yogasans i could practice to reduce my weight and become physically fit?

(June 17, 2011)

For those who want to begin the battle of the bulge, different weight loss programs are available. There is no such thing as an ideal weight loss program as a program suited to one person may not be suited to another. More so, in order to reduce weight, the ideal weight loss program needs to be tailored to suit you, your lifestyle, your likes and dislikes and your general state of health and well-being.

Adding yoga to your weight loss schedule can be very beneficial. Not only are yoga poses beneficial for weight loss, they also help relieving stress, improve posture, prevent health problems and bring out general well being of the person. A yoga pose also known as yoga asana can be performed to assist in weight loss. Asanas such as the Dhanurasan or the bow pose, the paschimottanasan or the seated forward bend pose, the chakra padasan or the leg rotation pose, Sarpasan or the snake pose, Trikonasan or the triange pose, ardha halasan or the half plough pose and the uddiyan or the abdominal lock are just some of the many yoga poses that can be practiced regularly in order to tone the body.

Hatha yoga poses form part of the classical school of yoga. Hatha yoga poses give us the impression that the workout is not very vigorous. However, if hatha yoga is practiced regularly and consistently and if one follows the right diet while practicing this form of exercise, weight loss is possible. Begin with finding the right yoga instructor who will advise you about the right form of yoga to follow. Ashtanga yoga is another form of yoga that is being practiced by many people who want to lose weight. As for power yoga, it is the latest fitness fad in many gyms and health clubs. This modernized form of yoga, gives a good cardiovascular workout to the body. For some individuals though reducing weight simply by practicing yoga might not be enough. In such cases, yoga can be combined with another form of sport or exercise.

It is possible to reduce weight by walking, swimming, running, skipping and also aerobics. Reducing weight by exercise is the right way to shed those extra pounds. However, it is important to stick to the exercise schedule. Skipping sessions will not help. More so, once you have reached the weight you want, you need to continue exercising in order to maintain the ideal body weight. Exercise combined with diets to reduce weight is the ideal way to achieve that sleek look you aspire for. It is important to keep one thing in mind – you need to spend more than you consume, that is, calorie spending should be more than the calorie intake. This will help you lose weight and sustain the weight loss. To reduce weight, the diet plan should be made in such a way that it suits your lifestyle. For instance, if you have a sedentary job, you need to watch what kind of calories go into your body and if your job keeps you on your toes all the time, the diet plan should be charted out accordingly.

Whatever be the diet you opt for, you need to ensure that you are consuming adequate quantities of proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, fiber and good fats. If you want to reduce weight only by eating less, you are headed for a fall. Eating less will help you lose weight rapidly, but will not help you sustain your weight. More so, it may turn into an eating disorder. Therefore eating right and not eating less is the key to battle that bulge. Have smaller portions and instead of having three heavy meals, spread out the eating by having 5 smaller meals. To reduce weight, calculators are quite helpful in keeping a track of what you are eating, how many calories you are consuming and how many calories you should be burning. Some people advise reducing weight with ayurveda, an ancient Indian traditional medicinal practice. A good ayurvedic diet will tell you the right foods to eat and what to avoid and will be based on your body type.

You can also reduce weight by drinking water. Water boosts our metabolism and also tweaks the digestive system. Drinking adequate water keeps our body hydrated. More so, sometimes we tend to confuse thirst with hunger and indulge in that extra piece of candy or go for the cookie jar. You need to realize here that your body is asking for water and not for food. Therefore drinking enough water will help prevent mindless munching between meals. We need to have at least around 1 to 2 liters of water each day. Some people believe that it is possible to reduce weight by honey and lime water. This mixture had first thing in the morning is advised by many fitness experts. This helps digestion. Again, we need to remember that this alone will not work. Dietary and lifestyle modifications are essential in order to reduce weight.

A person who reduces weight by natural means is on the right track. By natural ways we mean the right amount of physical activity, the right diet, drinking plenty of water and avoiding stress. Weight loss pills and supplements do exist, however not all findings are conclusive about their effectiveness. Another misconception among people is that spot reduction of weight is possible. By doing a hundred abdominal crunches alone, you will not reduce weight around your waist. Or, by picking up heavy dumbbells alone you will not reduce weight in your arms. What is needed is a holistic form of exercise that targets all body parts. Spot reduction of weight is almost next to impossible.

Finally, women find it very difficult to reduce weight pregnancy. However, they need to realize that a little amount of extra fat after childbirth is but natural and that it is possible to cut it down by following the right kind of diet and exercise. Reducing weight after delivery is not impossible; it only needs a bit of will power and discipline.

Submitted by A on June 17, 2011 at 06:47

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