Yoga Diet & Obesity

Yoga proposes quite a few ways to get rid of obesity. These include exercises, the practice of Yogasanas, and pranayamas.

Suggested below are a few.

  • Regular exercises such as running, swimming etc
  • Yogasanas such as Paschimottanasana, Bhujangasana, Sarvangasana, Halasana, Dhanurasana, Veerasana, Trikonasana and Ardha Matsyendrasana.


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Yoga food habits for Obesity

  • Have fixed timings for lunch and dinner
  • Time difference between meals must be at least 4 hours.
  • Have a low fat meal, with fiber rich vegetables and fruits.
  • Decrease quantity of fats, excess calories, sweets, milk, butter, cheese etc in meals.

Here are some interesting things worth knowing. Carbohydrates can be divided into the good and bad carbs. Bad carbs are simple carbs such as sugars and refined flours. In weight control, we suggest you get rid of them completely. Good carbs are complex carbs such as whole grains. They too can be eliminated or reduced drastically for up to a week; but should then you should add them back. However, take care with gluten-containing grains. This is because of gluten's sticky quality. As a matter of fact, taking the last three letters off of gluten would make the name itself extremely descriptive.

Likewise, it is best to avoid wheat altogether during your weight control program since, of all grains, wheat has the highest gluten content. Other gluten-containing grains include barley, oats, rye, spelt and kamut. Corn is also best avoided since it is a common allergen, as is wheat.

The best whole grains for obesity control are millet, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat and kasha.

Since obesity control is largely about detoxification, it would help to know that fresh, organic vegetables are also great detoxifiers. Salads made of fresh herbs are an excellent choice during summers. In the cold weather, vegetable soups containing herbs and spices make an excellent and nutritious meal. You can use steamed veggies anytime, and fresh vegetable juices are, likewise, excellent. Vegetables also go well with grains and beans. They can be blended together, or a small handful of grains and/or beans could be added to vegetable soups. Some vegetables like sweet potatoes and winter squash are heavier and more nourishing and should, therefore, be used sparingly.

In warm weather, the obesity diet would comprise lemon water upon waking, fresh fruit for breakfast, rice and steamed vegetables with bean sprouts for lunch, salad for dinner and pure water and dandelion or burdock tea between meals. In winters, try a warm lemon drink in the mornings, kasha for breakfast, grains and bean combinations with cooked veggies for lunch, vegetable soups for dinner and warm water or ginger tea between meals.

You will soon notice that, once emptied and cleansed, your system is once again ready to receive its full quota of full nourishment. Take it easy, though or you could bloat up once more. Regular practice of Yoga can definitely help reduce the obesity. However you must learn specific Yoga Techniques that are more effective for in weight reduction.

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