Yoga and weight loss
is a connection most people don’t get.
But Yoga and weight loss are natural
outcomes for many reasons.You don’t have
to stress to have weight loss. You don’t have
to have rapid heart beat to have weight loss.
Most of humans in the western culture put on a few pounds
as we age. However we have to seriously look at :
reasons why: more sendatary
ingestion of carbohydrates
read how belly fat is associated with diabetes
the area of fat storage:
read about belly fat.
what we can do to remedy it:
become more active
become more selective in food choices
read how food additives increase belly fat and promote kidney disease
eat rationally not emotionally
Yoga and weight loss are connected in that yoga brings
awareness to the motivations we employ in everyday
living. Yoga and weight loss are natural outcomes when
we practice regularly ( at least 3x/week) and make better
food choices, realize that are apestat tells us when we are
full and with yoga we read this apestat earlier in the eating
process so we eat less and snack less.
One place that can be helpful in applying the
yamas and niyamas of yoga is in reducing excess belly fat.
It has been linked to diabetes, cardiovascular disease,
some cancers and stress. You know you are stressed
by whether or not you are aware of your breath.
If you are not aware you most likely are shallow
breathing or you hold your breath throughout
the day. This creates stress and releases the
“fight-or-flight” stress hormones that are produced
in the adrenal glands: cortisol, norepinephrine
When you first get stressed, these hormones
are released to your circulatory system. It is
meant to help you in the survival mode. Today
in the U.S. we think survival is based on FOMO
with our cell phone or ipads. We think survival
is reliant on getting our way, meeting our schedules,
arriving on time, etc. Things are not truly life
threatening. We may even feel to slow down
and understand and emotion that is welling
up inside of us is a threat. Here are the
negative effects of stress on the body.
The hormone Norepinephrine tells your body
to stop producing insulin so that you can have
plenty of fast-acting blood glucose ready.
Epinephrine will relax the muscles in your
stomach and intestines and decrease blood
flow to these organs. Once the stressor has
passed, cortisol tells the body to stop
producing these hormones and to go back
to digesting regularly. It’s normal for your
cortisol levels to go up and down throughout
the day, but when you are chronically
stressed your cortisol level goes up — and stays there.
When your stress and cortisol levels are
high, the body actually resists weight loss.
The primitive part of the brain thinks times
are hard and you might starve, so it hoards
the fat you eat or have present on your body.
Cortisol tends to take fat from healthier areas,
like your butt and hips, and move it to your
abdomen which has more cortisol receptors.
This area is the risk factor for heart attacks!
Is it the belly fat or is it the constant or
heightened state of stress? Does it matter
Yoga and weight loss deal with the cause.
Do your remember cause and effect?
In the process of constant or heightened stress,
the survival mode turns once–healthy
peripheral fat into unhealthy visceral fat
(the fat in your abdomen that surrounds
your organs) that increases inflammation
and insulin resistance in the body. This
belly fat then leads to more cortisol
because it has higher concentrations
of an enzyme that converts inactive
cortisone to active cortisol. The more
belly fat you have, the more active
cortisol will be converted by these
enzymes — yet another vicious
cycle created by visceral fat.
Yoga and weight loss are natural outcomes. It
begins to relax the body, thus adjusting those
stress triggers. Yoga helps you become aware
of sensations so you are more intouch with
stress indicators and you can learn to walk
thru them rather than run thru them.
Yoga and weight loss help you to follow the
better nutrition and lifestyle strategies that
support you in times of stress.
Contact Bob for A guide to better nutrition .
Schedule a meeting with him today.
Learn to breathe. Monitor your breath through out the day.
Watch nutritional choices: When you limit your caffeine
to 200 milligrams a day, avoid simple carbs, processed
foods, and refined grains, and get plenty of high-quality
protein, in addition to de-stressing yourself, you’ll
automatically help your body keep your stress
hormones, especially cortisol.It’s a day by day
choice you’ll have to make, but the results will
be worth it. Think how good it will be when you
are as healthy on the inside as you look on the outside.
One 8oz cup of coffee has 95 milligrams of caffeine.
Click here for a chart of caffeine and foods and beverages.