One of the most frequently asked questions I get asked as a yoga teacher is ”Will yoga help me lose weight?” Answering this question has always presented a challenge. One reason for this is because generally people are seeking quick fixes to their over eating problem.
What they don’t realize is that over eating is a habit like brushing your teeth. Plain and simple. The dieting industry will tell you that calorie deprivation is the answer. But that’s like putting a band aid on someone with a broken leg. The problem with this method is that most people cannot live on a low calorie diet for the long run. These super low calorie diets appeal to our need for “instant gratification.” When we see the immediate weight loss, we feel like we are on to something. But the truth is, this initial surge of excitement is short lived, since the weight will eventually come creeping back.
When we treat over eating as a “bad habit” or an addiction, then we can easily turn it around by using common sense, rational methods. The problem with this strategy is that often times people prefer to behave irrationally. And the result of irrational behavior is generally a negative consequence.
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The yoga practice supports the behavioral approach. It’s about taking responsibility for your actions and aligning your actions with your core beliefs. To learn more about the yoga approach to over eating please watch the video.
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