Just because a workout doesn't burn a ton of calories doesn't mean it can't ultimately help shrink your gut. Being mindful and aware of your body are clear benefits of practicing yoga, and they're critical traits for adults trying to eat healthier. That's because the more mindful you are, the better you can read your body's signals for hunger?and that can help you keep extra pounds at bay, according to a study in the Journal of American Dietetic Association.
Scientists at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center studied more than 300 gym-goers in the Seattle area. Though the average weight of the participants was within normal ranges, people who practiced yoga tended to have a noticeably lower body mass index than those who didn't, with the average being 23.1 versus 25.8.
The study's authors also tackled this subject in an earlier paper, concluding that regular yoga helped middle-aged people gain less weight over a 10-year period than non-yoga practitioners, regardless of other physical activity and eating patterns.
If you're in the mood for a little yoga, then hit the studio for ultimate benefits. Not your thing? Be a more mindful eater by taking your time and slowly eating your meals.
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