I will begin with one simple fact, but I know that one of two things will happen. Either you’ll be disappointed with the truth, or I will gain credibility because I’m telling you the truth. The truth is this: you cannot spot reduce fat anywhere on your body by doing a specific exercise. However, there are benefits to practicing yoga as a muscle-building and calorie-burning set of exercises. Workouts that both build muscle and burn calories will indeed help you burn belly fat.
While yoga itself may not be the most efficient way to burn fat, it can certainly be an excellent addition to routine weightlifting and cardiovascular exercises. Research shows that those who practice yoga are more likely to be motivated to exercise, or even better, are practicing the discipline of routine exercise for strength and endurance. Combining these things will set you up for the highest level of success when it comes to true, fat-burning progress.
It’s easy to get excited when that number on the scale moves in a downward direction. Especially after a prolonged period where your weight just won’t seem to budge in the least! Although, it is essential to understand the difference between weight loss and fat loss. Weight loss refers to a decrease in your overall body weight from muscle, water, and fat losses. Therefore, it’s important to understand that not all weight loss is fat loss.
True fat loss is crucial for the actual change of body composition. Have you ever been sick for a couple of days, making it tough to eat or drink much of anything? You’ll hop on the scale and realize you’re down as much as 5 pounds in 2-3 days. I’ve watched people celebrate something like this as a success, but I assure you, it’s very short-lived. The weight loss that occurs over a few days of reduced calorie intake is largely water weight. As soon you resume eating and drinking, the weight comes right back. This is because it’s unlikely that any of that weight loss was actual fat loss. Fat loss refers to weight loss from fat, and it’s a more specific and healthful goal than weight loss.
I recently had a conversation with a friend who told me that she wanted to lose some weight, but she knew that she wasn’t doing enough cardio. She works on a farm and does a lot of manual labor throughout the day. Her normal daily routine leaves her worn out and makes doing an additional amount of routine cardio difficult. I was able to encourage her by saying that true fat loss has more to do with what you’re eating than it does with whether you’re doing a daily workout on top of the daily tasks you’re already doing. If you must choose one over the other, focus on nutrition first. If you need guidance, support, and a nutrition plan, read this article. Once you have a good nutrition plan in place, you can focus on your fitness routine.
Cobra pose is a powerful, muscle-strengthening yoga pose. Benefits of the cobra pose, which are backed by science, include:
Each of these benefits is important to a true fat loss program!
How to do the Cobra Pose:
Low Cobra: Keep your low belly on the floor and elbows bent. Look straight ahead or down toward your cheeks. If your low back is tender or you have neck pain, stay here.
Full Cobra: Continue pressing your arms straight without locking your elbows. Do this until your belly is completely off the floor and you are on your pubic bone. Keep your eyes straightforward, which will help keep your neck long.
Bow Pose has a long list of benefits, including opening your shoulders from the front of the body, relieving tightness, and reducing slouching, which can improve posture. Bow pose is also energizing and stimulates the adrenal glands, which can help you fight fatigue. An alert and energized body is in the best position for fat loss.
How to do the Bow Pose:
Plank Pose is quite possibly the most important yoga pose for increasing core strength and stability and, consequently, burning fat. Holding a plank pose will fire up a lot of muscle groups simultaneously. Benefits of the plank pose include:
As I mentioned earlier, all these things are connected to a healthy mind and body. Your fat-burning results will be the greatest when your mind, body, and mental health are all in good order.
How to do the Plank Pose:
The addition of these 3 yoga poses, along with a balanced nutrition and exercise program, will help you in your quest to burn fat and flatten your belly!