Yoga and mindful eating is a way to fight obesityPosted on Aug 03, 2009
A new study shows that regular practice of yoga can help prevent obesity by the use of mindful eating, according to Science Blog. Researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center was a follow-up study to one done four years ago by Alan Kristal and others who found that regular yoga practice helps prevent weight gain in middle-age people and may help weight loss in those who are overweight, according to Science Blog.
In the new study, published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, researchers hypothesized that the use of mindfulness used in yoga practice affects eating behavior—they stop eating when they were full because they were more aware of their bodies, according to the article.
The researchers decided that yoga increases mindfulness in eating and this leads to less weight gain over time, and this was true even without the physical activity of yoga practice, said Science Blog.
These findings indicate that mindful eating empowers individuals to create a positive relationship between food and eating, and this works better than counting calories and dieting, according to Science Blog.