Message Boards » Fitness and Exercise

TOPIC: Yoga lowers your metabolism?!

 
Ic_disabled_photos
Topic has been inactive for 30 days or more and images have been disabled.
Display All Images
February 5, 2012 2:47 AM
I just read an article on the book "The Science of Yoga" by Willam Broad and he said that yoga slows down your metabolism and can actually cause you to gain weight. I was surprised to read this. Thoughts? I hope this isn't true because as you can tell from my name I'm a fan of yoga.
February 5, 2012 3:49 AM
I think that is total crap because you are moving your body and you build muscle during yoga which raises your metabolism. I just don't see it.
February 5, 2012 3:55 AM
Unless you're going for the more meditative, lowering your heartrate for ages, kind of angle. I think most people here do it for the strengthening...
February 5, 2012 3:57 AM
I've done yoga for years and have never noticed it causing me to gain weight.
  13849879
February 5, 2012 3:58 AM
I would hardly say yoga makes you gain weight (from fat anyway). If you're doing it properly it's a strength training exercise and can add muscle mass, which is denser than fat, so I suppose in a way you could gain pounds but not in the way they're implying.
yoga itself can get your heart rate up to a cardio level (depending on the type you do) which would have the exact opposite effect on your metabolism.
  14241118
February 5, 2012 4:01 AM
some yogis use very special trainig methods AND also reduce their total caloric income to slow their metabolism, so that they are able to meditate longer due to religious reasons, special celebratory days, etc. so that does NOT apply to regular people like us ;) doing their yoga lessons.
February 5, 2012 4:02 AM
I'm not drinking that kool-aide either. wink
  9963158
February 5, 2012 4:07 AM
Yeah! I think its rubbish to! I mean the more you relax the slower your metabolism is I guess but any movement will burn fat and increase your metabolism! I'm pretty sure he is talking about the medatative Yoga and not Power or other types of intensive Yoga! I hope not anyway! I do lot of Yoga to! Mind you since I have been doing less I have platued!! Hmm, interesting!
  10156137
February 5, 2012 4:13 AM
QUOTE:

some yogis use very special trainig methods AND also reduce their total caloric income to slow their metabolism, so that they are able to meditate longer due to religious reasons, special celebratory days, etc. so that does NOT apply to regular people like us ;) doing their yoga lessons.


Agree. It also brought to mind the old CSI episode 'Felonious Monk'.
  9963158
February 5, 2012 7:39 AM
Phew, I agree that didn't seem to ring true. I know it's not a crazycalorie burn, but weight gain-sheesh? Since I read the review and not the book, I'm sure there is more to it. Thanks for feedback.
February 5, 2012 9:51 AM
Here is an article that investigates the question:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1564415/?tool=pubmed
February 5, 2012 9:57 AM
QUOTE:

Here is an article that investigates the question:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1564415/?tool=pubmed


This is really interesting though I see that this was done at a facility where the subjects were practicing several times per day. I wonder if the same effect would occur for the more casual yoga practicioner.
Edited by Elizabeth_C34 On February 5, 2012 10:14 AM
February 5, 2012 10:05 AM
Thanks for that link. Interesting read.
February 5, 2012 11:14 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

Here is an article that investigates the question:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1564415/?tool=pubmed


This is really interesting though I see that this was done at a facility where the subjects were practicing several times per day. I wonder if the same effect would occur for the more casual yoga practicioner.


I did not read the whole article--all I would say is that this is something you have to look at very carefully before trying to generalize the results. My general impression is that there is a significant difference between someone who is practicing yoga for religious/meditative reasons vs someone doing it as part of a fitness/wellness program.

My gut feeling is that, for the vast majority of people, this "concern" will have little practical significance.
March 11, 2013 3:40 AM
Hi, I'm a yoga teacher and have looked closely at this since Broad published his book. The whole topic of metabolism and exercise/diet is complicated and unclear in current scientific studies, as recently discussed in the New York Times. Dieting vs Exercise for weight loss. Recent studies suggest metabolism drops as we lose weight. Also there may be a relationship between lowered metabolism and lowered levels of cortisol, which encourages your body to put on weight.

The studies done of the kind Broad relied on included relaxation segments, so there were not a study of dynamic yoga practice or stronger postures. In fact one of these studies outlines that metabolism is raised during these parts of the class. And there is the aspect of strengthening. Not to mention a lot of people have in fact lost weight with a yoga practice, including in scientific studies like the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Anyway it's not black and white like he puts it. See my site if you're interested. www.yogaforlosingweight.com

Reply

Message Boards » Fitness and Exercise

Posts by members, moderators and admins should not be considered medical advice and no guarantee is made against accuracy.