Posts Tagged ‘scientific evidence for yoga and obesity’

Obesity is now considered to be a medical condition. A huge population in the US is obese or overweight according to the June 2013 issue of the National Institute Health newsletter–more than two-third of adults and a third of the children. A scientific survey was done on the effectiveness and dangers of various complementary treatments.

Yoga and Meditation

Possibly helpful are yoga and mindful meditation and there are no side effects.

According to a 2013 review of the current evidence base of yoga for weight loss, overall, therapeutic yoga programs can be frequently effective in promoting weight loss and are a potentially successful intervention for weight maintenance and prevention of obesity.

The programs are therapeutic, require regular practice over an extended period of time, have a yoga diet component, as well as residential program component with an understanding of yoga.

Therapeutic yoga was also considered a possible tool for those at high risk for diabetes 2. Yoga also looks promising for the reduction of “cardiometabolic risk factors”.

Meditation is generally considered safe. However, there may be some risk to people with psychiatric issues.

Dietary Supplements

Acai berry, bitter orange,  and ephedra indicate no scientific evidence of weight loss. In fact, studies indicate they can be quite harmful.

Green tea is safe but there is no statistical proof of weight loss.

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