A new study suggests yoga might be a great way to lose weight. In the study published in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers at Brown University followed 60 obese or overweight women. Each woman participated in a three-month behavioral and diet weight-loss program. Then the researchers split the women into two groups, with one group doing yoga twice a week for 12 weeks, while the other group took a culinary class for 12 weeks. They found that the 60 women, on average, lost about five percent of their body weight during the 12 weeks of the diet and behavior program. But those that then did 12 weeks of yoga lost another 3.5 percent of their body weight. The researchers believe yoga’s ability to reduce stress, increase mindfulness, and make you more distress tolerant can help you lose weight and keep it off despite not being physically demanding.
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