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Winter – it’s the season of warming comfort foods and bear-like hibernation, shorter days, busier work schedules and darker nights. So, is the winter freeze and your busy life raising more than just your stress levels?

The Dietitians Association of Australia predicts four in 10 women (38%) will gain up to five kilograms this winter if intake is not regulated.

The key to a feeling of wellbeing and happiness is as much in the mind as the body, and controlling potential weight gain in winter is a positive start. This in turn will help gain control of your stress and anxiety levels creating health and contentment.

Yoga is a popular way to do something positive in the fight to control weight without having to sweat it out in a gym.

While there are many variations of yoga and Centres that promote and instruct yoga, a good start to identifying what suits you is to research on the internet. Among those promoting yoga as a weight-loss technique is the Art of Living Foundation and following are five tips provided to those wanting a different way to remain healthy and active.

Edited excerpt from: http://www.artofliving.org/yoga/yoga-for-beginners/five-secrets-weight-loss-with-yoga

There can be many ways to lose weight, but today we look at 5 best secrets that yoga has to offer on weight loss. These tips, when put into practice into your regular lifestyle, can help you tone your muscles and reduce your weight fast.

Yoga can be considered as a complete package to weight loss as it is not only about yoga poses but about eating habits and considering a good lifestyle for future. Here are the Weight Loss Secrets.

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1. The world is not enough:

There is a whole new world waiting for you outside the yoga studio. The real test lies in your day-to-day activity and what you eat.  For this conditioning of the mind is a must. Observe your food patterns and try to cut down on carbs after sunset. Going light on the tummy might help you to wake up fresh and since you didn’t include carbs in your last meal, you have actually stopped the process of carbs turning into fat, when your body is resting or at sleep.

 2. Don’t lose hope, lose weight:

Remember that the layers of fat around the tummy have been added over the years. We tend to lose hope but the important thing is to believe in continuing the practice. Yoga helps to reduce weight over a period of time and not instantly.  Partner with a buddy who can encourage you to work out religiously and vice versa. This will enhance your yoga workouts and they will be more fun.

 3. Imagine your body as your bank account:

The number of calories you intake in a day against the number of calories you burn in a day gives you the deposit for the day. Try to bridge this gap by reducing the intake and increasing the number burnt. You require a minimum no. of calories in a day to sustain your life therefore it is not advisable to go on a strict diet.  Having meals on time will reduce the pseudo hunger call of the body. Also breakfast like a king, lunch like a queen and dinner should be like a pauper.

4. Surprise your body:

By doing different yoga poses. Working or attacking the muscle from different angles will ensure inch loss. Inch loss cannot be a substitute for weight loss but will help you to get the picture perfect image which we aim to get.  Learn new yoga poses for working of same muscle group. Yoga has a variety of poses to offer which can help you add a variety in your workout.

 5. Beat the boredom:

Many times we tend to get bored with our yoga practices. Thinking that it is not working out or you need a break. Approach your exercises with more intensity and stretch your workout for a longer period of time.  Make most of the weekends by adding cardio training before your yoga session. Once the body is tuned to your yoga practices, your weight reduction can hit a plateau.

These secrets are well known facts but we tend to condition the mind as per our liking and turn a blind face knowing what is best for our bodies. Listening to the body plays an important role, don’t go over the board with excessive work outs or strict diets, balanced mind, body and approach will take you long way.

We’re keeping you informed in our four-part Winter inspirations series. Stay tuned for next weeks Beginner running Guide.

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