Olivia Summers at Success Life Publishing has some great helpful hints on why you are not losing weight and why that stubborn scale just might not be budging—and what you can do about it!
Read what she says to find out why you might not be able to get rid of those unwanted pounds. You can also get her book Yoga for Weight Loss for even more information.
If you’re worried and stressing about your weight then chances are you’re not going to lose as much and possibly not even see a drop in pounds at all!
Losing weight through yoga should be fun, not stressful.
Try to tap into your breathing and keep your focus on your postures and inner peace and relaxation. The less you focus on your weight, the easier it will be to get rid of it!
You’re Still Eating Bad-For-You Foods.
Spending 1-2 hours a day practicing yoga and mindfulness and then eating whatever you feel like whenever you feel like it is pretty counterproductive.
Why waste all your hard work and sabotage your efforts in self-care by having a bad diet? You can’t expect to lose weight practicing yoga if you still treat your body like a trashcan –guzzling down anything in sight.
Be aware of what you’re putting into your body day in and day out—it makes much more of a difference than you might think. If it helps, start keeping a food journal!
You’re Not Practicing Often Enough.
One of the biggest factors to losing weight is consistency. That goes for how often you practice as well.
If you aren’t being active often enough then you’re simply not going to lose weight. You need to be practicing yoga at least 5 days a week for 60-90 minutes at a time.
You’re Getting Too Little Sleep.
Sleep does a body good! Not only how you look and feel, but for your weight loss as well. If you’re lacking sleep on a regular basis then your cortisol levels can be affected (and not in a good way). This means false hunger pangs—yikes!
Not only are you going to be more tempted to eat even when you aren’t hungry, but the food you do eat (mainly when it comes to carbs) will be much more likely to be stored as fat! So be sure to get the recommended 8 hours of shut-eye every night.
You’re Not Burning Enough Calories.
If all you’re doing is relaxation or restorative yoga, then chances are you aren’t burning enough calories to lose weight. Try to focus on practicing high-intensity forms of yoga like Vinyasa Flow or PowerYoga or even Bikram.
If you still find yourself plateauing then consider combining yoga with other forms of cardio or resistance training exercises a few days a week.
Olivia’s Bio: Olivia Summers is a certified yoga instructor with more than 15 years under her belt and a self-described “art aficionado.” She considers yoga her life calling and enjoys teaching her craft one-on-one in her home studio. It’s one of the most fulfilling and rewarding parts of her life and she feels fortunate that she gets to share her passion with all of her students and readers.
She’s experienced first hand the profound growth yoga brings to its practitioners–not just physically but also mentally and spiritually. Especially when combined with the tranquil art of Zendoodle–her favorite form of drawing.
She enjoys seeing the improvements in people’s lives through yoga and meditative art forms. Improvements such as being more mindful, having more energy and living happier, more authentic lives. It’s experiencing these amazing life changes that keeps her motivated to continue teaching and writing on the topics of yoga, Zendoodle, and mind-body health.
She currently resides in the foothills of the Smokeys. When she isn’t writing or teaching yoga she enjoys hiking, drawing and experimenting in the kitchen.