Regular yoga practice is associated with mindful eating, and people who
eat mindfully are less likely to be obese, according to a recent study led by
researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The study, which was a follow-up on an earlier study that revealed middle-age gained less weight over a 10-year period than those who did not, confirms that the increased awareness that yoga practitioners often experience may play a bigger role in weight management than the yoga asanas themselves.
"The researchers found that people who ate mindfully - those were aware
of why they ate and stopped eating when full - weighed less than those
who ate mindlessly, who ate when not hungry or in response to anxiety
or depression," states a press release from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center released August 3. "The researchers also found a strong association between
yoga practice and mindful eating but found no association between other
types of physical activity, such as walking or running, and mindful
eating." Click here to read the whole report.
Basically, yoga helps people be more aware of their actions, which helps them better gauge how much food they need and control weight. That sounds about right to me. Anyone else?