I like to read celebrity interviews about women who are great examples of combining a fit body with femininity. Two of my favorites are Jennifer Aniston and Giada De Laurentiis and these two ladies swear by Yoga for maintaining a healthy weight among other things. When looking more into it, research is showing that there is a link: Yoga stimulates the production of adiponectin, which is the weight loss hormone often low in overweight individuals. One study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that the Yoga participants experienced a significant reduction in weight, body mass index, systolic blood pressure and an increase in adiponectin. The University of Arizona found these five habits to create long-term success:
- Frequency of practice
- Longer intervention duration
- Yogic dietary component
- Residential component
- Comprehensive inclusion of home-practice component
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