Yoga, one of the technique used in Ayurvedic Medicine for encouraging self healings through expression of internal and external well beings, may process a potential efficacy for obesity controlling, the study filed in PubMed suggested.
Yoga, the ancient technique practice for harmonized external and internal body well beings, through breath control, meditation, bodily movement and gesture… has been best known for people in Western world and some parts in Asia due to health benefits reported by various respectable institutes’ research and supported by health advocates.
Obesity is a medical condition of excess body fat accumulated overtime, overweight is a condition of excess body weight relatively to the height, a BMI of over 30 is an indication of obesity.
According to the Patanjali Yogpeeth, obese patients participated in a 6 days toga lesson showed a significant decreased the BMI, the fat-free mass and total cholesterol.
In a total of 47 persons assessed on the first and last day of a yoga and diet change program, with 6 days of the intervention between assessments, yoga combination with diet showed a decrease in BMI (1.6 percent), waist and hip circumferences, fat-free mass, total cholesterol (7.7 percent decrease), high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (8.7 percent decrease), fasting serum leptin levels (44.2 percent decrease) and an increase in postural stability and hand grip strength (p<0.05, all comparisons).
The study also indicated that intensive yoga program with a change in diet may pose certain risks but benefits are found substantially outweight the concerns through better postural stability, grip strength, reduced waist and hip circumferences and a decrease in serum leptin levels as well as enhancing obese’s determination to yoga learning and participation.
In deed, the nonrandomized, single-arm interventional study conducted from August 2012 to March 2015 at Integral Health Clinic, Department of Physiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India insisted that patients who engaged in yoga exercise of all kinds not only improved quality of life and health after short-term yoga-based lifestyle intervention but also exhibited physical, psychological well beings in both male and female subgroups.
These benefits are also extended to decreased significantly body weight, BMI, total body fat, waist and hip circumference, waist-to-hip ratio, systolic and diastolic blood pressure, total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein, triglycerides, and fasting glucose in obese participants.
Furthermore, in a randomized controlled trial with parallel groups (Yoga and Control groups) on 80 male obese with Body Mass Index (BMI) between 25 to 35 kg/cm2 divided into two equal groups in which 72 subjects (yoga n = 37 and control n=35) completed the trial, yoga group showed an impressive improvement in anthropometric and psychological parameters such as waist, percentage body fat, PSS in the final outcome in compared control after 14 weeks of yoga training with additional yoga practice for the next 3 months.
Taking altogether, obese patients participated in yoga lessons showed a significant change in obese control through physical and mental well beings expression of that may lead to weight loss and reduced complications of obesity.