Is yoga right for me?

Thomas asks…

Is yoga right for me?

I’m 300 pounds overweight, and can barely touch my toes. I can’t even do one push up or one chip up. Trying to get on the floor to do even one push up is impossible for me.

I’ve heard good things about yoga in recent years. I am trying to loose weight, and am very interested in yoga. But I’m not flexible enough to join a class. I’ve tried to do some videos on my own but I can’t even get close to some of the positions the instructor can do then I get frustrated and give up.

Is there any videos out there for fat people or very inflexible people?

I really want to take up yoga because I have a lot of back and joint pain and have been told it would help my joint and back pain tremendously.

I really can’t afford to take a class at a yoga stuido-plus I’d feel out of place being around a bunch of skinny, way more flexible people than me right now. Maybe after a couple months of doing yoga at home and I can at least keep up with the class (and money providing) I’ll take a few.

What are some good yoga videos for me to do? Is yoga even right for me? Do I need to lose 100 pounds first and/or would yoga help me in my weight loss goals?

I already know that weight loss is more than just eating right-it’s about working out, eating well and a well balanced workout and diet plan. I know that already, and I’m already doing it. I just want to know:

Is yoga right for me? Will yoga help round out my weight loss plan? If I keep doing yoga long enough will I become just as flexibale as at least half the people I see in the yoga classes? Are there videos out there I can watch and work out too that will help me become better at yoga and-

Will doing yoga the best I can help ease my back and joint pain?

Author answers:

Google yoga for weight loss. There is a Great video. I love yoga. I have lost over 50 pounds doing yoga. I still have 50+ to go. I still have difficulties with some of the poses but in yoga –you just do your best. Eventually you get better and can get more in the pose. The flexibility and stress management is also very helpful..

Best wishes

Sharon asks…

I have a question about Yoga?

Is yoga right for me?
I’m 300 pounds overweight, and can barely touch my toes. I can’t even do one push up or one chip up. Trying to get on the floor to do even one push up is impossible for me.

I’ve heard good things about yoga in recent years. I am trying to loose weight, and am very interested in yoga. But I’m not flexible enough to join a class. I’ve tried to do some videos on my own but I can’t even get close to some of the positions the instructor can do then I get frustrated and give up.

Is there any videos out there for fat people or very inflexible people?

I really want to take up yoga because I have a lot of back and joint pain and have been told it would help my joint and back pain tremendously.

I really can’t afford to take a class at a yoga stuido-plus I’d feel out of place being around a bunch of skinny, way more flexible people than me right now. Maybe after a couple months of doing yoga at home and I can at least keep up with the class (and money providing) I’ll take a few.

What are some good yoga videos for me to do? Is yoga even right for me? Do I need to lose 100 pounds first and/or would yoga help me in my weight loss goals?

I already know that weight loss is more than just eating right-it’s about working out, eating well and a well balanced workout and diet plan. I know that already, and I’m already doing it. I just want to know:

Is yoga right for me? Will yoga help round out my weight loss plan? If I keep doing yoga long enough will I become just as flexibale as at least half the people I see in the yoga classes? Are there videos out there I can watch and work out too that will help me become better at yoga and-

Will doing yoga the best I can help ease my back and joint pain?

Author answers:

Yes, start slowly, keep at it, be gentle with yourself. Yoga is more than exercise. I would suggest getting some DVD’s from www.gaiam.com because they do Iyengar Yoga which modifies asanas (poses) for beginners, either changing the posture or using bricks, chairs or straps.

I would start with AM/PM Yoga for Beginners. Once you make progress on that, I would go to either Yoga for Longevity or Meditation for Beginners with Maritza.

I have systemic lupus with major organ involvement. When I started, I was so weak I could not stand long enough to shower. At first I did 1 or 2 minutes then watched the rest. In time I could do it all and a lot more. My lupus is now in remission.

Order the first dvd. Every day, put on your comfy yoga clothes, get your dvd, and put it on. Some days you will just watch, some days you will do 2 minutes and some days you will try more. The imporant thing is to get in the habit of doing it. It takes 28 days for a habit to take root. If you don’t make it one day or another, be gentle with yourself, forgive yourself, and start again. You can do it!

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What is the best diet program for men and women out there?

John asks…

What is the best diet program for men and women out there?

I’m talking about a program like the 90 day workout, things like that. There are a lot of them on the market today. I was wondering which one actually works, for both men and women. (it can be separate programs). I want to get one for my fiance when my taxes get here and one for myself after I have my baby in March. This is one that I found for both men and women. How to Get A Six Pack And Lose Belly Fat Fast I’m not sure if this or any program works simply because I have not tried any. But me exercising alone doesn’t leave me with the results I want. Sure I lose a ton of weight but I want to be trim all over. I want to have endurance. Please let me know of something that is able to work all the muscles, and not create any bulges.

Author answers:

Man and women should follow the same rules for diet and exercise. Don’t worry about special programs- it can be much simpler than that. The programs usually aren’t sustainable and the diet industry doesn’t want them to be. They make money out of you having to come back and try something else, right? 😉

Losing 1-2lbs a week is the best way to go. This way, you are losing mostly fat, rather than water and muscle. Faster weight loss is not better, nor is it sustainable.

Diet should be what you look at first for weight loss- this is what will enable you to drop fat. Try a balanced diet made up of mostly natural whole foods, with high protein, moderate carbs and moderate fats.

You need to know how many calories you burn- you can use an online calculator for a rough estimate. Aim for 10-20% calories fewer than you burn daily (too large a deficit will be counterproductive in the longer term).

Don’t worry about complicated diets or cutting things out. You can enjoy anything in moderation, as long as the majority of your diet is healthy.

Base your meals around:

Lean protein (e.g. Chicken, tuna, lean beef, fat-free cottage cheese, egg whites)
Wholegrains (e.g. Wholewheat bread, oats, bran cereals, rice)
Healthy fats (e.g. Nuts, seeds, olive oil, avocado, salmon, whole eggs, flaxseed)
Fruit and veg

And drink lots of water.

Second in importance to diet, is heavy resistance training- this is what will allow you to preserve muscle so you look ‘toned’ and defined once you’ve dropped the fat (rather than just a smaller version of how you look now, with the same bits you’re unhappy with). More muscle also means a higher metabolism, so you definitely want to hold on to, or increase the muscle base you have, for fat loss.

You need to work ALL your major muscle groups- you can’t spot reduce.

Try three full body workouts a week, or an upper/lower split four times a week to start off with. Focus on compound exercises such as squats, deadlifts, pull ups, rows, bench press and overhead press.

Then you can look at extras like cardio to help create a calorie deficit. But cardio is by far the least important of these three, and you can lose fat effectively without it.

Make sure you’re getting at least one rest day a week with no exercise at all.

Focus on losing inches/dress sizes rather than actual scale weight- it’s how slim you look that matters, not how little you weigh.

George asks…

How much weight should I lose? Do you have any tips on how to lose weight fast?

I am 16 years old and have gained a lot of weight recently- I am talking like 25 pounds in two months. I am 5’7 and 175 lbs now. I now how a “hard” belly and a fat woman ass and very big thighs. I used to be able to fit in 30×31 jeans and I now barely fit in 34 sized jeans. Please tell me an ultimate goal for my weight loss. What are some healthy breakfasts that I can eat before school and some good lunches? What is a good calorie number for the day? What is a good workout plan? Can I have a flat belly by June?

Author answers:

I am 18 years old, and in almost the exact situation. I am 5’6″ tall, and 179.4 lbs. A little over 4 weeks ago I was 186.6 lbs. I lost 7.2 pounds in a little over a month. My ultimate weight loss goal is 135 lbs. Maybe you should aim for 140 lbs.

Healthy breakfast: I love oatmeal with fresh bananas or blueberries mixed in. Or, if you are in a rush, grab a protein bar and a piece of fruit or cheese (or both if you’re hungry).

Lunches: I like to pack my lunch. I eat a lot of tuna on potato rolls (w/o mayo or any condiment ( mustard if you’d like). I also love sandwiches. Meat, cheese, light mayo on WHOLE WHEAT bread is a great lunch. I always have 3 extras (at least) with my lunch. I normally have chips and some sort of fruit, and a dessert of some kind.

For most of my food, I track my calories on an online journal. Caloriecount.about.com is my favorite site for that.

Working out: Just do cardio (anything that gets your heart rate up and you sweating) for 30 minutes each day. I love this one program “Couch to 5k” Its a great program to start running with. It seems difficult at first, but you really get into it.

Yes, I think you could have a flat belly by June if you really try.

Mary asks…

My friends love me fat, both men and women. Where is the motivation to ever lose the weight I gained?

I used to be 117 and 5′ 7″ and now at 32 somehow and by some means I gained 40 pounds in the last 2 years.

All my girlfriends long ago gained to the mid 150s up to 225 and just love that I pretty much lost my thin figure so fast.

I used to teach aerobics but I quit it and went to college. Ironic, huh?

Men simply pay far more attention to me by far now that I have a butt and a slightly jiggly belly.

What they dont know is I keep gaining and I have no control over it. I have gotten pretty lazy and enjoy this new read and study lifestyle. Plus I have made a hobby of cooking for myself all the foods I denied myself for years.

Being pudgy is completely new to me since I have never been one ounce overweight my whole life till 2 years ago.

It was hard and took a long time for me to gain my first few pounds. I was one of those that could eat anything I wanted and not gain. But, once I started to gain, its started to come easily. Does anyone think I might stop gaining?
I have to admit I do like gaining weight in an odd way. Its just so amazing watching my body change.

Author answers:

Of course you gained weight!
You’ve gone from denying yourself certain foods to eating them when you want. In other words, you eat normally now.
You’ve quit getting as much exercise. If you were teaching aerobics you were working out multiple times a week perhaps even 3 or more hours every day.
You are now over 30. You are getting older and weight gain is easier the older you get.

Chances are you won’t gain much more weight as bodies have a certain range they stay within. In one study most people were not able to gain more than about 40 lbs, even if they tried to gain more their bodies just stop.

But in any event at 5’7″ and 157 [ BMI 24.3 in the normal range]you are still not overweight and men now give you more attention because you are no longer underweight [BMI of 18.3 underweight 5’7″ 117]. Men as a general rule like women to have curves.

If you like your body, your friends like your body and you are happy then don’t worry. Though it probably wouldn’t hurt to get some exercise every day, you’ll feel better for that even if you don’t lose an ounce.

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Yoga For Weight Loss

Mandy asks…

Whats a good at home yoga videos or workout videos for someone with a bad back?

I have moderate back pain when i get stressed or tensed. Yoga usually helps, but the classes are so expensive. Whats a good tape to do at home?

I also really need to lose some weight, and would like to be able to do it at home. a short but effective video would be great.

Author answers:

There are several DVDs out there that specifically target your back. My experience is that you need to be very, very cautious in your approach when practicing yoga for back pain. It can be immensely helpful, but when pushed too far, too soon, it can aggravate the back.

I think the best ones out there (I haven’t seen them all, but you can do a search on amazon on ‘yoga back dvd’ to get an extensive list) are likely to be the Viniyoga Therapy series: Viniyoga Therapy for the Low Back, Sacrum and Hips and Viniyoga Therapy for the Upper Back, Neck and Shoulders. They haven’t been out long, but the exercises Gary Kraftsow uses in these DVDs have been used in studies on back care and came out as winners.

You say your stress and tension causes your back pain, it is likely it is also contributing to your weight problems. See articles like this http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/165/7/828 that support that theory. Finding some stress relief yoga tapes may be a good idea too, there are several short ones out there (try a search on amazon with ‘yoga dvd stress’).

However, if you want to do more of a workout type yoga to help with the weightloss (besides the stress relief), doing a short DVD isn’t going to do it. You’ll need to build up to more than 40 minutes of moderate exertion per a session to get fat burn going in your body. For weight loss I recommend combining stress relief yoga (especially in the evening) and strength-and-stamina yoga.

I would do the back therapy ones for a while first, though, until your back feels stronger and you have a good feel on what poses work for you and how to modify poses that don’t. Then add stress-relief and then move on to more physically demanding yoga.

Good luck on your journey!

Charles asks…

How do you do Yoga at home?

I want to try out some home Yoga, but I don’t know how. Anyone know any good Yoga sites which show you how?

Author answers:

Http://www.yogatoday.com/ has a variety of free, one hour, good quality instruction, streaming videos.

Namaste’,
dwb

Nancy asks…

What is the best way to learn yoga at home?

I’ve always been interested in yoga, but to I have to go to a yoga class or can I just teach myself by researching it and doing it at home?
Also are there any tips you can give me in yoga?
Thanks!
How much do yoga classes cost to join?

Author answers:

I definitely recommend taking some classes. After you are familiar with the postures, you can practice at home, too, but having a live teacher is best so they can make corrections.

Look for studios in your area online. A lot of studios have beginner packages so you can try out the different types of yoga they offer and different teachers. Often, these are punch cards – 5 classes for $30 or something, and you can go any time you want so you can find the classes you like.

You can also check out your local rec. Center. A lot of these also offer yoga classes, often drop-in, and also often cheaper than a yoga studio.

It’s hard to say how much it will cost. It varies pretty widely depending where you live, how many yoga studios there, and even the type of yoga. Even if it’s pricey for you, you may only need to pay for 10-20 classes before you have enough of an understanding to practice at home, at which point it will be free!

Tips for yoga – remember that every body is different, and not only are some ppl more flexible than others, but you’ll also find this within your own body. For example, your hips might be flexible, but not your shoulders. Be patient with yourself and be open to trying new things.

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Lose weight in 2 weeks

Lisa asks…

what is an easy way to lose weight in 2 weeks?

i have a little over 2 weeks to lose up to 10 pounds. im 14 and heard that sit ups are useless. are they? and any other info about weight loss i would really appreciate:) also: its mostly in the stomach area that i need weight loss in.

admin answers:

1 Dietary control and exercise. It’s true what they say – all you need to do is watch what you eat, and expend more energy than you consume. It’s really that simple. You can quit reading this list now, you now know everything you need to know and didn’t need to fork over $500 for the privilege of me telling you the secret of losing weight. You don’t need to read a 4,000 page book, you don’t have to buy a tape series, you don’t need to stay up late at night to watch infomercials to understand this basic premise. It’s 100% true.

2 Change your lifestyle. If you’re calling this a “diet,” then you’re going to gain all the weight back (and more) within a few months of losing it. Diets do not work. Diets are temporary. When you change your dietary lifestyle, however, you’re changing your habits – and you’re putting yourself on track for long-term / continued success and weight maintenance. Don’t ever tell anybody you’re on a diet – ever. I’m speaking from experience, here – a reformed low-carber. Worked out well for a while, but ultimately failed because my entire lifestyle didn’t change (permanently).

3 Join an online support group. In my case, I created my own – FatBlasters. It’s essential that you not feel alone, and reaching out to friends (new or old) is typically a smart move. I just heard about PeetTrainer, but didn’t know about it when I began down the road to weight loss. You have to know that others are out there for moral support – they know things that you couldn’t possibly know, and they’ve probably been “in your shoes” at some point in the past (or present). Share stories, laughter, tears, successes, and failures – share them. There are thousands of communities out there, so keep looking until you find the one that fits you.

4 Take before and after photos. I know it sucks to see yourself as a chunky monkey (sorry, that’s what I called myself – if only to get myself motivated to meet my weight loss goal). However, there’s no easier way to illustrate your progress. The “after” photos are far more fun to capture and share, admittedly. Find yourself on Flickr! It’s good to see yourself how others see you. Do you like how you look? In many ways, Flickr helped me lose weight.

5 Hire a substitute teacher. Don’t reach for the brands you know and love immediately – or without thinking first. Eggs are “good” for you, but consider using egg substitutes instead (in fact, many restaurants will let you order lower calorie foods). There are countless “lower” alternatives for you to try. If something different doesn’t taste good, by all means – find a better substitute, or eat less of the original. In some cases, the substitute may be worse for you than the regular version of the product. The good news is, healthier choices are silently replacing their “normal” counterparts – and they taste just as nice.

6 Start reading labels. I know it sucks, but you have to do it – and there’s no way to avoid this tip. If you don’t know what you’re putting in your mouth, you’re flying blind. Don’t assume, either – triple-check the ingredients list and serving sizes. You must rely on yourself for this; nobody else is going to be able to lose the weight or do the math for you. It’s not that complicated a task, but it will require effort. If nothing else, just pay attention to the calorie count.

7 What’s so funny about bovines? If you like cheese, you must buy the Laughing Cow brand, and keep several of the suckers in stock at all times. The individually-wrapped wedges make for excellent snacks, and are wonderful when melted over just about anything edible. I’d be careful about straight-up American cheese, though – it’s oil, but not necessarily as good for you as (say) a slice of cheddar would be. I have yet to find something as calorie-light and filling as Laughing Cow (I don’t know how they do it).

8 Tell your family. You’re not going to lose the weight alone, even if you ARE alone in losing the weight. If you’ve got a family at home, talk to them about it – initially, not incessantly. Let them know what you’re going to do, and that you want (and need) their support. If you don’t let them know, you’re running the risk of them inadvertently sabotaging your efforts. You want them to help you get to your goal(s). You want them to share in your happiness when you’ve made it past a certain mark. Who knows? Maybe some of your new habits will rub off on them and they’ll become healthier people, too?

Mary asks…

How can I slim down in 2 weeks? Not lose weight as such, but be smaller!?

I’m in a fashion show in 2 weeks time (for charity) and I’m worried I won’t fit in the dress they’ve picked! It’s for the bridal section. It’s a wedding dress (really) with a boned corset top. It was very tight when I first tried it and unfortunately I’m one of those people whose weight fluctuates quite a lot. I could do with losing 2-3 inches+ from my stomach/waist in 2 weeks.

A friend had suggested the “juicing diet” but will this work for me? I don’t need to lose weight, just inches. I don’t want the kind of diet that will take the weight straight off my breasts as that isn’t going to help me!

Thank you!
By not wanting to lose weight but lose inches, I mean I’m looking for ways to stop bloating, water retention, etc. Not looking for a lecture on how I should have known about this weeks ago! (Which actually, I didn’t.) I found out last week and have bad hormones that make me bloat and retain water. But thanks.

And a genuine thank you to everyone else!

admin answers:

Still isn’t healthy, no matter how you look at it, but the best thing you can do to drop five to ten pounds or so, (two or three inches is a lot), is a mild diuretic added to your diet SHORT TERM. Leek broth, (buy leeks, cook them down, drink the broth, eat the leeks) works wonders for french women! Basically, don’t stop drinking water because this will actually make you retain more, but pulling the excess water out of your system and reducing inflammation in your body is the quick fix you’re looking for. Look into the Percone Promise. Great book and a healthier process. Good luck with that dress, and just promise that you’ll eat after!

Carol asks…

How to lose weight in 2 weeks?

i really dont want to hear how unhealthy it is cause i already know i just would like a way to lose 15 to 20 pounds of fat in 2 weeks. Also what is the most weight you have lost in 2 weeks?

admin answers:

I would try this workout. At the same time you will be gaining muscule and burning fat. So its awesome.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED: Two 5 pounds weights.
* means one 5 pound weight in each hand.

If you don’t have two 5 pound weights try using water bottles full of water.

Workout:
Stretch
*20 Bench Press x3
20 squats x3
*20 side arm lifts x3
20 crunches x3
20 push-ups x3
*20 lunges x3
20 leg lifts x3
Walk for 30 mins
Stretch

Stretching before your workout helps you not to pull a muscule during your workout.

Stretching after your workout helps you not be AS sore afterward.

I try to do this everyday, but I’m sure you would get results doing this only 2-4 days a week. I recomend everyday.

Eat 1500 calories a day and drink 8 glasses of water daily.

You will lose weight and tone up!

I’ve lost 6 pounds and I’ve only been doing it for a week!

You can do it! I know you can!

You will be sore. And it will hurt but you can do it.

Don’t be scared to add more excercises of more reps.

Hope this works for you!

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