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Bikram Yoga and Weight Loss

I talk to a lot of people about yoga, because I really love to talk about yoga. Many people I talk to swear by Bikram and say they won't do any other kind of yoga because other forms don't provide the same detoxifying effects. These folks love the heat and the intensity Bikram brings, and they also claim that it helps them lose more weight.

Hold up here!!! I need to clarify something very important about Bikram yoga. The room you practice in is set to at least 105°F and 40% humidity. This extreme temperature causes the body to sweat profusely to keep you from overheating. Sweating is healthy for the body, and it does help to remove toxins, but it doesn't make you lose weight. The weight you think you've lost from going to a Bikram yoga class is really just water weight because it's so dang hot and you sweat so much. As soon as you go to drink water after class to re-hydrate yourself you'll "gain" all that weight back.

Sorry to burst your bubble people, but sweating doesn't make you lose body weight, and you don't even have to sweat to drop pounds. Calories are what you want to watch out for, and you've got to consume less or burn more if losing weight is your goal.

Fit's Tips: I do not have anything against Bikram yoga, but if you are going to practice in this extreme heat, make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day before you go to a class. If you don't drink enough, you could suffer from symptoms of dehydration including dizziness, fatigue, and you could even end up fainting.


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Fatoldlady Fatoldlady 5 years
Bikram yoga can help with weight loss in three ways. If you practice. Regularly, daily or at least five times a week, you will burn calories, and build muscle. Personally, I dropped 30 pound in 3 months by practicing daily. I was also watching what I ate. Somehow the practice helped me with food cravings, so i did not give in to junk food impulses as often,mindfulness, maybe better hormones, and thinking about heath helped me make healthier choices,
James2288117 James2288117 5 years
I'm no genius, but it seems to me that if people are savvy enough to find out about Bikram yoga and take classes, they are probably educated enough to know the difference between real weight loss and a few water pounds after a single class. It's no secret that calorie burning vs. consumption determines weight loss. BTW-you burn calories in a 90 min. Bikram class.
charliede charliede 5 years
This article does not accurately capture the weight loss, and other wonderful benefits of doing Bikram Yoga. My first three monthes of Bikram Yoga, I lost 30 pounds, looked and felt amazing. Some things this article doesn't tell you: 1. It's alot of cardio doing the class, your heart rate is up the entire time, your core is engagted, it challenging physically. 2. Detoxifying, really helps with weight loss. Fat cells hold on to toxins, being free of them helps with weight loss. 3. You stimulate glands, and regulate your metabolism in many of the poses. 4. Stress and Anxiety. Many of us hold onto weight being stressed, anxious, depressed. I have never done an excercise which helps to this degree - it's simply amazing. I am comparing this to my days in competive marital arts, I have done spin class, outdoor running my whole life. I have not felt this great in many years, I feel 20 again, look great, and am managing stress and anxiety better than ever :) Please take this article for what it is, someone who have no idea what they are talking about.
zetc zetc 5 years
sorry to burst your bubble, but obviously it's impossible to continuously lose water weight. workout #1 and #2. people drink water after, dUH. .. if you sweat 1 litre, and drink 1 litre thats not losing water weight.
wilsona wilsona 5 years
Hey I am 46 year old physically fit guy and new to this Bikram yoga malarky! At first I thought I cant go to poxy yoga classes as that is for girls. But boy how i was wrong. This is hard core, Mix this in with gym work and watch your shape change in weeks. Those of you who say it is not for you is only because you find it to demanding. Challenge yourselves and get back to another class
Jivespeaker Jivespeaker 9 years
I forgot to post this link earlier when this post was still around... but here:
H-Boogie H-Boogie 9 years
Bikram works for some people and not for others. My runner friend persuaded me to try a bikram class. I had to leave the class early on because I was blacking out and the heat was definitely not the worst part of the event. The employee teaching the next class told me that I was weak and not trying hard enough because I left the room. He explained the superiority of bikram teachers and told me that when I was "strong enough" to handle the class, it would help prevent my migraines which are triggered by heat. I was so embarrassed and ashamed. While I'm sure (or at least hoping) not all bikram studios are like that and this was one awful man, I would rather practice a form of yoga that allows you to get in touch with a positive side of yourself, and not in a place that harbors competition and judgment of others. Bite me bikram man!
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