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Does yoga help you to get thinner..?


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I am 96 pounds and i am 5'4" to 5'5" and I am trying to maintain this weight now, but I feel it is still kind of fat.. How can I lose fat..? Is yoga good for getting toned..? I did a 25 minute yoga exercise two days ago and it definitely was a work out, I was sweating a bunch.. Kind of like cardio I could say..

Edited Jun 29 2012 15:56 by bierorama
Reason: Underweight goals are not allowed on CC.
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Yes definitely yoga helps a lot in reducing weight and make you thinner. But by yoga you can not get instant response, for this you have to wait for some times.

But if you are using different fitness machines and equipment to be thinner, it will provide better results in less time.

Original Post by shwetasinghal:

Yes definitely yoga helps a lot in reducing weight and make you thinner. But by yoga you can not get instant response, for this you have to wait for some times.

But if you are using different fitness machines and equipment to be thinner, it will provide better results in less time.

Shwetasinghal; the OP has a BMI of 16.2, and is very underweight. Please do not help her get even more emaciated than she already is...

Ieshachan, you cannot maintain this low weight in a healthy way. The cut off point for anorexia is BMI 17.5, and you are well below this. You would be better off eating 2,500+ calories a day, avoiding ALL exercise, and gaining to a BMI of at least 19. THEN you can concentrate on toning up using yoga, or other exercise. If you REALLY think 96 lbs is 'kind of fat' then you should seek medical help/professional therapy.

96 lbs is in no way fat!! It is scary thin. If you percieve that you are fat at 96 lbs then seriously get some help because what you see in the mirror and what is reality is not the same.  To get toned you need muscle to get muscle you need to eat.

 

If you feel "kind of fat," it's probably because you want (and need) muscle. And to get muscle, you have to eat and strength train. Get yourself to a healthy BMI first and then worry about lifting and strength training so you can tone up (I know a lot of people on these forums don't like the word "tone," but I don't want to confuse OP). 

Like mrswilsoncat said, you're going to need 2500 or more calories per day until you get to a healthy weight. It might be good for you to get help from a dietician or other adults (I'm assuming you're under 18?) to figure out what kinds of foods you should be eating (hint: healthy fats, proteins, and unprocessed carbs) to get to that healthy weight.

Yes, I am 16, almost 17. I feel like I am only 96 because muscle weighs more than fat and I feel like I have so much fat.. I want to tone.. I wanted to do cardio, but everyone said no because of my highly low BMI level.. :/

You need to gain weight, unless you want this to be your future.

Original Post by ieshachan2012:

Yes, I am 16, almost 17. I feel like I am only 96 because muscle weighs more than fat and I feel like I have so much fat.. I want to tone.. I wanted to do cardio, but everyone said no because of my highly low BMI level.. :/

If you want to build muscle and lose fat, you need to eat a lot more and lift heavy things.  Cardio is not going to turn fat into muscle.

By all means, do the yoga.  Immerse yourself in it.  Physically, it won't hurt you, and mentally, it might do you some good.

Hatha yoga would be an excellent tool for rebuilding the mind/body connection and practice a healthy body awareness, but you really should have a physician's OK before starting any sort of workout at your weight. One of the all-too-frequent side effects of severe calorie restriction and maintaining an underweight body is weakening the heart, so before you start any sort of exercise you need to get a physical, and preferably get weight restored.

Original Post by lysistrata:

Original Post by ieshachan2012:

Yes, I am 16, almost 17. I feel like I am only 96 because muscle weighs more than fat and I feel like I have so much fat.. I want to tone.. I wanted to do cardio, but everyone said no because of my highly low BMI level.. :/

If you want to build muscle and lose fat, you need to eat a lot more and lift heavy things.  Cardio is not going to turn fat into muscle.

By all means, do the yoga.  Immerse yourself in it.  Physically, it won't hurt you, and mentally, it might do you some good.

At her weight, it could well 'hurt her'. She is anorexically thin, wanting to be thinner...

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Original Post by mrswilsonscat:

Original Post by lysistrata:

Original Post by ieshachan2012:

Yes, I am 16, almost 17. I feel like I am only 96 because muscle weighs more than fat and I feel like I have so much fat.. I want to tone.. I wanted to do cardio, but everyone said no because of my highly low BMI level.. :/

If you want to build muscle and lose fat, you need to eat a lot more and lift heavy things.  Cardio is not going to turn fat into muscle.

By all means, do the yoga.  Immerse yourself in it.  Physically, it won't hurt you, and mentally, it might do you some good.

At her weight, it could well 'hurt her'. She is anorexically thin, wanting to be thinner...

Moderators?????

I practice yoga.  I used to teach it.  I'm very familiar with what it entails.  My point is that it's not going to burn very many calories.

Mentally, yoga has very positive benefits including stress relief, mindfulness, and - if she gets really into it - a philosophical outlook that may help her shift her priorities from being unhealthily thin.

"I'm scared to gain, so going down is the only other option :D I hope I make the right decision with time"

This is extremely disordered and while I see you've been told so, it doesn't sound like you truly believe it.

You shouldn't be doing any physical activity at your current weight until you see a doctor, preferably one that specializes in eating disorders.

Develop healthy relationships with your body and food first.

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