Wow, it was a busy day yesterday – – in fact, it was so busy that I almost forgot to address a question I received from a long time reader of this newsletter. Here goes: –
I’ve been following your writing for a while now, and immensely enjoy the emails you send out on a daily basis. I’m a yoga practitioner, and while I love my yoga workouts – and while I have lost weight by doing yoga – I’m still not able to get into the sort of “chiseled” shape I’d like.
While yes, my body weight has dropped, I don’t really see the fat around my sides and torso disappearing anytime soon – at least not appreciably – despite the multitude of stretches my instructor has us do.
So my question is this – is yoga and the stretching involved therein indeed good for losing fat?
I’m most curious to hear your take on it!
Well – Pete – fantastic question, and I’ll address it now!
First off, it’s important to note that doing something is better than doing nothing – and that goes for losing weight – building muscle – or building up your bank balance for that matter.
If yoga is your “thing” and if you’re getting some results from it, then by all means keep doing it – but the other side of the coin – losing weight – and oodles of it – and getting “cut” – and into the sort of shape you really want to be in?
The sort of shape that I tell you you CAN get into by following the routines in “Eat More – Weigh Less“?
Well, here is my take on it.
Stretching DOES reduce fat – but only if done correctly!
Here’s an example – the monkey bar exercises I advocate in my book on pull-ups don’t just prepare you for pull-ups. They target the SIDES and core big time and if you add in twisting and torquing into the movement (video coming out soon upon my return to China) – then you’ll be literally melting fat off your frame as you perform the exercise.
Same thing for the torquing pushups I referred to earlier. Same thing for the Hindu pushups etc … and now back to yoga.
When you do yoga, you’re stretching – big time – which is good – but the key factor to consider is this – your breathing!
Sure, yoga has a lot of deep breathing involved – but how many yoga poses really get your heart rate up there – to the point you can barely gulp down air quick enough?
Yoga taxes balance and stability in many of the postures – but again – how many of those involve a simultaneous stretch – and the “out of breath” feeling?
None as far as I know, and that is why you’re losing weight – but you aren’t getting into the sort of ‘chiseled’ shape you’re talking about!
What really gets you in that sort of shape is exercises that activate your internal fat burners.
Exercises that start from the inside out as opposed to the other way around which most people focus upon.
Exercises that burn subcutaneous fat FIRST – and once you get that done, you’ve got the bulk of the job done!
So long answer short – yes – stretching and squeezing DOES burn fat – and tremendous amounts of it, but only if you incorporate the deep breathing and “heart pounding” elements into it.
The bridge and all it’s variations in 0 Excuses Fitness is a prime example of this. Get into the bridge position and stay there for a minute or two, and you’ll see what I mean.
Not only will your heart be racing – not only will your entire body be stretched out – but you’ll also be getting the workout of your life – and the same thing holds true for Hindu pushups, and all the other exercises I advocate.
Do these regularly, and them love handles will soon become a thing of the past!
Well, my friend, that’s it for now. I’m gearing up for a very busy Christmas indeed – return to China well and truly on the cards now – and I’ll also be having a sale soon on some or all of my products.
More on that later – for now – it’s adios – and if you workout today – make it a SUPERB one!
P.S. – Here is where you can learn more about the “cat stretch” that burns fat like crazy and does so in record amounts of time – https://0excusesfitness.com/0excusesfitnessystem/