The yoga practice of 'mindful eating' is a great way to keep the weight off, a new study has discovered.
As its name suggests, people who practise mindful eating are more aware of their food, and when they need to eat. It's an ability that seems to improve when people do yoga exercises.
In a study involving 300 people who attended yoga studios, fitness centres or weight-loss clinics in Seattle, researcher Alan Kristal found that those who did yoga were more likely to have a lower body mass index - one measure of obesity - than those who exercised. Kristal believes this is because yoga encourages the sense of mindful eating, and so eat only when hungry and not because of emotional or advertising triggers.
(Source: Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 2009; 109: 1439).