Introduction: Excess fat accumulation in body, known as obesity, has many adverse health effects. Yoga has been proved to have both curative and preventive value.
Objective: To find out whether regular practice of yoga has any role in control of weight reduction and waist-to-hip ratio.
Materials and methods: Eighty subjects with 40 males and 40 females were included with body mass index (BMI) >30 and waist-hip-ratio (WHR) >0.85. Same were assessed after 12 weeks of yoga training comprising of various asanas.
Results: Body mass index of the male subjects decreased from 30.07±1.84 to 26.03±1.51 while of female subjects decreased from 30.29 ± 1.86 to 26.03 ± 1.51 while WHR of males decreased from 0.95 ± 0.02 to 0.89 ± 0.02 and of females decreased from 0.87 ± 0.01 to 0.83 ± 0.01 respectively after 12 weeks of yoga training.
Conclusion: Regular practice of yoga can be used as a therapeutic regimen for weight control and reduction.
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