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Yoga that was practiced for four or more years was associated with a 3.1-lb lower weight gain among normal weight participants and an 18.5-lb lower weight gain among overweight participants.

-- Kristal, A., Littman, A., Benitez, D. & White, E. (2005). Yoga practice is associated with attenuated weight gain in healthy, middle-aged men and women. Alternative Therapy Health Medicine, 11, 28-33.

In the yoga group, weight loss after yoga training as compared to before the training display significant difference. In contrast, weight loss following step test was not significantly different in the control group at the end of the study period. Yoga training produced a marked increase in respiratory pressures and endurance in both male and female subjects. The present study demonstrates attenuation of the sweating response by yoga training. Further, yoga training for a short period of six weeks can produce significant improvements in respiratory muscle strength and endurance.

-- Indian J Physiol Pharmacol. 2008 Apr-Jun;52(2):164-70. Effect of six weeks yoga training on weight loss following step test, respiratory pressures, handgrip strength and handgrip endurance in young healthy subjects.Madanmohan, Mahadevan SK, Balakrishnan S, Gopalakrishnan M, Prakash ES.

Researchers found that adults with obesity have lower prevalence of use of yoga therapy, and similar prevalence of use of several CAM modalities, including relaxation techniques, natural herbs, massage, chiropractic medicine, tai chi, and acupuncture, compared to normal-weight individuals.

-- Obesity (Silver Spring). 2008 Jul;16(7):1610-5. Epub 2008 May 1. Use of complementary and alternative therapies by overweight and obese adults.Bertisch SM, Wee CC, McCarthy EP.

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