Yoga may aid in weight loss based on a 2022 review of 22 studies involving 1,178 participants.

The studies showed reductions in body weight, BMI, body fat, and waist size through yoga interventions.

In 2013, a review supported by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) assessed 17 yoga-based weight-control programs.

Most of these programs resulted in gradual and moderate weight reductions.

Effective programs had certain key elements, including longer and more frequent yoga sessions (75-90 minutes, at least 3 times per week).

A longer overall program duration (3 months or more) also contributed to better results.

A yoga-based dietary component was associated with successful weight control programs.

Programs that included a residential component, such as a full weekend to start the program, were more effective.

Incorporating a larger number of elements of yoga was a common feature in successful programs.

Home practice of yoga was found to be beneficial for weight loss.

Yoga is considered a potential method for weight management.

It may lead to reductions in body weight, BMI, body fat, and waist size.

The effectiveness of yoga for weight loss depends on program elements and regular practice.

Longer, more frequent sessions and a yoga-based dietary component are advantageous.

Overall, practicing yoga can be a helpful component of a weight loss strategy.