Bob Harper Is Adding Yoga to His Heart-Attack Recovery Plan

Bob Harper has made some major changes to his lifestyle since suffering a heart attack earlier this year. Along with adhering to a strict Mediterranean diet, The Biggest Loser trainer is also branching out when it comes to his workouts.

Harper, who credits CrossFit for helping him get into the best shape of his life, recently took to Instagram and shared a photo of himself hitting up an early morning yoga session. “Woke up early ready for another yoga class,” the 51-year-old captioned the post. “Feeling good.”

The ancient practice is more than just contortion poses, headstands, and downward dogs-several studies have linked yoga to cardiovascular benefits (perfect for Harper’s post-heart attack recovery plan). One study found that people who suffer from atrial fibrillation (or irregular heart beat) experienced lower blood pressure and more regulated heart rates after practicing yoga for 12 weeks, according to a study published in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.

Not to mention yoga has also been shown to help control your blood sugar and relieve stress, both of which can reduce the risk for cardiovascular problems. (That’s just the beginning. Here are 30 more reasons we love yoga.)

Thankfully, Harper is beginning to feel much better, and he makes it a point to thank his fans for their constant love and support as get gets back on his feet and in shape.

“Walking to my #cardiacrehab I gotta tell you what I do,” the trainer recently said on Instagram. “I keep my phone in front of me and when I get a notification on my IG, it inspires me to work harder so you all are kind of acting as my Coach.”

Keep up the positive attitude, Bob. We’re all rooting for you!

The Failure Empire: Bob Greene Rakes It In, Oprah Fails

The scene is comic: Bob Greene sitting next to Oprah on her TV show, kicking off the New Year, as Oprah tries to explain to her viewing audience why she gained forty pounds – again. Not once did she turn to Greene and say, “Bob, I guess your program is just a bit too hard to follow, something must be wrong with it.”
This spectacle first caught my attention in December when Oprah made her weight-gain story national news by featuring her balloon ride to 200 pounds in the January issue of her Oprah magazine. As she talked about her weight problems on her TV show it became obvious that her story coincided with a sales pitch for Bob Greene’s new cookbook, which goes along with his Oprah-sponsored diet book. I see from some of the news stories that I am not the only one who thinks this is bizarre. However, it is an interesting case study for future university-level marketing classes in how to market utter failure.
As one of the top clinical nutritionists in the country, the oddities of this story began to perk my interest. After reading through the gibberish in the January Oprah magazine and sitting through my first ever entire Oprah TV show, I went out and bought a copy of Greene’s diet book. Within moments of reading the book it was easy to visualize my working title for this article, “Why Bob Greene’s Diet Fails Oprah.”
Upon further research a new question entered my mind, “Is there anything Bob Greene won’t do for money?”
I thought it was peculiar that Oprah was introducing Bob Greene as her long time friend and trainer, while allowing him to portray himself as a nutrition expert. Why wasn’t she introducing him in a factual way: “I just want to let all of you know that Bob Greene is part of Oprah, Inc. He doubles as my property manager for my 102 acre estate in Hawaii and together we have purchased a total of six other oceanfront properties nearby (one for a Bob Greene house, one for an Oprah guest house, and four to be left vacant). We have made over ten million dollars on the diet book that has resulted in my dieting failure. And Bob has made millions more promoting McDonalds and other junk food companies on my coattails. In fact, I’ve personally made Bob Greene a multi-millionaire many times over and I just can’t tell you how thrilled I am that I’ve gained back forty pounds while being an expert in, advocate of, and profiting from his advice.”
The New York Times interviewed him just before he and Oprah did their joint promotional webcast on January 12, a webcast that somehow managed an extremely accurate title: “Falling Off the Wagon With Bob Greene.” He told the paper, “It doesn’t bother me in the least, everyone knows she follows my plan, but when she doesn’t, she gains weight, and when she does, it’s the only thing that works for her. It’s a very positive thing for me and book sales aren’t suffering.”
Bob, that is not exactly what everyone knows. Oprah’s two big weight-loss experiences came on a liquid diet and by starving herself, not from following your diet and reaching an ideal weight. In fact Bob, following your diet is next to impossible – which is why Oprah so easily goes off it – and this simple fact is directly your responsibility and the fault of your diet program. Furthermore, Oprah’s following your program has resulted in her having a significant increased risk for breast cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and early death – nice friend.
Before I explain some of the many flaws in the Bob Greene diet approach, I first must get back to the subject of Oprah, Inc.

Please Don’t Super Size Me

I met Bob Greene briefly back in 2004. At the time, I did a popular one-hour segment every Wednesday morning on the local CBS radio station in Minneapolis (WCCO). The host of the program was the local media celebrity, Pat Miles. It was a very popular program as I answered non-stop call-in questions about how to use vitamins to fix your health – while continually pointing out the pitfalls of medications. The listening audience was a bit older, based on the high popularity of the radio station for many decades.
One day the show producer told me that next Wednesday we would be broadcasting from the Mall of America and I would be joined by Oprah’s trainer, Bob Greene. I’d never heard of Bob Greene and I didn’t know why he was coming – but it wasn’t long before I found myself in the middle of a rather surreal experience.
I showed up a few minutes before broadcast time. A typical WCCO crowd was filing in and taking up chairs, getting ready for the program. I asked the producer where Bob Greene was and she pointed to the children’s play area/stage about 200 yards away. There was quite a crowd of little children and their mothers – making a lot of noise.
As show time approached this crowd started moving towards the broadcast stage. In the front of the pack was Bob Greene, playing the role of the Pied Piper. And then my brain went almost numb – flanking him was none other than Ronald McDonald – dressed to the hilt.
I had no idea what was going on. The producer introduced me to Bob Greene and we sat down next to each other on stage. We had a few minutes so I attempted some shop talk. I mentioned how interesting all the new science on uncoupling proteins was, and that it was a huge breakthrough for exercise and weight loss (which I thought was his expertise). His eyes glossed over and he ignored my comment entirely, making an unrelated comment about the day. I thought to myself, “A fitness expert that doesn’t keep up with his own subject.” (Note: Uncoupling proteins are activated in muscle with a combination of sustained aerobics, healthy leptin function, and nutrients like Q10 – resulting in disposal of calories as heat without any adverse cardio effects.)
The program began and Bob launched into his promotion of McDonalds and how he was going to reach so many people with a health message and partnership. He was going to turn McDonalds addicts into salad eaters. As the audience began asking questions it was apparent that his knowledge of weight loss was extremely limited – based on exercising more and eating less fat – and mostly exercising more. His message fell on deaf ears for the WCCO crowd – who in many cases were lucky to be exercising at all.
All the while this was going on Ronald McDonald kept jumping around in the background – either suffering from hyper-stimulation from the chemical flavorings in the McDonalds food he must have eaten that morning or in dire need of some ADD medication. The whole scene was beyond comprehension.

I wonder what I might have said if I had known what the program was going to be. As it was, I bit my tongue out of respect for the radio station, which was obviously being paid by McDonalds to do this. I couldn’t believe I was sitting on stage with a phony health advocate who actually thought people would eat salad when they went to McDonalds – a place that in my opinion epitomizes the evil empire of junk food that is causing disease in America.
It wasn’t until I started doing research for this article that I even understood what happened that day. McDonalds was having a PR dilemma expecting extreme negative publicity from the film Super Size Me. They teamed up with Bob Greene to help promote his new book, offering a 60% off coupon the day he went on Oprah and promoted his new book, his salad campaign with McDonalds, and his bike trip across the Southern United States where he would be stopping at various McDonalds locations. After that day’s Oprah appearance Bob Greene sold 50,000 copies of his book – and that was just the start.
McDonalds struck a PR gold mine, using Bob Greene and Oprah to get 1 billion favorable media impressions, which completely negated the effect of Super Size Me on their sales. For its part, McDonalds produced 8 million promo flyers for Bob Greene’s book. The program was a financial win-win for McDonalds and Bob Greene – but not for little children.
The Bob Greene campaign was dreamed up to lure young mothers into McDonalds under the guise of eating a salad, who would bring their children for junk food feeding. And so it is that a pretend health expert, acting like the Pied Piper, helped keep children coming to McDonalds, and on the fast track to obesity and diabetes. On this point alone, Bob Greene should be banished from the national health scene.

The Bob Greene Business Model

Bob Greene’s business model is based on endorsement deals that provide a link to the Oprah marketing machine via Bob Greene. This is not a small-time operation. He has a lot of large corporate sponsors – which invariably means fake foods masquerading as health foods.
The foods he promotes are laden with metabolically disrupting amounts of soy (which is often genetically modified), highly processed ingredients, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, Splenda, artificial flavors, and various chemicals. There are so many anti-metabolites in the foods he promotes that it is a wonder any person’s metabolism wouldn’t gag to a halt eating the foods he promotes for profit.
His business couldn’t be better. After his recent exposure on Oprah he has now secured a new two-year deal on another product – Nestlé Pure Life brand bottled water, a line of water that is not quite so pure, as it uses Splenda as a sweetener.
Scientific evidence clearly shows that Splenda significantly alters healthy digestive balance. If Bob Greene knew anything about nutrition he would know that such a problem will help cause food cravings and obesity – as well as other potentially serious digestive problems. I guess this will now be Bob’s beverage of choice.

Bob Greene is Nutritionally Deficient

One of the themes of Bob Greene’s diet is that you walk around all day in a self-introspected condition while carrying on a psycho-babble conversation with yourself. Obviously you are an emotionally defunct, weak-willpowered individual. Therefore, you must get to the bottom of your deep-rooted emotional disturbances. Keep yourself focused: What are you hungry for? Why are you overweight? Why have you been unable to maintain weight loss in the past? Why do you want to lose weight? What in your life is not working? (This last question must have been ripped off from another Oprah weight-loss guru, Dr. Phil.)
You have to keep yourself introspected all day long because the hunger pains are never going to go away on Bob Greene’s plan. Why? When you eat all the snacks, carbohydrates, sweeteners, and artificial sweeteners he thinks you should have so that you don’t feel deprived – you will never get over your addictive problems with food.
You have leptin receptors on your taste buds and they can no longer tell which end is up. This means you are stuck craving and eating more food than you really need because you have a misguided sense of fullness based entirely on his high carbohydrate, sugar-and-sweetener-laden plan. Since you’ll never get rid of these ghosts on Bob’s plan, you better assign their cause to the lack of love you felt as a child – and if you happened to have had a great childhood then you better figure out what else is whacked out in your head. And then you can just keep focusing on that when you are hungry.
The only other alternative would be for Bob Greene to give up all of his endorsements, so that you could un-addict yourself from highly processed garbage “health” food that he promotes, which is loaded with addiction-enforcing chemicals.
Bob is trying his best to improve his neophyte understanding of nutrition. On page 152 of the January Oprah magazine he makes a rather feeble attempt to explain the pleasure of eating and dopamine levels in your brain – as if such information is brand new. I recall giving a lecture back in 2005 to the American Society of Bariatric Physicians titled, “Thyroid, Food Addiction, and the Metabolically Unfit Fat Cell.” Back then, I explained the science on how dopamine-related problems fuel food addiction and cravings, and what needed to be done to solve the problem.
The issue of dopamine and pleasure is very problematic for dietician-minded “experts” like Bob Greene. The information means that you have to have some saturated fat in your diet while you are losing weight, much more than a dietician or Bob Greene ever recommends, or the next time you are under high stress and your adrenals start crashing you will eat a bowl of ice cream, a bag of potato chips or corn chips (like Oprah), or you will be off to McDonalds or your other favorite junk food stop – so that you can get a pleasure fix to stop the acute trauma in your brain.
Diets that lack saturated fat set you up for this problem – as well as forcing you to overeat carbohydrates in an attempt to satisfy the lack of dopamine-related pleasure resulting from the lack of saturated fat in your diet. In other words, you may be able to stay with a low saturated fat diet as long as you don’t get too stressed. As soon as stress levels get too high, you must have salt and fat to calm your brain down. This relieves the feeling of stress in the short term, but it is a disaster to your weight-loss efforts. The combination of adequate saturated fat with increased soluble fiber will make you much more resistant to stress-induced binges.
After Bob Greene attempts to explain dopamine, on the next page he gives you his diet strategies for improvement, which all center on reducing saturated fat intake. His advice sounds fine on the surface, but it sets you up for eating binges. People don’t live in stress-free bubbles.
The only way anyone could lose weight on Bob Greene’s diet is if whatever they were doing before they started his plan was far worse – which lucky for Bob is a lot of people like the 237 pound Oprah of many years ago. The low protein nature of his diet means that you will lose muscle and bone while doing it, even though he has you exercising (you’ll just end up more tired rather than more fit). This sets you up for yo-yo dieting, like his prize student, Oprah.
Sure Oprah had a tough childhood. And she maintains an incredibly demanding and stressful schedule. And now her metabolism has taken another numbing hit from menopause. And she has a terrible yo-yo diet history. Bob Greene is clogging her thyroid with soy. And he has her addicted to the sweet garbage that he’s promoting. Over the years, his diet has made her insulin resistance and leptin resistance much worse. He’s increasing her risk for disease. And Bob Greene is totally out of his league.

Bob Greene

It might sound like a surprisingly simple approach, but when asked about effective treatments for chronic pain and disease, fitness trainer Bob Greene has a short, to-the-point answer:

“Moving”

Moving makes virtually everything better,” says Greene, an exercise physiologist, New York Times bestselling author and frequent guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show. “If you are active, you are less prone to virtually every ailment. We were made to move, but as a society we’ve stopped moving. We need to educate people about the importance of becoming more active.”

Greene’s first book, Make the Connection: Ten Steps to a Better Body—And a Better Life, debuted in 1996. Since that time, the amiable trainer has become one of America’s most visible proponents of a healthier American lifestyle, and millions of individuals have turned to Greene’s “Best Life” book series for guidance on nutrition, exercise and optimal health.

The Best Life Guide to Managing Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes

Inspired in part by his parents’ battle with diabetes, Greene recently wrote The Best Life Guide to Managing Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes. Filled with practical advice on diet and fitness, the book also offers a variety of recipes unusual for a diabetic menu, including vanilla-peanut butter smoothies, cheesy cornbread and slow-cooked pork. And while Greene always encourages his clients with diabetes to seek medical advice from a physician before beginning any new exercise or diet program, he is also excited about presenting a comprehensive and healthy approach to a disease that has reached epidemic levels in the American population.

“My parents are in their eighties, and they have had diabetes for a number of years,” Greene explains. “I also have extended family members affected by the disease, so I’ve always had an interest in the subject.

Through the years, I’ve geared my writings to everyone,” Greene continues. “But when I saw how this epidemic is affecting not just adults, but also children, in serious ways, I decided it was time to write this book.”

Greene co-authored The Best Life Guide to Managing Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes with noted physician John J. Merendino Jr., MD, and Janis Jibrin, MS, RD. Dietitians, diabetes educators and physicians were asked to review the book before publication, and Greene says he was very pleased with their feedback.

“Everyone had the same comment,” he says. “They all talked about how complete the book is and liked the guidance offered by our three-phase program. For example, we don’t just talk about the importance of exercise, we offer a fitness plan. Our diet advice—including specific meal plans—is not only geared to taming blood sugar, but also to preventing heart disease and other complications of diabetes. We also have an entire chapter on diabetic drugs and how they are administered and what they do. I haven’t seen anything else that offers this type of one-stop-shopping approach, where everything about diabetes is covered in one book.”

Fitness and Pain

Greene is also part of an awareness campaign designed for people dealing with the challenges of osteoarthritis. Appropriately named the MOVE campaign, the educational effort includes a website that offers access to free exercise videos for OA patients, as well as commonsense advice about developing a fitness routine when pain is an issue.

“I’ve been doing this for almost 30 years, and I haven’t found a lot of people who love exercise,” Greene says. “With any condition that causes pain, the last thing people want to do is add the additional discomfort of exercise, and that is exactly what they should do.

“People can actually develop a tolerance for discomfort, and while I don’t ever want anyone to experience pain, as a trainer, I do have to push people into a discomfort zone,” Greene continues. “The human body repairs itself after exercise, and it sends messages to the brain that say, ‘Hey, I’ve gotta make myself a little bit more bullet-proof.’ Again, we were made to move, and everything from not having sidewalks in our communities and not having mandatory physical education in school in 48 states, to continuous hours spent watching television and/or on the computer, we’ve done everything we can to stop moving. A lot of people would rather make it about what drug can be taken to relieve pain or what food should be eaten to lose weight, but if you exercise, you are less prone to a variety of ailments. I’ve written books about eating and about exercise, and trust me, the eating books always sell more than the exercise books, but if we can appreciate what exercise does for the body, we’ll be on the right track.”

Fitness and Medicine

Many patients with chronic pain often find themselves on the receiving end of a long list of medications. As with the physical manifestations of many diseases, Greene states that a fitness program can also often help an individual reduce the amount of medication needed to treat a condition.

“We’re such a medicated society,” he says. “However, when we take someone who is not active and get them active, nine times out of ten, the medications are at least reduced. Diabetes is a classic example. I always push people back to their physicians to make that decision, but if medication can be reduced, it’s a great option.”

Kids and Getting Fit with Wii

Greene is a new father with a three-year-old daughter and six-month-old son, and while they live a very active lifestyle, Greene recognizes that the lure of technology will impact his own children in years to come. With that in mind, he collaborated along with other fitness experts on EA Sports Active, an innovative line of interactive fitness products for the Wii gaming system, and he acknowledges the “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” connotation.

“My children are still young, but I look at older kids, and they’re not moving either,” Greene explains. “It’s not like when I grew up and we walked to school, had P.E. every day and then came home and played out-side until dinner. It’s a very different lifestyle today, and I didn’t want to be one of those parents who say, ‘Back in my day….’ Instead, I decided to see the wonderful side of technology and how it could be used to help children and families. We’re not going to take away the Wii or the Game Boy, so why not use them as a powerful tool? It’s all about finding creative ways to be active, and this product is great for both kids and families.”

Greene’s Most Famous Client

Most people know about Greene’s longstanding friendship with media personality Oprah Winfrey. For years, Winfrey’s personal battles with weight have been the subject of much discussion on her talk show, and Greene says that he thinks people identify with the superstar’s health challenges because she is open and honest about her experiences with the same types of issues many people face in their own lives.

“One of the most recent things Oprah has dealt with is a thyroid condition,” Greene says. “The doctors weren’t able to provide concrete answers for almost a year, and so Oprah was told to cool it on the workouts for a while. Well, when you take someone who publicly says they hate exercise and you tell them to stop exercising, they’re going to take you up on it.

“Now that we have answers, she’s back on the horse again, and she’s committed to exercising every day,” says Greene. “And even though she has some problems with her knees and pain, she realizes that moving relieves everything.

“Another client of mine is on the cover of my Total Body Makeover DVD. She lost 160 pounds, and this year, she just completed her 100th marathon. She has become extremely active, and it’s a different life for her, and that’s the point I like to emphasize with my clients. Exercise doesn’t just enhance a life; in many cases, it drastically changes a life.”

Relationships and Fitness

Obesity is one of the top American health problems in the 21st century, and Greene says that until lifestyle habits are addressed, the number of overweight adults and children will continue to rise. In addition to the need for activity on a daily basis, Greene advises people to look at their diet and explore its connection to the overall quality of their lives.

“The first step is figuring out what kind of life you want to have,” he says. “So many people have an unhealthy relationship with food, and part of that is because they don’t take the time to decide what is important in their lives. I always have my clients do a circle-of-life exercise where they draw a pie and divide it into sections. In each section, they list what is most important to them, and I’m shocked to find that a lot of people don’t ask themselves what is important.”

For the pie exercise, Greene encourages his clients to think about areas of their lives like relationships, spirituality, careers and even finances. He sees all of the various portions of the pie as part of complete life awareness, and he ties this awareness to fitness in several ways.

“This is where I spend all of my time with clients, because when things aren’t going well with your relationships or your finances, that’s when you ignore yourself and run to the refrigerator and eat unhealthy foods,” Greene explains. “We’re all fed by one or two of the areas of the pie, and something else on the list suffers while we’re in pursuit of what we think is important. So weekly, at the very least, people need to think about which parts of their lives aren’t going well and what they can do to improve things. I try to educate people that you don’t improve everything over-night, but you take small steps to improve things—for example, you just lace up your sneakers and take a walk or pick up the phone and call a friend.”

Greene realizes that many people are overwhelmed at the thought of making drastic changes in their lives, whether the changes involve reestablishing important relationships or a diet makeover. He says that the secret lies in recognizing the importance of each small change and continuing to build on it in other areas.“

Life is what is achieved through the collective choices we make,” Greene says. “We create our lives by making these choices, and if we wake up each day and ask ourselves how we can get a little bit closer to our perfect life, then at the end of a year, we will have a different life.”

Bob Greene’s Tips on Eating Healthy During Challenging Economic Times

Food is a major expense in many households, but one of America’s most popular fitness trainers says that there are ways to eat healthy and also save money. He recommends that people shop the perimeter of the grocery store, stocking up on fresh fruits and vegetables on sale that week and avoiding processed foods, and Greene adds that healthy choices save money in other areas.

“The foods that offer the most bang for the buck are vegetables,” Greene says. “They are the most nutritionally packed items you can consume. Frozen vegetables are usually less expensive and often just as nutritious. Fruits are also incredibly nutrient-packed; vary your picks and you’ll get a wider range of nutrients. Again, frozen is fine.

“Look for high-quality protein that is not attached to high amounts of saturated fats and include cold-water fish like salmon, mackerel and sardines, which are high in omega-3 fats and good for the heart and the brain. Canned salmon is a good low-cost alternative, and the bone-in type is also a great source of calcium,” he continues. “Nuts should also be on your shopping list—they make an excellent snack and are rich in healthy fats. I also think that most people benefit from a calcium and vitamin D supplement.

“I heard recently that 95 percent of people have some weight they want to lose, so with that in mind, you can probably say that a majority of people are eating too many calories,” Greene concludes. “The simple act of cutting 10 to 15 percent of your total calories represents a savings because you are eating less and probably not purchasing as many empty calories, like the ones you get with soda or white bread. Substitute the convenience foods with fresh fruits and vegetables, and you’ll save money not only on food, but also on the medical expenses that often accompany being overweight. None of this is new; it’s the same boring stuff we’ve heard for 30 years that has been ignored, but it really is the way we should be eating.”

Want a plan based on The Best Life Diet? Visit www.TheBestLife.com, which offers a number of benefits, including: meal plans, a recipe database, interactive food and exercise logs, help and support from a team of dietitians and so much more. {PP}

Best Weight Loss Yoga DVDs

Yoga has been relied on for centuries to help maintain both physical and mental health, and has rapidly been spreading across the Western world as a fitness alternative to traditional gym workouts.

While perfect for balance, and strength training, can doing Yoga for weight loss really work? The short answer is yes and here are my favorite DVD’s that can help you with your goals.

Quick Answer: The 3 Best Rated Yoga DVDs For Weight Loss

  1. Yoga for Weight Loss
  2. Biggest Loser: Weight Loss Yoga
  3. Yoga For Weight Loss for Beginners

First lets take a look at the Yoga for Weight Loss DVD’s, then we’ll talk about how Yoga can help you lose weight.

Yoga for Weight Loss Yoga For Weight Loss for Beginners Biggest Loser: Weight Loss Yoga
Deluxe 3 DVD set:
1) Flow Yoga – Strength & Flexibility
2) Yoga for Weight Loss – Beginners & Beyond
3) Power Yoga for Every Body
Interactive DVD allows you to choose from 12 easy-to-follow customized routines in 3 separate sections:
1) Getting Started
2) As You Progress
3) Yoga with Weights & More
One DVD with a 55-minute regimen with 3 separate yoga workouts complete with 5-minute warm-up and cool-down sections.
Yoga masters: Various Yoga master: Maggie Rhoades Yoga master: Bob Harper

Yoga Weight Loss DVD Reviews

#1 Yoga For Weight Loss DVDs

This popular program by BodyWisdom, packs 35 routines into three CDs to create a versatile, and customizable Yoga experience.

The traditional Yoga for Weight Loss work out plan, is accompanied by the Flow Yoga DVD, which provides exercises geared towards building strength and improving flexibility, as well as the Power Yoga program.

Although this DVD does have options specifically for beginners, it’s also a great tool for someone who knows the basic poses in Yoga, and wants to build on their introductory knowledge. This program is easy to interact with, as it allows you to customize your work out in terms of difficulty and physical goals.

With varying length of time in workouts, and a progressive learning style, this program helps you stay engaged and motivated. In my opinion, this is the best Yoga DVD for weight loss.

#2 Biggest Loser: Weight Loss Yoga DVD

You have undoubtedly heard of the show “The Biggest Loser” where its one of the few times where being a “loser” is good!

Fitness and healthy-living guru Bob Harper, packs this plan with his knowledge about physical fitness and healthy eating.

Bob combines a traditional type workout with exercises like lunges and fuses it with Yoga poses for a calories burning workout that gives you the best of both worlds.

This is a 55 minute total workout if you do the whole DVD but its divided up into 3 separate workouts with each focusing on a different area of the body.

With the Menu options you can pick and choose which you want to do if you are not going to do the whole DVD. Between the workouts there is a 5 minute warm-up and cool down so there are breaks.

The first workout focuses core strength Yoga training with lunges, stretches and planks. Workout two is primarily abs while the third workout is more traditional that can be done with light hand weights for even more of a workout.

What I really like about the Biggest Loser DVD is the fact that the people you are doing the workout with on the DVD are not “perfect” model type actors. They are real people who are not Yoga Masters, their form is not always perfect but that’s what I like about it, you can really relate to them.

This is a tough workout that when you are done with it, you feel tired but great at the same time! You will get great results if you stick with it.

#3 Yoga For Weight Loss for Beginners DVD

This is claimed to be a beginners workout but in my opinion it is a little more of a intermediate level. The first section is mostly beginner focused but with workouts two and three it is helpful if you have some experience. See my Yoga for beginner DVD’s.

Maggie Rhodes will lead you through three separate sections, like I mentioned above, section one is mostly beginner based where she flows through basic poses that vary in length.

It’s an excellent workout, slow enough for beginners to practice their form but fast enough to feel like you are burning some calories.

Section two which is my favorite, is challenging and why I say it’s helpful to have some previous experience with Yoga. This section is a full body workout, you will feel your arms, legs and core burning and your heart racing.

You will feel like you have worked out when you are done! Section three is the “Beyond” and Maggie introduces some light weights and resistance bands into the routines for an even greater workout.

She gives you good instruction into how to do the poses and what I really like about doing Yoga at home with a DVD is you can practice as many times as you want to get it right. You just can’t do that in a class.

This is a well done DVD with good calorie burning routines. As a bonus it is filmed in Antigua on the beach providing a beautiful, tranquil backdrop.

Yes4All Yoga Starter Kit

The Yes4All Yoga Starter Kit is ideal for the beginner who is looking to delve into Yoga fully prepared. This kit provides you with all of the props and tools you will need to perform a thorough work out. The kit includes a mat, foam blocks, Yoga straps, and a Yoga towel.

The cushioned mat and foam blocks ensure that you experience your Yoga workout in comfort, as well as have the ability to properly execute poses. This affordable option will provide everything you need to look like a Yoga expert.

How to Choose the Best Weight Loss Yoga DVD

Yoga is one of the oldest forms of exercise, originating in India almost 5,000 years ago. Originally described in some of Hinduism’s oldest texts, the Vedas, Yoga has evolved from a spiritual ritual, to one of today’s most popular forms of fitness.

Due to its versatility and gentle nature, as well as the ability to lighten moods and build strength, Yoga has easily modernized and integrated itself into workout programs everywhere.

Yoga studios are popular fitness hubs, but Yoga can easily be performed at home, or at the park too. We even have the modern luxury of accessing yoga exercises through apps on our smartphones.

Even powerhouse celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow rely on Yoga to keep in shape.

Yoga is a great alternative to more traditional and intensive work out methods because it can cater to a variety of people. Anyone from children to senior citizens can keep up with the various poses, and can follow the versatile work out routines.

Yoga For Weight Loss?

Yoga is used primarily to strengthen, improve coordination, and work on balance, however, it does have weight loss benefits that cannot be overlooked. Although not as effective as intense cardio workouts at burning fat, more gentle forms of yoga will still burn 150 calories an hour.

If you want to take your workout up a notch, more intense forms, such as Bikram (hot yoga), can help you burn up to 475 calories an hour. In hot yoga you practice your routines in rooms heated up to 104 degrees for maximum burn and sweat!

Many people are shocked at the numerous weight loss benefits in yoga. People often ponder how they can lose weight simply by stretching and doing a few poses on a mat. Contrary to these critics, yoga has proven itself numerous times to be an effective weight loss method.

In addition to hot yoga, there are numerous “yoga for weight loss” programs that incorporate poses from different genres of yoga into one program.

These mixed programs often have a time of stretching, a time of challenging poses that take focus and controlled breathing (firming the core), and even a possible cardiovascular focused portion, incorporating yoga poses.

All yoga classes still end with gentle stretching and a time of concentration on the body and your breathing.

In 2005, the National Cancer Institute ran a study evaluating the weight loss claims regarding Yoga. They found that participants who attended at least one weekly session of yoga were seeing weight loss achievement, while participants who did not attend, actually gained weight.

The American Journal of Managed Care also concluded Yoga promotes weight loss, even when practicing more gentle forms such as Restorative Yoga, which focuses on relaxation and stress reduction.

How Does Yoga Help You Lose Weight?

For one, the calorie burning aspect works exactly as any other work out program. If you burn more calories than you take in, you will lose weight. However, it is also believed that Yoga’s relaxing approach helps to reduce an important hormone called cortisol.

This is what we feel coursing through our bodies when we are stressed out. The Thomas Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia performed studies to show that practicing Yoga decreased levels of Cortisol immediately and significantly.

This is important because cortisol is one of the hormones that helps our bodies hold onto fat, and too much cortisol in our system can make losing weight more difficult. Although Yoga does not have quite the same weight loss impact that more intense cardio focused workouts do.

However, when combined with a healthy lifestyle and proper nutrition, it can help you reach your goals in a more fun and interactive way, than dieting alone.

Though numerous gyms and yoga studios have gotten on board with yoga for weight loss programs, this is also a program that can be taken to the living room. Many DVDs feature creative yogis ready to either introduce you to the world of yoga or help you fine tune your current yoga skills.

Obviously, you cannot do hot yoga at home—but there are many other high quality programs designed specifically for weight loss.

Yoga For Weight Loss Gets Results!

Yoga is beneficial not only because it helps us get our bodies in shape and lose weight, but because it a promotes a healthy mental mindset too. Studies show that our bodies are most successful at weight loss, when our minds are dedicated and focused on our goals as well.

With so many different styles of Yoga to choose from, and the ability to tailor exercises to personal strengths and abilities, Yoga is an ideal option for individuals who wants to lose weight and feel good too.

Hopefully I have convinced you that adding yoga to your weight loss routine will benefit you.

I hope this guide was helpful for finding the Best Weight Loss Yoga DVD to fit your needs. If you want to comment or recommend a DVD I didn’t include, please use my contact form to get in touch.

Have fun and enjoy your workout!

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The Yoga For Weight Loss DVD series is my favorite by a narrow margin. The quality of the Yoga routines will challenge you in ways that other DVD programs do not.

User Rating: Be the first one !© Getty / Andrew Toth Bob Harper Reveals the Biggest Lifestyle Change He Made to Lose 40 Pounds

After surviving a massive heart attack last year, Bob Harper worked on completely transforming his life. He shifted from a low-carb Paleo diet to a carb-friendly, plant-based lifestyle and has lost 40 pounds in the process. The celebrity trainer and former The Biggest Loser host shared some of his other healthy habits that helped him recover and transform his lifestyle on the Rachael Ray Show.

Bob starts each morning with a cup of coffee (we can relate!), and he swapped his almond milk for gluten-free, lactose-free, and nut-free oat milk. He also takes a hot yoga class every day from the yoga studio Fierce Grace. It’s no easy feat; the classes range from 60 to 90 minutes long. The former cardio fiend praises the class’s movement and ability to get your heart rate up without having to bust your butt doing cardio. His switch from intense cardio to hot yoga is perhaps the biggest change he’s made to lose weight (aside from eating a plant-based diet).

“I came from that very cardio background,” he said in the clip. “It’s like, to get the weight off you’ve gotta get cardio, cardio, cardio. I don’t necessarily believe that’s true in all cases.” It’s something former The Biggest Loser contestants may find shocking!

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Since he sweats so much during hot yoga, Bob makes sure to replenish every day with a ton of water. He drinks at least a gallon a day and relies on a giant water jug to get in his daily fill of H2O. (For some extra hydration motivation, we recommend the BuildLife 1-Gallon Motivational Water Bottle.)

And while many people assume losing weight is all about eating well and moving your body, Bob has told POPSUGAR that managing stress is a top priority for weight loss and overall health. To keep his stress in check, Bob practices transcendental meditation.

We love seeing Bob live such a happy and healthy life after recovering from his heart attack – BRB, booking a hot yoga class ASAP.

Video: `The Super Carb Diet` by Bob Harper (Men’s Health)

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