It might surprise you to learn that yoga could help with weight control. Researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle studied more than 300 people at gyms, yoga studios, and weight loss facilities and found that the yoga fans generally had a lower body mass index (a standard measure of fatness), even though more than half of all the participants got plenty of exercise. One possible explanation? Researchers found that they were more likely to report behaviors associated with “mindful eating,” such as being aware when they were full or eating out of boredom.
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