I am trying to loose weight. My main approach has been to eat healthy, lift weights 4~5 times a week and do Vinyasa yoga (power yoga) 4~5 times a week. I also fit in the occasional 60 minute run on the elliptical (I can't run or do the treadmill because of an ankle injury). I'm not looking to become "ripped" but some muscle definition would be nice.
This worked for a few months and I was able to go from 264 lbs to 224 lbs (I'm 5 ft 11), but now I've "relapsed" back to 233 lbs.
A friend has told me that the Yoga is actually harming my fitness goals, since the weight lifting builds muscle and burns fact, but the Yoga burns muscle tissue.
I always assumed that the Yoga could only be good for me, especially given the physic of the more experienced Yoga practitioners, but now my friend has me doubting myself.
Is he right? Should I stop the yoga and stick to lifting?
Here are the rough details of my routine: I cycle through the 4 following workouts (Chest, Back, Shoulder, Arms) taken from this website:
I don't usually do abs or legs because they are already part of the Yoga flows. I do Yoga 4~5 times a week.
And I throw in one or two 60 minute sessions a week on the elliptical as well.