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Past :

I used to weight train in the gym and looked close to shredded years back. I also meditated for a couple of months a couple of years back. I started reading things on Instagram and started falling into philosophies like synchronicity 11:11 chakras. Later I felt bad that I wasted time as I don't find them scientifically right and it feels aloof and goofy.

Present :

I am obese. I don't like going to the gym and lifting weights and eating a lot of protein anymore. So I decided to start yoga again.

I have started practising yoga under a guru. I love the classes and look forward to it every day. I told the guru that my goal is to lose fat.

The guru and the top disciples talk about synchronicity, no moon days draining energy and chakras. They ask me to eat whatever I want and be happy. I was hoping creating a calorie deficit will help me lose fat.

I don't know how to deal with the ideologies. I want to lose fat.

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    What exactly are you asking here? I don't know much about yoga, but it could be that you're not choosing the optimal path towards your goals. If the philosophy of the guru is to be happy and enjoy life while practicing yoga, no matter what you look like, but you're after hard core fat loss, then you're dealing with conflicting philosophies and may want to consider either a different approach or additional help. – Dark Hippo Nov 5 at 7:40
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    Kinda just sounds to me like you need to find a different yoga studio. – C. Lange Nov 5 at 15:58
  • I don't know much about yoga philosophy, but I think it would help to distinguish happiness from pleasure. Eating whatever you want may bring you pleasure, but being healthy and comfortable with your body with make you happy in a more profound way. Not to mention the sense of achievement and discipline that will be gained in the process. IANAG – Dan Nov 5 at 23:38
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If you practice the pure Yoga as it is in some Ashrams, they take habit to wake up early to practice on an empty stomach.

This is supposed to help to burn fat since our body hasn't eat since many hours, our organism has to use the storage... the fat

In ashram they also pick a selection of vegatable and eat them fresh and cook (no ready-made processed food). This can also be a game-changer.

I would advise you to calculate your daily needs (maybe with an online tool like in https://www.verywellfit.com/how-many-calories-do-i-burn-every-day-3495464 ) From then only you will know how much calories to target. You have to be progressive otherwise the homeostatis will make you come back to your usual weight. Only reduce your normal caloric intake from 200KCal, for some weeks, until you reach a plateau. Then reduce again around 200KCal, and so on. You can do this for 3 months but after your body will need some rest and adapt Eventually your appetite will shrinken and it will be easy to maintain

Good luck !

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