Somatics for Weight Loss?
Oh boy. I'm getting a lot of questions from folks asking if Somatics can help with weight loss.
Why are so many are asking this question all of a sudden?
Social media, that's why. 😣
I'm seeing the ads too. Posts touting somatic weight loss plans, somatic workouts, somatic yoga, even somatics that'll make you cry so you can get rid of your trauma, and then lose weight. Yeesh.
In this post I'd like to clarify if and how Somatics can help you lose weight.
The ads on social media are for apps and video programs that offer things like somatic exercise and somatic yoga routines. Many of the ads say you can finally lose stubborn belly fat and get rid of trauma, that holds you back from losing weight.
|This is the junk my clients are running into online.
I dug a bit deeper into review and scam alert sites too. Many folks say they were billed more than they signed up for, had a hard time cancelling their account, and didn't actually find any "somatic" exercise routines within the apps, just pilates and yoga. So buyer beware.
Ok, back to. . .
Will Somatics help me lose weight?How does Somatics help me lose weight?
Let's talk about a bit about weight loss first.
Caloric Deficit = Weight Loss
Now, onto the aspects of exercise for weight loss.
Regardless of whether exercise helps you lose weight or not, it is definitely good for your overall health!
So will "somatic exercise" help you lose weight?
Unlikely, in and of itself.
But wait. . .
Let's talk about the overall health benefits of having a somatic practice and how those benefits can help you lose weight.
How Somatics could help you with weight loss
I personally do a bit of Somatics every night before bed. I fall asleep easily and stay asleep through the night. And this is coming from a perimenopausal gal! 🙌
Side note: I've introduced Somatics at fitness studios around the country. Lots of folks report heading to the weight room after my introductory Somatics class and being able to lift more weight and do more reps. Just after one class!
Side note: recently my 125 English Mastiff ran head long right into my knee, hyper extending it. Luckily I didn't blow out my knee, though I did partially rupture my hamstring something fierce. The doctor said 3-12 months for full recovery. I'm happy to say at 6 weeks out, I'm about 95% recovered. All due to my daily Somatics practice and regularly walking.
|Me and Kelso. Not to scale. 😆
So let's sum up.
Kristin Jackson, CCSE, CPT