Often I hear those wishing to lose weight state that they can only do one thing at a time, diet or exercise. And while I more than understand needing to focus on one area initially, please keep in mind that the body needs help adjusting to the pounds coming off in the form of movement and sleep. Gentle yoga stretching daily can help manage tone changes that occur as the weight comes off. For example, the stretching can help the muscles begin to support the peripheral vasculature that is primarily supported by fat in overweight women. If these blood vessels are not assisted during weight loss, the risk for varicose veins can be increased. Gentle yogic breathing before bed can assist with optimal sleep so that the body gets the opportunity to readjust to the metabolic changes occurring with weight loss. Give yourself and your body the maximal opportunity to feel your best during and after your weight loss process by paying attention to optimal daily routine throughout your weight loss program.