This is a very interesting topic. Can practicing yoga get rid of cellulite? Some people say that yoga works wonders and others say that other than slight health benefits, they saw no visible reduction in their cellulite. So who is right?
This is another one of those questions where both parties are right. What? Both parties? Really?
Yes. Before we examine why, first you need to understand what cellulite is so let’s look at what Wikipedia has to say about cellulite:
“Cellulite (also known as adiposis edematosa, dermopanniculosis deformans, status protrusus cutis, gynoid lipodystrophy, and orange peel syndrome) is the herniation of subcutaneous fat within fibrous connective tissue that manifests topographically as skin dimpling and nodularity, often on the pelvic region (specifically the buttocks), lower limbs, and abdomen. Cellulite occurs in most postpubescent females and rarely in males.”
In simple terms, cellulite is fat. That’s it. Fat. FAT!
Most women are shocked when they hear that cellulite is nothing more than stores of fat. They often exclaim that it can’t be fat because it looks so clumpy, lumpy or dimpled. Normal fat is just smooth and rounded.
The reason that cellulite appears the way it does is because of the connective tissues beneath the skin of a woman. In a woman, the connective tissues from the muscles to the skin are perpendicular.
This creates pockets or spaces for fat to be stored. Men do not have this problem because their connective tissues are connected in a cross hatched manner. Men have it good here.
To worsen the situation, women have thinner skin so any subcutaneous fat becomes much more visible when it pushes up against the skin.
As a woman ages, her skin gets thinner and less supple. That’s a double whammy. The cellulite becomes much more visible. This is why older women complain of cellulite more.
The only way to reduce the appearance of cellulite is to reduce the fat stores in the body, be on a healthy diet and take care of your skin by consuming collagen supplements and applying moisturizing lotions to your skin. Women see cellulite on their thighs and butt because the skin there is thinner.
Different women may see cellulite in different places. It all depends on how thin the skin is on the body. Regardless of location, the principle is the same. Lose the fat and you will lose the cellulite.
So is yoga effective?
If your body fat percentage is not too high, yoga may help you burn more calories and you may lose some body fat. When this happens, your fat stores drop and the cellulite may be less visible or not even exist.
If you are overweight or obese, it may take you a long, long time to burn off all the excess fat with yoga because yoga is not a high impact exercise. In this case, it may not be effective in the short run.
I’d highly recommend that yoga just be one component in a varied training regimen. You want to hard cardio workouts that will get your heart pumping and your body in fat burning mode.
You want resistance training especially for your lower body. Squats, lunges, deadlifts, scissor kicks, etc. will tone the muscles in your legs and butt. You will also accelerate fat burning in these areas.
That is how you lose cellulite. Yoga is a means to an end and not an end in itself.