So I'm 411 and weigh 113 pounds. Six months ago I weighed 96 pounds nothing fits no just wanna cry. I now have cellulite on my legs it's depressing. Anyway I started bikram yoga and have gone to maybe 6-7 sessions and I gained weight. Has anyone gained weight on this? And the other day in class I just wanted to lay there and cry. Is this normal. Please share your bikram stories with me even if its not relevant to my question. Thanks everyone
Yoga is not a good thing to practice and certainly is not the way to lose fat.
Yoga is not one thing. It's an ancient practice taught in a hundred different ways which some believe offer health benefits while other believe it a archaic way to waste time. For example, read the following excerpt from this article –> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoga
“Yoga has been criticized for being potentially dangerous and being a cause for a range of serious medical conditions including thoracic outlet syndrome, degenerative arthritis of the cervical spine, spinal stenosis, retinal tears, damage to the common fibular nerve, so called “Yoga foot drop,” etc. An exposé of these problems by William Broad published in January, 2012 in The New York Times Magazine resulted in controversy and denial in the yoga community in New York City where yoga is popular. Broad, a science writer, experienced yoga practitioner, and author of The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards, had suffered a back injury while performing a yoga exercise. Torn muscles, knee injuries, and headaches are common ailments which may result from yoga practice.
An extensive survey of yoga practitioners in Australia showed that about 20% had suffered some physical injury while practicing yoga. In the previous 12 months 4.6% of the respondents had suffered an injury producing prolonged pain or requiring medical treatment. Headstands, shoulder stands, lotus and half lotus (seated cross-legged position), forward bends, backward bends, and handstands produced the greatest number of injuries.”
In general, the value of Yoga is less a matter of fact and more a matter of how much you believe it benefits you given the way that you practice it. No one can say if Yoga is one thing or another because it is so many things.
In short, Yoga in the West has long been a faddist's alternative practice of questionable value and will eventually discontinued for lack of benefits by most who try it.
The key to fat loss is not exercise, it's diet.
Any exercise will burn calories but no exercise will burn fat unless your diet allows it. You can burn fat in your sleep or you can run all day and never burn any fat. It all depends on your diet.
Fat loss is determined by calorie control, not by exercise. Good exercises for burning calories are speed walking, biking, swimming, dancing, etc. and ANY other physical activity which makes you move a lot of weight for a long time. But NO exercise is good for burning fat if you eat too many calories because you can always eat more calories than you can burn but you can't always burn as many as you take in.
An average person must walk about five miles every day for a week to burn the calories equivalent to a pound of body fat. So, unless you think walking about five miles a day (or doing an equivalent amount of exercise) with no guarantee of fat loss makes sense, focus your fat loss program on diet.
Diet for fat loss. Exercise for fitness.
Here's the sad truth about cellulite. Cellulite is not fat, it's a genetic-based condition involving an uneven distribution of adipose and collagen tissues and once you have it, you will probably have it for life. However, because cellulite involves fat, you may be able to reduce the prominence of it by burning fat. Unfortunately, cellulite seems to present in those areas where fat tends to leave last…buttocks and thighs. So, reducing the cellulite effect will, for most people, require burning excess fat to a very low body fat percent….something which usually means a serious lifestyle change and commitment to proper eating habits for life with no guarantees.
Here's an excerpt from an article from the US National Institute of Health, the people your doctor listens to.
“A great deal of money is spent by people who want to rid themselves of cellulite, but no amount of weight loss, exercise, massages, wraps, creams, supplements, or surgery has proven to effectively eliminate it once you have it. Liposuction, for instance, is not recommended for cellulite, and may even make it look worse.”
Check out these links and see what the experts have to say.
If you want to know how to lose fat, read my answer about how to lose fat –> http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=As615QJM4X_3ID9_05qmmlXty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20111028185603AAVcP4D .
Good luck and good health!!
PS: Here are some good websites you may find useful.
• A MUST FOR DIETERS http://www.freedieting.com/
• BEST DIET TOOL ON THE WEB http://www.myfitnesspal.com/
• BEST FOODS FOR YOU http://www.choosemyplate.gov/index.html
• NUTRITION DOT GOV http://www.nal.usda.gov/food-and-nutrition