Today I am going to explain how and just why cellulite takes hold and what you can do about it.
The bane of some women’s lives it can make skin look less attractive, and from what I have been told, forcing some women into changing which clothes they choose to buy and wear.
Cellulite causes bumps or an “orange peel” look to the surface of the skin. You will mostly find cellulite on the hips, thighs and legs, however, it is also found on the stomach, upper arms and breast area.
Cellulite is often associated with stretch marks. It’s also connected with circulation problems, swelling and water retention (oedema). None which are desirable in any way.
Some women discover that having cellulite is really a massive confidence drainer which can really affect their life in a negative way.
Cellulite isn’t harmful, and is sometimes referred to as a cosmetic condition.
I know people who get painful cellulite which is tender to touch, most people want to get rid of it for aesthetic reasons.
I really believe cellulite is indicative of other problems in the body and is certainly not just a sign of healthy tissue.
We will discuss the roles of food, exercise, hormones, circulation, dehydration and fluid retention, which all play a part.
Cellulite isn’t exclusive to individuals who are overweight, a lot of slim ladies suffer from it too.
Even Supermodels and Olympic athletes have it.
So What Causes Cellulite?
The causes of cellulite are multifaceted.
Anatomically or structurally – cellulite is due to the fibrous connective cords, made of collagen, that tether the skin to the underlying muscle.
As the fat cells swell, they push upwards, contrary to the tethered skin, and cause the lumpy or uneven turn to the skin.
Cellulite on the whole affects mostly women.
Cellulite will not appear overnight, it’s a long term effect and creeps through to you over years not months.
If you have it, it is because whatever caused it’s been going on for some time. Weight gain and or surplus fat increases could have preceded the cellulite formation.
The items which cause cellulite are inter linked.
One significant problem in cellulite formation is the hormone – Estrogen (prepare yourself to learn a lot more about hormones, especially in next week’s article).
I’d also say that lifestyle and toxins have a massive effect on degrees of cellulite FOR EXACTLY THE SAME REASON – estrogen.
For example, in the long term, eating loads of ready-made foods will – disrupt your hormones.
This combined with other factors such as lack of exercise and dehydration can then lead to weight gain, fluid retention, loss of blood circulation and cellulite will eventually appear on your own body.
The Fat Cells Are Broken
In a general sense the fat cells are not working properly.
Toxins are designed to be removed from one’s body by your liver. كيف تختفي البواسير الخارجية When your liver is overwhelmed, it can’t do its job.
Then toxins inside our food and environment are pushed back to the bloodstream and absorbed by the fat cell. Long term, high levels of pesticides and other toxins mean the body will NEED to create additional fat to absorb the toxins or “mop up the waste”.
These toxins find their way into the fat cells where they could be stored for quite some time and cause oxidation/Inflammation (free radical damage).
The toxins are stored in the cell membrane and the membrane becomes tough and impermeable causing fat reduction to be more difficult.
Constant exposure to each of the toxins in today’s world makes your fat cells toxic, this soon becomes cellulite.
Fat cells normally are nice and smooth but once these toxins and bacteria enter the fat cells it becomes misshaped, this is exactly what the tiny bumps and lumps are on the outside of the skin are.
Exercise is also an important factor in determining whether you will have cellulite or not. The more exercise you do the less chance you have to getting cellulite.
There is also a large amount of evidence to claim that genetics have become important in determining in the event that you will get cellulite and much more specifically where. Take a look at your closest family members and when they have cellulite you will find a chance you can get it in exactly the same place.
Cellulite does not only affect overweight people, it could affect all of us.
A lot of my slimmer clients have cellulite and also have body fat levels over 35%, they are what is referred to as “skinny fat”.
Why do some women get it and others don’t?
It has been suggested that the collagen in fibrous connective tissue (which tethers the skin to the underlying tissue) may be a major factor in why some ladies suffer while some don’t.
Collagen is formed inside the body and the main substrates (or building materials) for collagen are – vitamin C, proline, lysine, glucosamine and chondrotin sulphate. So theoretically supplementing with something like Collagen Formula would help reduce the formation of cellulite.
The Cellulite Scale aka Nurnberger-Muller Scale
The stages are as follows:
Stage 0 shows no dimpling when lying down or standing, and a pinch test shows folds in skin but no visible cellulite.
Stage 1 shows no dimpling when lying or standing, but skin shows cellulite when pinched.
In stage 2, cellulite is only visible when standing however, not when lying down.
At stage 3 one has visible dimpling, both standing and prone, and could have raised areas and nodules.
How Do We Eliminate It?
Before I get into the very best ways to remove it I’d just like to state what won’t work. In today’s world the obvious answer to all of our problems appears to be in a pill.
A pill or cream won’t remove cellulite properly and in the long run. So ladies do not waste your money on expensive pills and lotions.
The top three ways to blast cellulite away:
Just a note to say, these solutions will need time. You will not be able to just snap your fingers and the cellulite is gone. It will require patience, effort and commitment.
1. Detoxify Your Fat Cells by Changing Your Nutritional Habits
As we know the best way to get rid of these toxins and bacteria which play a huge part in the development of cellulite would be to detox.
The primary goal of a detox is to cleanse your body inside out and flush out all the harmful toxins in the process allowing our body to function like it’s meant to.
As mentioned above a number of the foods we consume bring toxins into the body which heavily influences the appearance of cellulite.
The first and most important step to removing cellulite from the body is just to eliminate unnatural processed foods from your diet.
So ditch the sweets, chocolates, fried food and fizzy drinks for healthy organic natural fruit and vegetables, top quality carbs and lean meat. Drink a lot of water too! This can aid the detoxification process and help to flush out toxins from your body.
Get hydrated, drink plenty of water – about 1 litre for each 3.5 stone you weigh.
One thing we have to remember is these toxins don’t only enter our bodies via the food we consume.
Toxins also come from alcohol, perfume, make up, cleaning products and much more, so aim to use environmentally friendly toxic free products where possible.
2. Exercise More
Cellulite is more common in the lower body area. You can find over 90 muscles in your lower torso all waiting to be strengthened and smoothed over!
As mentioned earlier, pills and creams don’t address cellulite at the main, exercising will.
Working the areas efficiently where cellulite exists will improve circulation, smooth out and support the skin around the cellulite; this will reduce the appearance and give an improved look.
A well thought out balanced exercise programme will really help to blast away the cellulite.
Mixing some quality cardio training with resistance training is a good way, again to increase the circulation to the area.
You need to really focus on the areas where cellulite exists. A shoulder press isn’t likely to help the cellulite on your thighs. Exercises like squats, glute bridges and lunges will – indirectly.
(Please note: I’m not advocating “spot reduction”. (spot reduction is where people aim to reduce belly fat by doing sit up’s and bum fat by doing squats etc, this won’t work, fat is extracted from all around the body, not evenly either).
The exercise is there to promote better blood circulation and oxygenation of the tissues and stimulate the encompassing muscles.
To give yourself the best chance aim to exercise 3-5 times a week, it is also important to rest your system between exercise sessions.
Simply massaging the worst affected areas can help to reduce the appearance of cellulite, this is exactly why some creams seem to work a little, a simple massage oil will be fine and much cheaper. You don’t need to worry about any fancy spa treatments or spending plenty of money, you can do a lot of the things yourself or get your partner/friend to greatly help, I’m sure they’ll be more than happy!
Toxins are eliminated from the body through the lymphatic system; applying pressure to the muscles stimulates the blood and lymph flow, this then helps the lymphatic system expel the stored away hard to reach toxins from our body.
Massage with circular motions and make sure you don’t press too hard, this may lead to bruising.
Ensure you massage all of the affected areas, if you aren’t comfortable in doing this yourself then you can easily get a professional massage which shouldn’t cost too much.
So there are my top 3 strategies for blasting away cellulite from the body, if you apply all these tips properly the cellulite should disappear on the coming months and years, you need to begin to see improvements in less than a couple of weeks.
Remember the longer the issue has existed the longer it will require to go away, so be patient if needed and if you do not do it, I’m afraid to say it will only get worse in the long run.
Today I am going to explain how and just why cellulite takes hold and what you can do about it.