Today I’ll 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 elect to buy and wear.
Cellulite causes bumps or an “orange peel” look to the top of skin. You will mostly find cellulite on the hips, thighs and legs, however, it can also be on the stomach, upper arms and breast area.
Cellulite is often accompanied by stretch marks. It’s also connected with circulation problems, swelling and fluid retention (oedema). None which are desirable in any way.
Some women find that having cellulite is a massive confidence drainer which really can affect their life in a negative way.
Cellulite is not harmful, and is sometimes known as a cosmetic condition.
I know people who get painful cellulite that 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 role.
Cellulite isn’t exclusive to people who are overweight, a lot of slim ladies have problems with it too.
Even Supermodels and Olympic athletes own it.
So What Causes Cellulite?
The sources 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.
Because the fat cells swell, they push upwards, against the tethered skin, and cause the lumpy or uneven turn to the skin.
Cellulite on the whole affects mostly women.
Cellulite does not appear overnight, it’s a longterm 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 quite a while. Weight gain and or body fat increases could have preceded the cellulite formation.
The items which cause cellulite are inter linked.
One significant problem in cellulite formation may be the hormone – Estrogen (prepare yourself to learn much more about hormones, especially in next week’s article).
كيف تختفي البواسير الخارجية I would also say that lifestyle and toxins have an enormous effect on levels of cellulite FOR EXACTLY THE SAME REASON – estrogen.
For example, in the long term, eating loads of highly processed foods will – disrupt your hormones.
This coupled with other factors such as insufficient exercise and dehydration can then lead to weight gain, water retention, loss of blood flow and cellulite will eventually appear on your own body.
The Fat Cells Are Broken
In an over-all sense the fat cells are not working properly.
Toxins are designed to be removed from one’s body by your liver. Whenever your liver is overwhelmed, it can’t do its job.
Then toxins inside our food and environment are pushed back into the bloodstream and then absorbed by the fat cell. Longterm, high levels of pesticides along with other toxins mean the body should create additional fat to soak up the toxins or “mop up the waste”.
These toxins find their way into the fat cells where they can 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 weight loss to be more difficult.
Constant exposure to each of the toxins nowadays makes your fat cells toxic, this soon becomes cellulite.
Fat cells normally are nice and smooth but once these harmful toxins enter the fat cells it becomes misshaped, this is exactly what the little bumps and lumps are externally of the skin are.
Exercise is also a key point in determining whether you should have cellulite or not. The more exercise you do the less chance you have of getting cellulite.
There is also a lot of evidence to suggest that genetics are very important in determining in the event that you will get cellulite and more specifically where. Have a look at your closest family members and when they have cellulite there exists a chance you could get it in the same place.
Cellulite will not only affect overweight people, it can affect all of us.
Many of my slimmer clients have cellulite and also have body fat levels over 35%, they are what is known 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 your skin to the underlying tissue) can be a major element 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 a product like Collagen Formula would lessen the formation of cellulite.
The Cellulite Scale aka Nurnberger-Muller Scale
The stages are the following:
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 visible when standing but not when lying down.
At stage 3 a person has visible dimpling, both standing and lying down, and could have raised areas and nodules.
How Do We Get Rid of It?
Before I get into the most notable ways to remove it I would just like to state what won’t work. Nowadays the obvious answer to 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 state, these solutions will take time. You will not have the ability to just snap your fingers and the cellulite is gone. It will require patience, hard work and commitment.
1. Detoxify Your Fat Cells by Changing Your Nutritional Habits
As we know the easiest method to get rid of these toxins and bacteria which play a huge part in the development of cellulite is to detox.
The primary goal of a detox is to cleanse the body inside out and flush out each of the harmful toxins along the way allowing our body to operate like it’s meant to.
As mentioned above some of the foods we eat bring toxins into the body which heavily influences the looks of cellulite.
The first and most important step to removing cellulite from your body is just to eliminate unnatural processed foods from your own diet.
So ditch the sweets, chocolates, fried food and fizzy drinks for healthy organic natural fruit and veggies, good quality carbs and lean meat. Drink plenty of water too! This can aid the detoxification process and help flush out toxins from your body.
Get hydrated, drink plenty of water – about 1 litre for each and every 3.5 stone you weigh.
One thing we need to remember is these toxins don’t only enter our anatomies via the food we eat.
Toxins also come from alcohol, perfume, constitute, cleaning products and much more, so aim to use environmentally friendly toxic free products where possible.
2. Exercise More
Cellulite is more prevalent in the lower body area. There are over 90 muscles in your lower torso all waiting to be strengthened and smoothed over!
As stated earlier, pills and creams don’t address cellulite at the root, exercising will.
Working the areas efficiently where cellulite exists will improve circulation, erase and support the skin around the cellulite; this will decrease the appearance and give an improved look.
A well-planned balanced exercise programme will really help blast away the cellulite.
Mixing some quality cardio training with weight training is the best 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 going 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 try to reduce stomach fat by doing sit up’s and bum fat by doing squats etc, this won’t work, fat is taken from all over the body, not evenly either).
The exercise is there to market better blood flow and oxygenation of the tissues and stimulate the surrounding muscles.
To give yourself the best chance try to exercise 3-5 times weekly, it is also vital that you rest your system between exercise sessions.
Simply massaging the worst affected areas can help reduce the appearance of cellulite, this is the reason some creams appear to work a little, a simple massage oil will be fine and much cheaper. You don’t have to worry about any fancy spa treatments or spending loads of money, you can do a lot of the things yourself or get your partner/friend to greatly help, I’m sure they will 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 ensure you don’t press too hard, this can 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 an excessive amount of.
So there are my top 3 strategies for blasting away cellulite from your 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 problem has existed the longer it will take to go away, so show patience if needed and if you do not do it, I’m afraid to say this will only get worse over time.
Today I’ll explain how and just why cellulite takes hold and what you can do about it.