If you do have cellulite, you’re not alone: about 90 percent of all women have some amount of cellulite. Unfortunately almost every woman suffers from it.
What is cellulite?
Cellulite is caused by pockets of fat trapped under your beautiful skin, which create bumps. Spongy, dimply, cottage cheese, orange-peel – looking skin causes distress to millions of women. Once you reach puberty and your body’s estrogen level increases, you have a chance for developing cellulite.
Cellulite is one way of showing that you have some toxins in your body that shouldn’t be there. If your lymph system, which helps to get rid of these toxic waste, can’t circulate as it is needed, waste products build up and cellulite develops. Being skinny has nothing to do with not having cellulite.
Stages of cellulite:
Stage 1: Cellulite development only visible through a microscope.
Stage 2: If you do the pinch test…cellulite is visible. Without pinching your skin, your butt and thighs still look smooth.
Stage 3: The dimples are very visible but not spread dramatically and the dimples are not too deep.
Stage 4: Cellulite is heavily covering your butt, your legs and even the arms or stomach area. It is very visible. At this stage, probably the person is very overweight.
Why Celebrities Don’t Have Any Cellulite?
Sure they do. Women celebrities have the same body issues like the rest of the population. Cellulite is one of paparazzi’s favorite topics. So unfortunately celebrities also suffer from similar body issues and problems.
What causes cellulite?
The causes of cellulite are not well understood, but there are several theories:
Diet – people who eat too much fatty foods, carbohydrates, or salt and too little fiber are likely to have greater amounts of cellulite. Top Foods that cause Celulite: Deep Fried Food, Salt, Saturated Fat, Trans Fat, Refined White Sugar and White Flour Products.
Alcohol is another culprit of cellulite. Since alcohol is not readily digested by the body, having more than one serving can cause the body to store the alcohol as fat and cellulite. Alcohol is high in calories and toxins that are unhealthy for the body. Alcohol can dehydrate the body and cause skin to lose elasticity, which makes cellulite more visible. It also increases the fat levels in blood and can cause poor circulation.
Hormonal factors – hormones likely play an important role in cellulite development. Many believe estrogen, insulin, noradrenaline, thyroid hormones, and prolactin are part of the cellulite production process.
Genetics – certain genes are required for cellulite development. Genes may predispose an individual to particular characteristics associated with cellulite, such as gender, race, slow metabolism, distribution of fat just underneath the skin, and circulatory insufficiency.
Lifestyle factors – Cellulite may be more prevalent in smokers, those who do not exercise, and those who sit or stand in one position for long periods of time. Stress can cause appearance of cellulite as well.
Clothing – underwear with tight elastic across the buttocks (limiting blood flow) may contribute to the formation of cellulite.
How can cellulite be removed?
Like most things in nature, cellulite cannot be resolved with a quick fix.
1. You MUST Change your Diet
When you are fighting with cellulite it is extremely important what you eat. You can’t just eat less junk food, you should stop eating junk food completely!
Junk food is artificial, chemically enhanced and produced food. It is full of trans fats and saturated fats and is full of sugar. The body cannot recognize the artificial chemicals used to produce the junk food and therefore cannot properly digest the food. Because of this, it is stored in the body as fat and more likely as cellulite.
Anti Cellulite boosters:
Water: If you only increase your water intake, you will still see miracles on skin improvement. Increased water intake is number one on the list of cellulite “detox” treatments.
How does water help you with your cellulite? It makes your kidney work more. Your kidneys help you to get rid of toxins in your body. Water helps your intestines as well. All the artificial ingredients in foods you are swallowing can be found in your intestines, and they leave your body very slowly. If you drink more water, you’ll help your system to get rid of stuff that your body absolutely doesn’t need.
Drinking enough water is the biggest thing you can do for your cellulite detox and for your overall health.
Veggies: They are very good for you and for your cellulite as well. The more fiber the veggies and fruits contain, the better it is. Fibers fill you up, you feel less hungry. It’s better to eat them raw. Steaming them is great, but avoid consuming with any creamy, buttery and salty sauces. Cooking veggies until they are totally soft will make them loose fibers and nutrients.
The veggies you need to limit are carrots, corn, potatoes because they are high in .
2. Exercise regularly
Working out 3–5 days a week for 20–45 minutes will allow you to burn excess fat and increase your muscle tone. Both of these benefits help to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
In my opinion, short intense workout is the best way to get rid of unwanted fat and cellulite. Cardio only exercise program aimed at burning fat and reducing cellulite is not enough. Strength training is an important element in reducing the unsightly appearance of cellulite since it increases muscle tone and decreases total body fat. A program that targets fat loss in the lower body, specifically hips, thighs, abdomen and buttocks is ideal for most women. Training for shape, not size, that the exercises are performed with no rest between sets will create more fat-burning muscle while still giving you a longer, leaner and shapely beautiful body.
Other tools that may help to reduce cellulite
Will Anti Cellulite Cream Help?
Most likely that these creams are just a waste of money. Cellulite creams leaving you temporarily with smoother skin and that happens because you massaging your body while applying the cream. Each anti cellulite cream requires to massage for 5-10 min while applying (some of them requires do it 2-3 times per day). Just try massaging your problem areas 5-10 min, 2-3 times per day with any oil or body cream and you will have a similar result.
“If you are hoping to eliminate cellulite with a cream you will most likely be disappointed. Caffeine, Retinol and Antioxidants are common ingredients in many of the creams, and will only temporarily improve the skin tone and texture, but don’t really do anything to improve the cause of the cellulite appearance. Since creams are applied topically it is not possible for the ingredients to penetrate deep enough through the skin to actually treat the fat that causes the dimpled appearance.Plastic Surgeon Armando Soto, MD
“Creams don’t work for cellulite. Some may contain products that cause some temporary irritation which causes some swelling and some very temporary reduction in the appearance of cellulite.”
Plastic Surgeon Edmond A. Zingaro, MD
Well, looks like massaging is better way to reduce cellulite.
-Try Using Dry Body Brush
Skin brushing – also called dry body brushing — is a simple technique that stimulates blood and lymph flow,exfoliates the skin and encourages new cell growth. o brush your skin, start at you feet and sweep up the legs in long, light brisk movements. All skin brushing movements should be towards the heart, to encourage the return of blood and encourage lymphatic flow.
Pay particular attention to the cellulite-prone areas like your thighs. Brush your abdomen with a circular clock-wise motion. Brush your arms with an upward motion, moving towards the heart. The whole process should take two to five minutes.
Don’t be too rough. Overbrushing causes the skin to turn red and become irritated
Do it first thing in the morning, when the increased blood flow will help wake you up, or before you take a shower.You can get a good quality body brush for $6-$8.
-Try massage at home with silicone cups
Small silicone cup that creates a small vacuum. The vacuum improves micro-circulation to the tissues. It helps to restore blood flow to the area and also to detoxify the tissue.
-Try a self cellulite massage. By putting pressure on your muscles, massage can increase circulatory and lymphatic system function, helping to feed your body and rid it of toxins. Massaging cellulite is also beneficial for targeting those difficult areas, such as the inner knee and upper thigh, that we can’t always get at through exercise. Self-massage a few minutes each day will help deliver nutrients to your skin and break down unnecessary fat and toxins.
– Reduce stress
When we are stressed, our bodies release adrenaline. Adrenaline naturally directs blood to our “fight or flight” muscles, such as the triceps, biceps and quadriceps, in preparation for defense or retreat. This means blood is redirected away from the skin, decreasing circulation and resulting in fewer nutrients delivered to skin tissue and less toxins removed. In addition to the physical consequences of stress, we also tend to reach for unhealthy food during periods of uncertainty, leading to greater toxin build-up, increased fat storage and ultimately, the appearance of cellulite.
-LPG massage at SPA
LPG Systems makes machines that knead your skin between rollers,
the rollers pull your skin in three directions and a lift head pulses at 4,6 or 16 pulses per sec to further stimulate your skin. Machine has 10 levels of resistance and level 10 is crazy painful, I’ll tell you 😉
It is quite expensive and pretty painful treatment but if you ask the therapist go hard on you, it sure will help you to reduce unwanted cellulite. I personally tried this treatment at Solea Beauty Lounge in Miami and loved the result.
Body wraps basically work by inducing sweating. They have a temporary diuretic effect in that they cause water loss in the body. Unfortunately, fat cells and connective tissue are not affected by sweating.
Seaweed, clay, and herbal wraps are exfoliating and they can improve the skin’s appearance and texture. Depending on the herbs used, herbal wraps can be stimulating or soothing. The other action of body wraps is the diuretic effect of inducing sweating and temporarily reducing wasted water. However, as soon as you drink a glass or two of fluid or eat a regular meal, the fluid returns.
– Detox ?
Make it less likely for toxins to find a home in your body by limiting your exposure. Tobacco, caffeine, alcohol, chemicals and preservatives all contribute to the toxins your lymph, liver and kidneys must eliminate. Toxins can also originate from emotional issues.
Mesotherapy is microinjections of conventional or homeopathic medication and/or vitamins into the middle of the dermis, in order to deliver healing or corrective treatment to a specific area of the body. Injections of various substances, from vitamins to drugs to anesthetics, are used for many ailments and conditions, including cellulite reduction. At present, there are no substantial clinical studies to prove that this technique is a cure for cellulite.
Cellulite wraps, liposuction, mesotherapy, LPG, slimming creams, massages, you name it, may work in the short term, but to get to the root of cellulite we have to employ lasting changes in our lives.
So, if you are really serious about getting rid of cellulite, you should focus on two simple things – YOUR MEAL PLAN and EXERCISE. Eating a healthful, balanced diet and exercising is the best way to reduce the fat content in cells and reduce the appearance of cellulite.
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