Today I will explain how and why cellulite takes hold and what that you can do about it.
The bane of some women’s lives it could 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” turn 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 of 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 poor way.
Cellulite is not harmful, and is sometimes referred to as a cosmetic condition.
I know individuals who get painful cellulite which is tender to touch, most people want to get rid of it for aesthetic reasons.
I believe cellulite is indicative of other problems within the body and is certainly not just a sign of healthy tissue.
We will discuss the roles of food, exercise, hormones, circulation, dehydration and water retention, which all play a part.
Cellulite is not exclusive to people who are overweight, plenty of slim ladies suffer from it too.
Even Supermodels and Olympic athletes own it.
So What Causes Cellulite?
The causes of cellulite are multifaceted.
Anatomically or structurally – cellulite is caused by the fibrous connective cords, manufactured from collagen, that tether your skin to the underlying muscle.
Because the fat cells swell, they push upwards, contrary to the tethered skin, and cause the lumpy or uneven turn to the skin.
Cellulite overall affects mostly women.
Cellulite does not appear overnight, it’s a longterm effect and creeps up on you over years not months.
If you have it, it is because whatever caused it has been going on for quite a while. Weight gain and or surplus fat increases could have preceded the cellulite formation.
السيلوليت The things which cause cellulite are inter linked.
One significant problem in cellulite formation is the hormone – Estrogen (prepare yourself to learn far more about hormones, especially in next week’s article).
I’d also say that lifestyle and toxins have an enormous effect on degrees of cellulite FOR THE SAME REASON – estrogen.
For example, in the long term, eating loads of highly processed foods will – disrupt your hormones.
This combined with other factors such as insufficient exercise and dehydration may then lead to weight gain, fluid retention, loss of blood flow and cellulite will eventually appear on your own body.
The Fat Cells Are Broken
In a general sense the fat cells aren’t working properly.
Toxins are meant 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 to the bloodstream and then absorbed by the fat cell. Longterm, 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 many years 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 all 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 harmful toxins 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 should have cellulite or not. The more exercise you do the less chance you have to getting cellulite.
There is also a lot of evidence to claim that genetics have become important in determining in the event that you will get cellulite and much more specifically where. Have a look at your closest family members and if they have cellulite there is a chance you could get it in exactly the same place.
Cellulite does not only affect overweight people, it could affect all of us.
Many of my slimmer clients have cellulite and have surplus fat levels over 35%, they’re what is known as “skinny fat”.
Why do some women obtain it and others don’t?
It has been suggested that the collagen in fibrous connective tissue (which tethers the skin to the underlying tissue) might be a major element in why some ladies suffer while some don’t.
Collagen is formed in 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 help reduce the formation of cellulite.
The Cellulite Scale aka Nurnberger-Muller Scale
The stages are the following:
Stage 0 shows no dimpling when prone 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 one has visible dimpling, both standing and prone, and may 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 say what won’t work. In today’s world the obvious answer to all of our problems seems to be in a pill.
A pill or cream won’t get rid of cellulite properly and in the long run. So ladies please don’t waste your cash on expensive pills and lotions.
The top 3 ways to blast cellulite away:
Just a note to say, these solutions will take time. You will not be able to just snap your fingers and the cellulite is fully gone. It will require patience, effort and commitment.
1. Detoxify Your Fat Cells by Changing Your Nutritional Habits
As we know the easiest way to get rid of these toxins and bacteria which play an enormous part in the development of cellulite is to detox.
The primary goal of a detox would be to cleanse your body inside out and flush out all the harmful toxins in the process allowing our body to operate like it’s meant to.
As mentioned above some of the foods we consume bring toxins in to the body which heavily influences the looks of cellulite.
The first and most important step to removing cellulite from your body is just to remove unnatural processed foods from your own 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 will aid the detoxification process and help flush out toxins from the body.
Get hydrated, drink a lot 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, constitute, cleaning products and much more, so aim to use green toxic free products where possible.
2. Exercise More
Cellulite is more common in the lower body area. There are 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 help to improve circulation, smooth out and support the skin around the cellulite; this will reduce the appearance and give a better look.
A well thought out balanced exercise programme will really help to blast away the cellulite.
Mixing some quality cardio training with weight training is the best way, again to improve the circulation to the area.
You need to really concentrate 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 be aware: I’m not advocating “spot reduction”. (spot reduction is where people try to reduce belly 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 promote better blood circulation and oxygenation of the tissues and stimulate the surrounding muscles.
To give yourself the very best chance try to exercise 3-5 times a week, it is also vital that you rest your system between exercise sessions.
Simply massaging the worst affected areas can help decrease the appearance of cellulite, for this reason some creams seem to work a little, a basic massage oil will undoubtedly be fine and much cheaper. You don’t have to be worried 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 help, I’m sure they will be more than happy!
Toxins are eliminated from our 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 each 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 tips 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 start to see improvements in as little as 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 don’t do it, I’m afraid to say it will only get worse over time.
Today I will explain how and why cellulite takes hold and what that you can do about it.