07 Mar Getting Rid Of Cellulite
Cottage cheese belongs in a container – NOT my thighs!
What is the #1 beauty question I get? I will give you a hint: When you stand naked in front of a mirror, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Most of my female clients will say “cellulite”, which studies show is an occurrence in 80-90% of women! Those dimply thighs and that cottage cheese rear end – there are a zillion products out there promising to take it all away! But what is cellulite and what might really work? I thought I should address the issue of getting rid of cellulite.
What is Cellulite?
Your skin has multiple layers underneath, and cellulite is fat cells that work their way into the middle layer. Those fat deposits then pull on fibrous connective tissue, and that’s what creates a “dimpled” appearance underneath the skin. Following is a great image from Wikipedia that shows exactly what happens:
Despite the NUMEROUS advertising claims out there, nobody has come out with a legitimate “cure” for cellulite, but through my own experiences, there ARE some ways to potentially reduce the appearance of it.
What causes cellulite?
A high stress lifestyle is directly linked to cellulite production. And by high stress lifestyle, I mean one where a healthy diet and exercise are ignored in favor of minimal sleep, unhealthy eating and drinking, possibly smoking and other negative habits, excessive weight gain, and minimal activity levels. A high stress individual is most likely under-hydrated (too much soda, too much caffeine, too much booze), and overweight.
Reducing overall body fat levels through a healthy diet and exercise is the best step towards reducing the overall appearance of cellulite. Strengthening and hydrating the cells and connective tissues in your body will absolutely create changes in your skin!
Unfortunately, getting rid of cellulite all together is not possible, BUT you can GREATLY reduce the appearance of cellulite.
- Hydrate the body! 80-120 oz of water a day is ideal, so make sure you’re getting enough (especially if you’re working out), limit diuretics like caffeine, and keep carbonated beverages to a minimum!
- Clean up your diet! Reducing calories, eliminating sugar, reducing sodium (causes fluid retention), limiting alcohol, eliminating processed foods (i.e. saturated fats, high fructose corn syrup), increasing fiber and lean protein, and eating only organic (limiting toxins and pesticides) – it all works together!
- Start moving! Regular exercise will strengthen connective tissues and reduce overall body fat. Overall body fat reduction and developing your muscles GREATLY reduces the appearance of cellulite.
- Maintain a healthy weight Yo-yo dieting puts additional strain on connective tissues, and actually aggravates the appearance of cellulite!
- Camouflage it! Consider using a mild self tanner with a tint like Kona’s gradual tanner to darken the area and provide a more “smooth look” to the appearance.
There are a lot of creams, lotions, suggestions, and weight loss tips out there; but so far I just can’t endorse any product as being a true “cure” for cellulite. Keeping your body at a healthy weight by toning your muscles and decreasing body fat while staying active is the most ideal approach. If 80-90% of women have cellulite, there’s also a level of rational acceptance that has to happen.
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– Natalie Jill
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