Cellulite Series Part 3: dispelling popular myths

In part 1 of this series we discussed what exactly is cellulite as well as the super important concept that cellulite management and weight loss are handled as separate issues!  In part 2 of the series we discussed the scientific causes of cellulite formation such as genetics, hormones, and diet. Now, in part 3 we will look at some popular view about what to do about cellulite.

The market is cluttered with products said to have the ability to get rid of toxins that create cellulite. It is worth noting that toxins in the body do not cause cellulite whatsoever. Rather, toxins are most often linked with excess belly bloating and swelling of the fatty tissues. In this case, sugar and sodium are the main culprits which may cause your belly, thighs, or back of the arms to retain excess fluids. This bloating and swelling is completely different from cellulite which is composed of fatty deposits. There is no solid scientific proof that a person who ingests more toxic foods or toxins through the air will have more cellulite than a person who eats only organic foods. The causation is much more strongly linked to genetic factors thus, thus this opinion is false.

Another popular view is that a person can only get cellulite when he or she is overweight. Most people believe that the cellulite exclusively affects obese people. This is entirely false. Slim and slender people can get cellulite. Instead, age and genetics determine where, how much and whether a person will get cellulite.

Aerobic exercises help to diminish the appearance of cellulite. However, strength training is much more helpful if managing cellulite appearance is your main concern. Strength training, in addition to cardio workouts, aids in losing more weight and toning muscles overall diminishing the dimpled appearance of the skin. Hence, when you exercise, you help to lessen the visual appearance of cellulite but not block it’s existence entirely!

So how to help minimize the appearance of cellulite?

Based on my extensive research and with the help of my awesome virtual assistant, I have 3 recommendations for you:

1) exercise frequently – this will help not only to build muscle which will pull the skin taught and reduce the appearance of dimpling but also exercise will increase blood flow to the area, improving circulation which helps to break up fat!

2) eat as clean as possible – by avoiding unhealthy foods full of excess fat, you can help your body to stay in your own personal peak physical conditioning.

3) massage the area to increase circulation – many advanced cellulite treatments in spas use the concept of increased circulation to help break up the fatty deposits which cause the cottage cheese appearance of the skin.

4) stop stressing – stress causes your body to hold on to more fat – scientifically proven on many accounts. So basically the more time you spend stressing out about your cellulite, the more your body goes into “emergency” mode and tries to store fat… you can thank your inner cave woman for the stress triggered fat storage response.

I’d like to elaborate on #4 a little bit more in my next blog post about body image. Because even celebrities and models have cellulite. They cover it with bronzed skin and some shell out the big bucks for surgical procedures to remove it. Other count on airbrushing to edit it out. But the fact is that pretty much every woman in the world has some form of cellulite. Don’t believe me? Go to the Google and type in “celebrities with cellulite” or “models with cellulite”. There you have it. So instead of obsessing about the existence of cellulite on our bodies, I think we should devote our time, money, and attention to improving our overall physical health, and be ok with a little harmless fat storage. If you exercise regularly, eat well, and spend time each week to destress you can maintain good health which to me is much more important that looking like an 18 year old girl when I put on a bikini. More on this next time!

 

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