What is cellulite?
Cellulite is a superficial layer of fat located directly under the skin. It appears most often on the thighs and/or buttocks, but can also sometimes be found on the arms or on the belly. The biggest problem with cellulite is that it is resistant to diets, which means that it can affect both thin women, as well as curvier ones. There are actually three types of cellulite and understanding which type you fall under is the first step in finding the right anti-cellulite action plan.
1 – Adipose: the excessive storage of fat is the dominant factor.
2 Fibrous: a collagen dysfunction is the dominant factor.
3 – Water retention: a bad circulation is the dominant factor.
What are the causes of cellulite?
There are several causes of cellulite. Some common causes are bad blood and lymphatic circulation, lack of physical exercise, improper diet, stress, and depression. However, the most common cause is genetic predisposition and hormonal imbalance, the main cause of which is often the ovaries. The estrogens that they produce stimulate femoral lipoprotein-lipase, an enzyme responsible for fat storage. Furthermore, these hormones promote salt and water retention inside tissues. This is why cellulite evolves alongside hormonal variations.
Cellulite is developed when ovaries secrete an excessive quantity of estrogens and more particularly at certain periods of ones life: adolescence, pregnancy, premenstrual syndrome, use of a contraceptive pill that is badly adapted, pre-menopause and menopause.
How to get rid of cellulite?
So, of course, the question remains how do I get rid of my cellulite? But dont worry, cellulite is not a fatality! It is entirely possible to get rid of it with the help of a good action plan.
There are no miracle machines. There are no miracle creams. There are no miracle shorts. No amount of money spent on any one of these things will ever provide the desired results. The only sure-fire way to get rid of cellulite is by committing to a solid action plan. Here are a few simple steps:
1 Life-style changes: Committing to a healthier way of life is the first step. Quitting smoking, giving up excessive alcohol and drinking more water are very important to improving both your overall health as well as toning your waist-line and thighs. Drinking 1 to 1.5 liters of water a day allows the drainage of waste stored in the tissues such as toxins, the enemies of cellulite.
2 Improve eating habits: An improvement in diet is essential to cellulite reduction. Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables and avoid junk food, processed food and saturated fats. We are told this time and time again for weight loss but the same holds true for cellulite reduction as well.
3 Improve blood circulation: Improving the blood circulation is vital to cellulite reduction. Of course exercise is very important for improving blood circulation, but there are a few other lesser known methods. Avoiding hot baths is one of these. Also, taking a shower with the shower head at its highest pressure and finishing off the shower with a few minutes of cold water is another great method for improving the circulation. Also, avoid tight pants and jeans. When your buttocks are too constricted, blood circulation is more difficult and this worsens cellulite!
4 Firming creams: Some creams can help tone the skin and eliminate toxins. But used alone without the steps above, it can be of little to no use. However, in conjunction with the steps above, firming creams can definitely speed up noticeable results.
5 Spa treatments: Finding a spa that specializes in treating cellulite is of great importance in the action plan. Some spas offer a range of services including special massages, anti-cellulite machines, wraps, peels and other non-invasive treatments. Always ask for some before and after images to make sure that you are dealing with an experienced spa for anti-cellulite treatments.
Things to Avoid:
– Inflatable shorts. These simply do not work.
– Liposuction. This is a very expensive and invasive procedure that can sometimes increase cellulite visibility.
– Creams and wraps that promise to reduce inches from your thighs or waist. This is quite impossible. Only diet and exercise can effectively reduce inches from your body.
Following this simple action plan, as well as avoiding the mistakes, can effectively result in a noticeable reduction in cellulite.
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