Cellulite are tiny robotic alien parasites sent to our planet to stop reproduction and ultimately end our species. Ok, maybe not. Cellulite is actually a term for normal fat beneath the skin that causes a textured or dimpled appearance. It isn’t harmful to us, but nevertheless, it’s a common problem that many struggle to solve. Cellulite is more common in women than in men and also more common in overweight individuals than underweight. That being said, it can occur in just about anyone and just about anywhere. The most common areas affected are the thighs, buttocks and hips. Some of the causes of the development of cellulite are having a poor diet, fad dieting, lack of exercise, dehydration, skin type, hormonal changes and hereditary characteristics. As you can see, many of these causes are related to diet and weight control. So although cellulite is not a medical condition or anything that is harmful to your health, let’s take a deeper look into the causes and how to counter act them and just maybe we’ll end up with smoother skin as well as better overall health.
Eating junk food or other foods high in sugars, preservatives and excess calories can quickly lead to unwanted fat stored under the skin leading to cellulite. Some studies have suggested that up to 85-98% of post pubescent women will experience the development of cellulite at some point in their lives. Obesity certainly has a correlation to the development of cellulite. In some cases, digestive conditions or disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, diarrhea, and certain liver problems can also lead to conditions where cellulite is a resulting byproduct. A less controllable factor would be the slowing of metabolism that comes with age. Many people will experience cellulite at an older age, although their eating pattern has not changed.
Eating healthy, natural foods to control your weight is a great overall solution to keeping your weight in check and preventing the development of unwanted fat. Keep your diet high in fruits, vegetables and fiber. Healthy intake combined with an active lifestyle and well rounded exercise routine is the best way to naturally prevent cellulite. Avoid fad dieting as it can lead to high fluctuations in your weight that can lead to cellulite when you gain and stretch marks when you lose weight.
Cellulite is fat. Don’t let fat accumulate, burn it off. Most of us already know all the great benefits that an active lifestyle and regular exercise can have to both your physical and mental health. The great thing about having regular exercise is that it gives you more energy. That often leads to you using that energy to get more regular exercise and so forth. If just being active isn’t enough to get rid of existing cellulite, try creating a work out plan that includes both aerobic activities along with high-repetition, low-intensity weight training. This should do wonders to eliminate the unwanted fat being stored just beneath your skin. A trick you can use once you’ve formed that perfect beach body is to use a tanning cream or similar product to make your skin appear darker. Cellulite is less noticeable on darker skin. Another benefit of regular exercise is that it reduces stress.
Stress and anxiety is known to increase the level of an organic compound called Catecholamine in the body. This compound is also a contributing factor to the development of cellulite. Some people have also suggested that physical stress of muscles that occur from tension in the body can lead to inflamed tissues that can then lead to the development of cellulite. Take time out of your day to purposefully reduce your stress levels. This is especially true if you have a high-stress lifestyle or career environment. One way to reduce stress level is also believed to be a short term remedy for reducing cellulite, massage therapy.
Massage therapy can be great for all sorts of body shaping. Although massages and other spa treatments aren’t believed to actually remove the cellulite from your body, it is thought to reduce the appearance of the dimpled skin associated with it. There are some treatments such as Mesotherapy and Laser treatment that claim to break down the fat and stimulate collagen production under the skin. However, these treatments aren’t generally considered a permanent or long lasting solution and can also come with some dangerous side effects. If you’re looking for even less invasive treatments and products you might consider some skin creams.
If you search for DIY cellulite remedies you will probably run across several coffee scrubs or variations. You will also find many DIY diet tips and tricks such as drinking apple cider vinegar daily. We haven’t done comprehensive research on the effectiveness of these remedies but it could be an interesting topic for a future post. What we do have plenty of experience with is skin creams. There are many reputable and high quality skincare products on the market that contain natural herbal ingredients aimed at improving the health and youthfulness of your skin. Not only are some of these skin products designed to restore elasticity to your skin, but they can also work to balance and stimulate hormones that may help the appearance of cellulite. There are some great products out there, so why not try some out and kill two birds with one stone.