All You Need to Know about Cellulite
What is Cellulite?
Cellulite is most noticeable on thighs, hips on bums and is dimpled in appearance. It is caused by uneven fat deposits just below the surface of the skin, which produce the dimpled, ‘cottage cheese’ effect. While those who are overweight tend to have a higher chance of getting cellulite, many thin women also complain of it. There are different types and degrees of cellulite but there is one common denominator: no one likes it.
Why is Cellulite more Common in Women?
While both men and women do get cellulite it is more common in women. Estrogen plays a role, plus women typically have more body fat than men. Also, the bands connecting skin and muscle are different on men than they are on women. In men this band has a diagonal or cross pattern that is smooth and continuous. On women, this connective tissue runs vertically and is attached to the skin and creates chambers that trap and squeeze fat to produce the dimpled effect.
What Causes Cellulite?
There seems to be some disagreement amongst medical professionals about what the actual cause of cellulite is. There are some factors that most definitely contribute to cellulite in some people. They include:
Skin elasticity: As we get older our connective tissue loses its elasticity and doesn’t retain its smooth appearance that it had in youth. Hormonal changes make connective tissue stiffer and less elastic, and this combined with an increase in fat cells start to cause cellulite.
Hormonal factors – Hormones likely play an important role in cellulite development. Many believe estrogen, insulin, noradrenaline, thyroid hormones and prolactin are part of the cellulite production process.
Genetics – Certain genes are required for cellulite development. Genes may predispose an individual to particular characteristics associated with cellulite, such as gender, race, slow metabolism, distribution of fat just underneath the skin and circulatory insufficiency. Remember your genes did give you many other amazing things, don’t blame the cellulite on your parents!
Diet – People who eat too much fat, carbohydrates or salt and too little fibre are likely to have greater amounts of cellulite.
Lifestyle factors – Cellulite may be more prevalent in smokers and those who don’t exercise and those who sit or stand in one position for long periods of time.
Clothing – Underwear with tight elastic may exacerbate cellulite.
What can you do about Cellulite?
There’s no quick fix for cellulite. Maybe in the future there will be but for the meantime we’ll have to make do with some of these great tips that will most certainly minimise the appearance of cellulite.
Lack of exercise and cellulite come hand in hand. Excess weight can contribute to cellulite and so regularly working out will help this. Why not check out InstructorLive’s ‘Cellulite Dynamite’ programme which is specially designed to help you blast off that stubborn cellulite. Join Leigh for the 8 week programme and you’ll start to see a significant reduction in the appearance of cellulite.
A healthy diet is important for so many things (I think you’d be very surprised if we said it wasn’t) but in terms of cellulite, eating well definitely helps to keep those lumps and bumps at bay. Here’s a list of some healthy food and drinks that will help minimise your cellulite and improve your health at the same time:
|Water – Water is shown to be the most effective thing in reducing the appearance of cellulite. By increasing your daily intake of water this will help your body begin to shed its excess fat including the fat stored as cellulite. The water will also help strengthen the collagen in your skin, helping to reduce that lumpy look.|
|Lemon – Citrus fruits are great for their ability to lower the impact of carbohydrates on your body. Carbohydrates are quickly digested by the body and converted into sugar, affecting your insulin levels. Pop some lemon into a glass of water or pop some over your salad. Citrus fruits can also clean out your liver, which can lower your estrogen levels.|
|Avocado – An InstructorLive favourite. It is perfect for balancing insulin levels which will help keep your cellulite at bay. This superfood is packed full of postasium and folate. While avocado is high in fat, it is also high in fiber|
|Green Tea – Grean tea contains an amazing amount of antioxidants which can help keep your body healthy. (It won’t suffice on it’s own though – it’s not a miracle worker!) Some studies have found that it can raise your metabolism, redicuing fat stores which will help with cellulite. See our article on the Japanese Green Tea, Matcha to learn of its incredible benefits to your body.|
|Raw Nuts – Raw nuts have amazing anti-estrogenic compounds. They contain plant sterols, which block the absorption of bad cholesterol. This compound increases progesterone in women and testosterone in men, which can balance out over active estrogen.|
Caffeine body scrubs have been shown to help the appearance of cellulite. When caffeine is applied topically, it can actually work to reduce the fat content within a person’s cells. Be careful not to consume too much caffeine in your diet though as this has been shown to actually aggravate the symptoms of cellulite. So as long as you’re not having twenty cups of coffee a day and then eating your caffeine body scrub you should be okay.
A great product that we would recommend is the ‘Nip + Fab, Cellulite Fix.’ At £18.25 it’s not super cheap but when you have a browse at many of the other cellulite treatments out there you soon realise that this is actually quite affordable. Put on twice a day and you will see a difference.
Apparently one of the most successful ways of reducing cellulite, dry brushing requires very little expense. It buffs away dead skin, reduces circulation and lymphatic drainage, and helps rid the body of toxins. Purchase a brush that is natural with stiff bristles and get brushing that body!
Good luck with blasting that unwanted cellulite and we hope to see you in our Cellulite Dynamite class soon!