Are you battling cellulite? Don’t fret, you are not alone. This is a cosmetic condition that are large population of women battle with a certain point in their lives. This condition is not relegated to just plus sized women as slender and fit women are equally affected.
However, it is sad that as rampant as cellulite is, there are a lot of misconceptions and mis information about what it really, what causes it and how to treat and get rid of it. So instead of going about reeling about your cellulite, or spending your money on any over the counter product you see, it is important you learn the facts and myths about cellulite.
Myth: CELLULITE IS CAUSED BY TOXINS IN YOUR BODY
Most of cellulite products you purchase may lay claims on being able to rid your body of impurities and toxins. But their claims don’t hold water as extensive research has shown that cellulite is not caused by toxins in the body, rather, cellulite occurs when underlying fat deposits begin to push through layers of collagen fibers, or connective tissue, under the skin (often in the buttocks and thigh areas, but also on arms, stomachs, and other common trouble spots in the body) Connective tissue can be weakened by hormones, lack of exercise and muscle tone, excess fat, and poor circulation. All these contribute to cause cellulite and not toxins
Fact: WOMEN ARE MORE PRONE TO CELLULITE THAN MEN
This is because women tend to carry more fat around their hips and thighs than men. Compared to the 90% women that suffer from cellulite, only 10% men suffer from cellulite and they have less supportive connective tissue.
Fact: CELLULITE GETS WORSE WITH AGE
This is because, as women age, their bodies produce less estrogen, a hormone that keeps the blood vessels flowing smoothly. When there is a production of less estrogen, it means poorer circulation, which can also mean a decrease in new collagen production and the breakdown of older connective tissue.
Fact: CELLULITE MAY BE IN YOUR GENES
It’s true that cellulite runs in families; if your mother and grandmother had cellulite, you have a better chance of also developing it. In fact, there’s even a genetic test on the market that can tell you whether you have a gene variant that puts you at higher risk for moderate to severe cellulite—but, considering that most women will develop cellulite in their lifetimes (and the fact that you’ll know it when you see it), it’s not exactly worth its hefty price tag. If you’re not one of the lucky ones with smooth-skinned relatives, take heart: Genetics is only one small part of the cellulite puzzle; factors like diet, exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight also play a role.
Myth: CELLULITE ONLY HAPPENS TO PLUS-SIZED PEOPLE
Though the appearance of cellulite is more visible in overweight people because when you have more fat you have underneath your skin, it is more likely to put stress on your connective tissue and bulge out its weak spots. But cellulite also happens to slender and fit women. It is a respecter of no body size or weight. You can eat well, stay fit and do everything right and still have cellulite.
Fact: EXERCISE CAN REDUCE THE APPEARANCE OF CELLULITE
A regular exercise practice cannot cure cellulite—but in many cases it can help prevent or reduce its appearance. Cellulite occurs when connective fibers underneath the skin become weak or lose their elasticity, but stretching and strengthening those areas (in addition to burning away excess fat overall) can help. When you work out to firm and tighten your muscles, your skin in turn tightens. You might want to try out yoga routines that target your butt and thighs and also some trainings that can build your muscles and boost circulation.
Fact: CARDIO IS BEST FOR REDUCING ALL-OVER JIGGLE
Running or other forms of cardio can help keep weight off, which may reduce the appearance of dimples and dents. But to really smooth out your skin, you’ve got to strength train. Studies found that adults who did three 30-minute aerobic workouts each week for eight weeks lost four pounds, but gained no muscle—and only slightly improved body composition. When they paired 15 minutes of aerobic activity with 15 minutes of strength training three times a week, however, they lost 10 pounds of fat, added two pounds of muscle, and saw a greater overall improvement in body composition. In other words, they looked better and lost some of the wiggle!
Myth: SKIN-FIRMING CREAMS CAN CURE CELLULITE
Despite what you might read on their labels, no topical creams—prescription or over-the-counter—have been shown to permanently reduce the appearance of cellulite. Studies have found, however, that products containing retinoids (labeled as retinol over-the-counter) may provide some temporary effects by creating a thicker skin cover that can help camouflage bumps. There is limited evidence that creams or scrubs with stimulant ingredients, like caffeine, ginger, and green or black tea, may also help by improving circulation and breaking down fat-cell stores, but they are less proven.
Myth: LIPOSUCTION WILL MAKE YOUR LEGS (OR ARMS, OR TUMMY) LOOK BETTER
If cellulite is your problem, liposuction should not be your solution. In fact, the cosmetic procedure could even make fat distribution more uneven, making its outward appearance even worse. Another vacuum-like (but non-surgical) procedure, however, known as Endermologie, has been shown to help: During Endermologie, a technician runs a suctioning device surrounded by rollers over a patient’s skin, pulling and squeezing trouble spots for about 30 minutes.
Facts: CERTAINS FOODS CAN HELP FIGHT CELLULITE
Your diet alone can’t determine whether you will or will not get cellulite, but eating a well-balanced, plant-heavy diet can reduce inflammation throughout your body and help you maintain a healthy weight. Staying hydrated—both by drinking water and by eating plenty of foods with high water content, will also keep your connective tissue strong and supple, and may even help you slim down. Aim to eat more cucumbers, radishes, tomatoes, and bell peppers, which (along with many other fruits and veggies) are all more than 90% water.
Facts: SMOKING CAN AFFECT THE APPEARANCE OF CELLULITE
Studies have shown that smoking cigarette reduce blood vessel flow and to weaken and disrupt the formation of collagen, allowing for the connective tissue to become stretched and damaged more easily and for underlying fat to show through. Plus, smoking can make you look bad (literally) in lots of other ways, as well: It causes premature wrinkles and leave the skin dry and discolored.