Anti-cellulite – Description
According to many studies, as many as 95% of women over age 30 develop some form of cellulite in their body.
What are the causes of cellulite?
Cellulite is caused by little overfilled fat pockets right under your skin.
These are fat cells that have become enlarged causing these cells to take up more space between the skin’s connective tissues than normal, the fat then expands in these spaces resulting in the overlying skin dimpling in.
The following factors are thought to contribute to the development of cellulite:
Though cellulite also appears on thin people, excess weight makes cellulite worse.
Cellulite problems get worse with each successive pregnancy.
During pregnancy, estrogen and progesterone levels are high. As a result, pregnant women have increased fatty deposits, weight gain, water retention, and weakened fiber structure.
As women age, skin sags and wrinkles. In addition, the body’s energy requirements are lower, thus, there is more fat accumulation.
Poor blood circulation
When there is impaired blood flow to the fat-storage area, collagen fibers are damaged due to lack of oxygen and the accumulation of toxic wastes. The fibers shrink and thicken, resulting in the quilted appearance of the fat chambers.
Poor blood circulation is often caused by sedentary lifestyles, smoking, and high caffeine consumption.
Poor lymph drainage
The lymphatic system acts like a sewage system, filtering out and carrying away cellular wastes and toxins. If it is impaired, toxic products accumulate and inflate these fat cells, causing cellulite.
Do‘s & Don’ts
Be sure to:
Working out for at least 30 minutes five times a week firms up the skin by increasing muscle tone and keeping connective tissue fibers healthy. Exercise also increases blood circulation to these problem areas.
Dieting has to be combined with regular exercise to be effective in controlling or reducing cellulite. The following dietary changes are recommended:
Drinking lots of water. Water cleanses the digestive system and flushes toxins out of the body.
Eating a low-fat, low-sugar, high-fiber diet with emphasis on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
Refraining from smoking.
Smoking causes poor blood circulation and contributes to premature aging of the skin. Avoiding highly processed foods, caffeine, and alcohol.
Avoiding salty foods.
Salty foods increase water retention and make cellulite appear worse.
Maintaining a normal, healthy body weight.
Obesity increases fatty deposits and makes cellulite much worse.
Liposuction is the most widely used treatment for cellulite. Fat cells are removed by suctioning through a cut or excision in the buttocks or thigh. Then some of these fat cells are redeposited into areas of dimpling to smooth out the contour. While liposuction significantly reduces total amount of fat in the body immediately, it may not significantly improve skin appearance.
Massage may have benefits by improving blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. Regular massage also helps maintain smoother skin.The Dr Baumann Body Special Strong is recommended for cellulite treatment formulated to reduce the appearance of cellulite on the legs, stomach and arms.
Lack of exercise
Cellulite may be caused by impaired blood circulation and poor muscle tone underneath the skin, which are caused by sedentary lifestyles.
High fat and sugar consumption
This often leads to excess caloric and fat intake, which causes increases in body fat and thus, cellulite.
Food allergy causes a variety of symptoms including food craving, weight gain, bloating and water retention, all of which worsen cellulite.
Highly processed foods that contain preservatives, artificial sweeteners and other additives
Heavy consumption of prepackaged foods causes build up of these toxins in the body.
Yo-yo dieting causes a woman to lose fat in the upper body while increasing fat deposits in the buttocks, thighs, and hips.
Therefore, this practice tends to make cellulite problems worse than before dieting.
Prolonged exposure to the sun accelerates the skin-aging process.
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