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What You Need To Know About Cellulite And How To Lose Cellulite
What You Need To Know About Cellulite And How To Lose Cellulite
If you want to lose cellulite, it is important that you first know what cellulite is. Once you understand the problem you will be able to take the right steps to lose cellulite.
So, let us start with the Oxford dictionary's definition of cellulite: "persistent subcutaneous fat causing dimpling of the skin."
OK, so now we need to know what subcutaneous means: "Anatomy & Medicine situated or applied under the skin."
Now we know, cellulite is caused by a layer of fat just under the skin. The bad news is we all have that layer of fat, whether we are thin or fat. Thin people's layer is just thinner than fat people's and women have more than men. That is why more women suffer from cellulite than men.
I think the most important thing to take from this is to realize that cellulite is not really a weight problem. Obviously if you are overweight, the cellulite will be worse and losing weight will improve it.
The mind change into realizing cellulite is not ONLY a weight problem is important if you are going to get rid of it.
What Causes Cellulite
Maybe now is a good time to take a look at what it is that really causes the dimpling effect in the subcutaneous fat. What makes this layer of fat different?
This layer of fat is structured into compartments of fat separated by fibrous strands of connective tissue. Now a variety of factors, many of them hereditary, make these compartments swell or "plump" up. When this happen the fibrous strands are stretched and hardened, causing the dimpled effect.
There are many factors that can cause this. Obviously being overweight is one of them. Unfortunately there are also a number of factors not under our control. One very big factor is hormonal changes such as puberty, pregnancy and menopause as well as taking birth control pills.
Your blood circulation and lymph drainage also plays a huge roll as well ad the amount of fat in the layer. The build up of toxins can also make the appearance of cellulite worse.
All this being said, if you are genetically predisposed to cellulite, you are probably going to battle with it your whole life. Fortunately, there is quite a lot you can do to improve it and all is not lost.
How to lose cellulite:
The most important part of a plan to lose cellulite is aerobic exercise. You cannot remove fat cells once you have them, except with liposuction which is not recommended for cellulite, but you can make them smaller or remove all the fat from them and leave them "flat."
Regular aerobic exercise will remove the excess fat from the cells as you burn the fat. It will also improve your blood circulation and help with the elimination of toxin. Aerobic exercise will also help with draining the lymph nodes and getting rid of toxins in that way.
Any aerobic exercise will help but if you follow the following advice you will get even more benefit from them:
- Instead of just walking, walk uphill or at an incline as this really works your leg muscles and improve the general appearance of your legs. Make sure you do this for at least 20 minutes a day.
- Jogging is the same and if you are relatively fit you will probably get more benefit from a jog than from a walk. Make sure you keep it up for at least 20 minutes a day.
- Swimming is also a very good aerobic exercise and with summer coming it is probably the most enjoyable aerobic exercise. Swimming is also a very good alternative for someone with health problems as it is not as strenuous on your body. Once again, keep it up for at least 20 minutes a day.
- Riding a bike is another very enjoyable way to get aerobic exercise. It is a good idea if you can pedal standing from time to time to better target the leg muscles for the general appearance of your legs. Keep this up for at least 20 minutes a day.
- Jumping on the mini-trampoline is another very good aerobic exercise. Start slowly and work up to longer jumps until you can do about 20 minutes a day. You will see that in one of my Hubs I recommend starting with 2 minute bursts and doing a total of 20 minutes a day. That is a good way to start and work up from there. Remember for cellulite, you want to improve your blood circulation and the min-trampoline can be very good for that.
In any case, I think you get the idea, do any aerobic exercise to burn the fat in those cells and improve the blood circulation.
What Do You Think About How To Lose Cellulite
What do you believe is the best way to get rid of cellulite?
Can the many cellulite "treatments" for sale help?
This is a very touchy subject. There are lots of treatments available that claim to help you lose cellulite. It is true that some of these products can improve the appearance of cellulite temporarily, but as it is not an "illness" but something normal caused by hereditary factors and hormones it cannot really be "cured"
It is true though, that if the condition of the skin is good, it will improve the appearance of cellulite. So, the many creams and massages can really give you a temporary improvement. If you have the time and money, I say, go for it, every little bit helps. Just be aware that any benefit will only be temporary. You cannot get away from it that if you pamper yourself, you are going to look and feel better.
Can diet help you lose cellulite?
Here I can say, without any doubt, yes! As with anything that goes wrong with our bodies, a healthy balanced diet will help you lose cellulite. If you are carrying an extra few pounds, the weight loss that goes with a good diet, will definitely reduce cellulite.
As always all processed foods with all the additives they contain will make things worse. The same goes for fast food as well. You really do not want that huge amounts of fat that fast food contains in your body. To improve the appearance of cellulite you have to get rid of the fat in the fat cells and fatty fast food is not going to help!
Try to concentrate on natural whole foods. Eat lots of fruit and vegetables. Try and eat as many raw fruit and vegetables as possible as in that way you get the most nutrition out of it.
With summer coming, concentrate on salads, but beware of the dressings! I find using fat free yogurt flavored with herbs is the best dressing to use and it is very tasty. You can even use it as a topping for a baked potato or any other kind of steamed veggie. In a restaurant, always order the dressing on the side so you can control it.
It is also important to drink lots of water. Water helps with hydrating your skin and that can make a big difference in the appearance of cellulite. Water also helps your body with the elimination of toxins, another factor that can improve the appearance of cellulite.
So, as with everything that has to do with the appearance of our bodies, it once again boils down to a healthy diet and exercise if you want to lose cellulite.