Let’s Discuss Cellulite
Did you know that approximately 85% of woman have cellulite? It appears on not only the thighs and butt, but arms and stomach. What is it exactly? Essentially cellulite is fat that is being pushed against the skins surface by connective tissue between the muscle and skin, causing a dimpling. Cellulite doesn’t discriminate either, even the thinnest of have some fat between their muscles and skin which can cause a dimpling to occur.
Men can get cellulite too, however it is more common in females due to the excess of estrogen in which triggers the body to store subcutanious fat, men have less estrogen and tend to naturally have less overall body fat. ‘The main reason is that the bands connecting skin and muscle are different on men than they are on women. Men have thicker bands, there are more of them, and they form a crisscross pattern (as opposed to the vertical pattern on women’s bodies). That keeps the fat in place so it doesn’t pucker.” says Cheryl Karcher, MD to Fitness Magazine.
Is there anything we can do to reduce the rippling of dreaded cellulite? Not to fear, the Skiny tried some cellulite solutions and compiled a list of our favourites:
Drink Up: Is there anything water doesn’t do? Not only is water essential to life, but the more you drink the less you hold in the body. Water helps to flush out any toxins you may have in the body as well as improve the hydration of the skin. This is a simple way to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Aim to drink at least 2L of filtered water per day with slices of lemon and cucumber to further lend to the detoxifying, de-bloating properties.
Cut The Salt: Increased sodium and reduced magnesium make the appearance. Refined table salt leads to dehydration and is void of minerals, if you do need a pinch of salt make sure to use an alkaline mineral rich Himalayan or Celtic Sea Salt. Increase magnesium rich foods in your diet with raw nuts and seeds, dark leafy greens, avocado, fish, raw cacao and legumes.
Eat The Rainbow: We talked about the benefits of an Alkaline Diet earlier this week on the blog. To reduce cellulite, and body fat overall, a diet full of unprocessed, vitamin rich foods is your best bet. The more vegetables, fruit and whole foods you incorporate into your body, the better you will feel and look. Check a few posts back for a cellulite reducing, alkaline meal plan.
Balance Your Hormones: We saw earlier that excess estrogen leads to fat storage and production. We should make sure to eat unprocessed fats, like avocado, which are the building blocks of hormones to make sure that they are functioning properly. Avoiding processed sugar, non-organic meat, dairy and soy can help reduce the amount of excess estrogen in the body as well.
Pamper Yourself: Another great way to reduce the appearance of cellulite and improve circulation is through massage. Treating yourself to a lymphatic drainage massage can help reduce the appearance of dimples. Dry Brushing in the shower, in a circular motion upwards towards the heart, can help as well. There are also radio-frequency laser treatments we’ve written about on the skinny if you’re interested in a more technology based approach.
Break a Sweat: The best way to improve the circulation of your body is to get moving! Breaking a sweat with some cardio or circuit training not only helps to reduce stress, but build muscle tone and shed fat, which improves the body’s composition and appearance overall. This leads to a tighter look and reduced appearance of cellulite.
There you have it, although you may be part of the 9/10ths of the female population with cellulite, there are definitely ways to improve it.
Until Next Time,