TALKING CELLULITE

Cellulite is basically fat deposits hardening under your skin. Skin appears to have bumps, lumps and dimples and is usually most noticeable at the thighs and buttocks. Scientifically, cellulite is described as the herniation of subcutaneous fat within fibrous connective tissue and known as adiposis edematosa, dermopanniculosis deformans, status protrusus cutis, and gynoid lipodystrophy.  Cellulite affects both sexes but significantly more in women owing to them having particular types of fat and connective tissues. Cellulite is normally classified into three grades and they are as follows: 

Basically, not enough is known about the causes of cellulite. That’s the bitter truth. However, various theories have been put forth by experts and these include hormonal, genetic, metabolism, physiological, diet, microcirculatory extracellular matrix and subtle inflammatory alteration factors.  Many believe that estrogen, insulin, noradrenaline, thyroid hormones and prolactin are part of the cellulite production process. Also, people who eat too much fat, carbohydrates or salt and too little fibre are likely to have more cellulite. Even lifestyle is a factor as cellulite may be more prevalent among those who don’t exercise and those who smoke.


      

Therefore, it’s not surprising that the best treatment for cellulite is proper diet combined with regular exercise. That’s inarguable. There are no miracle cures for cellulite though numerous “remedies” have been prescribed. These include physiological and medical methods including special massages all the way to drugs, herbal concoctions and on to liposuction. 

 

Therapeutic methods include pneumatic massages, massages that stimulate lymphatic flow, heat therapy, ultrasound, radio frequency therapy, magnetic therapy, radial wave therapy, Endermologie and electrical stimulation.


 

With pharmacology, methylxanthines (caffeine & theobromine), pentoxifylline, beta-agonists and adrenaline, alpha-antagonists, amino acids, ginkgo biloba, rutin and Indian chestnut have been prescribed. However, all these have yielded limited if any, encouraging results. How about diet? The key is in antioxidants since they stimulate collagen production. This may lessen the appearance of cellulite. Consume more fruits, vegetables and fibre and drink more green tea. It has also been researched and discovered that a special fatty acid known as CLA or conjugated linoleic acid, found in beef, can help reduce cellulite when consumed.

What is most encouraged is for you to have focussed and target exercise. Increasing your heart rate through exercise and breathing heavier is the most direct way of dealing with cellulite. It will stimulate your lymphatic system which serves as a drainage system ridding the body of toxins. This prevents hardening of the fibrous tissues under the skin which can otherwise cause the dimpled cellulite effect.

There are “sworn testimonies” that cellulite on thighs has been removed via selective diet and exercise programs. Get a foam roller too and roll your body over it while concentrating on your cellulite areas. This will help to loosen your muscle fascia which is the tight, interwoven fibres of the muscles. When loosened, it’s easier for nutrient-rich blood to circulate through the fibres and help to rid your body of toxins. At the same time it will increase your resting metabolic rate and break up fatty tissues. Massage can also improve blood circulation while in addition to exercise, diet and massage, use of special skin creams can be used to complement tackling cellulite.