By Anne Pyle and LeAura Alderson
Best Solutions to Get Rid of Cellulite
Cellulite afflicts more women than men, but why? It’s about hormones. Women’s estrogen and collagen levels start to decrease with the approach of menopause, and both of these hormones, (which men also have by the way), are involved in the formation of cellulite.
Cellulite is a western culture condition that is increasingly affecting younger women as our lifestyle becomes more sedentary. So what can we do to combat cellulite?
If you’ve tried any of the “quick fix” creams, scrubs and other remedies, chances are, you cellulite is still intact. So what can we do that really works?
Here’s the low down from LA Fitness on what it is and how to handle it.
Why We See Cellulite
Cellulite is weakened collagen tissue fibres below the skin.
When these fibres lose their strength they become more susceptible to collecting pockets of fat and fluid, which become visible beneath the skin. Age, genetics and hormones all affect the strength of collagen fibres.
How Diet Can Matter
A good diet, structured to help you lose body fat, will have a knock-on effect for fat-based cellulite. Keep in mind that cellulite is found on all body types and muscle, collagen and skin tone are also affected by diet. So, try increasing your intake of foods with anti-inflammatory benefits, including essential fatty acids, dark leafy vegetables, and berries. Increase your protein ratio if your goal is to strengthen muscle fibres, and try and eat organic foods, naturally low in salt and sugar.
Good Exercises for Eliminating Cellulite
An inactive lifestyle is believed to be a key reason for the development of cellulite. Choose a cardiovascular workout that engages all the major muscle groups, like swimming, running or walking on a cross-trainer.
Improving circulation is beneficial for tissue repair and for enhancing skin and muscle tone.
The most effective exercise for getting rid of cellulite are bodyweight squats and lunges. These strengthen thighs and glutes. If you’re very serious attend a class that targets those tricky areas like Spinning, (and tighten the tension), Body Pump or Legs, Bums and Tums.
Do Cellulite Creams Work?
Doctors say that cellulite creams do NOT work. If you look at Amazon reviews of the top cellulite creams, you hear a different story, as many rave about results and benefits of the creams they’ve tried. However, we’ve learned to be very skeptical of Amazon reviews, as many of those are professional reviewers who do reviews in exchange for free or deeply discounted products. Some may be entirely genuine, but just read with a cautious eye, and do your research into the science first.
Science is telling us that the best approach is exercise and diet, but the research is not conclusive, nor extensive. Likely because those motivated (funded) to do the research are the very companies selling the products.
In this study, they’ve concluded that the creams did not reduce the circumference of thighs, however, cellulite can be reduced without a reduction in circumference, because you can smooth out the cellular lumps under the skin without reducing the overall size of the thigh or rear end. So this is an example of a scientific report that appears to conclude negatively on creams and yet is not a thorough investigation, and without clearly conclusive evidence.
This article in Scientific American, Is Cellulite Forever, is a fun read, very well written by By Katherine Harmon, It lays out three alternative treatment methods for getting rid of cellulite, but warns to run the other way if any doctor suggests liposuction.
So back to exercise and diet: no manufacturer or creams, or treatment devices, not any doctor who provides cellulite treatment, benefits by offering natural solutions. So if you’re looking for the answers in any externally applied options, be aware and be informed.
For most things, seek natural solutions first.
Mayo Clinic Says No to Lipo and Yes to Laser:
Mayo Clinic offers a very balanced report on cellulite, except for one thing: exercise, diet and lifestyle. They do not touch on that, and yet it’s such a fundamental consideration.
“Though liposuction can shape the body, it won’t remove cellulite, and it may make the cellulite appear worse. Laser-assisted liposuction is a newer, less invasive form of this treatment that destroys fat cells while tightening the skin and may be a more effective treatment for cellulite.” Mayo Clinic’s article on Cellulite.
Dr. Joseph Mercola of Mercola.com says it best:
“Foods high in sugars and carbs, damaged fats (think trans fats) and processed salt are all dietary contributors to cellulite, so addressing your diet should be your first step.”
Here’s the thing, diet and exercise alone may not get rid of all cellulite, but it will definitely help. Meanwhile, you’re entire body, inside and out, is getting healthier and fitter.
Replacing bad foods for good foods… and sedentary recreation for active recreation. Instead of movies, tv, sitting reading, games requiring sitting, substitute for active recreation, such as biking, hiking, walking while listening to audiobooks, Zumba, tennis, surfing, yoga, and other things you will discover once you get up and out instead of settling in and hunkering down.
See what you think, and let us know what you’ve found that works for cellulite, (no sales postings please). Also, let us know what lifestyle changes you’re making toward your Best Fit Life. We’d love to hear! Visit our Facebook Page and comment or send a note.
Is Cellulite Forever?, Scientific American
Science Unlocks The Secrets on Cellulite, Bodybuilding.com
Tips to Beat Cellulite, LA Fitness
What is Cellulite, The Cellulite Clinic