Decreasing cellulite has become an increasingly and popular goal for many women. A lot of women also just see it as disgusting ripples in their skin and get the idea that if they have cellulite they must be fat.
Interestingly enough, the term “cellulite” was first introduced to the public by a fashion magazine. Which forces us to raise an eyebrow on the facts of cellulite.
A couple years ago The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) stated that “There is no medical condition known or described as cellulite in this country.”
Because there’s no official medical term for cellulite conditions, does that mean that there can be a “cure?” it sure seems that way. This is proven by the thousands of products and procedures available to combat this condition.
But What Exactly Is Cellulite?
Cellulite is basically a term used to describe the fat deposits under your skin that externally give your skin a dimpled or orange-peel like appearance. It’s mainly seen in women because the fat is arranged in large chambers that are separated by columns of collagenous fibres.
Fibrous strands of tissue connect your skin to deeper layers of tissue, creating compartments of normal fat cells. When your fat cells increase in size, the compartments swell and produce the dimpling appearance on your skin.
In overweight people excess fat is filled into these compartments causing them to bulge out. On the surface of the skin the bulging provides the dimply appearance of cellulite, especially in areas such as the butt, thighs and hips.
What makes cellulite even more mysterious is that it’s also predetermined by genetics so even a slim woman can develop the appearance. Many factors such as hormones, pregnancy, and aging can all contribute to the weakening of the collagen fibres to give the cellulite appearance.
Although there are many products and services out there that advertise they can get rid of your cellulite, what I’ve found to work well with my clients have been these guidelines:
1. Avoid bad fats – especially fat/sugar and fat/salt combinations
2. Choose nutritious fruits and veggies
3. Choose the right types of proteins in the right combinations
4. Learn to snack correctly
5. Minimize alcohol intake
6. Minimize refined sugar intake
7. Take a daily multi vitamin