Cellulite And the Truth About Getting Rid Of It
Cellulite – Dimples of the Worst Kind
Everyone fears it. The dreaded cellulite. It appears just like the dimpled skin of an orange on your body. Except it’s neither sweet nor appealing. It affects about 80-90% of women with varying degrees. And we have probably spent hundreds of dollars trying to get rid of it.
Let’s separate fact and fiction about what cellulite is, how it happens, and what can be done to get rid of it. There is so much information out there on the Internet today. Everyone promises you a quick fix. A cream or a supplement you can just take, and the cellulite will disappear. Or beauty clinics advertising their laser procedures that are guaranteed to work.
It is true that cellulite can affect your self-confidence big time. Many women simply stop wearing shorts or t-shirts because they cannot stand the sight of their exposed skin. We’ve been told it’s unsexy and unflattering. It looks like cottage cheese. And it seems to be ridiculously hard to get rid of.
What does science have to say about all that? Is there actual proof of anything that works long-term? Can you just pop a pill and get your smooth skin back? We’ll jump right in and look at the truth about getting rid of cellulite.
What is Cellulite?
Well, in short, it’s fat. Gross, right? We all have several layers of skin. Usually the fat deposits stay lower down and you cannot really see them. The skin appears smooth. When cellulite appears, the fat has pushed through the connective tissues and you can see it now as bumps. Because it does not push through the same everywhere, the skin appears dimpled and uneven.
Men’s tissue is designed a little bit differently, which seems to make it harder for the fat to push through. This explains why mostly women are affected by it. Although men can get it too, it’s usually not as severe. Or as noticeable.
You can have a look at this image from Wikipedia. It shows how the fat pushes through the skin layers. You understand now what cellulite is and how it appears bumpy, but why does this happen in the first place?
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Cellulite Formation and the Things We Can’t Control
There are definite things that contribute to cellulite, but there is no one answer to this question. Scientists have not found the one single trigger that makes it happen. But, here are some things that contribute to cellulite formation.
As you age, estrogen production decreases. This in turn decreases circulation in the connective tissue. Collagen production decreases and cellulite becomes more prominent. Fat cells also get bigger as your estrogen levels decrease.
With age, your skin also becomes thinner and more saggy. Fat cells can become more visible because of this. The skin almost becomes transparent or translucent in places. There is not much to be done about this. It is a natural occurrence, as we get older.
Unfortunately, your genes also play a role. Everything from your metabolism, how fat is laid out under your skin, to circulation, and even your ethnicity can contribute to cellulite. Again, this is nothing you can directly control. All you can do is take care of your body the best way you know how to.
The Things We Can Control
Luckily, there are some factors we can control. For example, our diet. Since cellulite is fat, it seems logical that weight gain and an unhealthy diet can contribute to cellulite formation. Eating a lot of sugar, salt, and fat will affect you. Not eating enough fresh vegetables and fruits can contribute as well. Not eating enough fiber might be connected to increased cellulite.
Lifestyle is another thing we can control. Smoking seems to be a contributing factor to cellulite formation. A high consumption of alcohol also makes the list. It seems that proper hydration with enough water and green tea every day may help with cellulite reduction.
Going hand in hand with weight gain, a sedentary lifestyle might make your cellulite worse as well. Getting enough exercise is a big one. It builds up muscle, which in turn might make your cellulite look smoother. Not to mention that losing weight will cause less fat cells to push through your skin.
This is not to say that fit people won’t develop cellulite. But it’s generally less noticeable and less severe.
What About Toxins and Inflammation?
There has been a lot of talk online about toxins being stored in our fatty tissues to render them harmless. The more toxic our body is, the more fat the body stores that contains the toxins. Although there is evidence that inflammation can contribute to a variety of chronic diseases, there is no scientific evidence to date that has definitively linked toxins and cellulite formation.
It is always a good idea to use common sense. And cellulite formation is no exception. It makes sense that exposing ourselves to harmful chemicals every day will leave a dangerous effect behind. Science has linked toxins like household cleaners and pesticides to many illnesses. Whether or not toxins contribute to cellulite, it is a good idea to eliminate as many toxins as you can for the benefit of your overall health.
Going green and going organic will help you reduce the amount of toxins you are exposed to every day. You experience air pollution every day. Often, we drink contaminated water without knowing it. Plastics and the likes wreak havoc on our planet. So, it is our responsibility to reduce toxins in our homes and environment, regardless of removing the unsightly dimples on our bums.
So, here it goes. The long list of things that make cellulite go away. Keep in mind that science has not found any supporting evidence that any of these work long-term. Or at all. Yes, that is correct. None of these treatments work permanently, so think very carefully before you pay for them.
- Non-invasive procedures like laser or ultrasound
- Liposuction procedures that remove some fat, but may make it worse in the long run
- Procedures that involve injecting various substances under the skin that supposedly dissolve fat. This can potentially be very dangerous for your health.
- Freezing the fat
- Heating the fat
- Deep massages
Then there are a host of creams and ointments that promise a reduction in cellulite. Some of them may help to reduce the appearance of it short-term. Creams that contain caffeine or Retinol do affect the fatty tissues. But they usually take many months to show any kind of effects. And the effects stop when you stop using the cream.
There is compression clothing that diminishes the appearance of cellulite. This anti-cellulite clothing comes in underwear, leggings, and sleepwear to name a few. When you wear the items, you may look slimmer and it will be less noticeable. But again, once you taken them off, the effect stops.
One promising new treatment has recently been developed. It involves injecting collagenase under the skin, which breaks down collagen. The treatment is still in its trial phase, so it is not clear yet whether it is safe. Early results are promising, but more testing is needed to determine if it will work.
If Nothing Works, How Can You Beat Cellulite?
It will be discouraging to go through surgical treatments and spend money on creams just to find out nothing worked in the end. That is why you should always do your research first. It is important to know that none of the anti-cellulite treatments have so far proven effective. It will save you time and money when deciding on your game plan.
The only results will be achieved by maintaining a healthy weight, eating a clean and healthy diet, hydrating properly, and exercising. That’s it in a nutshell. It’s a bit of a let down, but that is the plain truth.
There is just a little, well-kept secret to the type of exercises you can do that will work. Remember, if you do the wrong kind of exercise, you can make your cellulite even worse. Do you know what the 5 moves are that will get rid of your cellulite for good?
We've even found a great free video that explains how to get rid of cellulite for good. Be sure to take a few minutes to watch it and decide for yourself. There is no cheating and no quick fixes for cellulite. So, take control of what you can and get rid of that orange peel skin for good.
Free Cellulite Removal Video