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Cellulite - Where it Comes From and How to Make it Go

Cellulite usually depends on both genetic and hormonal factors. It’s said to worsen with such things as altered blood circulation, incorrect eating habits, a sedentary lifestyle, smoking and excessive alcohol, high heels and tight garments. 90% of women have been said to confront cellulite, which increases as women age and their skin thins.

Cellulite is not a medical term, but a name coined by the French to describe the dimply, orange-peel look of skin above the fat on hips, thighs and buttocks. It results from compressed and stagnant plasma and lymph accumulating in surface adipose (fatty) tissues.

Best results are reported with a combination of healthy nutritional eating habits, exercise and massage therapy or some form of bodywork to assist with improved circulation, lymphatic stimulation, and a sense of emotional wellbeing to help with maintaining a healthier lifestyle. Some feel that seaweed and clay wraps help as they promote the release of water retention and assist detoxification of all body systems. The B vitamins are important for energy production. Fat is burned much slower with a shortage of pantothenic (B5) and protein. B6 is needed for energy conversion of stored fat. The B vitamins work best when taken as B complex with all B’s present, and the best food sources are 1 Tbsp Nutritional (or Brewer’s) Yeast taken daily in a small amount of milk, egg yolks and whole-grain cereals.

While some creams may improve the surface appearance of skin, it is largely felt that as soon as applications stop, the area returns to its previous puffy condition. Retinol (Vitamin A), if not too dilute in content, is said to improve the skin’s appearance so you won’t see the uneven look and to increase the density of the skin.

Research largely endorses cellulite as being an issue of having too much fatty tissue and too little muscle. When we remember that only muscle tissue burns fat, the importance of an exercise program aimed at the thigh and buttock area, becomes evident. The right program can produce big changes in your cellulite situation and create improvements in your overall appearance and energy levels. A 30-40 minute workout of cardio, strength training and flexibility/stretching exercise, two to three days a week for lower-body is recommended. As advised by Deane Cooke, Certified Personal Trainer, “when strength training, it’s important to stay in the anaerobic realm by keeping the time the targeted muscles are working to approximately 1 to 2 minutes in duration per set of an exercise. Perfect exercise form is critical in terms of both productivity and safety. It is important to perform strength training exercises in a slow, controlled manner with a distinct pause at both the fully contracted and fully stretched positions of the movement. Correct breathing technique is also a very important component of any exercise”. As you can see, getting advice first hand from a personal trainer who would design an exercise program suited to your needs and abilities, show you the proper form for each exercise, where and when to pause, how to breathe correctly, when to increase resistance or the number of repetitions etc., would allow you to get the maximum effect and ultimately, results from a program. A cool-down period is important after exercising to prevent lactic acid build-up in the muscles that could otherwise result in muscle soreness and/or cramping.


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