Cellulite: Ironing Out the Lumps & Bumps
You eat right. You work out regularly. You drink plenty of water. In short, you do everything right to keep your weight in check. But you just can’t seem to get rid of the cellulite on your thighs and rear end, and it really bothers you.
Before getting into what you can do about it, it’s important to dispel some myths about cellulite.
Myth #1: Cellulite is caused by obesity. While higher body fat can make cellulite more noticeable, even extremely fit, muscular female athletes have cellulite.
Myth #2: The older you are, the more likely you’ll develop cellulite. On the contrary, cellulite occurs in up to 90% of women starting in their early 20s.
Myth #3: You can diet and exercise away your cellulite. Sadly, this is false. Nutritious diet and exercise may lessen the appearance, but it can’t make it go away.
Myth #4: Cellulite is abnormal fat tissue. No again. Cellulite actually results due to an issue with connective tissue, not fat. In fact, to understand how to reduce the appearance of cellulite, it’s a good idea to understand its anatomy…
The Anatomy of Cellulite
There are two layers of fatty tissue under the skin. The fat cells in the outer layer are arranged vertically, while the cells in the deeper layer are horizontal. They’re separated by a mesh of connective tissue “scaffolding,” which holds these fat layers in place.
But when strands of the scaffolding break, the deeper layer of fat bulges through into the superficial layer, and that is what causes the characteristic lumps and bumps of cellulite.
Thanks to hormones, women are more prone to cellulite than men. Estrogen stimulates the growth of certain types of fat cells. The fat cells in the areas commonly affected by cellulite are particularly estrogen-sensitive.
Estrogen also interferes with fat breakdown. So, any condition that changes your circulating estrogen levels can increase the thickness of fat layers in affected areas.
Ways to Reduce the Appearance of Cellulite
Now that you know how cellulite happens, you can see why targeting it requires a multidirectional approach.
On top of that, it is important to have realistic expectations. You can’t make cellulite disappear completely. If that is your goal, you will never be satisfied. But you can do things to decrease its appearance and give the illusion of smoother skin.
Reduce Fat, Build Muscle
Increasing muscle mass is critical. Why? Because the more muscle you have, the more fat you’ll burn. Not only that, skin looks smoother over muscle than fat, so it’ll make cellulite a lot less apparent.
To build muscle, you will need to lift weights or do other types of resistance exercises. Some great ones you can do at home that don’t require any equipment are body-weight squats, lunges, hip thrusts, pushups, and sit-ups.
But for true results, lifting weights is the way to go. Consider joining a gym and hiring a personal trainer to get you acquainted with proper form—even if it’s for just one or two sessions.
Plenty of training programs are available from certified trainers online too. Do some research and find a trainer whose philosophies and training style appeal to you.
With all that said, you should still do cardio workouts too!
Cardio may not build muscle, but it does improve heart and overall health, helps you lose weight, and most importantly boosts your metabolism. As your metabolism ramps up, your body’s sensitivity to insulin—which interferes with fat breakdown in cellulite-prone areas—increases.
Additionally, higher metabolism boosts fat loss throughout the day, even when you’re at rest.
Unlike fat in other areas of the body, the fat within cellulite is actually inflamed. That inflammation can speed up the breakdown of collagen in the mesh scaffolding that keeps fat layers in place. It also increases fat’s thickness through swelling.
To dampen inflammation, eat a diet that’s rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, raw nuts, and lean problems like fatty fish (salmon, trout, and tuna). Avoid sugar and processed/packaged foods. These not only make you gain weight, but also inflammation.
For further inflammatory support, consider taking a supplement like curcumin, which is a potent natural anti-inflammatory compound.
Try Topical Fat Burners
Topical fat burning creams can’t make cellulite disappear. However, products that contain deoxycholic acid, phosphatidylcholine, and hyaluronic acid can make a difference in the appearance of cellulite.
Deoxycholic acid is a bile acid that breaks down and absorbs fat from the diet. When injected into fat cells, deoxycholic acid breaks down fat by destroying the cell membrane. Over the span of several weeks, the dissolved fat gets cleared out of the body via the lymphatic and circulatory systems.
Hyaluronic acid is a component of connective tissue. Its function is to cushion, lubricate, and plump the skin. Research shows it can increase skin hydration and firmness after 8 weeks of use.
Finally, phosphatidylcholine helps break down fat and assists in its elimination.
Newport Natural Health’s Fat Burner Cream contains all these ingredients, plus allatoin, vitamins A, C, and E, and shea butter, which boost moisture, protect against pollution and oxidative damage, and soothe skin.
Give it a try on your most stubborn areas and see how it works for you. Combined with healthy diet, exercise, and patience, you should notice changes in the appearance of your cellulite in a few months!