No woman wants to see cellulite on her body. This ugly subcutaneous fat affects the buttocks, thighs and hips regardless of your age and is a big aesthetical problem which can really hurt a person’s self-esteem.
Before talking about cellulite, we should take a look at the skin first. The skin has 2 layers – the outer is called epidermis while the inner is known as dermis. There are fat compartments under these layers separated by thick collagen fibers. If you don’t have cellulite, the skin has a smooth appearance as the fat cells are not full. In cases of cellulite, these cells are stuffed with fat and begin to crowd each other, which creates what we know as cellulite on the surface of the skin. We are born with a set number of cells pre-determined by our genetics.
Although cellulite affects both women and men, it is more common in women. According to experts, this occurs due to the higher body fat percentage in women, thinner skin with smaller fat compartments and the high level of estrogen and progesterone in the female body.
The main causes for cellulite
Estrogen stimulates the formation of fat which is helpful in case of pregnancy or menses. In pregnant women, estrogen causes the collagen fibers to breakdown and form the pesky cellulite.
Aging affects the energy expenditure which is needed to maintain body size and body composition. Consequently, if your intake is higher than what your body needs, this may lead to higher fat stores.
Naturally, being overweight leads to excess fat accumulated into fat compartments, which triggers the appearance of cellulite.
It causes collagen fibers not to receive enough blood. Blood carries oxygen, healthy nutrients, and rids all cells in the body of toxic wastes. Without proper blood flow, the fibers shrink, thicken and leave a bumpy appearance.
It means you are living a sedentary lifestyle. This leads to poor circulation and less blood getting to the fibers, tissues, vessels and organs of the body.
Here are the 5 best ways to get rid of cellulite:
1. Eat well
Eat at least 3 meals a day loaded with green veggies to keep your calorie intake low and stock up on fiber. Eliminate processed foods and sugar from your diet as they are often responsible for cellulite.
Physical inactivity is one of the main causes of cellulite, so staying active can definitely prevent it. Make sure to exercise 5 times a week for 30 minutes and focus on aerobics and weight resistance training. This will help you stay fit and also tone your muscles. Exercising will also lower the subcutaneous fat storage and improve the blood flow to the connective tissues, effectively making them stronger.
3. Drink lots of water
Water is needed for detoxification, eliminating toxic matter of the body and improving lymphatic flow.
If you can’t afford one, do it yourself. Massages increase blood flow to the area. Although it does not reduce cellulite, it brings new blood flow, removes toxins in the area and improves the appearance of the dimpling. Giving yourself a leg massage after stepping out of the shower works wonders and feels great! I like using coconut oil; it hydrates and has a smooth gliding effect on the skin.
5. Dry Skin Brushing
Again, dry skin brushing improves blood flow, helps remove toxic matter, and soften the hard fat deposits underneath the skin.