Dispelling Fundamental Illusions: Reduce The Appearance of Cellulite With The Help Of Science!
Cellulite often appears on the thighs, buttocks, lower abdomen, and upper arms of women. Approximately 85% of post-pubertal woman have a form of cellulite (Avram, 2004; Rawlings, 2006). Though rarely observed in males, cellulite develops due to hormone deficiencies (Avram, 2004). In order to combat cellulite, a basic understanding of it’s origins, and a look at the science behind the ‘treatments’ is required. .
What is Cellulite?
Our skin is structured like an onion with layers organized outermost to innermost; the epidermis, the dermis, and two layers of subcutaneous fat.(Rawlings, 2006). According to research, cellulite is caused by small protrusions of the first layer of fat within the dermis - these protrusions create a bumpy texture on the exterior of the skin. In men, connective tissues appear in a criss-cross pattern, creating a net-like barrier to keep fat away from the skin, but in women, connective tissues appear parallel, producing more ‘give’ in the skin’s texture. As the fat pushes against the tissues, the pressure transfers to the skin, producing a dimpled, uneven look. .
How To Reduce The Appearance:
Although there are countless proposed ‘treatments’ of cellulite, including surgery, injections, ointments, herbs, and lasers, studies revealed little to no efficacy in their use. The sad truth is there is no ‘quick fix’ to this common “problem”. Many studies have displayed a strong correlation between lifestyle changes (a shift in diet and exercise patterns), and a decrease in appearance of cellulite. Weightlifting has been shown to increase circulation (ie., move blood and lymph around the affected areas), and grow muscles, which causes every area of the body to naturally tighten and round out, giving off a smoother, fuller look. It is recommended that you consume a nutrient dense diet within caloric restrictions and proper water intake to reduce cellulite. In addition, coupling diet and lifestyle with proper supplements such as omega-3 fatty acids, iron oxides, soy lecithin, and grape seed extract, can further combat the dimpled skin.