5 Natural ways to fight against cellulite.
How to fight the good fight against cellulite?
For some women, it can be the bane of our existence, or let’s be honest the bane of our butts. The mere mention of the word can bring about sighs, rolling of the eyes and shrugs of desperation – and no, I am not talking about your best friend’s ‘ex-boyfriend’. In the battle to keep healthy, this is a problem that seems to afflict all women; and no, I am not talking about that creepy older guy at the gym who winks at you in the mirror… I am talking about the dreaded word:
Yup, it might sound like an enemy life-form from a distant planet – ‘We have news captain that the Cellulites will be attacking’ – but it is a real problem that affects 90% of women. But what exactly is cellulite and why do we all dread it?
Well, some people will tell you that cellulite is very simply everyone’s ‘favorite’ three letter word… Fat. Quite simply, deposits of fat that seem to have taken up residence in your derriere and are refusing to budge. Other experts seem to suggest that cellulite is composed of trapped toxins and excess water underneath the skin; a lovely image that suggests that all the toxin and water particles are trying to break out of your thighs. However, what is the truth?
The real answer is that cellulite is a condition that affects the appearance of the skin in areas with underlying fat deposits, most noticeably in the tush and thigh region; unfortunately, cellulite has never really been interested in more inconspicuous areas of the body like the sole of your foot. While the appearance of cellulite seems to worsen in proportion to the amount of fat present in the affected area, cellulite can affect even the thinnest women.
There are a lots of reasons or factors as to why cellulite might appear, including hormonal reasons, dietary choices, genetic predisposition or age; however, the good news is that there are ways and means to combat the dreaded ‘Attack of the Cellulites!’. Thankfully, you don’t need to be a character in a science-fiction film, loaded with artillery to be successful, all you need is a balanced healthy lifestyle.
How you can get in shape and combat cellulite:
Firstly, it is important to note that a healthy lifestyle can radically improve the appearance of cellulite. Naturally, what you ‘take in’ will directly affect how you feel and how your body processes both the liquid and food that you consume. However, while that is important, there are other aspects which can really assist you in the fight to get in shape and combat cellulite.
Hydration, Hydration, Hydration…
A key and simple factor is hydration; by drinking enough clean, pure water you are protecting yourself from the effects of dehydration which can cause that horrible shriveled, lumpy look which is commonly associated with cellulite. Water is a natural part of your detoxification process and poor hydration can hinder the body from ridding itself of excess fat, which in turn leads to those unwelcome fatty deposits, and then you’ve guessed it… Cellulite.
Furthermore, the combination of a proper and balanced diet, along with frequent hydration will decrease the likelihood of fat accumulating underneath the skin, making cellulite less noticeable. A healthy diet can also be helpful in keeping the skin and connective tissue stronger, healthier, and more supple. So, ladies, keep refiling those water bottles, and ensure you are naturally hydrated all day long!
Exercise – Just another fat burning workout
Exercise, a word much easier spoken, than actually done. However, the statistics are in and they remain conclusive. Exercise is vital to ensuring that you remain in good healthy shape and is one of the most successful factors in combating cellulite. And the reasons are simple, exercise helps keep body fat levels lower, it improves circulation and muscle tone, especially in muscle-tone areas.
However, a new European approach has recently been pioneered called the ‘Vacu Magic’ - an encapsulated treadmill. A rubber skirt seals the capsule creating a vacuum effect which stimulates blood supply to the fat tissue in problem areas such as the buttocks, or thighs, thereby burning fat.
It is effective, because for any woman, improved circulation will keep both the skin and connective tissue healthier, as well as helping the elimination of waste and excess fluid retention, which guess what, will improve the reduction of cellulite! The key is to decrease body fat and increase the muscle mass around the affected areas and ensure that the right muscle groups are targeted effectively.
The simplicity of a Beauty Booth
Within Nordic countries, they believe that a sauna is by no means a luxury, but in fact a necessity. I tend to agree – I mean, what is there not to like about siting in hot, restful relaxation? However, a sauna is not only a soothing, warm place, it is a technique which can result in significant weight loss and eradicate harmful toxins from the body.
However, recently, some studies have showed that there is an even more effective method that uses infrared technology as an effective remedy for cellulite.
One of the benefits of the ‘Infared Sauna’, or what has been dubbed by ‘The Beauty Booth’ by MySelf – a European body-sculpting complex - is that you do not have the buildup of steam in terms of creating heat, (akin to the Finnish model) so spending a pleasant half hour in ‘the beauty booth’ can be even more relaxing. However, there are key health benefits; the deep, penetrating heat produced increases your heart rate and dilates your blood vessels. As a result, sessions with infared technology sauna tend to promote improved blood circulation.
Although it is yet to become common in the US, there is a growing trend among European beauty specialists to use an infrared sauna as a key means to reduce cellulite.
I know, everyone has heard of the benefits of a good old-fashioned massage, but what is this ‘myofascial’ business? However, don’t be alarmed, it might sound like a prehistoric dinosaur – ‘the myofascial was never indigenous to America’ – but it simply means ‘related to muscle and fascia’. And, just to clarify, ‘fascia’ is the connective tissue which surrounds the muscles in the body.
Put in simple terms, many believe that cellulite forms in the superficial fascia, a layer of connective tissue below the skin that contains fat cells. Now, if the superficial facsia becomes fibrous, this can contribute to the bunched-up, rippled look of the skin – the ungainly sight of cellulite. A highly effective version that is is the ‘Roll Magic’ massage roller, a lymphatic massage that remove toxins, reduces the appearance of cellulite, and increase skin firmness with its deep and smooth massage movements.
Therefore, a myofascial massage, essentially a deep tissue massage, is an excellent way to fight cellulite; it not only improves circulation and stimulates oxygenated blood, it also eliminates congestion in the body, once again defeating the foe of all tushs and thighs, cellulite.
Finally, if you are exhausted from all that massaging, constant hydrating, exercising or sweating in the sauna, another excellent method is exploring a variety of detoxifying methods. A detoxifying herb tea (there are plenty to choose from to suit your palette), will also assist in removing toxins and be a welcome addition to your intake of clean, fresh water.
Furthermore, and taking it one step further, a detoxifying body wrap, will also aid in ensuring that your body is effectively flushing out those unwanted toxins, once again reducing the age old problem of cellulite.
So, ladies, with all these options available, the battle to combat cellulite is a fight that can be won. There is no doubt that it demands perseverance and dedication, but by choosing a strategy that fits into your schedule and budget, cellulite does not have to be the only topic of conversation regarding your tush.