Cellulite is suffered in the majority by women, in fact, it is thought that 9 times as many women as men suffer with cellulite. This is due, in part, to the varying structures of the skin and the fact that women naturally carry a lot more underlying fat. Cellulite is most commonly caused by water retention and the gradual accumulation of bodily toxins which weaken the connective tissues below the skins surface. It is much less common in females who have a very low body fat percentage. It is absolutely possible to be slim and slender whilst still suffering with cellulite in varying amounts.
- High fat foods and refined carbohydrates such as cakes, biscuits and pies and pastries.
- Coffee and Alcohol because they strain your liver which is then incapable of dealing with the cellulite contributing toxins in your body.
Treating Cellulite – Foods To Consume:
- Complex carbohydrates which are broken down slower within the body such as beans, lentils, fruits, vegetables and brown rice all contribute to increasing your metabolic rate making fat less likely to be stored and aiding in eliminating toxins.
- Drinking lots of water ensures your body is capable of flushing out toxins, your liver is clean and functions well and your body can process fat better.
- Apples contain a nutrient called ‘Pectin’ which aids in the absorption and destruction of toxins (An apple a day keeps the cellulite away).
Treating Cellulite – Useful Remedies:
- Scientific evidence suggests the herb Gotu Kola is the most successful remedy for cellulite when taken orally. The suggested dose is 500mg, 3 times a day for 2-3 months.
- Multi-Vitamins daily.
- Horse chestnut applied as a cream, gel or lotion twice a day has been shown to reduce some of the swelling and discomfort and helps to repair the connective tissues that are damaged beneath the skin.
Other Ways To Help:
- Massage of the affected area improves circulation and lymph drainage which results in the dissipation, and processing of the toxins and fluids that cause the cellulite.
- Exercise will aid in decreasing your body fat percentage, improving your blood circulation, bodily functions and general health which will result in improved metabolisation of fats, better digestion, better absorption and decreased water retention.
- Don’t lose weight too fast as the process of losing weight at an accelerated rate can leave cellulite looking worse.
- Focus on building lean muscle to strengthen and support the body instead of aiming to “lose weight”. Increasing muscle mass improves fat metabolisation and as a result aids in decreasing body fat percentage – meaning less cellulite as well as more muscle tone and definition.
Source: 500 of the most important health tips you’ll ever need – Hazel Courteney (Cico Books)
Treating Cellulite – Most Common Problem Areas
- Upper Thigh
- Inner Leg
- Backs Of Arms
- Outer Thigh
- Lower Stomach
All of these problem areas can be specifically targeted using isolation exercises involving varied training methods including, but not limited to, bodyweight training, free weights, resistance machines and resistance bands. Figure out which are the greatest problem areas for you and then research which exercises are best to target those areas with what equipment. For assistance, consult a personal trainer, dietician or body composition coach.
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