Cellulite is that lumpy, bumpy fat found in the hips, buttocks, thighs, stomachs, arms and breasts. Eighty to 90 percent of women have cellulite. It is made up of fat cells that sit in the tissue between your skin and muscles. The fat pushes up against a mesh of fibers that keeps everything connected. The effect is like pushing a pillow into a net. Fat bulges and ripples out around the fibers, giving skin a dimpled look.Jump To Full Article Below
THE OTHER "C" WORD
The fat that makes up cellulite can’t be used for energy by the body, so you can’t just burn it off. Why not? Let’s go back to the net analogy. Cellulite gets trapped between those fibers that keep your skin and muscles connected.
As more fat becomes trapped, the harder it is for blood and lymph fluid to circulate through the area. Lymph fluid is the stuff that sweeps toxins and waste out of our system. If the area is restricted by bulging layers of cellulite, circulation becomes sluggish, and lymph fluid - along with all its trash - builds up in the area, causing even more pressure. The result: cellulite. That’s why anything that hampers circulation or the lymph system can cause cellulite and flabby legs.
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KEEP CELLULITE IN CHECK
In the early stages, it is still possible to prevent cellulite. Maintaining good circulation is a big part of a healthy plan of attack.
Here, a few cellulite-causing culprits, and how to stop them:
- Rage against hormones: High levels of estrogen can contribute to cellulite. The female hormone helps store fat in the body. We once needed energy reserves in case of famine. Not so much anymore. Pregnancy, oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy can all lead to or worsen cellulite and flabby thighs.
- Stop smoking already: Yellow teeth, wrinkles and now cellulite? It’s true. Nothing good can come from smoking. Smoking cigarettes can cause serious damage to the circulation system and overwhelm the system with toxins, all of which can lead to a build-up of cellulite. Your best cellulite-prevention strategy: give up the butts.
- Move it to lose it: You’ve probably heard that exercise won’t stop cellulite. That’s not entirely true. After all, have you ever met an Olympic athlete with cottage cheese thighs? While there is no particular cellulite workout that will make the dimples disappear, aerobic exercise helps keep your body functioning at its best. It boosts circulation, the immune system and the metabolism. All of this can help your body push toxins out of cellulite-prone areas and prevent its appearance.
- Do not diet: Crash diets make your body think it’s in famine mode and will store even more fat as a survival mechanism. Instead, opt for a lifelong healthy diet, filled with nutrient-rich foods.
- Plant one on me: Plant-based foods, like beans, whole grains and fruits and veggies, are rich with good chemicals that fight disease, boost the immune system and keep us healthy. The very act of eating creates dangerous toxins, which plants can neutralize. Everything else that you eat adds to the load of poison that your body has to get rid of. If you don’t have enough plants in your diet, your body can’t defend itself. Besides contributing to disease, these toxins can accumulate in areas of poor circulation and increase your chances of developing cellulite.
- Think heart-healthy: Avoid artery-clogging foods and anything that contributes to high blood pressure, like sodium and alcohol. If it restricts blood flow, it is no good for cellulite prevention. Drinking plenty of water, on the other hand, is great for keeping cellulite at bay.
- No stress allowed: Stress can boost blood pressure and slow down the immune system. A natural approach to cellulite prevention should include stress reduction techniques, such as exercise, yoga and meditation.
- Shape up: Now is the time to prevent dimpled derrieres and flabby thighs with anti-cellulite micro-massage hose that helps boost circulation and hold back the appearance of cellulite. From cellulite shorts to cellulite pantyhose, specialized shapewear can help massage your skin so cellulite will not appear.
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