Apr 12, 2019
It's never too early or too late to start working on preventing or minimizing cellulite. Nobody likes cellulite! Yet it affects us at any age and of any shape.
Let starts with 'WHAT IS CELLULITE AND WHY DO WE GET IT'?
If you have it, you're not alone; it affects 90% of women and 10% of men – how did we draw the short straw? (Scientific American). As women age and estrogen starts decreasing, from as young as 25, you may start seeing the appearance of cellulite. Why? Because, Estrogen has an impact on the blood vessels, so when it decreases, you have decreased circulation, meaning less oxygen and nutrition to those trouble spots. This, along with a decrease in collagen production and an increase in the size of fat cells means they begin protruding through the collagen and become the visible, bumpy fat we call cellulite.
Women also have 2 kinds of adrenergic receptors (excuse my pronunciation of this one!). One (alpha receptor) which causes fat cells to produce fat and one (beta receptor) that breaks down fat. However, nature can be cruel and for every one beta receptor in the thigh, there are nine alpha receptors!
Women produce more estrogen than men; estrogen makes fat whereas testosterone breaks down fat. So unfair right?! Additionally, men have one layer of fat throughout their entire body and a one-to-one alpha- and beta-receptor ratio.
“Too much estrogen makes fat cells larger, so younger women who are overweight might have a condition called estrogen dominance, which means they are making too much estrogen and/or are eating foods [such as soy or using containers that leak bisphenol-A] that have estrogen-mimicking ingredients.” Scientific American
0: no visible cellulite.
1: You can pinch the skin and see a cottage cheese–like texture.
2: Visible cellulite on the legs standing.
3: Visible cellulite when you look in the mirror or lie down. This stage is very hard to treat.
HOW DO YOU REDUCE CELLULITE? This is a tough one but these are tips I’ve learnt from doctors, nutritionists, Scientific American, published test results, and other fitness pros.
There are 3 treatable components of cellulite:
By becoming more active, choosing organic foods, and this might be the most surprising-wearing underwear that doesn't have elastic across the buttocks that cut off the circulation. If you have VPL, you're underwear's too tight.
This piece started off very simplistically but after doing more research, I learned a few new things myself.
Did you ever notice that cellulite is always underneath where the underwear elastics go? If you draw an invisible line where the cellulite is, you will see where the panty lines are. So if you can't afford treatment, invest in new underwear. I've always worn thongs and v-strings, so I've never noticed this problem, so ditch the granny pants and get yourselves some thongs, girls. Although, I think most of us wear them these days anyway.
Absolutely! The problem in the Western World is quantity and quality. Although we're wising up, there are still way too many that eat not just far too much food but too much of all of the wrong, processed foods and then sit and do nothing. That's just a recipe for cellulite whatever size you are. It's not just eating less fat, or eating less sugar; more importantly, it's hormone balance: you have to eat nutritiously and you have to move.
“There is a genetic component or predisposition to cellulite. But just because you have the genetic component doesn’t mean you have to develop it if you do the right things: eat a healthy diet, exercise, and skip restrictive underwear. ” Scientific American
Let's get started!
I haven't included any 'miracle' creams that promise a quick fix as A miracle cellulite assassin has still yet to be discovered!
I'm talking anti-oxidants such as berries, citrus fruits, veggies, and green tea to help defend against free radicals. Replace saturated fats with healthy omega-3 fats e.g. oily fish, flaxseed, fish oils, and nuts to help with blood circulation.
To prevent a build-up of toxins in the body. Remove or limit toxins like tobacco, alcohol, coffee, processed foods, high levels of sugar and chemical additives.
With a few lifestyle changes watch how your body changes. No one said it was going to be easy but nothing worth having in life comes easy.
If you have any tips of your own, feel free to share them with us along with episode topic or guest suggestions in the comments, you never know who they might help.
Thanks for listening!
Eve Dawes is a fitness professional, WBFF Pro Diva, NASM & REPS certified trainer, and Founder of Dawes Custom Cosmetics an all-natural, cruelty-free cosmetic line and FitnessByEve.com.