How to prevent cellulite?

Published:November 20th, 2012

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Often described as skin with cottage cheese appearance, cellulite though unsightly, is never a serious medical condition. But because of its dimpled, lumpy and uneven texture, many of those affected would rather have it eliminated mainly for aesthetic reasons.

Cellulite appears as a result of uneven accumulation of fat under the skin. Its dimpled appearance is due to fatty tissue protruding beneath the skin through enfeebled connective tissue. Cellulite is more pronounced among those on the heavy side but it does not exempt lean individuals.

Based on studies, genetics, gender, age, stress, diet, ethnicity, sedentary/inactive lifestyle, hormones (principally estrogen), skin thickness, poor functioning lymphatic system, and using hormonal contraceptives are factors that may potentially beef up an individual’s chances of developing cellulite. Both sexes may develop cellulite but the female gender is more vulnerable or prone as supported by studies. This happens because men and women store fat differently. In women cellulite is frequently spotted on various body parts including the thighs, buttocks, belly region, hips, breasts, and upper arms.  Moreover, cellulite is more apparent in the elderly. This is due to their skin losing some of their natural elasticity. Cellulite formations range in degrees or levels of severity, from the more common dimpling of the skin when pinched to the literal appearance of peaks and valleys due to rumpled and bumpy skin (even when not pinched).

Cellulite prevention basically boils down to two things, maintaining a proper diet and having a regular work-out routine. Although there are researches, which claim that there is absolutely no way one can prevent cellulite, or that cellulite prevention is next to impossible, as even athletes with toned body physique, may also be predisposed to developing it, there are however, ways to minimize or control its appearance. This is where a sound nutrition/caloric intake and proper exercise come in.

To prevent or avoid getting cellulite, and/or to minimize its appearance, here are some helpful tips:

1. Maintain a normal weight and lower fat consumption as cellulite is a by-product of excessive fat intake.

2. Stay hydrated. Dehydration can actually heighten the visibility of cellulites.

3. Eat healthier, more nutritious foods at each meal.

4. Exercise regularly to burn calories and fat. Adhere to a program of regular exercise in order to improve the body’s overall tone and skin texture. Furthermore, exercise increases muscle firmness thereby reducing the appearance of dimpled skin.

5. Prevent cellulite formation by building lean muscle through strength training.

6. Quit cigarette smoking because it weakens collagen, the primary structural protein of connective tissue. Once weakened, this may lead to the orange peel texture of cellulite.

7. Keep the skin smooth through dry brush massage to help hide the appearance of cellulite. This removes dead skin cells as well as allows the skin to glow. A dry skin is more likely to emphasize uneven skin texture.

8. When bathing or showering, gently brush skin with a loofah or skin brush. This gets rid of dead skin cells and also prevents the development of cellulite by stimulating the lymph and blood flow.

9. Shun alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs. These products contain harmful toxins that can impede the liver and kidneys’ normal functions. Once the body’s ability to expel waste products has slowed down, the possibility of cellulite formation is increased.

10. Undergo a full-body massage once or twice a week to hinder cellulite formation. This helps to prevent fat deposits from shaping into lumps and bumps under the skin. Enhancing blood flow or circulation is another benefit of getting a massage. If there is poor blood circulation in the body, the risk of cellulite formation is heightened.

 

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