The problem of Cellulite and how to keep it at bay
Cellulite is a scary term for most women today. It basically refers to the flab or fat deposits beneath your skin. Adipocytes, or fat cells are enlarged, displacing other cells and occupying more space under the skin layer. These fat cells further expand often causing bulging or layering or skin, also seen as dimpling. The problem of cellulite deposition is usually seen in women only. Some of the body parts where cellulite is commonly observed are abdomen, buttocks and thighs. Cellulite does not always correspond to obese individuals and can also be seen in normal or slightly overweight women. Since it directly affects the curves of the body, and is visually striking, it often is the cause of lack of self-confidence or image issues.
Some of the factors that contribute towards the problem, and which can also be avoided are as follows:
Genes/family history: If your mom has it, chances are that at some point o=in your lifetime, you are going to get it too. However there are some steps that you may take to avoid that.
- Eat healthy:
Eat well; small evenly spaced meals are the key. Avoid spicy food, caffeine and foods that contain saturated fats, as these tend to get trapped in the fat tissues and get accumulated.
drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. This also enables the body to naturally detoxify and flush out the toxins.
- Relax and avoid stress:
Stress and anxiety can be tough on muscles and also cause the connective tissues to stretch out and expand. This can be bad for circulation and the natural process of purification and detoxification, and lead to buildup of cellulite.
- Quit smoking:
Smoking is injurious to health in many ways. It also is bad for the skin, as is causes the arteries and capillaries to shrink. This in turn damages the connective tissues and cells beneath the skin, and leads to deposition of fat as cellulite.
- Steroids or hormonal medication:
Many common drugs contain steroids or hormones, which interfere with the normal physiology of the body. Some diet pills, oral contraceptives and diuretics lead to water retention, causing the fat cells to expand, thus leading to cellulite.
- Exercise and increase daily physical activity:
Exercise increases circulation, and improves muscle tone. It is a very good way to slow down or avoid the formation of cellulite in the body.
This is a relatively new machine and the technique to treat superficial fat deposits under the skin that are usually resistant to diet, exercise and even liposuction. This has become an increasingly popular means to fight the problem of cellulite. It works by increasing circulation, as its rollers are massaged and they gently suck up the fat. Excess accumulated water and toxins and released, exfoliating the skin and increasing the circulation. The technique is however expensive and requires multiple sessions.
Many creams and lotions are now commercially available that help with increasing blood circulation and are a relatively cheap and easy way to reduce cellulite. These creams act slowly and the effects may vary and will not be as drastic as with other techniques such as liposuction. They may contain ingredients such as green tea extract, algae extract, vitamin A or retinol etc. These help in breaking down of fat, increasing blood circulation as well as body metabolism, triggering breaking down of fats, strengthening the connective tissues and tightening of the skin.
Plastic surgery is an expensive and complicated procedure and this option and is usually only advised in patients that are bed ridden or suffer from serious health complications. Other more common alternative of surgical intervention is liposuction.