It’s something many of us fret over. But cellulite is also a condition that seems to unite women all around the world, as 85-98% of women over the age of puberty of all races are affected by it.
Despite its commonness, cellulite has given rise to a burgeoning industry of creams, lotions and fad diets that promise to rid your skin of those “unsightly marks.” But this industry only thrives because of the myths that have grown around cellulite.
What is cellulite?
Cellulite refers to the appearance of lumpy, dimpled flesh on the thighs, hips, buttocks and abdomen. It is sometimes compared to orange peel or cottage cheese in texture.
Cellulite is completely harmless, though some women can be conscious of the appearance of cellulite.
It is caused by the skin being stretched by fat cells beneath it. While there are no definitive theories on what causes cellulite to occur, genetics, tissue structure, and hormones all seem to contribute to its formation.
Is there a quick fix?
One of the most significant myths about cellulite is that it can be “cured” by various fad diets and “miracle” skin creams and lotions. However, to date, no diet or topical medication has been found that can guarantee a cure to cellulite. Indeed, fad diets may actually contribute to the formation of more cellulite by causing sudden decreases and increases in weight.
Even more medically proven methods such as endermologie (a type of mechanical massage), and laser or radiofrequency treatments may take time to show results and do not produce permanent results.
Can healthy eating fix cellulite?
While there are no guarantees for cellulite, a healthy diet and exercise can affect this condition by strengthening connective tissue and reducing fat deposits.
Building an anti-cellulite lifestyle pattern is similar to building patterns to overcome obesity. The first step is always a reduction in carbohydrate consumption. This doesn’t have to mean a very low-carb diet. Rather, if you are used to eating three cups of rice, the first step would be to reduce that number to one cup.
The second step would be to substitute refined grains with whole grains, moving from white rice to semi-polished to red rice. Millets and moong dal are other important option since they provide high levels of fibre.
The third step would involve increasing the amount of vegetables and fruits consumed, particularly at between-meal times when the tendency to snack kicks in. At such times, eating a full cup of fruits might be a healthy way to keep calories at bay.
Finally, dietitians often work alongside physiotherapists in order to develop suitable exercise patterns that target areas of significant fat deposits.
Along with a wholesome diet, it is important to never do away with regular exercise if you intend to tackle cellulite problems. So remember to stay healthy, and stay fit!
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