How to Get Rid of Cellulite FAST!
Now we take a break from our regularly scheduled Intermittent Fasting information to talk about something only slightly related: CELLULITE!
I don’t know about you, but I fancy myself some cottage cheese. You can throw it on a piece of toast, mix it with fruit if you’re feeling dangerous, or eat it straight from the tub. As much as I like putting it into my body, I’d rather not have it show on the outside of my body. If you haven’t caught the drift yet, I’m talking about the infamous cottage cheese-like masses that can reside on various parts of your body—cellulite.
Okay, I apologize if my initial food reference to “fat globules” kind of grossed you out there. But did you know that it is also referred to as orange peel syndrome as well? Alright, I’ll stop with the food comparison and move onto what is, how to get rid of it, and much more, before you close out of this page and barf.
What is Cellulite?
Cellulite actually has many codenames. The most popular are the two I just mentioned earlier, cottage cheese and orange peel syndrome, as well as hail damage, mattress phenomenon, or if you really want to get technical adiposis edematosa, dermopanniculosis deformans, status protrusus cutis, and gynoid lipodystrophy. Phew, each of those names are mouth-fulls. Anyway, if you’re too lazy to remember all the different names, you can always just refer to it as cellulite and everybody will know what you’re talking about.
- Women are more likely to be affected by cellulite than men. Even about 90% of women will experience it sometime in their life.
- Women who are slim or work out cannot be affected; only unfit couch potatoes can.
There are actually three types of cellulite out there:
- One form of cellulite is invisible to the naked eye. If you grab your handy-dandy microscope and check out your cells, you can see areas wherein underlying anatomical changes appear.
- Cellulite can be seen if the skin is pasty, the body temperature is decreased, if the skin’s elasticity is decreased, and microscopic examination proves anatomical changes.
- Super obvious lumps and roughness of skin (this is where the terms cottage cheese or orange peel are used to describe its appearance) in addition to type 2 signs.
If you start to notice signs of cellulite, do not panic. It’s not like it’s a disease. It’s not contagious. Although cellulite is quite common, symptoms can vary from person to person because there are various causes.
What Causes Cellulite/Can You Get Rid of it?
Derived from the scientific name, adiposis edematosa or dermopanniculosis deformans, cellulite is basically just the normal layer of fat beneath the skin pushing against connective tissue. This phenomenon causes the skin to become lumpy and cause its characteristic appearance. The connective tissues are made up of collagen ergo it plays a huge role in cellulite formation. If you don’t have enough collagen or the cells are weak, then the fat can easily show through.
Let’s play a game; Which of the following factors DOES NOT cause cellulite?
- Loose pants
- Water, green leafy vegetables, high fiber diet
- Regular exercise, not smoking
- Good genes
- All of the above
If you answered e.) all of the above, then you are correct! Actually, the reciprocal of all the above factors are causes of cellulite.
Scientists aren’t exactly sure what the specific cause of cellulite is but there are several theories.
- Tight clothing- Wearing pants, underwear, or any bottoms that are too tight. By wearing bottoms that are so tenacious, you are restricting blood flow to that part of your body. When the blood flow is limited, this can limit the delivery of nutrients to the connective tissue cells, causing them to become weak or die.
- Diet- Eating foods that are high in carbohydrates, fat, salt, or low in fiber can cause destruction to the tissues. It is important to have a balanced diet, so make sure that you are getting enough protein. Collagen is made up of protein, so in order to compensate for the lack of it, you must supplement yourself with essential amino acids—which are the building blocks of proteins.
- Lifestyle- A sedentary lifestyle can cause an array of problems. One of them is the formation of cellulite. If you hardly get up and walk around and eat more calories than your body needs then this can aggravate the formation of fat, causing it to push against the connective tissue even more. It is also more likely for smokers to be affected.
- Genetics- Unfortunately, some people are just more predisposed than others. Genders, ethnicity, having history of slow metabolism or circulatory problems are top contributors.
Remember the fact that women are more likely to be affected than men? Well, this is because women have higher levels of estrogen, which promotes the production of fat, whereas men have higher levels of testosterone, which promotes the break down of fat. This is also in part of the structure of collagen in women. Imagine the connective tissue in women being a picket fence and in men a cross-linked fence. Which one is sturdier and which one is more likely to let fat pass through? Of course it’s the picket fence. A cross-linked form of collagen is more tightly bound, therefore stronger and has a higher ability to hold fat.
If you take away one thing from this article, remember that the two things you need to look out for in cellulite is fat and collagen production. So, with that in mind you can start looking into treatments.
-Cellulite on the thighs & legs
The thighs and legs are the most common areas for cellulite formation. Any extremity below the waist is susceptible to retaining fat longer than of those above it. This is because there are adrenergic receptors (alpha & beta), where estrogen binds, located on our thighs. Estrogen binds to alpha-adrenergic receptors, which can cause blood vessels to constrict. Although estrogen promotes the production of fat, if its levels are severely decreased, like in menopausal women, then blood flow can decrease. If you suspect that your hormones are a major problem then talk to a doctor about getting you started on hormone therapy.
Tight clothing could also induce cellulite on these areas. Stay away from tight underwear, jeans, pants, or leggings to improve blood flow. Also, try adding at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise into your daily routine to delivery blood to those areas faster. At first I didn’t really know what exercises to use but I tried the ones from the My Cellulite Solution Program and I can vouch that they help. Not only do they help with cellulite but tone thy booty as well. Who isn’t obsessed with having the perfect peach nowadays?
-How to prevent cellulite and get rid of it naturally & quickly
The number one thing to prevent cellulite is to increase blood flow. I reiterated staying away from tight clothing countless times in this article. Prevention is always one of the best steps you can take in any case, but for some it is an inevitable fact of life to get cellulite.
One of my personal favorite ways to reduce cellulite is to use the active ingredient of a cup of Joe! Caffeine! It’s 100% natural and quite relaxing. All you have to do is grind up a cup of coffee beans. You can either create a scrub by combining it with coconut oil, almond oil, or olive oil or add some essential oils like lavender or peppermint oil for a therapeutic powerhouse. It is also a great mechanical exfoliant for softer smoother skin.
If you don’t want to deal with the mess that the scrub can sometimes make in your bathroom, then you can always purchase a cream that contains caffeine, aminophylline, or L-Carnitine. These are also natural derivatives. The latter can help transform the excess fat into energy. Caffeine and aminophylline block the alpha-adrenergic receptors in the thighs that restrict blood flow.
THE BEST WAYS TO GET RID OF CELLULITE QUICKLY
There are several options out there to get rid of cellulite. Honestly, there is no real quick fix for anything so when you’re deciding on which one to go for, it is important to consider time but don’t expect to see drastic results within a week. It is unrealistic, and it is better to let your body do its own thing.
How it works: It is a fitness program that focuses on not only shaping your butt but also helps melt cellulite through an exercise, healthy recipes, and natural cosmetics.
Expected results: The Cellulite Buster program promises to build your booty, tone your booty, make your booty smooth and lump free, and make your booty healthy and fit.
The low-down: I tried this program and the workouts are really great! I’m not exactly a gym rat so I didn’t know what kind of exercises to get started with. The program guides you how to do each workout to avoid injury and helps you plan it out. The exercises are a mix between cardio and strength exercises. Luckily it also includes nutrition recipes to not only keep you health overall, but to also blast away that cellulite. Lastly, it includes beauty tips and cosmetic remedies to help keep your skin firm and glowing. It takes out all the guesswork and is pretty much the perfect package.
Cellulite cream (Body Merry Cellulite Cream with Caffeine + Retinol + Seaweed) *2ND BEST METHOD*
Timeframe: Dependent on the person
Cost: Varies (Amazon)
How it works: Stimulates blood flow, increases cell-turn over
Expected results: Moisturized cellulite free skin
The low-down: This cellulite cream contains a lot of great ingredients. I’m not exactly sure what the seaweed has to do with getting rid or reducing cellulite, but the fact that it has caffeine and retinol in it is a plus. You will feel a tingling sensation because it also has cayenne in it. This may come off a bit more aggressively in other people but for me it wasn’t too bad. It took be about 3 weeks to see some results but by the time I finished the jar, which was about a little over a month, I didn’t see the results I was expecting to see. You can even mix it with some ground coffee to create a scrub and have maximum caffeine effects. It’s a great moisturizer and the tingling feeling is great when your legs are aching after a long days work, but if you have severe cellulite I would give this one a pass.
Laser treatment *WORST OPTION.*
Timeframe: Approximately 1 hour, but requires successive treatments
Cost: Average cost is $5,000-$7,000 USD
How it works: A non-invasive surgery that uses rolling/massaging motions and radio waves to melt and move fat around.
Expected results: Cellulite-free
The low-down: I guess this would be the quickest in a sense, but it depends on how your body takes to the treatment. I personally haven’t tried this but know a lot of people have. Everything about this treatment is dependent on some type of factor. The cost could cost you more or less than the average depending on where you are in the world, who your doctor is, and the severity of your cellulite. You may be required to do more or less sessions than somebody else. This is great if you want guaranteed results and have money to blow. The only downside is having to do several treatments over the course of time.
Personally, the best one for me was the Cellulite Buster program. It tackles the problem holistically and is worth the money in the long term. For the majority of us that don’t have the option of laser treatment, it is a lot more effective than using plain cellulite cream because the end results are a better more healthy you. Plus, I love recommending this to others because I can say the word booty a lot and see others laugh hysterically. Who doesn’t crack up when you hear the word booty?