What is Cellulite?
Cellulite is a skin alteration often described as an ‘orange peel,’ or ‘dimpling’ appearance on the thighs, buttocks and sometimes lower abdomen of otherwise healthy women.
Who Gets Cellulite?
Whilst some men may get it, 90-98% of cellulite cases occur in women. Factors contributing to the degree cellulite you may experience include heredity, lack of appropriate exercise and a high fat diet. Unfortunately, it's simply a fact of female life, as nature encourages womens’ bodies to deposit fat in these areas to protect the unborn child. Fibrous tissue just below the skin form pockets causing the cottage cheese-like appearance. These pockets fill up with fat causing it to bulge and produce the bumpy appearance. The more excess fat a woman has, the more severe the problem. Unfortunately, even women of ideal body weight can get cellulite. Cellulite is a combination of fat, water, and ‘toxic wastes’ that the body has failed to eliminate.
There seems to be many fixes for cellulite ranging from creams to surgery. The most sound and long lasting way to reduce cellulite is to combine a low-fat diet with an appropriate exercise. An aerobic only exercise program aimed at burning fat would be insufficient. Resistance training is an important way of potentially reducing the appearance of cellulite as it improves muscle tone and decreases body fat. Whilst you cannot spot reduce, a training program targeted at the lower body, including the hips, thighs, abdomen and buttocks can be beneficial. Many women want to decrease the size, and firm up their hips, thighs and back of the upper arms. As cardio alone will not achieve this, women need to incorporate weight training into their exercise programme in order to improve their body shape.
Weight Training for Women
In addition to the visible physical changes that will result from consistent resistance training, there are numerous health benefits that only resistance training can provide for women such as preventing osteoporosis, improving the strength of tendons and ligaments, improving the metabolism, thus working against the effects of ageing. When done properly, resistance training will not make you bigger, in fact it will reduce and firm the areas that you may have struggled to deal with using cardio alone. As a general rule, women should perform exercises at a weight that allows them to complete 15 to 25 repetitions, with the last few repetitions being challenging.
Cellulite Supplements & Products
A myriad of creams, pills and treatments claim to cure cellulite, however research has demonstrated that many of these are ineffective. There are, however some recently released products that have demonstrated effectiveness. These include:
Liposome Cellulite and Slimming Formula Lotion transports its active ingredients through the skin and into the fat cells. These ingredients increase metabolism in the fat cells reducing the size of fat cells and the thickness of the fat layer. This lotion works by dehydrating the fat cell and blocking the enzyme phosphidiesterase, responsible for slowing down the breakdown of fat.
Supplements with the ingredient: Hydroxy Citric Acid, derived from the Asian fruit Garcinia Cambogia. When carbs are consumed, they are digested and stored as glycogen in muscle cells. When glycogen stores are full, excess carbs are converted into fat, cellulite and cholesterol by an enzyme called ATP-Citrate Lyase. This ingredient inhibits the action of this enzyme, thus preventing the body from storing excess carbs as fat or cellulite.
Body Fat & Cellulite
The amount body fat you have is determined by your eating and exercise regimen. Unfortunately, the distribution of fat is determined by hereditary factors. When it comes to cellulite, it is worth considering supplements that have proven ability to reduce it, when combined with appropriate dietary modification and exercise.