Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Cellulite Reduction

Methods of Cellulite Reduction

A perennial "hot topic" in the world of diet, health & exercise is cellulite reduction. A plethora of information exists explaining seemingly every conceivable way to reduce cellulite, and anyone attempting to find answers to this problem can feel overwhelmed by all of the options that are available to them.

The search for solutions to the "cellulite dilemma" can often be frustrating, many times leaving you with more questions than answers. This post will hopefully bring some clarity and simplicity to the vast subject of cellulite reduction, and focus on the essentials that will help you make more informed decisions about what to do to help diminish cellulite.

Let me start off by saying that one blog post cannot possibly contain the entire myriad of ways to diminish cellulite, but I'll give it an honest try--either until I cover the most common cellulite reduction methods, or until I just get tired of typing. :) That being said, let's move into some specifics.

The Importance of Lymphatic Drainage in Cellulite Reduction

Without getting ultra-technical about it, suffice it to say that lymphatic drainage is simply the body's way of ridding itself of toxins and waste as the circulatory system does its job of carrying nutrients to all parts of the body. Lymph actually comes from tissue fluid, which originates as blood plasma. As tissue fluid distributes nutrients to all cells of the body, lymph basically acts as the "garbage man", taking waste out of the cells by way of lymphatic capillaries and, deeper within the human system, lymphatic vessels.

The point to all of this is that if there's any malfunction in this system, you will have toxins and waste remaining in the cells of the body, which many believe can be a contributing factor to the development of cellulite. The reason for this is that poor lymphatic drainage causes excess fluid build-up, putting pressure on the body's fat cells and not providing enough space between them. This compression of fat cells causes damage to the nearby connective tissue, which can contribute to the formation of cellulite.

In light of this, if we back up a couple of steps, we can see that a healthy circulatory system plays a major part in eliminating toxins and waste from the human system. It stands to reason, then, that the health (or non-health) of a person's circulatory system can somewhat indirectly be a factor in the development of cellulite. Think about it: Poor circulation leads to poor lymphatic drainage, which leads to a risk of fat cell compression, which is a typical environment for cellulite development.

If we follow this line of thought, it seems obvious that exercise would then be a key factor in contributing to cellulite reduction. The main reason is that it is widely known that exercise increases effective blood flow throughout the body, and it is a primary factor in maintaining a healthy circulatory system. We will discuss the particulars of which type of exercises are most effective in future posts.

Building Lean Muscle: A Key to Cellulite Reduction

Since exercise is pretty much a "given" as far as being a good way to curb the appearance of cellulite, the next question is usually "What type of exercises should I do?" It is advisable to focus on exercises that will build lean muscle mass. Lean muscle provides a more solid support system for the skin, essentially reducing the inconsistent dimpled look of cellulite. In addition, a by-product of building lean muscle through exercise is also an increased metabolism, which will cause less fat storage...the benefits of this are pretty self-explanatory.

One thing to remember: No one treatment, product, or activity can fully guarantee the removal of cellulite. A multi-faceted approach to cellulite reduction is the most balanced way to go about dealing with it. All of the different cellulite reduction methods that are available mainly serve as a means to improve the appearance of cellulite in those problem areas. Don't get me wrong, however; exercise can only help you in the long run, cellulite or not.

My hope is that with this post you will now have a greater understanding of some of the "why's" behind cellulite formation, and that you will now be better armed to embark on your own journey towards cellulite reduction. Until we meet again...

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