Sunday, June 29, 2008

Cellulite Reduction: The Real Deal

Cellulite Reduction Factors

In your quest to gather information about cellulite reduction, you may have scoured the Web time and time again, and only gathered bits and pieces, a nugget here and maybe a helpful tip there. Hopefully these different fragments of information have acted as pieces of a “cellulite reduction” puzzle that you’re working on, to help you make the most informed decisions possible regarding how to get rid of cellulite. I can go ahead and tell you, as I have often mentioned in my past posts, that it takes more than just one particular idea, product, or methodology to successfully diminish the appearance of cellulite. There are both internal and external aspects to consider, along with lifestyle choices, nutritional choices, and then supplemental choices (i.e., should you purchase a cellulite cream, or get a cellulite treatment, etc.). The most effective approach to take when attempting to remove cellulite is a multi-pronged, multi-faceted approach, hopefully to form a stronger overall front against the onslaught of cellulite formation. One thing holds true regardless: Cases of instant cures or overnight successes are few and far between, if any at all, in the arena of cellulite reduction. Whatever route you take, whether it will be a cellulite treatment or a more holistic approach based on nutrition and exercises to remove cellulite, expect to utilize the principles of patience and diligence in applying those methods. I’ve been singing that song for so long on this blog that I’m sure my regular readers (if any--LOL) think I sound like a broken record. The whole point of me even saying all of this is that as I am doing my research about different ways to get rid of cellulite, and reporting my findings on this blog, I will have to say that every post I share can be simply another piece of your “cellulite reduction” puzzle…just add it to the other information you’re collecting from different places on the Web, and hopefully, if nothing else, I have at least made the picture slightly clearer for you.

So on to the topic at hand—cellulite reduction. As you may already know, the factors that contribute to cellulite formation are manifold, and it’s hard many times to pinpoint one particular culprit when you’re doing your “forensic research” on how the cellulite got there in the first place. I figured that I would share some of the more common causes for cellulite development that I have discovered over the months that I’ve been doing this research on cellulite reduction. In a nutshell, there are five fairly common causes of cellulite development, or contributors to cellulite development; the first one is crash diets. When you go on a crash diet (a symptom of the “quick fix” mentality), your body goes into confusion because you have disrupted the process of homeostasis, which is a fancy term meaning “keeping everything the same” or “keeping everything constant”. Your body will then store the very fat you’re trying to shed, the fat that is the basis for cellulite formation, because it’s thinking that it has to preserve this fat, since it doesn’t know if any more fat is coming around anytime soon. Think about it: If you had no guarantee of having any food for tomorrow, how much food would you eat today? If you’re smart, you would store the majority of it away and portion it out very conservatively, until you could get a clue as to when your next meal might be. The same is true with crash dieting; it sends those same types of signals to the body.

The second factor is taking medications that inadvertently encourage the development of cellulite. It has been reported that sleeping pills and diuretics are some of the main culprits that can facilitate cellulite formation. Don’t forget birth control pills as well—as we discussed in a past post about cellulite nutrition, estrogen is one of the main allies of cellulite development. Another by-product to watch out for is the water retention that can happen from taking birth control pills. Water retention means your body is not properly flushing out toxins, which is another contributing factor to cellulite formation. The third potential cause of cellulite development is smoking. I know it’s hard on the ears for many people who have yet to kick the habit, but when you smoke, in addition to all the other health risks you’re exposing your body to, now you have the potential to damage your connective tissue as well by ingesting those dangerous chemicals into your body. Once the connective tissue is damaged, the skin has weak support, and the next thing you know, it’s “Hello cottage cheese thighs”. The fourth factor is living a sedentary lifestyle. It is necessary for you to keep your body active so that your connective tissue doesn’t harden, but rather stays flexible and resilient. Exercise helps this process right along, as well as improving circulation (a must when trying to get rid of cellulite due to the effect it has on lymphatic drainage), and improving overall muscle tone. Lastly, the fifth factor is poor diet. This is where I’m really beginning to sound like a broken record. You know I’m a big fan of natural and holistic approaches to cellulite removal, and I have long been a firm believer in the connection between cellulite and nutrition. Diets that are high in saturated fats and processed foods are a definite contributing factor to cellulite development. Also, if you are a big fan of alcohol or caffeine, please take into account the way these substances weigh in on cellulite formation due to the toxins from these substances getting suppressed in the fatty tissue.

At the end of the day, the real deal behind cellulite reduction is simply the choices you make in the different arenas of diet, exercise, and general lifestyle. Hopefully I have added a few more pieces to your “cellulite puzzle” to get you going in the right direction. Until next time...

Friday, June 20, 2008

Tips to Remove Cellulite

Since the inception of this blog, my goal has been to provide practical tips to remove cellulite, and to cover as many different types of cellulite reduction methods as possible, both holistic and natural, and also the more surgery-based (or clinically based) professional procedures. I can’t say that, when I began this journey, I really thought I would arrive at the “miracle cure” or that there was some kind of pot at the end of the “cellulite rainbow”; the one thing that I wanted to make absolutely clear from the onset is that this blog was (and is) simply an exploration of the different cellulite reduction methods and options that are available for any person that is seeking a solution for the “orange peel skin” syndrome. One of the major issues with finding any type of permanent cellulite cure is the fact that the root of the problem goes so much farther than skin deep; it is actually a problem that reaches to the very core of our metabolic process, and I think it would be reasonable to assume that tampering with any of those types of bodily systems by way of medicines or surgical procedures would be a very complex task, and one that I think we are still quite a few years away from mastering to any degree. So, try as we all might, with our multiple fad diets that are based on popular diet plans, our exercise regimens, and our various cellulite creams, lotions and potions, we must realize that it will always require a multi-faceted approach to deal with the multi-faceted problem of cellulite. To really see sustainable, measurable results as far as cellulite reduction is concerned, we have to realize that a total, all-around approach is best, which would include a change (or at least some type of modification) of our diets, as well as incorporating some type of exercise program to help boost circulation, which as I explained in my post about cellulite reduction, is one of the golden keys to preventing the formation of cellulite.

Unfortunately, most “victims” of cellulite’s attack find out that they have it only after the outward evidence of cellulite begins to appear on the skin’s surface; think dimpled look and cottage cheese thighs. The truth of the matter is that it started way before the outward evidence even began to show. There are fat storage issues to consider, metabolism issues to consider, hormonal issues to consider, and a host of other hereditary and physiological factors that can all play a part in the development of cellulite. But by and large, one of the most all-purpose ways to help reduce the appearance of cellulite is simple diet and exercise. It’s pretty obvious that if you have a diet that’s high in saturated fats, you are probably going to be storing more fat, and if the connective tissue surrounding your fat cells is not resilient enough to keep those engorged fat cells from compressing together, you are going to end up with the dreaded “hail damage” look. This makes exercise all the more important, not only for boosting metabolism and improving circulation, but also for the fat-burning aspects of developing lean muscle through strength training and good cardiovascular workouts. This is not the easiest thing on the ears, I know, because it does require work, but if you’re serious about getting rid of cellulite, you’ll commit to the process that it will require, and you won’t be expecting overnight results, because trust me, they won’t happen. Again, to date there is no absolute cure for cellulite, as in something that can 100% eliminate all traces of it, both internally and externally, but there are several methods, procedures, and treatments that can greatly aid in diminishing the appearance of cellulite, many of which I have already covered in my previous posts.

So what are some of the causes of cellulite? If we can identify these, we will have a better chance of successfully countering them with this multi-pronged approach that I’m talking about. One major cause is lack of sufficient water intake. So many people are literally dying of thirst; their bodies are dehydrated due to not drinking enough water, and drinking too many other things such as carbonated drinks, that actually have a detrimental effect on the body’s hydration. Another cause is poor diet, which basically boils down to eating fried foods, greasy foods, foods that are high in sugar, and drinking too much caffeine and alcohol, all of which load the body with toxins, and if a person’s lymphatic system is out of whack, the body cannot eliminate the toxins fast enough to prevent the “cellulite stage” from being set.

So, even though I have named this post “Tips to Remove Cellulite”, the truth of the matter is, there is but one real “tip”, and that is the fact that you must approach and attack cellulite from every possible angle, with a combination of diet, exercise, and lifestyle change, as well as with some of the commercial products that are on the market, such as cellulite creams and lotions and so forth.

I would love to write more, but the bed is calling, and I must obey. Until next time, continue in your mission to remove cellulite!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Cellulite Laser Treatment: Is It for You?

Is the Cellulite Laser Treatment for You?

I have decided to cover a slightly different aspect of cellulite reduction with this post; namely, cellulite laser treatment. There truly are all types of varieties and flavors of surgical and non-surgical methods of cellulite removal, and I have covered quite a few in this blog already (see the archives for more extensive coverage). As a person who is somewhat needle-and-knife averse, I have to admit that the descriptions of some of these cellulite treatment procedures that I have already covered (think mesotherapy) make me a little squeamish. I simply don’t like needles, and the idea of someone cutting on me to get rid of the dimples that come from cellulite is not the most appealing thing in the world, although the results are definitely desirable. But, to each his own…there are some people that can go “under the knife” or “under the needle” for the sake of health and beauty all day long. I guess some people would call me a “wimp” for even admitting this, but that is one of the reasons why I have primarily covered non-invasive (non-surgical) cellulite reduction methods, as well as covering the different aspects of nutrition and its place in preventing cellulite. It just seems safer, pleasant and more…er, tame, I guess, to use preventative measures such as eating foods that diminish cellulite, rather than going all-out and undergoing some type of medical procedure to get the job done. Don’t get me wrong; again I say, to each his own, and in the spirit of fairness it’s only right that I cover the plethora of ways to get rid of cellulite. I’m definitely not against any particular method, nor am I against anyone that would want to go a different route to reduce cellulite than what my personal preference might be. It’s kind of funny that I felt I had to include that somewhat “politically correct” disclaimer, but that’s the mental conditioning of the world we live in, I guess. Go figure.

At any rate, back to the subject at hand. I was actually surprised at how challenging it was to find specific information on the Web regarding cellulite laser treatment, especially when it came to the actual nuts-and-bolts procedure, but I’m going to give it a whirl based on what data I was able to gather. The cellulite laser treatment procedure employs focused infrared rays that are directed at the affected area (in other words, the spot with the most visible cellulite). The rationale behind using the laser is its ability to get under the surface of the skin, as cellulite is obviously a subcutaneous condition (the “roots” of cellulite are beneath the skin’s surface). Radio frequency energies are also used, and many times the entire procedure is practiced in combination with an Endermologie® approach as well. What I mean by this is that the suction rollers that are used in Endermologie® cellulite treatments are also employed in the cellulite laser treatment, to provide both an external and internal “assault” on cellulite. This procedure is non-invasive, though there are risks of burns from the laser beams (obviously), so those with sensitive skin, do your homework before taking this procedure on. As I have stated before, and now have included in my disclaimer (see the bottom of the page), although I love to do research and report on the different methods of cellulite reduction that are out there, please do not mistake my writings for a professional opinion. I am no medical professional; I just have an interest in providing quality information that could possibly help to better inform people about the options that are available to them in their quest to get rid of cellulite.

I can tell it’s getting late (and I’m getting tired) because I’m starting to “drift” off-topic a little bit. One thing that I wanted to be different about this blog was that I wanted it to not just be a cold, clinical information repository on cellulite (although information is what I am striving to provide); I also wanted it to have somewhat of a “personal” feel, although cellulite is definitely not one of the warmest topics I could have selected (LOL).

And once again, back to the cellulite laser treatment. It takes a professional with a good understanding of the composition of the skin to properly apply the laser treatment; this is why you should definitely stick with reputable service providers if you are considering this option. You definitely don’t want to “go cheap” for this one…you may come out better at the bank, but you could also get cooked in the process! Speaking of the bank, the cellulite laser treatment is not the easiest on the pocketbook, either…though each treatment session only lasts between twenty to thirty minutes, you can pay anywhere in the neighborhood of $75.00 to $150.00 for one session. The average amount of treatments recommended is between six to twelve sessions spread out over a two-to-three-month period. Once this initial series of treatments is performed, visible results should have been attained, and then it is recommended that you attend “maintenance” sessions on a once-per-month basis.

One of the most common pieces of equipment used in the cellulite laser treatment is the DEKA Triactive Laser System. According to the claims of the manufacturer, the Triactive system employs laser diodes, rhythmic massage, and a built-in cooling system, all designed to stimulate lymphatic drainage (see more about the importance of lymphatic drainage in my post about cellulite reduction), increase circulation and promote waste elimination in the body, all of which are important factors in reducing cellulite.

As with any procedure, do your homework to decide whether or not the cellulite laser treatment is the way you should go. Contact some of the firms that offer the treatment and get more information, as well as the potential side effects and risks of such a procedure. Until next time…continue in your quest to get rid of cellulite!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Cellulite Massage: How Effective Is It?

As this blog progresses, I'm finding a need to cover other techniques to help remove cellulite, which leads me to one of my new findings, the cellulite massage. (Please note that when I say "new findings", I'm mainly referring to the finding being new for me, even if it's been around for a long time.) There are truly a plethora of different techniques, methodologies, and products all designed in some manner or another to aid in the process of getting rid of cellulite, with varying levels of success. So far, in all of my research, I cannot honestly say that I have found one clinically proven technique, methodology, or product that completely eliminates cellulite, as in not leaving any trace whatsoever; what I have discovered is that most of the different cellulite reduction methods fall more in the category of "damage control" than anything else. In other words, they provide a certain degree of cosmetic benefit, but attacking cellulite at the root (and eliminating it completely) is much more difficult to accomplish. This is not to say that there is no product or procedure out there that can fully kick cellulite's butt (no pun intended), I'm just saying that I haven't found it yet.

But before I fully drift off onto a tangent (which is VERY easy for me to do), I want to get back to the focus of this post, the cellulite massage. Cellulite massage techniques are commonly practiced, and do not require the same level of medical proficiency as the other more complex treatments and procedures. Any person certified in massage therapy can perform this procedure, and it is non-invasive (no surgery required), so that automatically makes it more appealing to the "scalpel-averse".

The Cellulite Massage Procedure

The average massage session lasts approximately an hour. Clients are asked to remove only as much clothing as is personally comfortable to them, and then they are asked to lay on a padded table. During the actual treatment, only the parts of the body that are being worked on need to be exposed; towels are provided to cover everything else.

The Purpose of the Cellulite Massage

As I have explained in my previous post on cellulite reduction, lymphatic drainage (or the lack thereof) plays a major part in the development of cellulite. Low levels or inadequate levels of lymphatic drainage causes the body's cells to retain waste, which also increases the pressure placed on the fat cells, causing damage to the surrounding collagen fibers and creating the "orange peel skin" look of cellulite. All of this is aggravated, and the potential for it increased, by poor circulation. This is where the cellulite massage comes into play. The masseur/masseuse applies a "kneading" action that is reported to stimulate an increase in circulation; this is considered to be one of the prime purposes (and benefits) of the massage. Also listed as viable side benefits of the cellulite massage are reduced muscle tension and a general increased feeling of relaxation.

How Effective is the Cellulite Massage?

Nobody can accurately quantify the full effectiveness of the cellulite massage, simply due to the fact that the techniques applied by massage therapists can greatly vary. There is simply not enough stable "controls" to draw a definite conclusion. At any rate, the cellulite massage is yet another potential tool in your arsenal of weaponry against cellulite.