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...


KELLY said...

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Author said...

Thanks for stopping by Kelly!

--M.S. Phillips, Getting Rid of Cellulite