Monday, September 29, 2008

How to Combat Cellulite

I didn’t even realize how much time has passed since I last posted here at Getting Rid of Cellulite! Things have been very busy on the personal side, and although I would like to be more consistent with posting new material on how to combat cellulite, or eliminate cellulite, or however you want to word it, I have a pretty hectic personal schedule, so I’m still learning how to balance the demands of work/life/kids/marriage/blogging—so please bear with me. As this blog progresses, and the topics of the blog expand, I’ve been learning that I have much more of an interest in natural ways to get rid of cellulite, or basically anything that’s non-surgical and non-chemical. As I have often stated in past posts, I have no problem with anyone that chooses any kind of cellulite reduction procedure that requires surgery, or even chooses some kind of cellulite reducing pill, or lotion, or cream, or what have you…I just find that I’m more drawn to more holistic ways of combating cellulite. This has involuntarily become the focus of this blog, and while I will not rule out anything that will be conducive to cellulite reduction, weight loss, and overall better physical health, I will more than likely continue to explore this somewhat narrow vein of subject matter, I guess until I feel like I have either exhausted it, or just plain get bored with it (LOL). At any rate, as we discuss how to combat cellulite, there are always contributing factors to cellulite formation, and as you and I both know, nothing ever appears out of thin air. Although we live in a society that likes to deny that effects do indeed have causes, deep down all of us know that if something is right there staring us in the face, it had to come from somewhere. With this in mind, much of this talk of combating cellulite needs to be focused on how cellulite came to be there in the first place. There are a few factors to consider, and I want to present them not as cold hard & fast rules, but rather just “probable causes” of cellulite.

Many medical journals like to report that genetics, heredity, and the “hand you’ve been dealt” at the gene pool have much to do with why cellulite has reared its ugly head in those problem areas (think hips, thighs, buttocks, etc.). As I believe I have stated before, cellulite can be found in approximately 90% of post-pubescent women…that’s a pretty staggering figure, and one that Hollywood and the celebrity crowd would not like for you to believe. That literally means that you could randomly pick any 100 women walking on a busy street in Manhattan, and only 10 of them would not have some evidence of cellulite on their bodies somewhere. This is actually fairly encouraging (in a weird way), because it lets you know that you are not alone…there are many women engaged in this fat reduction/cellulite reduction fight with you. Another contributing factor is simply having a poor diet. Any type of diet that can wreak havoc on your metabolism simply due to the type of foods that are being consumed can qualify as a poor diet. This includes the “usual suspects” such as fried foods, high-fat foods in general, foods that are over-laden with sugar and empty carbs, as well as alcoholic beverages and excessive caffeine. (Some of you are probably saying “Well, what kind of foods are left that I can eat? You named all the good stuff.” LOL) Processed foods are a very formidable accomplice as well, because they are known for loading your body with toxins that are hard to get rid of, which in turn end up getting trapped in those fat cells, which again contributes to the development of cellulite. There are those in the medical and nutritional community that argue whether or not the diet has any true consequential effect on cellulite formation, and some go so far as to deny that the two are connected in any way. My response to them is—hey, the worst that can happen if you modify your diet to only consume those types of food in moderation is that you actually add years to your life, and improve your overall health anyway. So, cellulite aside, it’s never a bad idea to give your general diet a good overhaul…it can only help in the long run.

Now I have only named two contributing factors to cellulite development, and I’m already realizing that I just don’t have the time to name all of them on my list in this one post…got family business to attend to. So, I’ll have to postpone until a more conducive time…in the meantime, I encourage you to combat cellulite in every way that you can, and take a multi-faceted approach to conquer this stubborn beast. Until next time…