Cellulite,every girl’s nightmare.That loose lumpy and dimpling patch of skin at various parts of the body.Dimples are great when they appear on cheeks not on butt cheeks.
Putting the funny introduction aside lets dive into the science and geography of cellulite.
According to Oxford dictionary Cellulite is defined as “persistent subcutaneous fat causing dimpling of the skin, especially on women’s hips and thighs.”
Cellulite is a skin condition that affects upwards of 90% of women all over the world including men and if you dream to look like actresses and modals without a single sign of cellulite then this dream is a shear illusion as due to strategic clothing choices, poses, and/or photoshop, we don’t always see that these women have cellulite.
Lets understand how exactly body creates cellulite?
Fatty tissue near the skin consists of two layers separated by a coating of fascia. The external layer is called the areolar layer, which is formed by globular and large fat cells (adipocytes) arranged vertically. Here, the blood vessels feeding the fat cells are numerous and fragile. The deeper layer is called the lamellar layer and the cells are fusiform, smaller and arranged horizontally. In women, the outer areolar layer is thicker, and the skin covering it is usually thinner which is the case right from birth.
The lamellar layer increases in thickness first when a person gains weight, mainly due to the increase in fat cell volume, which presses against the outer, areolar layer, making it more pronounced (1). Over time, the areolar layer also increases in size and makes the skin look noticeably lumpier.
Culprits responsible for cellulite:
Female hormone estrogen plays a huge role in the advent of cellulite,more the estrogen imbalance more the cellulite stored.
Estrogen increases the activity of thigh fat cells to anti-lipolytic alpha receptors, preventing fat breakdown and loss. It also stimulates an enzyme called lipoprotein lipase (LPL) responsible for fat growth. This can occur in the buttocks and abdomen as well, but is usually localized to the back of the legs.
Slow Metabolism is another reason for decreased blood flow in cellulite ridden areas and reinforces cellulite formation.It may happen due to poor diet,fad diet plans or lack of physical activities as our bums are not designed to sit all day long.
Thickness and colour of your skin is also responsible in the visibility of cellulite, If you are fair, you are more prone to have visible cellulite.Dark complexion has it’s own benefits in this case.
Estrogen dominance- due to estrogen dominant foods and beauty products there is increasing chances of estrogen excess and cellulite deposition.
Genetics may not be in your favor if you have those shaky bums,every human being comes on the earth with certain traits and excess cellulite can be one.But it doesn’t mean you have lost the right to look good.You can wear your favorite mini skirt without worries if you follow the interventions given below.
SO WHAT TO DO TO LOSE THIS JINGLE DIMPLES??
There is no panacea to get rid of cellulite.No *cream or herb is going to remove it overnight.
The most effective interventions are
1)Do consistent Strength training with progression cycles across the year
2)Sprint like there is a tiger running after you.Practice interval training.
3)Start having a High protein diet
4)Junk the junk food
5) Have Lots of locally grown fruits and veggies
Last but not least,get your ass moving as much as possible and let the blood flow freely.
*In an excellent article by Enzo Emanuel MD , he writes, “several so called ‘dream creams’ have been proposed, all of them with significant short-comings from a scientific standpoint. … most vendors of topical anti-cellulite products continue to pursue a short-sighted marketing strategy according to which ‘the higher the number of ingredients, the higher the efficacy’. This is clearly not based on any scientific rationale.”
- Cellulite: A Review. Rossi AB and Vergnanini AL. JEADV (2000) 14: 251-262