For most of my adult life aka since I was a teenager in high school, I have avoided wearing shorts. In fact I envied the cheerleaders who could walk around in daisy dukes without a jiggle or a dimple on their skin. I used to think those girls were just lucky. But I also had absolutely no knowledge in regard to fitness, and always completed the bare minimum in gym class. Fast forward to 2017, my knowledge has expanded exponentially. While yes, cellulite can be genetic, there are ways to minimize it. However, it’s not luck that will get you there.
Cellulite forms when your fat deposits push through the connective tissue under your skin. Those fat deposits are what make up the ‘dimples’ in your skin. There are different grades to cellulite, and i don’t mean A,B, & C.
Grade 1: your skin gives off the appearance of an orange peel (I will never look at oranges the same way again)
Grade 2: is the appearance of “cottage cheese” on your skin (probably why i’ve never eaten it)
Grade 3: your skin looks like a mattress? having trouble picturing that? me too, but if you have 10 or more deep depressions on your skin then you have grade 3 which is the most “severe.”
Lets stop there though, cellulite is not something that is harmful to you in any way. Could it be an indication that you have excess body fat? Sure, but cellulite does not discriminate: Young, old, super fit, or couch potato, anyone is prone to it. In fact 80-90% of women will have cellulite some time in their life. Yes, men have it too. It’s NORMAL. Okay, now lets get to the juicy stuff, how do we get rid of it? Lets explore Inorganic options first.
Laser Treatments: You will need $everal. This involves a doctor inserting a small laser probe under your skin to break up the connective tissue.
$ubcision: A dermatologist puts a needle under your skin to break up the connective tissue, this can last up to 2 years (OUCH!)
Carboxytherapy: involves putting carbon dioxide under your skin (this sounds toxic, no thanks).
Ionithermie Cellulite Reduction Treatment: you will be covered in mud or clay, wrapped in plastic and then shocked with an electric current (proceeds to run away).
I think i’ve heard enough, on to the next:
Caffeine Scrub: This will dehydrate your cells, which will minimize the appearance of cellulite. You have to do this every day. Ummm i have really dry skin, so I’d rather not.
Retinol: Probably the most famous option since there are TONS of products (creams) containing retinol advertised for cellulite reduction. Do they work? Sure, for a while. However, It may take up to 6 months to see results from every day application.
Compression Garments: Compress your arteries and increase blood flow to the areas where you have cellulite? This sounds like medieval times when women used to where those oxygen reducing corsets. Oh wait, everything comes back in style right?! (insert waist trainer here).
Do you know what all of the above methods have in common? They are TEMPORARY. Why not do something that gives you lasting results instead? Like say, proper nutrition and exercise. Not only will you reduce your cellulite but you will also get stronger, faster, have increased stamina, better skin, and better HEALTH. So how does diet and exercise reduce cellulite?
Lets be clear (Obama Voice), when I say exercise I’m referring mostly to strength training. Sure cardio is great for weight loss, but we are aiming for Fat reduction and muscle growth. When your muscle grows, fat cells will reduce in size, your muscle will be more visible and it will fill out your skin. So in a way your muscle will act as a filler.
Cardio alone WILL NOT reduce cellulite, in fact it may even make it worse. Sure you might lose weight, but your skin may sag because there is no muscle to hold it up.
Granted like all of the above, this is still something that you will need to work on all the time. That’s why we preach this as a lifestyle. I don’t know about you but I don’t have thousands of dollars to spend on temporary treatments every couple of years. And you know what, its so much more satisfying when you work on something day after day and reap the rewards of your hard work.
I know what you’re all wondering? Do i wear shorts now? Why yes, yes I do. Do I still have cellulite? Why yes, yes i do. The only difference is that it’s not as visible and I don’t have as much because now I strength train (aka lift weights), and I eat well (most of the time, but I am human). How do you start? First you need a plan, and then you have take action.
If you take away nothing else from this blog, just know that you are not an anomaly. Most women will have it at some point in their life. & can’t spell Cell-U-LITe, without “u lit.”
By Nancy C.