Why are we all so driven to have a cellulite free body? Why does the paparazzi zoom in on a patch of cellulite on someone sitting in a cab at 3am in the morning?
Why are we spending £2 billion annually worldwide, and rising, on anti-cellulite creams and surgery and does it even work?
We need some reassurance here ladies.
OK, I know cellulite is more common in women than men, actually 80-90% of women have cellulite to some degree, this is partially due to the types of fat and connective tissue in the female body, not because men spend longer in the gym or eat a better diet.
We’re not alone, super fit athletes, body builders and even lean women have cellulite. So when we look in the mirror and see the dimpling, let’s try not to beat ourselves up about it.
There are other reasons for us women having cellulite, some we cannot do anything about.
1) Hormonal Factors, Hormones such as oestrogen and insulin are thought to be part of the cellulite production process.
2) Genetics, certain genes are required for cellulite development. Some genes may predispose an individual to a particular characteristic associated with cellulite.
3) Diet, eating too many fats, carbohydrates and salt can cause increased cellulite.
4) Lifestyle, according to Medical News Today, cellulite may be more prevalent in smokers, and in people who don’t exercise.
So what can we do to reduce the cellulite that we stress about so much?
A study done by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine found that fat tissue distribution in the thighs was significantly correlated with insulin resistance (a pre-diabetic state)
By eating a healthier diet, high in protein, lower in carbs and consuming good fats will help lower and regulate the insulin level.
Another study, by the same medical school found that DIET and EXERCISE TOGETHER shed fat between the muscle and under the skin of the thighs, producing a much better effect on reducing cellulite than diet alone.
Regular exercise also increases muscles strength and improves skin tone
Staying well hydrated
Keeping well hydrated will help improve connective tissue and tighten your skin, helping reduce the appearance of cellulite.
So there we have it…we all have cellulite. The good news is,we can reduce it by eating a healthy diet and following a well designed fitness programme. A healthy diet and increased fitness has other added benefits too. It leads to more energy, a clearer head and hopefully increased confidence to say,
“So what, I have cellulite. It’s part of being a woman and I’m working on it”
Finally, when you look at all these glossy magazines, don’t think that these women are as perfect as they look, they look like you and me without the airbrushing!