The Secrets to Eliminating Cellulite

The Secrets to Eliminating Cellulite

By Taylor Robbins, C.S.C.S
 
Cellulite is plain disgusting.  Everyone would agree.  It doesn’t look sexy and it makes women feel very self-conscious.
 
However, many women struggle with this around their butt and hips.  So, the goal in this article is to give you some very specific advice as to how to eliminate cellulite and understanding why you have it.
 
First of all, cellulite is defined in wikipedia as “the herniation of subcutaneous fat within fibrous connective tissue that manifests topographically as skin dimpling and nodularity, often on the pelvic region (specifically the buttocks), lower limbs, and abdomen.  Cellulite occurs in most post pubescent females.” [1]  
Basically, the subcutaneous fat in your body pushes the epidermis layer of your skin which presses fibrous cords into the skin making it look dimply.
 
The unfortunate truth is that women preferentially have more subcutaneous fat (fat right below the skin) than men do.  Men have more visceral fat which is in the muscle and connective tissue and organs of the body.  Women cannot hide their fat as easily as men because of this truth.  Sorry ladies.
 
Additionally, you don’t have to be fat to have cellulite.  Many “skinny” women have it also which brings about the complexity of why some women have cellulite?  Want to know the answer…
 
HORMONES
 
As a woman, you want to regulate your hormones as best you can to fight off the grotesque cellulite that lurks around the corner.
 
As women progress out of their pubescent stage, the main estrogen estradiol (E2) begins to go down.  This can be bad from a body composition standpoint because low E2 is associated with more intra-abdominal fat in women.  So, low estrogen can be bad if you want to eliminate cellulite.  The way to overcome this…high intensity exercise, specifically weightlifting.
 
High intensity weight lifting has been shown to increase E2 as well as testosterone, which helps shred fat and metabolize the alpha-receptor fat cells which are the “stubborn” fat cells.
 
However, too much estrogen can cause excess fat accumulation leading to cellulite.  More fat means more risk for cellulite, but estrogen actually causes a cascade of events which lead specifically to cellulite.
 
High levels of estrogen cause more fibroblasts, which act on collagenase, which break down collagen, which release fat cell groupings which then spread through that surface layer of the skin causing lovely cellulite.
 
So low estrogen is no good, high estrogen is no good either?
 
What causes estrogen to get too high?
 
“We are constantly exposed to estrogen-like compounds in foods that contain toxic pesticides, herbicides, and growth hormones. Many of these toxins are known to cause weight gain, which serves to fuel the production of more estrogen from our own fat cells. “ [2]  
Yep, foods that are processed with additives and hormones jack up your system.  Not god.
 
Ok, so what’s the solution to getting your hormones and body in a place to prevent cellulite?  You want a happy medium with your estrogen levels.  This is how to do it:
 
1. Diet
 
Have a balanced diet of higher protein, moderate carbohydrates, balanced fatty acids, and tons of vegetables.
 
2. Lift heavy weights in a progressive and safe manner.
 
3. Stay away from processed, pasteurized, and toxin infused foods.  Organic is the way to go.
 
4. Do one activity a day that is fun for you so you can manage stress
 
5. Sleep enough.  You can’t shred fat and manage hormones without sleep.
 

 

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