Thursday, September 9, 2010
Cellulite- What is it and can I get rid of it?
Good Morning Everyone!
Well I wish there was a more simple yes or no answer to this topic. An estimated 90% of women have cellulite (say statistics) at some point in their lives. And I know some of you do too. I feel by bringing up this topic and explaining it more, maybe people won't beat themselves up so much! I know that as a primarily European woman (yes race and heredity have a LOT to do with it), unfortunately I do battle this issue. Cellulite is not limited to, but primarily seen in, white women of European decent. It is also seen in hispanics, but seen less frequently in Asian and African American women (of normal, healthy weights). Most people wouldn't talk about it openly, but Tyra did, so why shouldn't I? Ha ha. The fact is that celebrities and people all over the world spend millions of dollars each year on cellulite treatments that just DO NOT work. The women you see in magazine that you look at and say "wow that is what I want to look like!" really don't look like that. I have seen untouched and then retouched pictures, and let me tell you, all of us could look like supermodels if we had a great photographer and someone to touch up our pictures. Celebrities that have openly discussed their battle with this icky problem include Kim Kardashian, Mischa Barton, Tyra Banks, and more, but a majority of celebrity women have been photographed un-touched and have it too! I find it interesting that the people we idolize are just like us. I am here to explain that it is normal, that no matter what you do, you can't get rid of it all the way, and to accept it! I will tell you how to IMPROVE it and how to understand it. So here we go..
What is cellulite? Cellulite is a term used to describe the dimpled appearance of skin caused by fat deposits that are just below the surface of the skin. (dictionary.com) So people say, if it's just fat deposits, if I lose weight won't it go away? The answer is no. I have been twenty pounds lighter than I am now and guess what..I STILL had it. So I started to research it. I was determined to understand it, and try whatever I could to get rid of it! I have tried the creams, the gels, the brushes, and every "butt" machine at the gym. All of the products don't work, but I can say with the exercise and workout routines I do (focused on the gluteal muscles), it has definitely got better. Maybe 40%? But the more I read on it and understand it, there is not much more you can do.
Why do I have it? My breakdown of it would be 40% lifestyle (food, exercise, etc), and 60% genetics. This is only a number I have come up with, this is not FACT. Genetically, this is one of those things you don't want to get from mom and grandma, but you just do. (Most of the time). Nor everybody is the same. So your mom might have it and you don't, you could've got your dad's gene pool and it may have worked more in your favor.
So how can I Improve it? Number one, you need to reduce the amount of saturated fats in your diet. (Saturated=Animal-based fats). Drink plenty of water, and yep, EXERCISE. Squats, lunges, stair master, all of these done appropriately can definitely visibly reduce the appearance of cellulite. That is the only way you will be able to improve it. There is no such thing as a complete cure (for most people). It is a genetic disorder and definitely hereditary. Just stay as healthy as you can be and accept that if you are in this 90%, you need to learn to be okay with it, accept, it, and one day embrace it. And believe it or not, it's probably not as bad as you think. I know that when I look at myself in the mirror, I pick myself apart more than anyone else, we are our own worst critics. Love yourself Look in the mirror and tell yourself everyday that you love yourself. :) I leave you with that. Have a great day everyone!
Posted by Living Healthy with Jillian - Private Pilates . Fitness Consultant . Future RD . Nutrition Enthusiast at 10:09 AM