Cellulite affects 90 percent of women. As most women want to get rid of its unappealing presence, it is no wonder that the question “how to get rid of cellulite” is the most popular question being asked on online searches in regards to this pesky condition.
How do you really get rid of cellulite naturally and effectively? Does it take expensive creams? Overpriced spa massages and treatments? Invasive surgical procedures? Hocus – Pocus?
Women spend mega dollars per year on “promises” to cure this unsightly problem. Until recently, most of the commercial treatments were, at best, temporary solutions and not cures in the true sense of the word. In the recent years a couple of treatments surfaced that promise to get rid of cellulite permanently. But these treatments are very costly and not every woman can afford them.
So is there anything you can do to get rid of cellulite without an overwhelming cost? Yes, there is and to boot, it will not make you broke either.
In a moment, I will show you how to get rid of cellulite, safely, naturally and effectively without the high price tag. But first let me give you some background on this misnomer. The more you understand about cellulite, the better you’ll be equipped to get rid of it.
History Of Cellulite – How Did It Come About
Interestingly, until the early 1920s the word “cellulite” did not even exist. Although women had this condition in the years past, the condition was never given a name. In 1923, a European spa made up the word “cellulite” to describe the dimply, “orange peel like” appearance on the skin of thighs, bottoms and legs of their female clients. The spa needed some descriptive and “medically” sounding word to promote their services.
The word is a true misnomer, because “cell” indicates a cellular condition and “ite” refers to “itis” which refers to an inflammation. Neither cellular involvement nor inflammation are the reasons for orange peel look.
Shortly after, the descriptive word was invented, the use of the word spread in Europe. Because the European beauty spas were able to name the “condition” and therefore they were able to market products to treat this “condition”. European spas began to rake large profits by marketing superficial beauty treatments and products to treat and get rid of “cellulite” which was causing the “orange peel like” appearance on the skin.
This newly created word did not cross the ocean until the early 1960s, when it was mentioned in the Vogue magazine. However, it did not become a “household word” until 1972, when Nicole Ronsard published a book called: “Cellulite: Those Lumps, Bumps and Bulges you Couldn’t Lose Before”.
What is also interesting to note that historically, cellulite was not considered an ugly, pesky nuisance. On the contrary, together with chubbiness, it was considered a status symbol for the rich, well to do women. Women never strived to get rid of it. You only need to look at the old paintings and statues and you will find many nudes with plump bodies accentuated with dimply look on their thighs and buttocks.
The orange peel look became considered a “nuisance” only in the 1970s and after, when bodily perfection became our obsession.
What Causes Cellulite And How Do We Get It
The reason why Nicole Ronsard’s, book became a best seller in the seventies was because by then cellulite’s appearance on women’s bodies became rampant. Most women, rich or poor were becoming afflicted. The bumpy look was no longer a high social status symbol. Just a side note, interestingly, in the 70s obesity and overweight began to explode as well.
Cellulite is not really a medical condition. It’s presence merely indicates a structural disarray under your skin. The main structural players are:
- fats (fatty deposits)
- connective tissue fibers (fibrous septae)
- collagen in the skin
On the image above you can see the changes that happen under the skin. The collagen fibers are greatly reduced. This happens when women age. As the fatty deposits increase (when we gain weight), the fibrous septae get pushed up. This in turn pushes up the dermis layer (where the collagen fibers reside) and subsequently the epidermis is pushed up, hence the bumps on the skin. To get rid of the bumpy appearance, you need to correct these structural changes.
If you’d like to visualize this process, the following video will help.
The Primary Reasons Why Women Get Cellulite
You may have noticed that men rarely suffer from this problem. And it’s not because they are in a better shape than we are. It is because they are genetically different from us.
There are 3 main reason for this pestilence in women, particularly, its occurrence on the thighs and buttocks are:
- Fat distribution – the main reason seems to be estrogen. Among other functions, estrogen is responsible for the fat distribution in female bodies. Thighs and hips have the highest level of certain estrogen related receptors which prevent fat breakdown and favor fat accumulation in the lower body.
- The condition gets worse as we age because estrogen also affects our skin. In older women the skin gets thinner and its structure weakens. The loss of elasticity will make the fat bumps more visible.
- Circulation – poor blood and lymphatic circulation also seem to be contributing factors to the development of this problem and to boot, estrogen also plays a role. So as we get older our circulation seems to get worse and the bumps on our thighs and butts, grow worse.
- The arrangement of fat and the connective fibers in females is columnar just as you see on the image above. The arrangement is pretty loose and the fibers are easily disturbed. In males the arrangement is more like a mesh and much tighter which make bulging of the fat more difficult.
Finally, How To Get Rid Of Cellulite Effectively
Before I’ll tell you how to get rid of this pesky problem, naturally and without much of an expense, I want to spend a few moments on commercial cellulite treatments.
Many of these treatments are invasive, painful, very costly and in the long run, most are not going to help you get rid of cellulite permanently. Sure some of them will get rid of the pesky, dimply problem temporarily but you will have to repeat the treatments over and over, at your expense.
However, if you are interested in learning more about available commercial treatments to rid your body of this pestilence long term, head over to the commercial cellulite treatments article. I think you will enjoy reading it.
Helpful Natural Solutions To Get Rid Of Cellulite
In order to get rid of this problem naturally, effectively and safely there are number of steps you’ll need to follow:
- Lose weight if you are overweight. Loosing weight will help you also lose some fat in the problematic area. Not all but some, so this is a very important step when you are trying to get rid of this problem.
- Include omega-3 foods in your diet. People are confused about omega-6 and omega-3. Forego omega-6, they are not good for you, especially in the quantities we consume them. Make sure that the fatty acids you are eating are omega-3. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids include: salmon, walnuts, fish oil, sardines, tuna, algae, krill oil.
- Improve the structural aspects of your skin, particularly collagen.
- There are a number of creams available that promise to improve collagen. You may try those on your thighs and legs.
- Eat plenty of vitamin C rich foods. Vitamins C plays an important role in collagen synthesis and skin health.
- Rub natural vitamin C rich oils or creams on the problematic areas of your body. Vitamin C does get absorbed through the skin.
- Improve your circulation
- drink water and ditch all the sugary drinks. Water will help to detoxify your body and this will improve your circulation
- do light cardiovascular exercise
- absolutely quit smoking
- gently massage the affected area to improve the blood flow
- add spices to your diet. The most potent one is cayenne pepper. This “miracle” spice is awesome for circulation and it also boosts metabolism which is very important for losing weight.
Exercise and Build Muscles In the Affected Areas To Get Rid Of Cellulite
I left the best for last
The best solution to get rid of the cottage cheese look are exercises which will build muscles in the affected areas. To build muscles your body will burn fat there. The reduction of fat will reduce the pressure on the fibrous septae and the skin will settle to a smoother and a vastly improved look.
In addition, the exercise and muscle building will increase circulation and improve lymphatic drainage. This will get rid of toxins, swelling and inflammation the affected regions. Toxins, swelling and inflammation are detrimental to connective tissue health.
Exercises in the targeted areas seem to be the most effective ways to get rid of the problem. As well, exercises are the only way to get rid of the dimply look permanently, providing you’ll keep at it to make sure that you will not lose muscle in these areas.
The best exercises, particularly for thighs, butt and legs are quite simple. They are:
- slow single leg lift
- catcher squat
- back and forth lunge
You can watch the following video to see how they are done.
You need to know that even when you’ll get rid of cellulite and acquire a smoother look on your thighs, buttocks and legs, if you will not change your lifestyle and adhere to the suggestions I gave you, the problem will reappear.
To reiterate, it is essential that you eat a healthy diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin C. It is important that you lose weight if you are overweight and most importantly, it is important that you exercise, build and retain muscles in all the areas where the bumpiness is visible.
So what is your opinion about this subject? Have you tried to get rid of cellulite? Have you tried any of the treatments? How did they work for you? Let me know in the comments below!