bye-bye-cellulitis

Cellulite affects a staggering 80-90% of women. It affects the slim, as well as the overweight, most commonly appearing on the thighs and buttocks, and sometimes on the stomach, breasts and arms. It’s no threat to health, but is certainly upsetting and embarrassing and may be an indication that your lifestyle could be healthier. Unfortunately, there are no miracle creams or treatments that will shift it, but making some positive changes to your diet and lifestyle can make a big difference. Now is the perfect time to start making these changes if you want to be dimple-free by summer.

What is Cellulite?

Cellulite is simply fat which looks different because of the way it is arranged. It occurs when fat cells under the skin expand and begin to protrude through the layers of connective tissue that lie on top of them. What happens is the enlarged fat cells push upwards and at the same time the long strands of connective tissue pull down, creating an uneven surface, with the fat cells bulging out like stuffing in a mattress. This leads to the characteristic ‘orange peel’ dimpling of the skin.

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Causes

The causes of cellulite are complex, being down to mixture of many factors. Some of these we cannot alter like our genes and age, but others we can modify such as diet and exercise.

  • Being female is the single biggest risk factor, with only 10% of men getting cellulite vs. 80-90% of women! This is because men’s connective tissues and fat cells are arranged differently; they have a kind of ‘scaffolding’ holding everything in place.
  • Ageing is next, as the strands of connective tissue become thicker and less elastic as we get older, and at the same time the skin gets thinner making cellulite more noticeable. Body fat percentage also rises with age.
  • Genes play a role, with cellulite severity running in families. If your Mum suffered, it is more likely that you will.
  • Hormones are believed to affect the development of cellulite, especially the female hormone oestrogen.
  • Gaining weight tends to make cellulite worse, although slim people can still be affected.
  • Inactive lifestyles and lack of muscle tone will increase cellulite and also make it appear worse.
  • Poor circulation and inadequate drainage are thought to be involved, so anything that prevents this such as tight fitting clothes won’t help and anything that encourages drainage such as movement and drinking plenty of water should help.
  • Stress is believed to make cellulite worse and is known to lead to the breakdown of connective tissue.

Your 5-Step Cellulite Busting Plan

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1) Diet

In terms of diet, losing any excess weight through a healthy diet and regular exercise will have the biggest impact on cellulite. This will usually reduce the appearance of cellulite in most people, but may not get rid of it completely.

Melon juice extract was found in a recent French study to reduce cellulite on the thighs. 40 Healthy women aged 31 to 50 were given melon juice extract for 56 days, and a significant reduction in cellulite on the thighs was observed, as scored by a physician. Although this study used a concentrated extract, it certainly won’t hurt to include some melon in your regular diet (2).

In addition, cutting out or down on sugar and processed foods and limiting salt intake are all sensible measures you can take. Base your diet around whole foods with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables; forget 5-a-day and aim for a minimum of 7 servings. Also include wholegrains, nuts, seeds, pulses and good quality proteins such as eggs, fish and poultry in moderation. Eating a plant-heavy diet can also reduce inflammation in the body, which is believed to make cellulite worse.

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2) Hydration

Staying hydrated by drinking water and eating foods with high water content will help. Aim to eat more high water fruit and vegetables such as cucumbers, watermelon, tomatoes, celery, lettuce and spinach. Also include vegetables with a diuretic effect such as asparagus, fennel, beetroot and artichokes.

As well as being good for drainage and flushing out toxins, water can help you lose weight! Simply drinking 500ml of water half an hour before meals helped dieters lose an extra 1.3kg in 12 weeks in a 2015 study (1). This is also much better than drinking water with meals, which can dilute digestive juices, making them less effective, so we don’t digest our food as well.

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3) Exercise

Regular exercise is one of the best weapons in the fight against cellulite. It cannot necessarily cure it, but can reduce its appearance. Resistance leg exercises, such as squats and lunges are especially good. Cellulite forms in between muscles, so by building more muscle there is less space for it to take hold. These exercises will tone up these areas as well, making the skin look firmer and tighter. Exercise also boosts circulation and lymphatic drainage. Anything that increases circulation in the legs and thighs is good such as power walking, running, swimming, cycling or yoga.

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4) Body Brushing

Dedicating just five minutes per day to dry skin brushing can make a noticeable difference to the appearance of cellulite. Skin brushing boosts lymphatic drainage and stimulates detoxification, plus it gets rid of dead skin cells. Using a natural bristle brush, before your morning shower, work in long strokes towards the heart. Start with the feet and work up the legs and thighs and bottom. Then brush the hips, tummy and finally arms, again towards the heart. After your shower massage a body oil or lotion into your skin and give any problem areas a good pummel, to boost circulation even more. This works better than most creams and is a lot less expensive.

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5) Collagen

A recently published study found that collagen peptides can help reduce the appearance of cellulite, by helping to restore the normal structure of the skin. Women aged 25-50 receiving collagen peptides daily for 6 months, experienced a reduction in cellulite scores of 9%. (3)

Including 1 daily Beauty & Go drink will provide collagen peptides and hyaluronic acid, which help improve connective tissue strength and elasticity. Beauty & Go Detox also includes a range of purifying ingredients to support natural detoxification processes in the body and reduce water retention including cucumber, dandelion, spirulina and artichoke. Other ingredients include broccoli, spinach, apple, mint, nettle, olive fruit and resveratrol from grapes.

References
  1. B. Lemaire , S. Le Quéré, G. Simoneau, D. Lacan Étude clinique d’une SuperOxide Dismutase de melon naturelle et bioactive (SOD B Dimpless®) sur la cellulite. Phytothérapie. 2016,14:23-28
  2. Parretti HM1, Aveyard P2, Blannin A3, Clifford SJ1, Coleman SJ3, Roalfe A1, Daley AJ1. Efficacy of water preloading before main meals as a strategy for weight loss in primary care patients with obesity: RCT. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2015 Sep;23(9):1785-91
  3. Schunck M, Zague V, Oesser S, Proksch E. Dietary Supplementation with specific collagen peptides has a body mass index-dependent beneficial effect on cellulite morphology. 2016. J of Med Food. Epub.

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