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  • Are Anti Cellulite Creams and Lotions Worth the Hefty Pricetag?

    By Travis Steffen on Thursday, June 18, 2009in Cellutlite  

    cellimagesWhat is cellulite? Of course most members of the fairer sex know that cellulite is the cause of the orange peel looking skin covering our bums, the cottage cheese appearance of our thighs and the lumps and bumps adorning our ripply hips.

    The term cellulite was graciously introduced to us by the cosmetics industry during the 1970s, after which countless products were marketed as anti cellulite remedies. Women all over the world wanted to know how to get rid of cellulite and that remains the same today. In the last 40 years women have spent billions of dollars on useless cellulite creams, lotions and treatments. There are countless products popping up all the time, including everything from special loofah sponges and anti cellulite vitamins to body wraps, spa treatments and cellulite massage.

    Cellulite is a very common and very normal accumulation of fat. Contrary to what the saleswoman at the cosmetics counter may tell you, it poses no health risk, it is not toxic to your system and it is not at all unnatural. In fact about 98% of all post pubescent females experience the frustration of the ripply layers.

    Cellulite is caused by fat deposits that push and distort the connective tissues beneath the skin, leading to the lumpy appearance of skin most commonly seen on hips, thighs and buttocks. Science has shown that people with cellulite (basically every female on earth) have different patterns of connective tissue than those that don’t. Cellulite really has nothing to do with excess weight at all. Women of all ages, all shapes and sizes, from all ethnic backgrounds and even celebrity status are affected.

    A number of factors contribute to the severity of cellulite. Genetics, skin thickness, gender, age, hormones and the amount and distribution of body fat all influence its appearance.

    Most men are lucky enough to be spared the annoyance of cellulite and that is thought to be because of the composition and behavior of women’s fat cells,  as well as the connective tissue that holds the fat cells in place. Women generally have thinner and less flexible connective tissue which can cause expanding fat cells to bulge upwards, close to the surface of the skin, hence the orange peel look.

    A number of hormones are believed to play a role in cellulite formation as well. Estrogen is apparently most responsible with insulin, adrenaline, prolactin and thyroid hormones thought to play a supporting role.

    Genetic factors may also be somewhat to blame. Just as you may have you Mother’s eyes, you will also most likely have her thighs.

    Poor lifestyle choices such as smoking, excessive drinking, lack of exercise, unhealthy eating habits and stress are detrimental not only to our quality of life and general health, they have also been correlated with increased cellulite formation.

    40imagesSo back to the million dollar question of how we can get rid of cellulite! Unfortunately there really are no answers yet. What is known for sure however, is that creams, gels, massage, loofahs, anti cellulite pills, liposuction, inject-able ‘fat melters’, caffeine, special cellulite diets, toxin removers, body wraps and rubber pants are all ineffective, expensive, and in some cases very dangerous. These treatments have all been proven ineffective no matter how expensive, exotic, or so called ‘scientifically proven’ they claim to be.

    Although the FDA has approved combined laser/massage therapies, they are very expensive, time consuming and temporary solutions. Ongoing treatments are required and even though a slight improvement in skin smoothness may be seen in some cases, these improvements are short lived.

    5imagesSo it appears that once again a clean, healthy diet combined with regular workout routines and healthy lifestyle choices are the best way to achieve the beautiful, healthy body we so desire. While diet and exercise won’t change your genetics, gender or your age (if it did I’d be 21 forever!) making healthy choices will improve your quality of life, your appearance and your state of mind. The best part is that eating nutritious, wholesome food and exercising regularly is inexpensive, requires no drugs, no needles, no Doctors and no knives!

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    Travis Steffen is a Master Trainer and founder of WorkoutBOX. After years of experience training professional athletes and thousands of others just like you, he knows exactly what it takes to get you in serious shape. Follow his expert guidance and you're guaranteed to get amazing results.
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