So you have done the pinch test and yes, there
is no getting away from the fact that there are unwanted dimples and bulges on your legs.
Cellulite is the culprit for all those lumps and dimples on our thighs, hips, stomach and
butts. Well, be assured that this annoying problem is not only troubling you but a high
percentage of women today.
Cellulite is caused by uneven distribution
of fat deposits under the skin and is most common in females! The bad news is that most of
us will develop it at some time regardless of what we eat or don't eat and how often we
work out. Once you have cellulite you will find that it is very difficult to budge.
There are four stages in cellulite
development, and you may start on any of the stages:
- Normal Cellulite - thighs,
butts and stomach are smooth when standing or lying down. It is only when you do the
'pinch test' that you notice the folding and uneven skin.
- Early Cellulite - Skin on
the areas is smooth when standing or lying but after the pinch test you will notice the
dimples and fat pockets.
- Medium Cellulite - Skin is
still smooth when you are lying down but when you stand up, pitting, bulging and
unevenness can be noticed.
- Advanced Cellulite - The
'mattress phenonomen' is evident if you stand or lie down.
There are many apparent remedies for this
condition but we believe that it is best to be very wary of any claims to cure this
problem. Some practitioners believe that the following may help the condition, there is
usually no harm in trying!
Gentle self massage with your hands or a
bristle brush supposedly helps stimulate circulation. Always be gentle and massage towards
the heart. It can be useful to add some diluted aromatherapy oils such as grapefruit and
Weight Loss and
Even if these two do not shift the
cellulite, they will be of benefit to your body regardless (if you are overweight). Try to
lose weight gradually and sensibly. Eat from the five main food groups and see your health
practitioner about ensuring that the proper nutrients are eaten while dieting.
Fat intake should only be approximately 25%
of your daily food intake. Eat lots of fresh foods and fruits, vegetables, whole grains,
seeds, raw nuts, skinless poultry and fish. There have been good reports about the
benefits of raw juices. Of course try to avoid all highly refined carbohydrates.
Proper exercise is beneficial to all
aspects of your body and lifestyle (not just the cellulite). Exercise regularly (after a
doctor's check up) and start off slowly.
A lot of products have been given a lot of
publicity lately. They claim to remove and prevent cellulite in just 8 weeks.
The makers say that after taking for 8
weeks, it will eliminate the visible signs of cellulite. They state you do not even have
to exercise or make any other changes in your life. Apparently, the product works by
increasing the blood flow to the fat deposits under the skin in the prone areas and it
also increase the metabolic rate.
This idea of taking a pill and having your
cellulite go away is very appealing to most women, but does it really work??
The makers have not had to go through the
rigorous testing that prescription and over the counter drugs have had to go through and
they also have a very potent marketing department. They apparently conducted two test in
Italy but the results were not published in any scientific magazine or journal, so you
make up your own mind.