What is cellulite anyway?
Don’t get too wrapped up in this one. I’m not sure that anybody really cares what it is and certainly it doesn’t make having it any more bearable. Men are said not to care if we have it and babies are apparently all born with dimpled bottoms.
Do men have cellulite?
I haven’t looked. I would rather concentrate on your cellulite and what we are going to do about it! There are so many theories about cellulite, and none of them have been proven. I asked many experts what cellulite is, notably physiotherapists and osteopaths who see hundreds of pairs of legs every year in their clinics, as they massage and manipulate and apply electrodes and I don’t know what to various injuries. They feel the cellulite under their fingers.
What is Cellulite Made From?
It’s fat, it’s fluid-filled sacs, it’s ropey muscle and it’s slack skin. The slack skin happens anyway, as we get older, and to a small degree the creams and scrubs and potions we all love to dismiss actually do have a slight cosmetic effect on smoothing the surface of the skin — the problem is that the effect doesn’t last very long.
So what about the fat?
The fat isn’t special. It is normal body fat but it has a different appearance because it lies very close to the skin’s surface. It collects in pockets and then, as we sit on it, it gets squashed. The average person exerts a mind-boggling 35 kilos of pressure on it for many hours as they sit working or resting. Spare calories are converted into fat stores and down they go — right to the nether regions where they won’t be disturbed. Then there’s the ropey muscle element. Whether you used to be fit or have never been fit, under-used muscles can look thick, knobbly or knotted, like a piece of overstretched, perished elastic. The combination of fat beneath the skin’s surface, flabby, underused muscles and slack skin all add up to cellulite!
Fluid-filled, retentive sacs are the source of a lot of controversy in medical and dietary circles. Women do retain a lot of fluid in the thigh and buttock region, but excess, retained fluid can be easily disposed of with a high-fibre, high-water diet. Hormones are the root cause of this strictly female experience, and all menstruating women retain fluid from mid cycle onwards.
Fluid retention is also a direct result of a poor diet and poor gastric emptying or constipation. Chemical overload is another reason. Even if you think you have a healthy diet from low-fat, low-calorie special ready-meal ranges that promise ‘no additives!’ I would be very wary of those misleading claims. I can tell you what is hidden in ready meals containing supposedly healthy chicken breast fillets: wheat flour, yeast emulsifier E472, flour treatment agents, ascorbic acid, dextrose, dried skimmed milk, water, modified wheat starch, potato starch, dried egg, raising agent E450, spices and herbs, colours E100 and E160, salt and flavourings.
And the minute you’ve got emulsifiers or gelling agents in food, you’ve got chemicals. This Cellulite Solutions Diet bans all these sorts of meals. As long as you can make the commitment to real food, plenty of fibre and plenty of potassium which helps rid you of excess fluid, you’re giving your body its best-ever chance of busting that cellulite for good.
The Cellulite Solutions Diet is your emergency rescue plan. With a brilliant fat-burning, calorie-restricted diet which will force those extra fat stores into action, and with a lot of exercise – both aerobic and anaerobic, you’ll have truly impressive results. Power walking,or are essential. You don’t have to do all of them, but power walking is best if you can manage only one activity. It’ll blast that cellulite and get those ropey muscles going again. You’re on your way!
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