[Wellness] More than fat: the truth behind cellulite
MANILA, Philippines - Summer may have already gone, but photos of summer memories have not ceased to be shared in social networking sites. And with the rainy season fast approaching, the surfing season is also on the onset.
If only summer, sea and surf were enjoyable for all. Sadly, in this aesthetic-obsessed world, even appearances would hinder an individual from freely enjoying nature and its wondrous elements.
One such culprit is cellulite. Yes, you heard us right: that skin condition that affects both male and female, heavy or not.
Also known as "cottage cheese skin" or "orange peel syndrome," cellulite is commonly found in the abdomen, thighs, buttocks and sometimes even in the upper limbs. It is characterized by the wrinkle-like appearance of the skin.
More than fat
Cellulite is not fat, according to Medical News Today (MNT). The site defines cellulite as "the dimpled appearance of skin caused by fat deposits that are just below the surface of the skin."
The stored fat deposits push the skin outwards, thus causing the lumpy distortion we know as cellulite.
MNT classifies cellulite into 3 types:
Grade 1 cellulite would have no physical alterations in the skin, but on further examination would show that anatomical changes have already occurred inside.
Grade 2 cellulite will cause skin to exhibit some paleness and decrease some of its elasticity.
If cellulite reaches Grade 3, the skin would now show signs of visible roughness that resembles that of a peeled orange skin.
Not just a girl thing
Anyone can have cellulite, according to Medline Plus. This is because everyone has fat deposits that are found beneath the skin.
And, contrary to popular belief, even thin people could have cellulite, too.
However, cellulite is more common to women than men. This is because of the difference in the muscle structure and the distribution of connective tissues found at the first layer of subcutaneous fat found under the skin of men and women.
A lot of factors affect the fat deposit of each person that would cause the dimpling of the skin.
According to MNT, hormones such as estrogen, insulin, noradrenalin and thyroid hormones contribute to the production of cellulite in the body.
More often than not, cellulite begins to develop when a person reaches puberty.
Genetics could also play a big role in the distribution of fat in a person’s body. According to the same website, some people are just naturally inclined to have more pronounced cellulite because of their genes.
One’s diet could also affect one’s cellulite. A person who eats food with a lot of fat, carbohydrates and salt — with very little fiber — is more prone to having large amounts of fat deposits.
People who rarely exercise could acquire lots of fat deposits.
Even clothing could cause people to have cellulite. Extremely tight clothing, especially around the pelvic area could cause limited blood flow that could be a factor in the dimpling of one’s skin.
Reduction, not removal
Unfortunately, once acquired, one cannot fully remove cellulite, says health blog IDEA Fitness Connect. One can only reduce the lumpiness of the protruding skin.
Various methods, ranging from diets, exercises, organic treatments — even medical treatments — are recommended to decrease the fat accumulation and therefore improve the appearance of the skin.
For those who prefer organic treatments, items such as apple cidar vinegar, warm caffeinated coffee grounds, juniper oil and epsom salt baths could be applied to the different affected body parts.
However, scientific evidence on the effectiveness of these organic treatments is still to be determined.
All in all, the main goal of each process is to restore the smoothness of the skin, as much as possible.
An improved method
In the Philippines, companies like Marie France have introduced new, non-invasive ways of dealing with cellulite, giving hope to many who have had to stay under wraps to finally be free. A method called EDM + S.L.I.M., which is "designed to further reduce the appearance of cellulite, rid the body of excess fat deposit, improve the firmness of the skin and restore the body’s ideal body shape" has been introduced.
The process promises four results to its consumer: the natural elimination of stubborn fats, firming of loose skin, smoothening of intense cellulite and the maximum reshaping of the body.
Each session takes 35 minutes, wherein a client is "treated" to 3 types of lipomassage movements using the ergodrive head or roller.
According to MNT, the answer to cellulite prevention is in eating fruits and vegetables that are low in fat and high in fiber.
Regular exercise and healthy water consumption is also advised. - Rappler.com
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