Getting rid of cellulite isn’t as hard and expensive as the beauty clinics would want you to think. Actually, it’s fast, easy and simple process that requires a little money and some discipline. But you must know what to do.
There are two best ways to get rid of cellulite. First, the cheaper one is with exercise. You need to have some discipline to get rid of cellulite in this way. I did it this way, so below I will describe it as the first method.
The second way is with the anti-cellulite pills that really work.
You are here because you want to get rid of cellulite fast, without spending a lot of money. So, I won’t be wasting your time and I’ll show you easy, certain and inexpensive ways of getting rid of cellulite forever at home, that worked for me.
1. Exercise – The Naked Beauty/Symulast Method
You must exercise to get rid of cellulite fast. This is the cheapest and the most certain way of getting rid of cellulite. But you must do exercises that target the specific muscle fibers responsible for the cellulite. Such exercises were invented by Joey Atlas, the women-fitness specialist, and are know under names like The Naked Beauty, Symulast or Cellulite Gone.
2. Cellulite Pills
If you are very busy and you know that you have no discipline or time to do any exercises for at least a few weeks, your best option is Cellinea cellulite pills. Cellinea pills are the anti-cellulite supplement composed of natural ingredients that have been clinically tested and proven to work. You can either take the pills on their own, or for even faster results, you can combine taking the pills with other cellulite killers.
Those 3 things described above, are the certain way to not only getting rid of cellulite, but also to stay cellulite free for good.
That’s it. You will get rid of cellulite fast if you apply the three methods described above. There are obviously many other methods that can help decrease cellulite and/or speed up its reduction. To apply some other methods, it’s good to understand what cellulite is and what are its causes.
Together with the exercises and pills you might go on the anti-cellulite diet, to achieve even faster results. I wrote about the anti-cellulite diet here, so I won’t be writing much about it on this article. You can find all the anti-cellulite foods there.
If you are the person who likes to know everything about the problem you’re facing, then below is all the important info about cellulite that you might need.
What is cellulite?
Cellulite which is also known as dermopanniculosis deformans, adiposis edematosa, gynoid lipodystrophy, status protrusus cutis and orange peel syndrome refers to the abnormal protrusions of subcutaneous fat within the fibrous connective tissue of the skin.
The abnormal protrusions are manifested as skin dimpling and/or skin bumps. The lumpiness is caused by fat deposits pushing and distorting connective tissues under the skin resulting in characteristic changes in the appearance of the skin. The underlying causes of cellulite are however many and complex as will be discussed below.
There is also another view on cellulite presented by women’s trainer Joey Atlas who from his experience of working with many women is convinced that the cellulite is caused by atrophied muscle fibers under the skin, and to get rid of cellulite those muscles must be made strong again. You can read the article written by Joey Atlas here.
Cellulite affects many areas of the body the most notable being the buttocks, lower limbs and abdomen. Although cellulite affects both men and women, it is more prevalent in women. Numerous research studies indicate that cellulite is 95-98% prevalent in women.
Cellulite is therefore a physiological as opposed to pathological problem. In regards to age demographics, cellulite occurs in 80-90% of all post-adolescent females. Women tend to be more affected by cellulite because of their differences in the distribution of fat, muscle and connective tissue in their skin compared to men.
Although cellulite is rare in men, it is common in men with androgen deficient states such as hypogonadism, Klinefelter’s syndrome and postcastration states as well as men undergoing estrogen therapy for treating prostate cancer.
Although many studies have linked cellulite to hormonal causes, cellulite’s formal existence as a real disorder has been challenged extensively. The prevailing medical opinion suggests that it just a ”normal condition” for many women.
Types of cellulite
Before discussing the causes of cellulite, how to get rid of cellulite, etc., it’s important to discuss the main types of cellulite. Cellulite is classified into 3 main grades namely;
Grade 1 cellulite: This type of cellulite has no clinical symptoms. Grade 1 cellulite is the mildest type of cellulite. In fact, a microscopic examination has to be done on the skin out to identify grade 1 cellulite.
Grade 2 cellulite: This type of cellulite can be detected by the naked eye. Grade 2 cellulite is manifested as skin pastiness. Other symptoms include; skin with a lower temperature, decreased skin elasticity as well as anatomical changes noticeable via a microscopic examination.
Grade 3 cellulite: This is the most severe form of cellulite. This type of cellulite has severe symptoms such as visible skin roughness alongside all the symptoms of grade 2 cellulite.
Causes of cellulite
Cellulite has many causes which include but aren’t limited to; changes in physiology, metabolism, diet and exercise, sex specific dimorphic skin architecture, alternations in the connective tissue structure, genetic factors, hormonal factors as well as alterations in the microcirculatory system, extracellular matrix and subtle inflammatory changes. Below is an in-depth discussion into the most common causes.
1. Hormonal factors
Hormones play a major role in cellulite formation. Estrogen is one such hormone. Estrogen is believed to play a crucial role in initiating and aggravating cellulite. It is however important to note that there is no reliable clinical evidence to substantiate this claim. Other hormones that have been linked to cellulite initiation and aggravation include; insulin, adrenaline, noradrenaline, prolactin, catecholamines and thyroid hormones. There are many studies suggesting that these hormones play a crucial part in the production of cellulite.
2. Genetic factors
Studies also suggest that there is a genetic element that makes certain individuals susceptible to cellulite. Cellulite has been traced to particular polymorphisms in the ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) and HIF1a (hypoxia-inducible factor) genes. Numerous research studies have discovered that the above genes are needed for cellulite to develop.
Genes predispose a person to a certain characteristic/s associated with cellulite i.e. race, slow metabolism, gender, fat distribution under the skin as well as other characteristics such as circulatory insufficiency. A person’s biotype and predisposition to circulatory and lymphatic insufficiency have also been linked to cellulite development.
3. Lifestyle factors
The lifestyle you lead can also dictate whether you will get cellulite or not.
Stress: Research studies indicate that leading a stressful life increases cellulite risks. This can be attributed to the fact that stress increases the levels of catecholamines, which have been linked to cellulite development.
Diet: Poor diets have also been linked to cellulite development. People who consume too much fat, salt, carbohydrates, salt and very small quantities of fiber tend to suffer more from cellulite.
Clothing: The type of clothing you choose to wear can also dictate your cellulite risks. Tight clothing i.e. tight underwear increase cellulite risks because they limit proper blood flow/circulation.
Poor lifestyle habits: Cellulite is more common among smokers, people who don’t do exercise often as well as people who stand or sit in one position for a prolonged time period. Cellulite is also common in people who don’t drink enough water on a daily basis, i.e. at least 2 liters of water per day.
As you can see above, there could be many causes of cellulite. I personally agree with Joey Atlas, that the main cause are atrophied muscle nerves. I also think the lifestyle factors are are very important. If you believe that the causes are genetic, you might think that there’s nothing you can do about the cellulite, which isn’t true.
Factors influencing cellulite visibility
Cellulite is a problem mainly because it is visible. There are many factors affecting cellulite visibility. These factors include, but aren’t limited to; skin thickness, skin color, gender, heredity, amount of body fat, distribution of body fat and age. Individuals with thin skin tend to have cellulite that is more visible for obvious reasons.
The same applies to individuals with a high amount of body fat. Individuals with a lot of body fat in cellulite prevalent areas such as the buttocks and thighs tend to be affected more by cellulite. Skin color also dictates cellulite visibility, i.e. individuals with darker skin tend to have cellulite that is less noticeable.
Get rid of cellulite: Cellulite treatments and cellulite reduction techniques
Apart from the two best methods of getting rid of cellulite, there are many others. I write about them here, so you know what works and what doesn’t for cellulite.
Cellulite is not a life threatening skin problem/condition. As a result, it’s not mandatory to seek treatment. However, many people dislike the appearance of cellulite. In such cases, it’s important to seek treatment or ways of reducing the appearance of cellulite. Such treatments/techniques focus on reducing the amount of fat in the affected areas.
The treatments and techniques range from surgical procedures and skin therapies to mechanical treatments, cellulite creams, dietary and lifestyle changes. Below is an in-depth discussion of the main cellulite treatments/cellulite reduction techniques.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes fat deposits in the body. Liposuction is ideal for severe cases of cellulite i.e. Grade 3 cellulite since the procedure is designed to remove deep fat beneath the skin. It is however important to note that liposuction may not offer a permanent solution. This is according to the AAD (American Academy of Dermatology) which warns that the procedure may worsen cellulite appearance in the long-term if a patient allows fat deposits to accumulate again.
You can also get rid of cellulite using specially formulated creams known as cellulite creams. These creams are usually packed with a group of chemicals known as methylxanthines that include; caffeine, theophyilline and aminophylline. These chemicals share one thing in common i.e. they are capable of breaking down fat stores.
It is however worth noting that cellulite creams don’t offer a significant reduction in fat stores. They, however improve appearance. Ideally, cellulite creams should be used alongside other treatments for you to get the best results. Do the cellulite creams really work? I wrote about it here.
Dietary supplements, especially those known to boost the body’s metabolism, improve circulation, break
down fats and protect the body against cell damage can also help get rid of cellulite. Dietary supplements containing ingredients such as; sweet clover, ginkgo biloba, grape-seed bioflavinoids, fish oil, bladder wrack extract and soy lecithin have a positive effect on circulation, metabolism, detoxification and breakdown of fats which all play a crucial role in reducing body fat and boosting a person’s overall health.
When the body’s metabolism is at optimal levels, it’s hard for the body to store fat, which in turn reduces the cellulite formation and appearance. The same applies to circulation. When the body’s circulatory system is working at optimal levels, all body cells work optimally reducing cellulite formation risks.
It is however important to note that very few supplements are effective even if they contain any or a combination of the above ingredients known to get rid of cellulite. It is therefore advisable to do a thorough investigation before buying any supplement for the sole purpose of getting rid of cellulite.
It’s also important to stick to supplements that are made using 100% natural ingredients since such supplements are known to be safe, i.e. they don’t cause any harmful side effects. You should also consult your doctor before taking any supplements, especially if you have any pre-existing medical condition and/or you are taking any medication at the moment.
You can also get rid of cellulite through massage treatments. There are many massage treatments available today for treating cellulite. The treatments involve the use of machines which massage the affected areas in an effort to get rid of cellulite bumps and improve the appearance of cellulite. The machines suction pulls and squeezes the affected areas in an effort to evenly redistribute fat.
One of the most popular cellulite massage treatments is Endermologie. This treatment is FDA approved for temporary reduction (in the appearance) of cellulite. It takes 10-12 Endermologie treatments each lasting for 30 to 45 minutes each to get noticeable results. There are however exceptions depending on factors such as cellulite severity and treatment area.
The FDA has approved a number of light therapy devices for cellulite treatment. The devices combine massage or suction with light therapy to temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite. One such treatment is TriActive. This treatment combines low level laser treatment with skin suction/manipulation. Another treatment, VelaSmooth, combines massage and laser therapy. Both treatments demand multiple treatment sessions as well as maintenance treatments for the best results to be realized.
This cellulite treatment involves the injection of Collagenase, a naturally occurring enzyme known to break down collagen (a connective tissue component). Given the fact that connective tissue problems are largely responsible for cellulite formation, Collagenase injections are among the most effective cellulite treatments available today. Numerous studies have been done to ascertain the effectiveness of this treatment in improving cellulite appearance. It is however important to note that this treatment is still regarded as experimental and not yet available routinely.
There are also special wraps available in the market today for treating/getting rid of cellulite. Although popular and deemed effective short-term treatments by many, these wraps haven’t been reported or proven to work in controlled studies. Cellulite wraps work by decreasing tension under the skin, which in turn improves the appearance of the skin.
Dieting and exercise
These are by far the most effective natural remedies for getting rid of cellulite. Becoming healthy is one of the best ways to prevent or get rid of cellulite once and for all. Maintaining a healthy diet is all about ensuring you eat adequate amounts of all essential nutrients.
It’s important to note that being overweight increases your risks for developing cellulite. You must therefore avoid overeating and exercise regularly. Maintaining a proper diet will ensure your body’s metabolism is working optimally which prevents fat storage.
Exercising regularly also helps to boost your metabolism, tighten the skin, get rid of fat stores, boost circulation among many other things which are known to prevent cellulite formation. I wrote about foods that fight the cellulite here and you can also read about fighting the cellulite with Fat Free Yoga here. The best way to kill the cellulite is presented here.
Since it’s usually challenging to get rid of cellulite completely, prevention is always better. You can prevent cellulite by getting rid of the triggers such as; stress and excess body fat. Maintaining a healthy diet, exercising regularly, maintaining healthy body weight, wearing loose fitting undergarments are some of the most effective ways of preventing cellulite formation.
Supplementing is also an effective prevention measure given the fact that we can’t get adequate amounts of all the essential nutrients we need in the food we eat. Given the fact that our bodies need to be working optimally to reduce chances of cellulite formation, taking supplements is highly recommended.
The above information summarizes everything you need to know about cellulite from the definition, types and main causes to how to get rid of cellulite and the prevention measures. After going through the above information, you shouldn’t have a problem understanding everything there is to know about cellulite.
Although cellulite is very common, it is not life threatening, but it looks ugly, so you should take the preventive measures discussed above if you don’t have cellulite or seek safe treatments if you already have cellulite. Although each of the treatments/techniques discussed above have pros and cons, maintaining a healthy lifestyle (i.e. exercising regularly, eating healthy diets, avoiding stress, etc.) is one of the best treatments/techniques for preventing/getting rid of cellulite for good.
To summarize, there are a lot of things you can do, to get rid of cellulite fast, but you should really learn about the 2 most important things that you should do:
- Exercise – You really need to exercise to kill the cellulite for good. You need to do special exercises that target the specific muscles that are responsible for cellulite. You can learn more about such exercises at The Best Exercises to Get Rid of Cellulite Fast. Doing some cardio will also help.
- Diet and Supplements – Diet and supplements will help get rid of cellulite faster and to stay cellulite free. I wrote about the best cellulite fighting foods here and about one of the best cellulite supplements here.