Obesity

What is Cellulite?

Cellulite

” is a term constructed by some French scientists which is used to describe a unique

appearance

” that closely resembles an

orange peel

or sometimes

cottage cheese

. The look or appearance describes a particular body part or parts that appears way too bulky than the normal smooth contours of the body. Generally, the areas targeted by cellulite deposits are the hips, thighs, abdomen, back and upper arms.

The cellulite or orange peel or the cottage cheese look is considered to be very typical to two mechanisms both of which are related to the connective tissues lying between the skin, the muscles and also the internal organs.

First Mechanism to Cellulite Formation

In the first case, the amount of body fat distributed in parts like the hips, thighs, back, abdomen, etc are appear

lumpy

” because the underlying connective tissues which are meant to accommodate the fat cells lose their flexibility and shrink with time and age.

With the connective tissues shrinking, the skin fixed to the fiber also contract. However, when fat cells do not shrink enough to the same extent and intensity, the result is

fat lumps

” on the skin surface. This results in what scientist refer to as the cottage cheese or the orange peel look.

Treatment for Getting Rid of Cellulite

Experts opine that there isn’t a unique way to wipe out the

lumpy deposits

” either on the hips, back, abdomen or thighs. The only scientific ways to get rid of the lumpy deposits are:

  • Medical approach of a weight loss program that aims to burn the extra fat from the body.
  • Exercises to increase size and muscle growth and an overall workout for all body parts to support and distribute the fatty deposits equally throughout the body.

Second Mechanism to Cellulite Formation

In the next case, cellulite is a result of

congestion

” of the connective tissues lying between the skin, the muscles and also the internal organs. Connective tissues are said to contain lymphatic fluid and vessels that transport essential nutrients to the cells and remove wastes out of the cells.

Due to the sluggish functioning of the connective tissues, nutrients cannot reach the cells in time and effectively and the wastes are not eliminated effectively. As a result wastes begin to accumulate in the tissues as toxic and hard lumpy pockets. The lumpy pockets impair the neighboring areas which gives more room for further pockets to grow. This gives rise to what is being referred to as the orange peel or the cottage cheese look.

Most women suffering with cellulite deposits under whichever mechanism are thin but have fat legs. Such women are also susceptible to irregular periods.

Careless eating

and

absence of regular exercise

or

inactivity

are considered to be the two major factors of cellulite deposits.

Treatment for Cellulite

Though there isn’t a particular or specific regime to get rid of cellulite, there are combined ways to clean the lumpy pockets. Some ways to reduce the waste pockets are listed here below:

  • A sodium (salt) restricted diet to fight water or fluid retention in the body
  • Aromatherapy to detoxify the blood and to reduce the water retention procedure
  • Body brushing to detoxify the blood and to improve the circulation of blood (body brushing also ensures that the lymphatic system functions properly to drain out toxins from the body)
  • Consistent but non-strenuous exercises

The effects of regular exercise and medically-oriented weight loss programs have far reaching benefits in getting rid of cellulite. For instance, some benefits of the cellulite treatment are aimed at improving digestion, eliminating wastes, improving blood circulation, etc. Therefore, the treatment for cellulite does not primarily focus on weight loss or nutritional balance but is a purifying regime that can cure the body off toxins and encourages the breakdown of hard, lumpy fat pockets.

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