Women all over the world are plagued by that unsightly orange peel look on their trouble zones. Many refer to it as “cellulite”, which is actually just a term that came out of a European beauty spa a few decades ago and is not actually an official medical term. Usually it is referred to as adiposis adematosa by medical experts, but other medical terms are used to refer to it as well. Either way, “cellulite” is a lot easier to remember, and it is quite a cleverly conceived term to describe its appearance. However, the fact that cell-like fat deposits create that shadowy and dimply appearance leads many to falsely believe it is either a skin problem or can be remedied with weight loss procedures.
There are some simple truths about cellulite that need to be understood in order to start treating it effectively. It is simply untrue that cellulite is related to the metabolism (or weight gain) or that it is a dermatological problem (unsightly ripples in the dermis or subcutaneous layer of skin). Burning fat with diet and exercise will reduce the fat deposits beneath the skin but it will not eliminate the problem at hand. If cellulite was related to storing and burning fat then cellulite would be present everywhere the body stores fat, and this just simply is not the case.
Cellulite is caused by built-up tension in the connective tissues. These connective tissues link the layers of skin to fascia superficialis the reserve fat layer and muscles underneath. When these muscles do not get the proper and specific amount of exercise, the muscle fibers begin to weaken. This weakening in the muscle fibers leads to uneven tension in the connective tissues. This is what causes the bumpy, orange peel appearance.
Connective Tissues, Muscle Fibers & Fat Layer
There are many radical treatments out there that promise to eliminate it forever and make the skin look baby smooth again. They range from endermologie, body wrapping, lasers, liposuction, body contouring, radio frequency, ultrasound, etc to ridiculous and unproven diets. As a fair warning, stay away from this type of marketing hype that preys on the insecure and those with low self-esteem.
There is really only one natural way to gradually reduce, and eventually eliminate cellulite. It focuses on the root cause of the problem: the connective tissues and weakened muscle fibers.
In order to strengthen the muscle fibers beneath the skin in the major problem areas and even the tension in the connective tissues, a series of very specific yet very simple exercises are necessary. These exercises target the common problem areas, or trouble zones. The common trouble zones are generally the buttocks, thighs, hips, stomach, and legs. In some cases, cellulite forms in other areas, such as the around the triceps or lower back, but this is much more uncommon.
Men also have issues with cellulite in some cases, but it is much more rare. On the other hand, a high number of women suffer from this embarrassing condition that can be solved quite easily and completely naturally. However, it does take some work and a consistent effort. Not too worry though as the exercises required to restore harmony between the skin and subcutaneous muscle layers are quite non-intensive and do not take much time out of your day.
The important thing to remember about these exercises is that the purpose it to strengthen the muscle fibers and not to burn the fat. This means the exercise routines are very specific and target the areas of concern.
An example exercise would be one that trains the buttocks and rear thighs. This is done by getting into the male pushup position (see image below), but instead of doing pushups, you lift back one leg and stretch it all the way out as far as you can. Keep your body straight like a plank. Pull the leg up but keep it straight as an arrow. Make sure you feel the gluteus maximus tighten and hold it until you feel a slight burning sensation. Do this repeatedly within your comfort level for both legs and repeat it on a daily basis.
If the aforementioned exercise is still a bit too difficult, there is still hope! You just have to start out slower and with an easier version. The same exercise can be done by starting in the female pushup position instead. This means you have your knees on the ground so less weight is loaded on the arms, and this should make it easier to maintain your balance. Now bring one of the legs up, keeping the knee bent at a comfortable level and lift as high as possible. Now start to point your foot farther away from your body as you gently straighten the leg. Repeat this exercise for both legs until you feel as if you have adequately trained the muscles.
As your body begins to get accustomed to these exercises, they will become easier, and you will be able to do them more frequently and more intensely. On average, most women are able to get rid of their cellulite in about 28 days. You should begin to see results much faster, however, and you should see a noticeable reduction after just two weeks of doing the exercises.
Some of the other problem areas require some more specific exercises, such as the stomach. Just doing regular crunches may not provide the predicted results, thus you can visit many sites for specific exercises and other myths and facts about cellulite. It is important to follow a regimen of typical exercises that strictly focus on eliminating cellulite by strengthening the particular muscle fibers that control the tension of the connective tissues. Of course, eating a healthy diet will also help to burn fat and reduce the tension on the connective tissues as well as these pockets of fat are reduced. Following a focused workout regimen and a sensible diet will generally yield the desired results.
Mesotherapy as an Alternative
Mesotherapy is a minimally invasive medical procedure used to gradually dissolve fat through injections. This procedure is a great alternative to those who just cannot get rid of fat or cellulite by dieting and exercising. The Professional Board of Mesotherapy Atlanta has conducted numerous operations with a very high success rate.
Originally developed in France in 1952, it has become a popular method for dropping excess fat. However, it is not cheap. Since 1952, a lot of doctors have jumped on board including ones in South America and the U.S. Mesotherapy has such a high success rate that only about 5% of patients are non-responsive to it, says Dr. Marion Shapiro, who sees about 150 patients per week for this new fat-busting therapy.