Today I’m tackling a hot topic that always seems to spring up around this time of year (read: swimsuit season) – cellulite. There seems to be a lot of misinformation floating out there about this touchy topic, not to mention some really unnecessary negative connotations. I decided to do some myth-busting and uncover the truth. Read on – you might be surprised!
Myth #1: Only overweight people have cellulite
This is a common misconception, but it’s completely false! Cellulite actually affects 90% of women. So chances are, the majority of the women you meet will have some cellulite, no matter their body size.
Myth #2: Cellulite is excess fat
True, cellulite is a result of fat cells, but it also has to do with the natural tissues in your skin. Basically, cellulite happens when fat cells push into the skin’s middle layer and pull on connective tissue; this creates the appearance of cellulite “dimples”. Anything from your skin’s natural thickness to how fast your metabolism is can affect how prominently it appears.
Myth #3: It can’t be prevented
Because genetics play a big part in the amount of cellulite you have, some women think there is nothing they can do to prevent it. The truth is, eating low fat, high-fiber foods, replenishing your body with vitamins and exercising regularly can all decrease the formation of cellulite.
Myth #4: If you lose weight, it will disappear
WebMD actually states that losing weight too quickly will only make your skin sag more and cellulite more visible. One way to decrease the appearance of cellulite is to gradually tone up – strength-training will improve the tone of your muscle tissue and slowly increase the amount of lean muscle in your body over time. The result? Smoother-looking legs and butt!
Myth #5: Expensive treatments are the only answer
A new laser treatment called Cellulaze recently emerged which is supposed to be able to get rid of cellulite surgically. The results can be impressive, but there’s a downside – each treatment is upwards of $5,000 dollars!
If you don’t want to spend a fortune, there are ways you can reduce the appearance of cellulite on the cheap. Caffeine is one way – it dilates blood vessels, which temporarily tones and tightens tissue. It also increases circulation and reduces water retention, both of which will smooth the look of cellulite. Try my DIY cellulite-reducing scrub – it’s made with coffee beans!
In the end, the important thing is to remember that cellulite is nothing to be ashamed about. Most women have it, and even models don’t all possess the dimple-free legs they flaunt in magazine ads. We should accept and love our bodies for the way they are – but loving our bodies also means taking care of them. In other words, it’s more important to focus on living the healthy lifestyle that may prevent cellulite than stress out over cellulite itself.
What are some other body topics and myths you want to tackle?
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