Celllulite, the unwanted guest

Posted in Wellness

The term cellulite originated in France more than 150 years ago and began appearing in English language publications in the late 1960s.

Between 85% and 98% of post-pubescent females display some degree of cellulite.

Cellulite it is prevalent in women of all races but is more common in Caucasian females than in Asian females. There appears to be a hormonal component to its presentation. It is rarely seen in males. Cellulite is seen more commonly in males with androgen-deficient states such as Klinefelter's syndrome and in patients receiving oestrogen therapy for prostate cancer. Cellulite becomes more severe as the androgen deficiency worsens in these males.

Cellulite is not related to being overweight: average and underweight people also get cellulite.

celulitis 1

While harmless, the dimpled appearance is a cause of concern for some people. Cellulite has been found to be indistinguishable from ordinary fat in every medical and scientific test.

It is not proven whether any cosmetic lotion, massager or pills can reduce / increase cellulite versus ordinary fat.

Risk Factors:

• Genetic predisposition
• Female over 35
• Hormonal changes (pregnancy, puberty)

Signs and Symptoms:

• Dimpled appearance to skin, usually over thighs, buttocks and abdomen.
• May be present in women of normal weight

Medical Tests and Treatment:

Laboratory tests almost never suggest the presence or cause of cellulite. There are no approved medical treatments for cellulite. It is not considered a disorder, but merely natural variation in fat deposits.

Experimental treatments:

• Two technologies are under development, using lasers or infrared light to stimulate the affected area, combined with mechanical massage.

celulitis 2

Diet and Lifestyle:

• Reduce pro-inflammatory foods in the diet including saturated fats (meats and dairy), refined foods, and sugar.
• Emphasise foods high in essential fatty acids such as oily fish and nuts / seeds.
• Eat a minimally processed diet rich in antioxidants, phytonutrients and bioflavonoids.
• Protein is essential for connective tissue support, and should be consumed regularly. Cellulite is caused by a loss of flexibility of the connective tissue surrounding the fat tissue.
Topical creams containing caffeine are thought to be beneficial, stimulating fat burning and reducing fluid accumulation in tissues
Foods that enhance circulation such as ginger, chilli, garlic and onions may be useful.
• Deep mechanical massage is used to positively affect the skin's connective tissue, stimulate blood flow and lymphatic drainage, and trigger the body's natural system for eliminating fat from cells.

We shouldn’t feel bad about having cellulite that is not necessarily depending on us, however due to aesthetic reason many women fight it in a variety of ways. Remember, nutrition and training improvement should always be the first choice and, when they are combined with special creams, they might bring the results sooner than expected.

We also recomend you to read this article of how to minimize wrinkles.

Samantha Frost
Nutritionist Holmes Place
Holmes Place Switzerland

Posted in Wellness