QUESTION: I wanted to ask
if there is a natural way, through diet or exercise to rid
the body of cellulite? Are there particular foods to eat or
avoid and possibly particular exercises that would help to
work this problem out? I try to exercise between full time
work and part-time school, mostly the treadmill at home appx
2 miles - 4/5 x's a week, and 1-3 times at gym on weights,
depending on my schedule.
ANSWER: Cellulite is a word
that was popularized by marketers of "cures." Some promised
cellulite reduction by using herbal body wraps. Others promised
pills and capsules would do the trick. Still others sold creams
and massagers. Not a single one of these products worked .
. . despite a sometimes very aggressive marketing campaign
with claims that "research had proven" some cellulite reduction.
Even large companies such as Rexall tapped into the "get-rid-of-cellulite"
market by releasing over the counter supplements such as Cellasene.
The claims they made were unsubstantiated and in 2000 the
FTC filed a lawsuit against Rexall Sundown. As one gets shut
down, however, new offerings emerge, all promising to be the
solution. What they all failed to tell consumers was . . .
body wraps, pills, massagers, etc. do not rid the body of
fat . . . and cellulite is nothing other than fat. The reason
cellulite looks "different" than most subcutaneous fat when
viewed through the skin is because in the thighs that adipose
material (fat) might get caught between pockets of connective
tissue. Each pocket becomes enlarged as long as the fat remains
in place. I wish I had some better news for you, but all I
have is honesty . . . the honesty cellulite cure sellers won't
share. The only natural way to get rid of fat . . . including
cellulite, is through supportive nutrition and a combination
of resistance training and moderate aerobic exercise. I know
you're already attempting this, but it's important that the
exercise program and the eating plan match the goals. You
mention that you do "mostly" the treadmill. Aerobic exercise
alone may actually feed off of muscle tissue, especially if
it's not supported by the adequate protein and protein-sparing
carbohydrates and essential fats. Weight training 1-3 times
per week is barely enough assuming the 3 times is more common.
If you are more frequently leaning toward once per week, you
will be disappointed in the results.
You might look into one of my programs
as they all outline the path to putting the body in a state
where it is willing to release fat . . . cellulite included.
Cellulite may appear to be "stubborn" but as systemic
fat is decreased . . . it will go!
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