Cellulite is the word used to describe the lumpy uneven type of fat that accumulates on the buttocks and limbs of many women. It is rather unsightly because it gives the tissues underlying the skin an 'orange peel' or 'cottage cheese' look. Pinching of the skin produces a 'mattress appearance' with bulging and pitting of the fatty layer. On deep palpation of this layer one may be able to feel tender nodules of fat trapped inside hardened connective tissue.
What causes cellulite?
A number of factors can cause cellulite including:
- lifestyle factors
If we compare cellulite fat to normal fat we find that in the former there are abnormal physical and chemical changes. The fat cell chambers become swollen and pinched by connective tissue bands. This results in a restriction of the blood circulation through the tiny capillaries supplying the fat cells, which in turn reduces oxygen supply to the fat cells thus reducing their metabolism. This is why cellulite is so hard to lose. The connective tissue bands become tougher and less elastic, trapping fluids and waste products between them and pinching the tiny ends of nerve fibers, which may cause areas of cellulite to ache. Eventually, in well-developed cellulite we see stagnation and hardening of all structures in the fat layers, so that the tissue takes on a lifeless quality - a bit like hard lumpy cheese.
How to boost your metabolism and banish cellulite?
Cellulite is a stubborn problem for many people and is far more common in women. Even women who are not overweight may suffer with cellulite. If you have cellulite do not become depressed as it can gradually be eliminated by easy and proven techniques to improve your metabolism. Cellulite is the term used to describe the build up of irregular, lumpy fat deposits typically around the buttocks, hips and thighs. Cellulite has an “orange peel” appearance because the overlying skin is dimpled. The key to eradicating cellulite and keeping it off is found in restoring a healthy metabolism.
Factors that increase cellulite
- Sluggish metabolic rate caused by imbalances in the function of the thyroid gland and liver.
- Build up of toxins in the fat cells. These toxins overload the energy factories inside the fat cells, which reduces their ability to burn fat. Most of these toxins are fat-soluble and only the liver can turn fat-soluble toxins into water-soluble toxins. If this does not occur, the toxins cannot be eliminated from the body and will stay inside the fat cells. This will lead to persistence of cellulite.
- Hormonal changes which occur during pregnancy and the premenstrual phase of the cycle. Many women complain of weight gain and increased cellulite before menstrual bleeding, and during and after pregnancy. This can be prevented by correct diet and keeping your metabolism at efficient levels.
- Lack of exercise, which will reduce blood supply to the fatty areas and increase fluid retention in cellulite areas. We recommend swimming, cycling and brisk walking.
- Eating the wrong types of fats, which increases the workload of the liver. These “heavy fats” tend to accumulate inside the fat cells causing the cells to become hard and swollen. It is as if these fat cells become choked with fat, which slows down the metabolic processes inside the fat cells. These hard swollen fat cells then become trapped by connective tissues, which makes them irregular and lumpy in appearance. This gives the appearance of cellulite. It is vital to avoid these “heavy fats” if you want to eradicate cellulite.
Treatment and general recommendations
- Avoid artificial stimulants, artificial sweeteners, amphetamine type drugs and the herb Ephedra, because these things will temporarily hype up your metabolic rate and reduce your appetite. However, once you stop them your system has become dependent upon them and you will probably feel tired, depressed and very hungry. The worst thing of all is that when you come off these stimulants your metabolic rate will be temporarily lower than ever and you will gain weight rapidly. The natural fat burners have a balancing effect upon the overall metabolism. They will not cause any dramatic changes in your metabolic rate, which is good, otherwise you will become a yo-yo dieter and will get bigger over the long term. See www.dorway.com for information on artificial sweeteners.
- Exercise used as part of a program to reduce cellulite and help keep it off needs to be isotonic. This means it needs to take you through a broad range of large movements such as in cycling, swimming, running, power walking or rowing. This kind of exercise shortens and lengthens your muscles rhythmically. The best exercise is definitely a constant low impact, rhythmical type where you are using the large muscle groups at an intensity that increases your heart rate to 60 percent of your maximum heart rate. This is called your target heart rate and it is necessary to achieve this if you want to increase your metabolic rate and so increase the rate at which you burn up excess fat. To find your maximum heart rate, subtract your age from 220. To find your target heart rate, multiply this figure (220 minus your age) by 0.6. You should leave no longer than 48 hours between each session of exercise and you can work out for anything between 30 to 60 minutes a session, three to five times a week. Ideally, you could do five 30 minute sessions which would keep your metabolic rate up and running, thereby preventing the build up of cellulite.
- Massage and hydrotherapy are also excellent in helping to stimulate lymphatic drainage and reduce cellulite. Massage with an anti-cellulite preparation and anti-cellulite gloves or mitt can be very useful and should be done two to three times per week.
Follow one of the following eating plans in the books below:
- I Can't Lose Weight!...And I Don't Know Why This 12 week metabolic eating plan is based on whole, fresh foods with delicious low carb recipes for breakfast lunch and dinner and an explanation of the common causes of weight gain that are often overlooked.
- Liver Cleansing Diet Book set out in chapter 5.
- The Body Shaping Diet for your body type (as stated "Androids tend to do best on the program in the "I Can't Lose Weight and I Don't Know Why" book).
The fat cells in cellulite are literally choked and suffocated by stagnant fluids and waste products trapped in hardened connective tissues. Consuming more raw foods detoxifies these half-dead fat cells rather like giving them a 'spring clean'. Consider having one or two days of every week when you eat only raw fruits and vegetables. We recommend for everybody desirous of good health, not only for cellulite sufferers, that they eat one huge raw salad - full of fresh raw vegetables of all varieties - every day. Dressings can be made with lemon or lime juice, or apple cider vinegar and a touch of cold pressed olive or flaxseed oil. You can find great recipes in any of the above mentioned books. To flavor the salads, use fresh aromatic herbs and vegetables such as parsley, mint, coriander, basil, thyme, chives, and chopped spring onions. A rather exotic taste to the salad can be obtained by adding grated fresh ginger. For those who like more bite, use a dash of chili or soy sauce, garlic or black pepper.
Another essential tool to detoxify and revitalize fatty tissues is to drink pure water, 8 to 10 glasses daily. This must be taken as water only or unsweetened herbal teas, and not as ordinary tea or coffee.
Avoid industrial seed oils, margarine and deep fried foods.
Avoid processed foods containing colorings, preservatives and flavorings such as fizzy drinks, boxed or packaged cereals and meals, foods made from white flour and sugar and foods high in salt.
Restrict your alcohol intake to one or two glasses on the weekend or, if you are not fussed, avoid it completely.
Avoid snacks between meals - restrict these to raw celery, carrots or apples only and eat only three meals a day.
Raw juices are an incredibly powerful healing tool and can improve the function of the liver, bowels and kidneys. This increases the elimination of toxins and waste products from the skin.
The fresh raw vegetable juices are vitally important. It is good to use both whole fruits and vegetables in the diet as well as the juices, as the juices provide an easily absorbed form of nutraceuticals that are very beneficial for the liver. Juices made freshly from raw fruits and or vegetables have unique healing and rejuvenating properties. For those who feel they need an extra boost there is nothing better than having a raw juice every day. It will brighten up the day by providing extra energy and endurance.
Juices are unique because they allow the gut to receive very concentrated amounts of phyto-nutrients that could not be obtained by eating a normal amount of raw vegetables and fruits. Juices are high in: Vitamin C, bioflavonoids, carotenoids, living plant enzymes to aid digestion & vitamin K in green leafy vegetables.
A recommended juice recipe from Raw Juices Can Save Your Life is:
Fat Buster Juice
- 1 tomato
- 2 stems parsley
- 2 sticks celery
- 1 orange (including pith)
- 1 spring onion
- 1 grapefruit (including pith)
- 1 red radish
- 1 medium red or green pepper (capsicum)
- Peel the citrus and de-seed the pepper.
- Wash all ingredients, trim, chop and put through juicer.
- This juice can be diluted with water or cold herbal tea.
To lose cellulite, the areas of fat affected must be revitalized and transformed, bringing back active metabolic processes within each fat cell. Natural substances, which eliminate cellulite and reduce weight scientifically, must be able to do the following:
- stimulate thyroid function
- stimulate brown fat metabolism
- reduce sugar cravings
- stabilize blood sugar levels
What controls the metabolic rate?
- The Liver
- The Thyroid Gland
To achieve complete success we must have a plan of attack containing several strategies:
- A. Improve liver function
This will increase the ability of the liver to burn fat and pump fat out of the body through the bile. It will also help to break down fat-soluble toxins that would otherwise become trapped in the fatty tissues and lead to cellulite.
Livatone Plus Powder or Capsules
Take 1 teaspoon twice daily in vegetable juice or water, or take 2 capsules twice daily. A good liver tonic will contain B vitamins , antioxidants, green tea, zinc, lecithin, cruciferous vegetable powder, and the amino acids taurine, cysteine, glutamine, and glycine, plus the powerful liver herb called St. Mary’s Thistle.
Liver tonics are the most effective strategy.
- B. Improve Thyroid Function
Take 1 capsule daily. Thyroid Health capsules contain all the nutrients necessary for thyroid hormone production.
Take 1 capsule daily. Selenium is essential in maintaining efficient thyroid function and is needed for the conversion of the thyroid hormone called thyroxine (T4) into its more biologically active form triiodothyronine (T3).
The thyroid gland has a high requirement for trace minerals because the enzymes that produce thyroid hormone (T4) and convert it to the active form (T3) are dependent upon trace minerals. The most important minerals for this process are selenium, zinc, manganese and iodine. Many people with cellulite have a deficiency of trace minerals, which leads to sluggish thyroid function and a low metabolic rate.
Stimulate your fat cells to burn fat
Metabocel - Weight Loss
Take one tablet 10 - 15 minutes before a meal with a large glass of water. A good combination will include brindleberry and tyrosine to help you burn fat safely without drug induced side effects. Tyrosine is a precursor of the energy hormones thyroxine and adrenalin. Tyrosine stimulates thyroid gland function and therefore metabolism. Tyrosine is needed by the thyroid gland to manufacture thyroid hormones. It reduces brain fatigue and helps improve moods.
Brindleberry is a fruit used for centuries by the people of Asia because it enhances the flavor and satisfaction of meals. The rind of this fruit is rich in Hydroxy Citric Acid (HCA).
HCA is proven to naturally suppress the appetite and stop the production of new fat. HCA from Brindleberry is clinically proven to help inhibit the production of fat by blocking the enzyme that causes fat to be stored by the body. So, while you're losing weight you are also halting the formation of new fat.
The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.