The Myths and Solutions of Cellulite in 2020

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There is no such thing as cellulite. Tell that to the legion of women wasting time and money on creams, wraps, gloves, exercises, and massages guaranteed to smooth away those dimple formation on their backside, and many will brand you a liar.

The most up-to-date medical and physiological research shows that cellulite is simply fat. That’s right. F-A-T. Cellulite, however, has become such a common word that it would be pointless to try to remove from the vocabulary of contemporary women.

Although there is no medical term, cellulite but a condition to which the word refers to does exist. Most women do have thick layers of fat directly under the skin on their upper thighs and buttocks. And yes, these thick layers of fat often become dimpled and are difficult to remove. There are scientific ways to attack this problem, but none of them quick, easy, or highly advertised. But the statement “cellulite is an unusual fat that is hard to remove” is a half-truth. Half the statement is false, and the other half is true. The following information will explain the facts:

First, human fat is classified into three categories: Subcutaneous, Depot, and Essential.


01. Subcutaneous

Subcutaneous is located directly under the skin, all over the body and makes up about 50 percent of your total body fat.

02. Depot

Depot has inherited storage spots that somewhat among people depending on their genetics. For example, blacks store fat differently from whites and women store fat differently from men. Women tend to store excessive fat on their buttocks and upper thighs. Men tend to store around their waists. About 45 percent of your body fat is the depot.


03. Essential

Essential fat makes up the remaining five percent. It is necessary for life itself and is found around the nerves, membranes, and internal organs. A person never loses essential to reduce subcutaneous and depot fat stores.

The concept that cellulite is unusual fat is therefore false. Cellulite is a combination of subcutaneous and depot fat that is stored most often on a woman’s buttocks and upper thighs. Second, the idea that cellulite is hard to remove is true. All fat, regardless of the location, is hard to remove or reduce. There is no easy way to lose fat. 

Dietary recommendations: No nutritional research shows that dietary recommendations are baseless. All foods whether they are made in nature or in a laboratory, are composed of chemicals. That’s right, chemicals. Your body doesn’t use food directly but breaks it down into chemicals. Almost any chemical in food can be toxic if consumed in excessive amounts. All foods should be sensibly consumed in moderation. The amount of fat stored is directly related to your total consumption of calories for the day – regardless of whether the foods are natural, processed, raw, or cooked. An excess of 3,500 calories will produce a pound of stored fat. Once again, cellulite is just plain fat. Your fat cells are increased in size, not by toxic substances, but by consuming too many calories. 

Following are a list of commonly believed notions and what is actually true.

01. Drinking of 6/8 glasses of water a day for stimulating the kidneys and consuming prune juice and vegetable oils for having regular bowel movements.

Drinking six to eight glasses of water a day will increase the urine production of people who are not accustomed to drinking this much fluid. This poses no problem for most people. Staying well-hydrated is essential to a successful fat reducing program. 

02. A 20-30 minute daily rub with a loofah-mitten to help breakdown cellulite bulges.

A loofah is a coarse type sponge that has been widely promoted for “smoothing those dimpled hips and thighs.” You are instructed to rub your fat areas until the overlying skin becomes “blushing red.” A friction rub with loofah-mitten might feel invigorating for a while, but it would have absolutely no physiological effect on breaking down or shrinking the underlying fat cells. 

03. Deep breathing burn up “cellulite causing wastes” left in the connective tissues.

This is a ridiculous notion. Research shows that forced deep breathing does not significantly alter the amount of oxygen that can be utilized by the lungs at rest. Furthermore, before the air reaches the lungs, any inhaled pollutants are largely removed by small hair-like elements called cilia. If small particles get past cilia to the lungs, the particles are engulfed and carried away in the lymphatic vessels to tissues of the body that have no unique ability to trap the pollutants coming in or the wastes going out. 

04. Possible “to replace cellulite with good muscle tone” by performing exercises. 

First, fat and muscle are two vastly different types of tissues. Fat cells are composed primarily of oily lipids. Muscle cells are mostly water. Fat cannot be changed to muscle and muscle cannot be changed to fat. But both fat and muscle cells can be increased or decreased in size. Fat cells can be modified by altering your daily consumption of calories. Muscle cells respond in proportion to the number of high tensity exercises and yoga

05. Exercises performed in a swimming pool using the water for added resistance.

The problem with exercising in water is that no effective negative work is performed. When a muscle shortens against some type of resistance, positive work is being performed. When a muscle lengthens against resistance, negative reaction takes place. It has been proved that negative work is an important factor in building muscular strength. A bending movement of the arm in the water is working the biceps in a positive contraction. However, when extending that same arm in the water, it’s now a pushing motion, still positive, but working the triceps. No negative work is possible in the water. You are always exerting force positively, never negatively. Calisthenic-type exercising in water would no be as effective in building strength as ordinary calisthenics. And calisthenics offer only limited results.


06. Massaging fat bulges help to flush out fat.

Massaging those fatty deposits on thighs and hips may feel good, but will not breakdown and “flush out” the components of fat cells. It is impossible to knead, knucke, wring, vibrate, shake, beat, or stroke fat from the human body.

07. Stress and tension cause cellulite.

Stress and tension might cause certain people to consume more calories. Relaxation might help such people to eat less. On the other hand, there are many people who eat more when they are relaxed. In either cases, the fat causing culprit is not stress, tension or even relaxation but excessive calories. 

Cure for the cellulite look

The cure for the cellulite or dimpled fatty deposits is a two-fold approach.
01. You must reduce the size of the enpouched fat by dieting. A well-balanced low-calorie diet (from 800 to 1000 calories a day) is the recommended way to reduce the enpouched fat.
02. You must increase the size and strength of the large muscles, with intense exercise and yoga. 

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